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.


Reading Eggs and Mathseeds


We are very excited to announce that we now have access to ‘Mathseeds’; an interactive maths programme for children. It is linked to your Reading Eggs account so, when you log in on a PC, just click the ‘Mathseeds’ icon to get started! (Using the app may be different.)


Please explore the new, online, maths learning platform over the next week. From Monday 10th May, your child will be set one piece of maths homework alongside the phonics homework via these programmes. Once the children have completed the work, they will have access to other phonics and maths games and activities. The expectation each week will be that your child completes the set assignment. If you need your login details to be re-issued, please e-mail the Reception Team on 



Oxford Owl Online Reading Books 


To further support reading, we are trialing the use of the Oxford Owl RWI E-Library. The E-library allows you access to a wider range of texts including RWI books, Oxford Reading Tree titles as well as non-fiction books. This platform enables you access at home to the same texts your child is using in school during Phonics sessions. These texts are the same level as the reading books sent home in your child’s book bag. Each week, we will assign your child with the text(s) on Oxford Owl which they are reading in school to help build comprehension, fluency and other reading skills. We have set up an account for your child; their login details will have been sent to the e-mail address you provided the school. If you have not received this, please let us know via the Reception e-mail address. 

Reception Blog ~ Friday 24th September 2021 



This week we are all more settled and are all enjoying our new environment. We are being extremely grown up and independent in coming in to class in the morning, getting ourselves ready for the day and following our class and school rules. We are beginning to share and take turns and are building positive peer relationships. We are practising our fine motor skills, beginning to write our names independently and are beginning to recognise our names to self-register in the mornings.


This week’s focus book has been ‘Zog’.

 Zog is all about an accident-prone dragon who tries his best at school in order to achieve a golden star for his efforts. He doesn’t quite manage to be top of the class but then meets a Princess called pearl. He enlists the help of Princess Pearl and together they work hard to achieve Zog’s golden star from Madame Dragon. Zog is extremely proud of himself and shows off his star with pride.

We have discussed working hard at school and always trying our best. We also discussed how it feels when we achieve things and feeling proud of our efforts.


We are continuing to enjoy school dinners and trying new foods. We are building our social skills during our lunch break and developing our independence using cutlery and putting our rubbish in the bins. Please continue to look at and discuss the school menu with your child to explore lunch options. Please also remember, we are a chocolate and nut free school. Products containing chocolate and/or nuts are not permitted for snack or as a lunch box options. Thank you for your continued cooperation.


This week all children in Reception have been given a book bag with their reading book and reading record. Please read the first page of your child’s reading record as it gives you all the information you need. 

Your children can achieve certificates and prizes as well as Dojo points for reading at home and bringing their books bags every day.

Please ensure you child has their book bag EVERYDAY and please ensure no water bottles are out into the bags as we don’t want our precious books getting wet and ruined.

 We continue to be impressed with all the children – they are doing a super job.

Keep it up, Reception!



J2E login


We are using the J2E service for remote learning at home. I have issued you with a login for the website. You will find it stuck into the front of your child's home reading diary.


Please find below instructions for how to login. If you have any questions please e-mail me at and I will help you  find the answer as soon as possible. (Please put my name in the 'subject' bar.)


Thank you,


Miss Johnson


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 link in within the curriculum, and we work towards these across the year at your child's pace with differentiated learning. If you would like any ideas on how to support these areas of learning please ask your class teacher.

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 R1’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….

Oral blending 1.mp4

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