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Welcome to Reception Class RD!


Reception Teacher: Miss Donaldson

Reception Teaching Assistants: Mrs Spragg and

Mrs Sears








The Gruffalo


Word of the week: Rhyme




Miss Donaldson's Group: revision of 'ee' diagraph and introduction of 'igh' diagraph. Children will be reading ditty 4 and the story 'Bob Bug'  


Mrs Spragg's Group: Children will be revisiting set 1 sounds, blending and segmenting simple cvc words and practicing their letter formations


Mrs Goodwin's Group: Revision of sounds taught so far and introduction of sounds f and r. Children will be practicing the formation of these letters and identifying objects and words that begin with tis sound.


All children will be practising their Reception high frequency words, this includes reading by sight, and for the more able children spelling them independently. 


Literacy Forming recognisable letters and writing key words and captions that are phonetically plausible. This week we children will be participating in a Gruffalo comprehension activity. 

Children will be taught to touch counting accurately with amounts up to 20, and learn to add two amounts together accurately.


Don't forget to use your 'Education City' logins to engage with online learning, there are a range of activities allocated to your child to consolidate their learning. 


Phonics: We teach Phonics using RWI and 'Letters and Sounds'. We start of by teaching the single sounds and then start introducing digraphs {2 letters 1 sound} and trigraphs {3 letters 1 sound}. The children use their phonic knowledge to segment and blend - sounding out and reading words. We also teach tricky words (red words). These are words we can not segment and blend and just have to know them. 




Unsure about how to pronounce the sounds? Don't worry here is a video to help you.

Jolly Phonics Letter Sounds (British English)

Listen to the 42 letter sounds of Jolly Phonics, spoken in British English. Each letter sound is clearly spoken twice, before an example word is given. Perfe...

Literacy: Your child will be practicing letter formations during registration when they are practising their name, 'Busy Time', Phonics lessons and 'Rainbow Time' if that is one of their targets. You can help your child greatly by developing their gross and fine motor skills. Handwriting is an important skill for success throughout schooling.  It is, however, a very complex skill.  In this article Kim Griffin has explored five essential components for handwriting and why motor skills are essential to support pencil grasp and handwriting.  Please take a few minutes to read the following link it is very informative and will help you to help your child flourish.


Maths: Over the next few weeks we are going to be immersed in lots of number focusing on number recognition and counting/counting out amounts accurately. Sing lots of number songs with your child, play number games, look for numbers in your everyday environment and don't forget to use the numbers in your child's home pack to consolidate their learning. 


Can they:

  • Recognise 
  • Order
  • Match number to quantity 
  • Tell you which number comes before/after a number you give them? 




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