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Welcome to Reception! Your Teachers are Mrs. Jones (Monday and Tuesday) and Mrs. Cort (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday). We are supported everyday by Mrs. Parker.

We have PE on a Friday so please come to school wearing PE kit. We provide milk and fruit everyday but if you wish to provide your own healthy snack that is fine. Please note we are a nut free school.


Have a look around. You can contact us on dojo if any questions blush

Autumn 1 Topic - Once Upon a Time

In the Once Upon a Time project, your child will be introduced to the wonderful world of stories. They will listen to a range of traditional tales and have the chance to act out the stories in their play. They will also listen to alternative contemporary stories to see different viewpoints from the characters. They will use the stories to think about how life has changed from when the stories were written. They will also make up their own stories and make masks, props and puppets to act out their stories.


Supporting your child at home

  • Read traditional stories and fairy tales to your child.
  • Visit your local library and choose picture books to share.
  • Talk about the characters in stories and whether they like or dislike them.
  • Talk about how the characters in stories behave and what they could do differently.

Words to use and explore:

  • castle
  • dragon
  • knight
  • royal
  • prince
  • princess
  • queen
  • king
  • fairy tale
  • troll
  • fairy godmother
  • story
  • wolf
  • wood

Reading and sharing books

Please spend some time reading with your child and sharing books every day, ideally for at least 15 minutes each day. Below is a link to the Oxford Reading Tree free ebook library where you can find many online books for your child to read. 




Hello! We have started teaching phonics this week. Phonics is the way of teaching children how to read and write. Children hear, identify and use different sounds that distinguish one word from another. Rather than teaching letter names c (cee) a (ay) t (tee) we use pure sounds - c a t. (watch this for how to pronounce each sound).


The children learn the sounds in a set teaching sequence and eventually the book they receive will be matched to their phonic ability. They will come home with a phonics booklet which has all of the sounds we use as well as the rhymes we use to teaching it. 


We emphasise the importance of hearing and identifying the sounds before the writing of them. In class we ‘oral blend’ a lot. This is where you don’t say the word but sound it out. Also referred to as sound talking … touch your ‘f .. oo .. t’, ‘line u...p’ ‘pass the p...e...n’. 


We also learn tricky words and decodable high frequency words (HFW’s). Tricky words are words that cannot be sounded out (the, no, go) and HFW’s are words that can be sounded out and are commonly used in the English language (at, on, got, can). You may have heard the words’ phases’ to describe phonics - we are learning phase 2-4 during reception and reinforcing phase 1 (hearing and distinguishing sounds. Alongside this, we have fun with something called ‘nonsense/alien’ words. Words that the children need to use their phonetic ability to read. This is a really important skill anyway and one that they will need in year 1 (my alien is called c..a..j).


For now, at home lots of discussion on their picture books - maybe sound talking ‘point to the m...oo...n in your book’. Lots of eye spy with initial sounds ‘something that starts with s….’ 


Some more ideas for listening games:

  • Match the rhyming words - sounds similar

    • cat/bat

  • Match animals to sounds

    • Whats in the box? It goes ‘oink’

  • Sound/listening walk

  • Instrument sounds

    • tapping/clapping/comparing objects

      • Hide and play a shaker - which instrument makes this sound

  • Instruments with stories

    • ‘We’re going on a Bear hunt’ Which splosh a bucket of water, crunch leaves  etc

  • Rhyming odd one out

    • Cat, hat, frog, bat

  • Clapping syllables

  • Eye spy

    • I spy something that starts with the letter ‘f’ (use sounds not names. If children find it tricky, limit the number of items i.e. into a box etc

  • Robot voice/silly voices

  • Find me a … d-o-g


Early reading and writing ideas:

  • Writing on bodies/sand/chalk/magnetic letters

  • Find items beginning with

  • Kims game (items under a blanket - remove one each time)

  • ‘Simon’ says …. Put you hand on your b-a-ck (oral blending)

  • ‘Put in my bucket’ teddy needs jam - cdn say j-a-m (oral segmenting)

  • What’s in the box? Match picture/item to sound talk (blending)

  • Buried treasure/ob and bob for nonsense words 


More information can be found on the following link:


We currently have spaces for funded and non funded 2, 3 and 4 year olds in our nursery. Please contact the school office for more information.