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Activities to support Language, Literacy & Phonics development

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Spend around half an hour a day reading a book together, watching a story on YouTube and singing some songs. This will support your child with their listening and attention, understanding, speaking, knowledge of the world and people and communities, being imaginative, understanding feelings and of course their early reading skills! 

Our favourite Nursery Rhymes on YouTube

BBC Nursery Rhymes:

I know an old lady who swallowed a fly

Here we go round the mulberry bush

Mary, Mary Quite contrary


The animals went in 2 by 2

20 minute medley

30 minute medley

Action songs medley

Singing Hands:

Little Peter Rabbit

5 little firemen

The wheels on the bus

Old Mcdonald had a farm

Three little monkeys

Row, row, row your boat

Barefoot Books:

A hole in the bottom of the sea

Port side pirates

The animal boogie

If you're happy and you know it

Over in the meadow

Knick, Knack paddy whack

up, up up !

Magic train ride

Dinosaur rap


i know an old lady who swallowed a flylittle peter rabbita hole in the bottom of the seaport side piratesdinosaur rap

Reading stories together

Not only do stories provide new language to your child that they can understand, they are also a key opportunity to develop their speaking, listening and attention skills, as well as understanding the structure of stories and how they work. Talking to your child about the story is crucial at this age to help them develop a love of stories and reading, as well as helping them to understand and process what happens in the book and in the world around them. Stories open up a whole world of opportunity to your little one so reading with them and talking about it is invaluable. Here are some examples of questions to get you started:

Questions to ask

Who is feeling sad/happy/cross etc ? Why are they feeling like that?

What do you think will happen next? What will happen at the end?

What should they do? What would you do?

What happened at the beginning/middle/end of the story?

Who was your favourite character? Why?

Who was being kind/naughty/selfish/helpful/silly?

Do you like this story? Why?

Was it scary/funny/sad/happy etc?


Our favourite stories on YouTube

Search on BBC iPlayer for lots of Julia Donaldson stories including The Gruffalo, Zog, Room on the Broom and more! 

Search on YouTube and BBC iPlayer for Alphablocks.

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