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Friday 10th July

Hello again! I cant believe its the last week of school before the summer holidays! 

We all hope you have a lovely summer and hopefully we'll see you all again in September.

 The timetable for next week is here or visit the school for a paper copy. Paper copies of links available too.


​Click below for some fun dance exercises to keep you fit.

Super Yoga Underwater Party​

Kids workout​

Chicka boom Summer​

 All this terms timetables are below if you want to go back and do something that you missed or really enjoyed.  

Click on Book Trust to listen and read along with some great stories.

​​  These websites below are really good if you want a change or something extra to do. 


Twinkl Home Learning Hub​

​Bye for now!


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...

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

and be able to read 5 tricky words…

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

to I no go

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

Phase 4

A guide to phase 4 phonics for parents.pdf


Apps and websites for your child to enjoy learning in all areas.











abc pocket phonics

Hooked on phonics

Jolly phonics lessons​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Click here to visit The Early Years Curriculum

Links to useful websites​

Development Matters​ ​​


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. 

​​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