Year Page

Welcome to Reception. 
 
This is our joint area where you will find the latest news, letters, curriculum overviews and key dates plus other key information.
 
Teachers: Mrs Davies & Mrs Greenwood/Mrs Shutler
TAs: Mrs Gauden & Mrs Hill
Supporting your child at home
 
Phonics
 
 
We follow the Read Write Inc phonics scheme. Before your child can start to read independently, they needs to learn to: 
-say the sound that is represented by each letter or groups of letters. These are Speed Sounds (as we want children to read them effortlessly).
- sound out the word, e.g. c-a-t, sh-o-p, s-t-r-ee-t. This is sound blending.
 
Below is a guide on how we teach children to read and write using phonics as well as some videos to help you to support your child at home.
 
 

Learning Set 1 Speed Sounds

These are the Set 1 Speed Sounds written with one letter:

m  a  s  d  t  i  n  p  g  o  c  k  u  b  f  e  l  h  r  j  v  y  w  z  x

These are the sounds written with two letters (your child will call these ‘special friends’):

sh  th  ch  qu  ng  nk  ck

Check if your child can read these sounds. Make sure they say sounds like ‘mmm’, not letter names like ‘em’. 

 

Here is a video showing how to pronounce the sounds: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkXcabDUg7Q

 

Learning to blend with Set 1 Speed Sounds

Your child is learning to read words containing Set 1 Speed Sounds by sound blending. For example:

m-a-t mat

c-a-t cat

g-o-t got

f-i-sh fish            

s-p-o-t spot

b-e-s-t best

s-p-l-a-sh splash.

 

Here is a video to help you to support your child to blend:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNyFikwNQTg

 

Learning Set 2 Speed Sounds

Once your child has learnt all of the set 1 sounds, we move on to the set 2 sounds. These are called digraphs (sounds with 2 letters) and trigraphs (sounds with 3 letters). Your child will call these special friends.

These are the Set 2 Speed Sounds as well as the rhymes we use to help the children to remember them:

ay- may I play
ee- what can you see?
igh- fly high
ow- blow the snow
oo- poo at the zoo
ar- start the car
or- shut the door
air- that's not fair
ir- whirl and twirl
ou- shout it out
oy- toy to enjoy

 

Here is a video to help you:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7hRbrpq5Bo

Key Dates to Remember
 
Wednesday 7th October- Spanish Day
 
Monday 26th October- Friday 30th October- Half Term
 
Monday 2nd November- Staff Training Day
 
Please remember!
Hair bands/bows should be red or navy and should be small. 
Please save Jojo bows for the weekend!