Teaching phonics - the basics

Hearing differences in speech sounds - part 2

All these activities become reading lessons as the children learn to hear, identify and discriminate between different sounds. In a classroom there would be lots of opportunities for children to play with sounds – a tape recorder, a sound area with materials to make sounds, displays of words to do with sounds. There would also be a specific focus on listening to sounds – group activities where sound lotto is played, making sound accompaniments to well-known stories, matching sounds with the objects or people who make the, trying to make different qualities of sound with voices and instruments.