BLAST is Boosting Language Auditory Skills and Talking.
BLAST 1 is designed for all children in nursery aged from 3-4. There are 30 consecutive sessions fully planned and resourced to deliver to a group of 4-8 children. All the setting needs is a trained BLAST user to run the group, a CD player and the pack! 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 aged from 4-5. There are 30 consecutive daily sessions providing a half term of work for a group of 4-8 children. Settings need a trained BLAST user to run the group but if you have done BLAST 1 training you are good to go! No further training required! In addition, the setting needs to photocopy some of the master sheets but all other planning and resource preparation is in the pack. 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. An organised vocabulary is essential in order to effectively and efficiently access the curriculum.