Early Years Literacy is incorporated into play through a variety of teaching strategies and resources. Play provides an important context for learning, as children are able to explore ideas, solve problems, make connections and engage with others. Play-based learning plays a crucial role in the development of literacy.
Students develop their phonological awareness through the Jolly Phonics programme, a comprehensive programme developed by British educators, based on the multi-sensory synthetic phonics method that gets children reading and writing from an early age. Letter sounds are taught as opposed to the alphabet; these 42 letter sounds are phonic building blocks that children use to decode the English language as they grow from Reception 1 to Year 2. When reading a word, they recognise the letters and blend together the respective sounds. When writing a word they identify the sounds and write down the corresponding letters. For more information please visit the following website: https://www.jollylearning.co.uk/jolly-phonics/
Apart from developing their phonics, students will also learn what print is by being exposed to stories both in the classroom and during library lessons, thus learning to respond to a variety of texts and developing their comprehension skills. Students learn to understand and use simple and more complex language to express thoughts and feelings. They will also develop emergent writing skills.