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Phonics play

Phonics play are offering access to all their phonics games for free using the following log in details.

username: jan21
password: home

Free phonics webinar session

If you are struggling with what phonics is and how to teach it here is some details of some free training for parents

Free phonics webinar session for parents 12th Jan 8-8.45pm

Free phonics webinar session for parents 14th Jan 8-8.45pm

Free phonics webinar session for parents 19th Jan 8-8.45pm

Home learning ideas

Class Teacher – Mrs S Clarke
Teaching Assistants–Mrs D Morris

[themify_quote]‘The wider the range of possibilities we offer children, the more intense will be their motivations and the richer their experiences’ Loris Malaguzzi[/themify_quote]

Our children in Reception learn through enhanced continuous provision, both in our indoor and outdoor classroom. Our children learn through the Characteristics of Effective Learning, these are:

  • playing and exploring
  • active learning
  • creating and thinking critically

These are important life skills and attitudes which support children in being ready to face challenges, explore and extend their learning.

We have 7 different areas of learning these are broken down into our Prime and Specific areas.

Our Prime Areas of learning are:

  • Personal, Social, Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language

Our specific areas of learning are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive Arts and Design

All of the activities planned within our EYFS key stage are linked to these areas of learning with close attention paid to the characteristics of effective learning.

What’s happening this term in Reception?

Welcome back to a brand new term and the start of a whole new year.


This term we will be focusing on the season of Winter.

During this topic we will spend a lot of time outdoors, exploring the changes that occur during this season. We will be exploring ice and carrying out lots of different scientific experiments to explore the change of water to ice and how we can reverse this reaction.

We will also be learning about another continent of our world – Antarctica. Through this topic, we will be reading lots of stories about ice and snow which will lead us onto a mini topic about Penguins.


In phonics we will be continuing to teach Phase 2 letter sounds and key words and will commence Phase 3 towards the end of term. Phonics is taught daily and a new letter sound is introduced each day. We follow the Letters and Sounds scheme incorporating Jolly Phonics. All Jolly Phonics songs with action can be found on Youtube. We would encourage parents to allow children to access these to help embed their learning.

Cbeebies ‘Alphablocks’ is also a very educational and beneficial programme for the children to be watching which will help teach them the skills of blending and segmenting.


This term in mathematics we will be continuing to concentrate on number. We follow White Rose Maths which allows children to delve deeper into number and learn all about what a number is and what it consists of. We will be looking at numbers up to 10 hopefully progressing to 20 towards the end of term. We will also be learning about the days of the week and the months of our year with a small introduction to telling the time.

Come and See

In Come and See we are learning about Celebrations and Gathering. During these topics, we will share lots of our own experiences with each other and share scripture readings – making links between our own experiences and the teachings of Jesus and the Catholic Church.

What can I be doing at home?

Reading to your child every day! Reading allows children to enter a new world, learn new words, new cultures, new experiences and develops imagination. It provides the chance to question, predict and most of all enjoy!

Find reasons to write. Before going shopping, write down lists of what you will need. Ask your child to write down the first sound of the items, whilst shopping ask children to find the b,b,b bread. Draw pictures and write captions of the things you have been doing at home and over the weekends. 

Practice recognising your numbers every day and counting out objects to match. Find 1 more and less than numbers and create your own number problems. Count, count count!

Can you create your own maths problems? 

If I have 5 sweets but I ate 1 how many would I have left?

How many beads can you put into the pot into 1 minute?                                 

General Information

Tapestry is used daily by staff to record children’s learning. Please try to log in regularly to access your children’s achievements and successes and inform us of any out of school activities.

Each Monday we collect £1 which is used to buy snack for your child throughout the week. All contributions are greatly valued to ensure your child has a healthy week at school.

In Reception we have access to our outdoor classroom daily to keep us physically active and healthy. In addition to this, our planned PE day is Wednesday. PE will commence after October half term. On P.E days children are required to come in to school wearing their full PE kit.

Please ensure ALL your child’s clothing has names on it. As they go through the wash names do tend to fade so please keep checking to ensure that things don’t go missing, especially jumpers and cardigans. 

Many thanks for your continued support in school and at home.

Mrs Clarke

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