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Reception have now started phase three of the Letters and Sounds programme. We have learnt the first set of letter sounds. Please practise these at home reinforcing the letter sound and action:

j, v, w, x

We have also been learning to read and write simple CVC words. Please practise reading and writing these words:

Jim, jam, Jack, Jill, jacket, van, vet, visit, win, wicked, cobweb, mix, vixen and exit

Our tricky words this week are:

I, to, no, go, the and my.


Please practise, using the sheet provided, writing the letters the children found

 challenging in phonics. 


Thank you for your support.



The Reception Team:
Miss Brunt RB   Miss Taylor RT

Mrs Bate    Miss Bishton    Mrs Phillips    Mrs Wilding 

General Reminders


Water Bottles, Wellies, Book Bags and PE kits
Please could you ensure that your child brings a named water bottle to school every day. We also ask that you bring in a pair of wellies, which will be kept in school, from your child's first week so they can access our outdoor learning environment. At the moment we ask that your child does not bring their PE kits or book bags. We will notify you when these items need to be brought into school. 

Important Dates:

Please note that dates may change and as of this moment we are unsure if we will be able to go ahead with many of workshops due to our school risk assessment.

If any dates change or there are any cancellations you will be notified.



Monday 4th January - Teacher Training Day


​​​​​​​Friday12th February - Break up for half term 

Monday 22nd February - Return to school


Thursday 1st April - Break up for Easter 

Monday 19th April - Teacher Training Day

Tuesday 20th April - Return to school



Please keep a close watch on the information below regarding the curriculum and key dates as it is regularly updated.


Our topic for this half-term is:

Are we there yet?

Religious education 

This term our big question is ' Where do we belong?'. The children will start by thinking about why they are special. They will then go on to talk about the idea that each person is unique and valuable. The children will have the opportunity to talk about occasions when things have happened in their lives that made them feel special, from everyday events (a hug from a family member or friend) and special events (religious ceremonies and birthdays). We will then introduce the idea that religions teach that each person is unique and valuable too, for example by considering religious beliefs about God loving each person. 



We have now completed Phase 2 of the Letters and Sounds Programme and we will be moving on to Phase 3. The children are now able to blend and segment words containing the 19 letters taught in Phase 2. We will introduce twenty-five new graphemes, including digraphs (two letters making one sound) and trigraphs (three letters making one sound). They will also learn new tricky words as well as embedding segmenting and blending skills and letter formation. During Phase 3, children will also learn the letter names using an alphabet song, although they will continue to use the sounds when decoding words. 


At St Peter's we use lots of the resources that can be found on the Letters and Sounds website. They are free to download and can be very useful to use at home. Please do not hesitate to ask us about any of your phonics needs!


In the first half term we will be focusing on non-fiction writing. We will start by writing captions and sentences based on winter. The children will research winter using non-fiction books and sharing their own experiences and knowledge.

We will finish the term by learning about rhyming words. At school we have a variety of lovely rhyming stories that we will read to the children to help them understand what rhyme is. The children will then write rhyming strings using their phonics knowledge and skills.

This half term we will start by teaching 1 less using objects and a 10's frame. We will also consolidate our counting skills and number recognition to 10. The children will then be taught the names of 2d and 3d shapes as well as some of their properties. They will use shape names when deciding what 'junk' they will need to create their vehicle and when adding windows and other features.



Understanding the World

The children will also have weekly opportunities to use the computers in the ICT suite to complete simple programs that support current learning, draw their portraits on 2simple and create bonfire pictures.


Personal, Social and Emotional Development
The children all have a chance to talk about their knowledge and understanding of each topic as well as having the opportunity to listen to the ideas of others. This is a great time for the children to have detailed discussions about key topics. 


Physical Development

Over the autumn term the children have learnt about hazards and how to keep safe during PE lessons. We now feel that the children have a good understanding of safety so this term we will begin to work on ball skills. The children will begin with rolling balls and quoits to one another. This will help the children learn how to aim and control different equipment. To build on the children's listening skills they will still take part in lots of games for warm ups and warm downs.

Expressive Arts and Design
We have now used our cutting and joining skills to create buildings for our miniature local community based on our topic last term. To decorate our buildings, the children will learn to mix colours as well as creating different textures using paint.

As our new topic is 'Are we there yet?' the children have decided they would like to make vehicles. To help the children decide what kind of transport they would like to create we will be going on a walk around our local area to see what vehicles we can find. The children will then be taught about wheels and axels to help them create their transport.  We will talk about all the different materials and tools we have available to join different mediums together. This will include glue, sellotape and masking tape, split pins and staplers.  


Also every week the children will take part in a music lesson. They start by learning different songs and thinking about their breathing techniques. Within this the children are taught about pitch, tempo, pulse and rhythm. They also have the opportunity to play the glockenspiel.


Wow, what an exciting term ahead it will be!

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