Outdoors and technology are two of my favourite things in the EYFS. Naturally, I like to combine the two when I can. Reception class haven’t taken the iPads outside this year, until today.
We introduced the children to the sound ‘s’ today in letters and sounds. After we practiced writing it and reading it we thought we had better search for some items that started with it.
I then took a group of children outside, we went on a ‘s’ hunt. Children took part in a competition to find different items that began with a ‘s’.
Once the children had found ‘s’ items that began with ‘s’ they had to take photographs to see who found the most.
We came back together as a group to discuss which items we found.
After our discussion we went back inside and drew some pictures of things that begin with ‘s’ too. As you can see we found things such as saucepans, scarecrows, scooters, spades and so much more. Some of the children even labelled their picture with the initial sound. I was so proud of them!
Like many EYFS teachers, one of the main focuses for me is getting my children to read. Teaching and encouraging the children to take what they have learnt in phonics and apply it to their day to day reading. Whether this is hearing or identifying initial sounds or blending simple CVC words.
Phonic Alien Adventure is an App that has really assisted the children with their reading. Particularly with the boys, they have enjoyed using the alien game to help with their blending.
Personally, I found planning for independent reading tricky, especially when I had to get the boys involved . With reading being a whole school focus, I was conscious I had to get a method in place to encourage and develop my children’s reading. This app ticks all the boxes.
It has been used for intervention groups to aid initial sound hearing and further on along the process helped with blending of CVC words.
Children are presented with an object (in the example above and egg and elf ) they then must choose the correct initial sound to help blend the word.
I found this also an ideal time to familiarise the children with ‘alien words’ again as I did with the Aurasma app. This familiarity and awareness will put them at a great advantage for the Year 1 phonics screening.
Children have an option of initial sounds to place at the front of a CVC word. Children read the word and in my class say whether it is an alien word or whether it is a real word. If it’s real we see if it matches the object on the alien’s belt.