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The child will copy a simple pattern of sounds - starting with e.g. instruments.

Phonology/Articulation:Phonological Awareness
Section:Early Years (0-5yrs) info; Primary (5-11yrs) info
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3 or 4 musical instruments which are very different in sound (e.g. bells, drum, triangle)

1. Explain that you will all take it in turns to make a pattern and the child/one child will copy it exactly. So that they listen and do not just watch have them close their eyes or turn around when you make the pattern.

2. Make a pattern starting with two instruments and building up to 4.

3. Have the child copy your pattern exactly.

4. Celebrate success! If the child does not get it right, show them the pattern and have them watch and listen, and then copy.

Start with very simple patterns, for example a sequence of just one or two sounds (e.g. shake a bell then beat the drum).

To vary this activity, use different instruments.

To make it more difficult, use instruments which sound more similar to each other: e.g. use 3 different bells or 3 different drums.

Sound Stories

3 or 4 musical instruments which are very different (e.g. bells, drum, triangle)

Flashcards / ready prepared cards to link characters, objects or places in the story to a specific instrument.

Keep your 'stories' short - one or two sentences!

An example:

Rhythm sticks = stony road

Shaker = grass

Story: 'A boy went for a walk. He went along the stony road for a long time, then he stopped and played on the grass.'


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