Phonics Phase One Aspect 3: Body Percussion

The main purpose of this aspect is to continue to develop awareness of sounds and rhythms. Not only are these pre-reading skills, but singing and music is one of the first ways that we experience mathematics. Counting a beat and recognising patterns are both basic mathematic concepts.

Phonics Phase One Aspect 3: Body Percussion

Activity Ideas

  • Action songs - singing songs should be an everyday activity when working with children in the early years as they need to build a wide repertoire of songs and rhymes. We have compiled the words to a selection of action songs and rhymes below, just in case you have forgotten them!
  • Making noise through movement - Stamp, clap, slap your thighs - use your bodies to add a beat to the songs you sing or to create your own rhythms.
  • Fast and slow - stamp fast, stamp slow, clap fast, clap slow ...
  • Copy the beat - stamp your feet or clap your hands in a rhythm then ask the children to copy it.
  • Pass the sound - sit the children in a circle and see if the children can "pass" a rhythm around the circle. You start, or ask one of the children to.

Our Phonics Phase One Aspect 3 Resources

The Wheels On The Bus Song Lyrics Printable

The Wheels On The Bus Song Lyrics Printable

The wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round, round and round ... and the words from this song might go round and round in your head too! Here's a fun printable to remind you of the lyrics.

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