​​​​ ​Welcome to Reception Class! 

We love stories in school and often base our activities around one of our favourite books.

​For the first half of Autumn term our story is:

"Rain before Rainbows"

As well as getting to know the children's interests and settling them into school, we will be looking at the changes in season and the weather. We will be introducing simple phonic and maths lessons and will be encouraging the children to take part in activities related to our story that cover all aspects of the early years curriculum.


Information for parents

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ The Early Years Curriculum

Development Matters​ 

  • We provide snacks morning and afternoons for the children. We ask for a contribution of £1.25 per week for this. Please put money in a named envelope and give to your child to bring into class on a Monday. We do not give change but will carry over any extra monies to the next week.
  • Reading books and reading diaries need to be in school every Monday. Please ensure you record in the reading diary when you have read with your child. Book bags will be returned with new books every Wednesday. Please regularly spend time reading with your child.
  • Formal PE sessions will begin after the first half term in school. For the 2nd half of Autumn term our PE day is Thursdays. Please make sure all kit and clothes are named.
  • Fresh water is always available for the children in class but your child may also bring in a named water bottle. Please make sure this contains plain water only. Other children will drink it if you put anything else in. This will need to be taken home and washed daily.

​​       Thank you

       Mrs. Howard and Miss Udall​

​​A typical school day

8.45-9.15 Wash hands, Self register and play in classroom
9.20-9.40: Carpet time - Register, morning plan, literacy/topic input
9.45-11.15 Activities/play indoors and out. Snack available throuout
11.20-11.45 Tidy up and Phonics
11.45-12.45 Lunch and outdoor play
12.45-1.15 Register and Maths input
1.20-2.15 Activities/Play Indoors and out
2.20-2.45 Tidy up, fruit and story​
2.45-3pm Hometime

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Phonics in Reception Class

At Brookvale we follow 'Letters & Sounds' which is the government programme for teaching phonics and high frequency words.

It is split into 6 phases with the different phases being covered throughout the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1.

· Phase 1– Nursery / Reception class

· Phase 2– Reception class

· Phase 3– Reception class

· Phase 4– Reception / Year 1

· Phase 5– Year 1

· Phase 6– Year 1 / Year 2

 Phase 1 

Phase 1 focuses on the basic skills needed for reading and writing and includes singing lots of nursery rhymes, playing listening games and using musical instruments. This will be our phonics focus for the first half of the Autumn term.

Things to do at home:

  • Play games like 'I spy'
  • Sing songs and rhymes together
  • Share lots of books together
  • Break up words into their sounds using a robot voice eg c-a-t

Phase 2

This will be introduced in the 2nd half of the Autumn term.

By the end of phase 2, the children should know 23 sounds...

​​letters and sounds pronunciation​​​

​Click on the above link to hear how to say the sounds correctly

s a t p i n m d
g o c k ck e u r
h b f ff l ll ss 


They should also be able to read these tricky words…

to I no go

A tricky word has to be learned by sight as it cannot be sounded out.

They should be able to orally blend cvc words e.g. when you sound out c-a-t, they can tell you the word is cat, and also orally segment cvc words e.g. when you say mum, they can pick out the sounds m-u-m.

Things to do at home:
  • Practise the letter sounds sent home every day even when you think your child knows them as they are easily forgotten when more letter sounds are introduced.
  • Cut up each sound and use to make simple words and sentences. Cover the words and see if your child can write them by sounding them out.
  • Point out letters and familiar words as you are out and about.
  • Read with and to your child every day.