Reflecting on improving early years literacy foundations In response to teachers’ concerns about the poor language and listening skills of many children entering Key Stage 1, former headteacher and author Sue Palmer has been researching the best possible basis for language and literacy learning in the Early Years.
Sue looks at the arguments for a structured but balanced orally-based curriculum and reflects on Early Years approaches developed by Galina Dolya, whose practices draw on the writings of Russian psychologist, Lev Vygotsky.
This programme examines techniques demonstrated in Laying the Foundations 1. Story Grammar and Symbol Dance develop the children’s symbolic literacy, and an Artographics session improves fine motor coordination needed for handwriting.
Language flourishes through opportunities for self-directed play, which are seen to produce confident speakers and imaginative minds. The importance of music as a foundation to literacy is also discussed. Perseverance with phonics also brings rewards.