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​30th March 2020 

Hello everyone

We hope that you are all staying safe and well and managed to keep yourselves busy last week. Did you enjoy the sunny weather last week and get lots of exercicse in your back garden? It is important to keep fit and moving even if you aren't able to get outdoors. For those of you who don't already know, Jo Wicks P.E. is live every weekday morning at 9.00a.m. and is a fun way to start the day. Knowing how much you all love to dance, why not try moving to these action tunes on youtube:

Shake your sillies out – the learning station

Zumba kids – I like to move it, the electric song (minions)

You could practise your numbers while keeping fit using Jack Hartmann's Let's get fit/count to 100 or number bonds with DJ Count. – give it a go.

We are sure that your learning packs have been keeping you occupied and that you have been doing lots of pictures and writing in your green books. If you are short on ideas of what to put into your book, why not try these ideas :

1.Read or watch the story of the very hungry catterpillar then use your green book as a diary to record what the catterpillar does on each day.

2. Watch animal webcam (details on main page). Choose your favourite animal, draw a picture and write one fact about it.

We are missing you all, especially the chatter and giggles and can't wait until things are back to normal again.

Stay Safe

Mrs Fallon, Mrs Howard & Mrs O'Loughlan.​

​​​​School Closure
During the following weeks of school closure, we would like to suggest that your children follow a similar daily routine to being in school to help keep them to continue to learn and develop. 

Watch this story about Frog and Toad where toad makes a list of all the things he has to do that day
Make a list of all the things you are going to do with your child each day.
Cross each item off as you do them.

We have sent home learning packs to help you keep your children busy but we advocate that they do not spend long amounts of time completing worksheets. Varied and interesting play with adult support is most beneficial.

​​A typical school day
9-9.10 Discuss and plan out the day
9.10-9.30: Phonics
9.30-10.15 Reading, writing or maths games and activities
10.15-10.30 Snack and milk
10.30-11.30 Indoor and Outdoor play to include physical and investigative activities
11.30-12pm - Stories, action songs and rhymes 
12-1 Lunch and outdoor play
1-1.30 Discussions, learning facts, finding out about our topic through books and ICT
1.30-2.30 Play activities and tasks relating to a theme. Includes story making, role play, crafts and painting, construction, board games.
2.30 Tidy up, fruit and story

​Our theme this term has obviously been cut short so if you were able to obtain the book 
​Hattie Peck: The Journey Home ​​​
​you may wish to continue some of the activities suggested in our overview. We have also included in your learning pack related topics ie 5 little speckled frogs and Old Macdonald had a farm. There are many versions of these songs on You Tube for you to access.

We look forward to seeing everybody again soon!
Mrs Howard, Mrs Fallon and Mrs O'Loughlin​

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 and homework.

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:

​Class assembly - Friday 28th Febrary @ 9.15

                 Parents Evening - Tue/Wed 3rd and 4th March    

       Sports Relief dress up day - Fri 13th March  

Easter Bonnet competitionThursday 2nd April

     Easter raffle. Finish for Easter at 2pm - ​Friday 3rd April        


Image result for Hattie Peck 

Spring 2

Learning through story

Personal and social development

Who looks after us – what they do to make us feel special

Exploring Hattie Pecks character and personality

Understanding the feelings of characters in the story

Bedtime routines – compare own with story

Happy moments – big days out – birthdays – family traditions

Things you would need to pack when going on a journey

Communication and Language

Circle time rounds – theme discussions

Scrapbooks and news

Teaching vocabulary used in story eg rescued, abandoned, hatchling etc

Story linked role-play and small world play

Physical development

Moving like characters in story eg soar, crawl, slither, shuffle

PE: Apparatus – developing gross motor skills, balance and coordination

Daily outdoor play, Weekly runs ,

Fine motor development activities, letter formation and sizing


Rhyme of the week, themed stories, themed non-fiction books

Phonics: Embedding all taught sounds and tricky words in writing tasks, introduce the vowels and phase 3 vowel sounds, continue with phase 3 tricky words.

Reading: Levelled reading books, reading and ordering captions and sentences from the story and in phonic sessions

Writing: storymapping, writing own stories, lists, instructions


Counting and numbers to 20, Estimation

Addition by counting on, Subtraction by counting back

Halving and sharing, Odds and evens

repeating patterns, Measure - distance

Understanding the World

Animals that come from eggs, Families and homes, Journeys and transport

Different environments – caves, mountains, tunnels etc

RE: Christianity - Easter, Hinduism - Holi

ICT: Programming robots – directions plus interactive computer games​

Exploring Art and Design

Craft and paintings linked to story: eggs, transport, animals,

Using imagination – ideas linked to story eg where you might go on an adventure

Music – Our World: using voices and instruments, share and perform, listening and responding, finding the pulse,


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.

​Phase 3

During the Spring term, the children will be introduced to Phase 3 of the letters and sounds programme for phonics.

All children will be introduced to set 6 and 7. (See below)

Set 6: j, v, w, x

Set 7: y, z, zz, qu

Your child needs to be able to blend and segment words containing the 26 letters taught so far to move on further. The children who are still working on this will continue with Phase 2 activities which involve reading and writing simple words and captions.

As your child becomes confident with this they will be introduced to the following 25 new graphemes (sounds)

Consonant digraphs: ch, sh, th, ng

Vowel digraphs: ai, ee, igh, oa, oo, ar, or, ur, ow, oi, ear, air, ure, er

During Phase 3, children will also learn the letter names but they will continue to use the sounds when decoding words.

Tricky words

During Phase 3, the following tricky words (which can't yet be decoded) are also introduced:

  • he  she  we  me  be  was  you  they  all  are  my his her

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.

​​letters and sounds pronunciation​​​

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