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​Welcome to 

Reception Class


Information for parents

Snack is £1.25 per week. Please put money in a named envelope and give to your child to bring into class on a Monday to put in the snack basket.

Please check your child's box every night for letters

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.

Please contribute to your child's scrapbook on a regular basis so we are informed about your child's interests and achievements. These books are a fantastic opportunity for your child to share their interests and news with the class.
Our PE day regularly changes so please send a named PE kit into school to be left on your child's peg for each half term. 

Fresh water is always available for the children in class but if your child has a water bottle in school, please make sure it is clearly named and contains plain water only. Other children will drink it if you put anything else in.
You will need to take it home and wash it daily. 


Activities related to what is being taught in school are regularly sent home for you to complete with your child. You do not always have to send completed work back in but we would love to hear how your child has done.

​​Thank you

Mrs. Howard and Mrs. Fallon

Dates for the diary:

                Parent/Child session - ​History/Georgraphy                          Monday 14th October @ 2.15

                 Parents Evening - Tuesday 22nd October                            (see sheet posted by class for times)

                 Parent/child session - Christmas Crafts                            Monday 16th December @ 1.15

​​Autumn 1: 2019
Getting to know you/Dinosaurs

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​​Personal and social development
Class rules and routines
Getting to know each other
People I love/Kind actions
Communication and Language
Baseline Assessment
Initial assessments on speech and language
Circle time rounds
Sharing news
Listening skills
​Physical development
​​Fine motor activities
Pencil control/letter formation
healthy food choices - snack/lunch
Outside games, climbing, bikes etc
Baseline Assessment
​​Phase 1 and 2 phonics (see below)
Talk for writing - The Little Green Dinosaur
Rhyme of the week
Reading books - telling stories from picture books
Baseline Assessment​​
Numbers 1-5: Counting forwards and backwards, recognition, ordering, matching number to set, one more/one less, number formation.
​Understanding the World
​Our school - tour of school, comparing classrooms
Autumn - changes
RE - People we love/Kind actions
Dinosaurs - learning facts
ICT - cross curricular games relating to classroom activities
​Exploring Art and Design​​​​​​​
Fish/butterfly craft
Dinosaur pictures and display
Free painting, collage, printing, drawing, construction


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

· Phase 2– Reception

· Phase 3– Reception

· 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. 

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

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


and be able to read 5 tricky words…

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 letter and use to make simple 3 letter words.  Cover the word and see if your child can write the word by sounding it out.
  • Point out letters and familiar words as you are out and about.
  • Read with and to your child every day.

​Your child will be regularly assessed. Information on the next phases will be added when we move on to phase 3


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​​letters and sounds pronunciation​​​