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St Anne's CE Primary School

Inspire | Challenge | Care | Respect

Trinity Road, Sale M33 3ES

0161 973 7181


St Anne's CE Primary School

Inspire | Challenge | Care | Respect

Robot Talk in Phase 1 Letters and Sounds

Following many weeks of practising listening for different sounds (environmental, instrument, body and voice sounds) children are ready to listen to, and begin to speak, using the segmented sounds in words. In class, we often call this 'robot talk' as the words are broken up into smaller chunks of sounds in a robotic way. Talking in robot talk requires the speaker to hear the individual sounds which make up the word and try recreating them with their voice, exaggerating each sound and leaving a pause in-between them. At this stage, children do not know that those sounds are linked to a letter. Instead they are just having fun playing with sounds we regularly hear in words until they are ready for the next step. 


Robot talk is a fantastic tool to use at any time of the day: try challenging your child to follow simple instructions throughout the day eg: "put on your c-oa-t" or "let's brush your t-ee-th" and, of course, they could give you instructions in a similar way! We find that children who have had lots of experience of listening to and using robot talk find further Phonics learning much less challenging. 


In the absence of being able to introduce robot talk to the children in school, we have prepared a short video to demonstrate. 

Phase 1 Letters and Sounds

This page explains the stages that our Nursery teachers at St.Anne's teach your children whilst in Nursery. It may also help you to understand the developmental process so that you can support this learning at home.  Before Children are introduced to the letters of the alphabet, we ensure they can achieve each aspect in this order. 

Phase 1

Aspect 1 - General sound discrimination - environmental. 

Aspect 2 - General sound discrimination - instrumental sounds. 

Aspect 3 - General sound discrimination - body percussion. 

Aspect 4 - Rhythm and rhyme. 

Aspect 5 - Alliteration. 

Aspect 6 - Voice sounds. 

Aspect 7 - Oral blending and segmenting.


Below are some examples of how we might teach each of these aspects and two activities you can use at home

 Aspect 1

Aspect 4

Aspect 7

 Aspect 2

Aspect 5

Example of listening activity

Aspect 3

Aspect 6

Example of listening activity