This is a government initiative designed to help young children develop good literacy skills which in turn will help them to become proficient readers. By using games, songs, rhythm and rhyme, children are introduced to a language rich environment which helps them to develop their speaking and listening skills and their awareness of phonics.
This is a fun way to introduce phonics to young children. In rotation, children are invited to take home Barney Bear overnight and find 3 objects that begin with a given letter sound. The bag’s contents are then used for discussion at the next story session.
Children are invited to participate in small group work focusing on hand writing, numeracy, literacy skills or concentrating on a board game. These activities require the children to concentrate for longer periods and therefore usually involve the older children.