2017/ 2018

Every child accesses phonics at their level on a daily basis. Staff at Delius work hard to ensure all pupils are extending their knowledge of the world of sounds around them. Below you will find our Phonics policy and some ideas of activities you could do at home.

Environmental sounds Instrumental sounds Body percussion Rhythm and rhyme Voice sounds
Creating and listening to sounds that you hear at the park, house, sea, jungle, farm, street, sky, food Opportunities to listen to variety of music/sounds (pop, jazz, classical, country) Assisted touch of sensory materials.


Tac Pac – feeling objects in time to a rhythm


Lips / mouth awareness activities – licking lollies / licking hundreds and thousands or jam from around lips / treacle from a spoon / ice cream.


Assisted listening to sound stories about journeys.


Sounds effect tapes, live music, taped music, jingles.


Using a puppet to demonstrate actions e.g. clapping/ stamping Being held, rocked in time to song, music.


Opportunities to be alongside others playing sound imitation games – shows excitement/pleasure.


Cue music (i.e. music played at the same time each day e.g. dinner time or a ‘musical timetable’ to cue pupils into points of changes in the school day.) Listening to choirs, orchestras, visiting musicians , theatre visit


Contact by lying next to each other by working on resonance board.


Ready steady go, 1,2,3 go, play type games where pupil attempts to join in with vocalisations at the end of the sequence.


Being sung to in close proximity
Quiet/noisy environments, e.g. library, market, toys on Sounds in different areas of school. (Gamalan, courtyard, music and drama room, swimming)


Using sensory material work on individual body parts, e.g. feet (in beans, flour, water, bubble wrap)


Turn taking games in songs, anticipation poems e.g. one two Games to encourage eye contact whilst listening to sounds e.g. coloured glasses, eyes ‘pop-up’ toys and activities.
Touch screen/ switch game environmental sounds Sound/silence using a pause for reactions


Continue to copy pupils’ actions, vocalisations, facial expressions – mirror work – play making funny faces in mirror / distorted mirrors.


Singing ‘silly soup’ and sensory exploration of rhyming words (e.g. jelly in a welly) Babble play examples (ahhhh, ooooo) – patting doll – ahh / pop up toys ooo


Working with the weather sounds (wind chimes, umbrellas with water on) Overload tray with equipment, e.g. balls/bells so any movement creates a sound/movement.


Movement songs such as hockey cokey, heads shoulder, knees and toes Listening to rhyming books, songs and poems Echo mikes, microphones, voice activated switches.
Environmental sounds, e.g. police siren/classroom phone.


Use tape recorder, Karaoke Singing activities stopping and only resuming when pupil looks at communication partner


  Sound bars, sound microphones to activate sensory room
  Sound beam / sounds tracked around a group


Blowing candles, bubbles.


  Intensive interaction (1-1 session where pupils’ actions/sounds are imitated).


    Imitate lip shapes for some letters e.g. m, f, b, l.


  Photograph sound/talking books that mention pupils name frequently.


Ladies Only Fashion Show 24th Nov 2017 19:00 – 21:00

This is a Friends of Delius Charity Event to help raise money for extra curricular activities and resources for the children of Delius Special School.

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