In Nursery, Phase One phonics is embedded throughout the school day. This is done through high quality provision, modelled speaking and listening, enjoying and sharing books, rhymes, song and poems and the language rich environment we provide. In addition, there are daily adult led activities which focus on the seven aspects and three strands of Phase One teaching:

  • Aspect 1: General sound discrimination – environmental sounds
  • Aspect 2: General sound discrimination – instrumental sounds
  • Aspect 3: General sound discrimination – body percussion
  • Aspect 4: Rhythm and rhyme
  • Aspect 5: Alliteration
  • Aspect 6: Voice sounds
  • Aspect 7: Oral blending and segmenting

Each aspect is divided into three strands:

  • Tuning into sounds (auditory discrimination)
  • Listening and remembering sounds (auditory memory and sequencing)
  • Talking about sounds (developing vocabulary and language comprehension)

Activities within the seven aspects are designed to help children:

  1. listen attentively;
  2. enlarge their vocabulary;
  3. speak confidently to adults and other children;
  4. discriminate phonemes;
  5. reproduce audibly the phonemes they hear, in order, all through the word;
  6. use sound-talk to segment words into phonemes

As and when the children are ready to do so, they begin to learn Phase Two grapheme phoneme correspondences, alongside their Phase One learning.


Attached below are documents to support you will your child's learning of the seven aspects of Phase One phonics, outlined above. 

There is also a sound mat and tricky word mat for Phase 2.

In addition, there is a glossary and useful information guides for families which provide you with an overview of how your child will learn phonics at Morley Victoria.