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New Start Reception 2020

Term 1 ‘This is Us!’


Well, what a busy first term we have had settling into our first year at ‘big school’. The children have worked on the topic all about ‘Us’. We had a family apple tree display with photos of the children and their families, measured how tall the children were with string and blocks, drew members of our families in height order, made pictures of ourselves using nuts and bolts, made junk model robots to go with our book ‘Can I build another me?’ by Shinsuke Yoshitake and thought about where in the world we live with our book ‘Here We Are’ by Oliver Jeffers. Along with this we successfully celebrated ‘Us’ in our welcome service and told the story of ‘The Enormous Turnip’ in our Harvest Festival. We took a trip to meet Rev. Simon at St. Laurence Church to start our RE topic in Christianity of the Creation for story. On top of all of this we have had lots of fun during Child Initiated inside the classroom and getting rather wet and muddy in our outside area PLUS we have also got fully changed into our PE kits and enjoyed some games and gymnastics in the hall. Phew! We were all ready for a half term break and we hope you have had a good rest. 

Next term our topic is ‘Magical Journeys’ and we have planned activities based on the children’s interests. 

Cued Articulation


The children have been brilliant learning their sounds this term and they have learnt actions to support them with remembering these. These actions help them show what their mouth and tongue are doing when they are saying the sound. 

Here is a video to show you the actions so you can support your child with these. 

There is another video of the jolly Phonics songs that the children have enjoyed singing. 


Cued Articulation, Jane Passy - summary of all sounds and handsigns

This is just a brief summary of almost all Cued Articulation hand signs (excluding the triphthongs) as written and designed by Jane Passy. I own none of the ...


JOLLY Phonics Jolly Phonics is a systematic synthetic phonics programme designed to teach children to read and write. Children learn the 42 letter sounds of ...



We have been doing lots of listening in our Phonics sessions over the last 4 weeks including hearing and making loud, quiet, quick and slow sounds. We began blending sounds together to make whole words (pushing the sounds c - a - t together to hear the word cat. Blending helps with reading) and segmenting whole words into their sounds (breaking dog into the 3 sounds d - o - g. Segmenting helps with spelling words).


Here is a video to watch that shows you how to say the sound (phoneme) that each letter represents (grapheme). 



Articulation of Phonemes

A useful video clip showing the correct 'pure' pronounciation of phonemes (units of sound).



Welcome to all of our new Reception children. They have done brilliantly settling in over the last 4 weeks and have had fun inside the classroom and outside in our Early Years garden. 


Meet the Teachers Welcome Video


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Transition Powerpoint