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.

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….

Literacy Activities 1 Oct 2020.mp4

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Literacy Activities 2 Oct 2020.MOV

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R1 Class Blog 



We have had a busy final week of half term.

This week our focus book has been ‘Handa’s Surprise.’ You can watch a lovely version of the story here:


We discussed the animals and the fruits in the story and the order in which they appear. We then looked at maps of Laindon and Kenya. We explored and discussed the different environments, comparing Handa’s roads, houses and the animals she sees to our own experiences.


Our Magic Maths focus was finding ‘one more’ than numbers up to 5, 10 or 20. We did this practically with pieces of fruit with a number line to support us. Some of us had a go at recording this using an addition sentence. For example, 2 + 1 = 3

You can play Mucky Monsters on the ICT Games website to reinforce this learning.


This week we consolidated our phonics knowledge. We practised the sounds that we already know and blended them into two and three letter words.


The Phonics Play website offers a fun, interactive way to learn sounds and blending. Some of the games are free, so please have a go at the Phase 2 Interactive Resources like ‘Buried Treasure’, ‘Dragon’s Den’ and ‘Picnic on Pluto.’


The children really enjoy watching Geraldine the Giraffe learn sounds. You can watch the below link to support their phonics development at home. The sounds we have learnt so far are m, a, s, d, t, i, n, p, g, o, c, k, u, b, f, and e.  


In the front of your child’s home reading diary, you will find the login details for J2E. J2E is the platform that we are using to set homework. When you login to your child’s account you will see notifications directing you to some useful learning links. We will let you know when we change the links.


We will be sending a laminated sheet home with your child that includes the information on how we form letters and numbers. This is for you to keep and use at home.


Have a great half term and a well-earned rest!

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