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Reception Class

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Links to useful websites​

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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:

Dress as a book character day - Friday 24th January

​PHSE​ Parent/Child session -  Monday 10th Feb @ 2.15

Class assembly - Friday 28th Febrary @ 9.15

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

Sports Relief dress up day - Fri 13th March  


​​Spring 1: 2020

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​​Personal and social development
​Making the right choices
Helping others
Working as a team
Developing friendships
Developing self confidence

Communication and Language
Circle time rounds
Sharing news/Scrapbooks
Story telling with actions
Role play and small world play - Supertato, superheroes, supermarkets

​Physical development
​​Fine motor activities
Pencil control/letter formation
Healthy food choices - Fruits and vegetables
Outside games, climbing, bikes etc 
PE - Movement and games related to story
Getting changed for PE independently

​​Embed Phase 2 phonics and introduce phase 3 sounds (see below)
Reading books - Reading cvc words using phase 2 and 3 phonic skills
​​Supertato stories plus stories relating to theme
Exploring and extending vocabulary from stories
Writng about our own Superveg
Story mapping - Our own Superveg story
Shopping lists
Rhyme of the week
Numbers 6-10: Counting forwards and backwards, one more/one less, number formation, Number bonds to 10. Addition and subraction to 10
Doubling and halving numbers to 10
Measure: Comparing lengths and heights of fruits and vegetables
2D and 3D Shape 
Money - shop role play
​Understanding the World
Investigating properties of different fruits and vegetables
Supermarkets / Fruit and veg shops in our community
RE - Christianity
ICT - cross curricular games relating to classroom activities
​Exploring Art and Design​​​​​​​
Fruit and vegetable prints and artwork
Make your own Supertato
Design and draw your own Superveg
Music scheme - Rhythm and finding the beat
​​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.

​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.

Links to useful websites
​​letters and sounds pronunciation​​​

Apps and websites for your child to enjoy Phonics.





abc pocket phonics

Hooked on phonics

Jolly phonics lessons​