Singing songs, reciting chants and rhymes and following beats and rhythms play an essential role in laying the foundation for reading readiness and the success of systematic phonics teaching. This fun and highly practical day, led by early years music specialist Steve Grocott, will develop children’s early phonological awareness. Steve will also share a range of high quality texts that help children to develop an ear for rhythm and rhyme, as well as traditional nursery rhymes and songs.
The day will boost participants ability and confidence in all their musical activities, build a better repertoire of songs and musical skills for use with 3-6’s and show how music can be used to help achieve Early Years outcomes.
• Reflect on research that demonstrate links between early music making and the acquisition of language
• Understand the integral relationship between music and early phonological development
• Increase confidence and ability in using music
• Learn about the way that songs work as patterns and how to improve performance and enjoyment
• Investigate ways to use songs to develop children’s social skills
Participants will gain:
• Ideas for practical activities designed to boost participants ability and confidence in all their musical activities
• Insights into the links between early music making and the acquisition of language backed by research
• Simple ideas for what to do with instruments that will make a big difference to sessions
• A carefully selected teacher publication to facilitate implementation
About Steve Grocott
Steve is an early years music expert and experienced workshop leader. He is able to combine his wide inside knowledge of nursery and primary school teaching with the approach of a performer and composer in a way that is genuinely useful to the teachers and early years practitioners who have attended his courses. The emphasis is on providing practical material for non music specialists that they will enjoy doing with their children. Find out more on his website here
"Thank you Steve, I’m not afraid to sing anymore. I think my class will be ‘jamming’ regularly!"Course Participant, 2015-16
"Poetry, nursery rhymes, nonsense verse, tongue-twisters, music and dance should be central features of an appropriate early years curriculum, as should talking and listening."Marian Whitehead in Beard R: Rhyme, Reading and Writing