The Phoenix Primary School & Nursery

We enter to learn, we leave to achieve!

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Change over Tuesday

Reception reading books will be changed every Tuesday. Please ensure your child has their book bag, reading book(s) and reading record. Please bring these items every day as your child will regularly read with an adult in school.



Please ensure your child has full kit in school throughout the half-term. Kits will be sent home each holiday for washing. Hair should be tied up and earrings must be removed on these days. If children are wearing earrings they will not be allowed to join in with P.E lessons. P.E days may change from week to week. You will be informed on a weekly basis so please look out for messages on our classroom door.


Welcome Wednesday

Every Wednesday parents/carers are invited into classrooms from 8:45-9:00 am to share a book with their child. We hope you can make it!

The last Wednesday of each half term is an extended ‘Welcome Wednesday’! Parents/carers are invited into school to spend some time with their child exploring the activities that take place in Reception. The session will take place from 9:00-10:00 a.m. and each session will have a different curriculum focus. More information will be given nearer the time. Please look out for the letter inviting you to join us!

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We have continued to read our focus book – ‘Winnie in Winter’ by Valerie Thomas. We have discussed which season we like best – winter or summer – giving reasons for our choices.

A – ‘I like summer… you go to the park in summer.’

S – ‘In winter you can build a big snowman.’

K – ‘I throw snowballs in the winter – not in summer ‘cause there’s not any snow!’

M – ‘In summer you can go the beach and build sandcastles.’


This week in ‘Magic Maths’ we have been exploring capacity. We filled cups with pom poms, rice and other objects and used maths language to described our cups.

P – ‘It’s empty – there’s nothing there.’

T – ‘Full up to the top.’

A – ‘It’s nearly full to the top.’

I – ‘This is half full… it goes up half way.’

F – ‘Nearly empty… only two pom poms in the cup.’


In our Creative Curriculum sessions we have been sorting summer and winter clothes and in English we labelled children wearing clothes for each season. We used our phonic skills to decode words to stick the labels in the correct position. For example, h-a-t à hat / sh-or-t-s à shorts / m-i-tt-e-n-s à mittens.


In our phonics sessions we have been learning new letter sounds. We have continued to learn how to segment the sounds in words to blend them together to read. For example, if we say the sounds aloud “sh-o-p” we can then blend them to read the word ‘shop’. We will be sending phonics tasks home with your child to practise on a Friday.


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