Early Phonological Awareness through Rhyme and Song with Steve Grocott

28/05/2021 - 10:00am to 3:30pm

This fun and highly practical day, led by early years music specialist Steve Grocott, will develop children’s early phonological awareness in line with the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum in Key Stage 1. 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.

Who should attend?

EYFS Teachers or KS1 teachers, librarians or children’s music group leaders, music enthusiasts and non-music specialists, all are welcome.

What you will learn:

  • Ideas for practical activities to boost participant’s ability and confidence in all their musical activities
  • Build a better repertoire of songs and musical skills for use with 3-6’s
  • How music can be used to help achieve Early Years outcomes giving an insight into the links between early music making and the acquisition of language backed by research

What participants will receive?

Participants on this course will receive a carefully selected teacher publication to facilitate the implementation.

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will gain musical insight into the techniques you can use to develop children’s early phonological awareness. Participants will leave with a confidence to use the strategies in their classrooms to build the foundation to children’s reading readiness and the success of systematic phonics teaching.

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

Book our face-to-face courses with full confidence that they will be run within government guidelines on health and safety and social distancing.  Like everyone, we are having to review the situation with regards to Covid-19 regularly. If government guidance changes then we will work with you to ensure that we can deliver an alternative that meets your needs and that gives your school the training you need. 

“I’m certainly more confident about using music, not just in a structured way but also informally with the children in my nursery.” 

Nursery Teacher, 2017

"Thank you Steve, I’m not afraid to sing anymore. I think my class will be ‘jamming’ regularly!"

Teacher, 2016

"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
Webber Street
United Kingdom
  • Pupil Premium Funding
  • Lunch Included
  • Includes Resources