Phase 1 phonics focuses on developing memory, listening, and speaking skills, and includes understanding environmental sounds, instrumental sounds, body sounds, rhythm and rhyme, alliteration, voice sounds and lastly oral blending and segmenting.
It turns out that your child banging on pots and pans does far more than just give you a headache! Making sounds on different objects, shaking rattles, and generally making a ruckus, is one of the first steps. Singing rhyming songs and clapping out rhythms, along with games like I-Spy all count towards Phase 1 learning.
A woodland walk chatting about what you can hear (the wind through the leaves, birds tweeting, twigs snapping etc) is a great way to encourage kids to distinguish between sounds, or if you’re crafty there are lots of tutorials online for making instruments at home out of recycled containers.