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Parent information FS1 3-4 room

Please note, if your child has been absent they may have missed important letters that have been sent home from school and nursery.

In order to ensure all parents/carers are receiving this information, staff will put letters with children’s names on them, in labelled folders, in the 3-4 nursery entrance for you to check upon their return to nursery.


The folders are on the shelves underneath the parent information board marked with the different sessions that your children attend.


Many thanks,


Miss Josie Hoban

FS1 Class Teacher and Nursery Manager


2 year old's just want to have fun!


Sharing food in the home corner...

Creating masterpieces...

Being Mummy...

And being best friends!

Autumn 1 week 5

3-4 room

The children have been singing lots of nursery rhymes this week. They have also enjoyed learning some new ones as well. One of their favourites is Incy Wincy Spider but the actions can sometimes be a bit tricky. They have also been learning some new number songs during group time counting to 5 and 10!

Autumn 1 week 4 

3-4 room

This week the children have enjoyed experimenting with different materials on the creative table. They have been drawing pictures, sticking different media together with glue and tape, practising their cutting skills with scissors and painting at the easel. What creative kids we have! Have a look at the children’s work displayed in the classroom; it’s on the washing line and on the display boards.

Autumn 1 week 3 

3-4 room

This week has been lovely for the children and staff because we’ve had the pleasure of meeting lots of new children starting at nursery this week. The children already at nursery have been excited to meet their new friends and have shown real kindness towards them when showing them different areas of the classroom, helping them find their coats and put them on and find teachers when they need some help. What kind children we have in our nursery!

Autumn 1 week 2 

3-4 room

The first full week back has been very busy. The children have enjoyed dressing up in our home corner with lots of new and interesting fancy dress costumes and accessories. They have been using their imagination to create characters and roles for each other and have really enjoyed exploring this area of the classroom together.

Autumn 1 week 1

3-4 room

Welcome back to all of our children and families! The children have been getting back into the routines of nursery this week and meeting the new staff in the setting. We are really looking forward to this new academic year and seeing the children progress!

What is phase 1 phonics?


Phase One of Letters and Sounds concentrates on developing children's speaking and listening skills and lays the foundations for the phonic work which starts in Phase 2. The emphasis during Phase 1 is to get children attuned to the sounds around them and ready to begin developing oral blending and segmenting skills.

Phase 1 is divided into seven aspects. Each aspect contains three strands: Tuning in to sounds (auditory discrimination), Listening and remembering sounds (auditory memory and sequencing) and Talking about sounds (developing vocabulary and language comprehension).


It is intended that each of the first six aspects should be dipped into, rather than going through them in any order, with a balance of activities. Aspect 7 will usually come later, when children have had plenty of opportunity to develop their sound discrimination skills.

Aspect 1 - General sound discrimination - environmental

The aim of this aspect is to raise children's awareness of the sounds around them and to develop their listening skills. Activities suggested in the guidance include going on a listening walk, drumming on different items outside and comparing the sounds, playing a sounds lotto game and making shakers.

Aspect 2 - General sound discrimination - instrumental sounds

This aspect aims to develop children's awareness of sounds made by various instruments and noise makers. Activities include comparing and matching sound makers, playing instruments alongside a story and making loud and quiet sounds.

Aspect 3 - General sound discrimination - body percussion

The aim of this aspect is to develop children's awareness of sounds and rhythms. Activities include singing songs and action rhymes, listening to music and developing a sounds vocabulary.

Aspect 4 - Rhythm and rhyme

This aspect aims to develop children's appreciation and experiences of rhythm and rhyme in speech. Activities include rhyming stories, rhyming bingo, clapping out the syllables in words and odd one out.

Aspect 5 - Alliteration

The focus is on initial sounds of words, with activities including I-Spy type games and matching objects which begin with the same sound.

Aspect 6 - Voice sounds

The aim is to distinguish between different vocal sounds and to begin oral blending and segmenting. Activities include Metal Mike, where children feed pictures of objects into a toy robot's mouth and the teacher sounds out the name of the object in a robot voice - /c/-/u/-/p/ cup, with the children joining in.

Aspect 7 - Oral blending and segmenting

In this aspect, the main aim is to develop oral blending and segmenting skills.

To practise oral blending, the teacher could say some sounds, such as /c/-/u/-/p/ and see whether the children can pick out a cup from a group of objects. For segmenting practise, the teacher could hold up an object such as a sock and ask the children which sounds they can hear in the word sock.


The activities introduced in Phase 1 are introduced in nursery and are intended to continue throughout the following phases, as lots of practice is needed before children will become confident in their phonic knowledge and skills.

Hello to all our returning children in nursery and a warm welcome to all our new starters.  We hope you'll be very happy with us .  We have an exciting year of learning which we hope all parents and carers will join us for.


Remember to keep checking our web page for further news, information and dates of future events.