BLAST is Boosting Language Auditory Skills and Talking.
BLAST 1 is designed for all children in nursery settings aged from 3-4 years old. There are 30 consecutive sessions fully planned and resourced delivered to a group of 4-8 children by a specially trained teaching assistant. BLAST works on the underpinning skills for language, communication and literacy – turn taking, discrimination, listening, attention and social communication as well as developing basic language skills both receptively and expressively.
BLAST 2 is designed for all children in reception classes aged from 4-5 years old. There are 30 consecutive daily sessions delivered by a specially trained teaching assistant providing a half term of work for a group of 4-8 children. BLAST 2 works on the underpinning skill for reading via a phonics approach which is known as Phonological Awareness. It also works on the skills need to acquire, retain and access new vocabulary and to learn and store vocabulary in an organised way.