‘New ‘phonics’ tests are being introduced to year one primary children next summer (2012). Trials have been completed this year. The tests aim to identify children who may have reading difficulties in order that they may get extra reading help.’ Phonics is the method of teaching children to read by correlating sounds with letters or

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A myriad of skills may be developed through attendance at a Sounds and Symbols™ session – these include: cognitive, social, emotional, speech, language, literacy, gross motor, fine motor, problem-solving, listening, phonological awareness and in music making – keeping time, sharing, turn-taking, producing sounds, participation and an appreciation of rhythm, pitch, tempo, dynamics, duration and structure.

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The programme ‘Sounds and Symbols™’ is based upon the findings of the book ‘Sound Before Symbol’ The book is currently with Sage Publishing.