The Phoenix Primary School & Nursery

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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.

Reception Blog ~ Friday 22nd January 2021 


Hello everyone, we hope you are all staying safe! Well done to all those who have been continuing to accessing home learning on J2e. Remember, if you cannot access the work online we are able to create a printed work-pack for you. Please contact us via the Reception email address if you have any issues:



Thank you for uploading work to J2e. We have been awarding house points to those children using the ‘J2e Stars’ section. Go and have a look to see how many points you have! If you continue to struggle to upload work to J2e, please photograph anything you have done and email it over to us so we can see what lovely activities you have been doing. If photographing work is difficult, keep all your work safe at home and, when we return to school, you can bring it in to show us. 



Creative Curriculum 

This week we have begun to explore the story ‘Owl Babies’. Three baby owls are worried when they wake to find their mother is gone! They are excited to see her on her return from her hunting trip. We have been exploring parts of an owl by labelling their features, looking at nocturnal animals, talking about the food that animals in the woods might eat, and been making some lovely owl crafts! 


We have also begun to explore the different types of books, specifically fiction (stories) and non-fiction (information) books. We have been looking at the features of different types of books, such as drawings or photographs, a continuous flow or sections of information. How else can you find out facts if you need to? 




In Maths, we have been subtraction superstars. We looked at what subtraction means and have used different activities to practice subtraction, such as building blocks, pegs, fruit and even bowling! 


Each week we continue to look at core maths skills. We practice our number writing, number recognition and number sequencing. These skills will enable us to be successful in maths. You can also check our previous blogs to revisit the other maths skills we have learnt, such as 2D shape properties, ordering by size and filling in missing numbers. 


The BBC have lots of online programmes to help assist in home learning. For maths, one of our favourites is ‘Numberblocks’. Episodes can be found here:




 Read, Write, Inc. 

In phonics, we have been consolidating all the sounds we have learnt so far: 

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  

sh  th  ch  qu  ng  nk 


We are using these sounds to read and CVC words (consonant-vowel-consonant), for example, h – a – t à hat. 

When we are confident with CVC words, we are beginning to read and write CCVC words (consonant-consonant-vowel-consonant), like f-r-o-g à frog 

or CVCC words (consonant-vowel-consonant-consonant), like m-i-s-t à mist 


We are also trying to write short sentences using the sounds we know. Can you write some words then use them in a sentence? Please take a photo of your work - we would love to see it! 


Some words like to trick us, because they cannot be sounded out. In RWI, these are called red words, and we have to learn what they look like to sight read them. You can find a red words PDF further down the page with the words we know so far.  


We like to watch ‘Alphablocks’ as they help us read words. Lots of information and episodes can be found here:   



Read, Write, Inc. continue to deliver free RWI phonics lessons on their YouTube channel. More information can be found here:  


Phonics Play 

Don’t’ forget ‘Phonics Play’ are providing parents with free access to their site for this month. It’s a great way for the children to practise their sounds. Have a look on the site using the link:  



Remember, if you need help with any home learning resources or questions about learning, please contact us at:  



Early Learning Goals

During parents evening, we discussed the Early Learning Goals. These are the targets we work towards during Reception to give children the foundations of learning in preparation for Year 1. 


While this looks like a lot, please be mindful that many areas are linked in within the curriculum and we work towards these across the year at your child's pace. If you would like any ideas on how to support these areas of learning please ask your class teacher.

Please find below previous class blogs.

Feel free to look through these to see what we have been learning!

Literacy Activities October 2020

Please find below a couple of short clips to demonstrate typical literacy based activities used regularly in the classroom. Further clips can be found on R2’s and R3’s class pages. Literacy in Early Years is an important tool to enable children to begin their academic journey. It encompasses so much more than just reading and writing. Have a look….

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Literacy Activities 1 Oct 2020.mp4

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