The Phoenix Primary School & Nursery

We enter to learn, we leave to achieve!

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Re-opening of School for Reception Children

You will have received a letter last week personal to your child.  This is a copy of the generic letter you were sent outlining where your child will be from the 1st June.  If you have any questions please contact the school office.



Staggered Timings:

Drop off   8.35 am - 9.00 am

Pick up   3.10 pm - 3.30 pm

Join the Silly Squad
Summer Reading Challenge


This summer, you can complete Essex Libraries’ Summer Reading Challenge online! Join the Silly Squad and get giggling with a book.


The Summer Reading Challenge:

  • Offers familiarity to support children’s well-being through themed activities, space to share recommendations and rewards for keeping up with reading,
  • Provides free-of-charge books for children of all ages


Sign up at from 5th June

  • Set your own challenge to read any amount of books during the Challenge
  • Read what makes you happy! Comics, joke books, poetry, fiction or non-fiction
  • You can read digital or printed books
  • When you finish a book, add it to your profile and write a review

Join the family!

There are downloadable games, activities, quizzes and more to explore and enjoy. This content is updated each week for new, fun challenges to get you exploring!


When you complete your own personal challenge, you will get a downloadable certificate to show your achievement.

Welcome Message


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!

Monday 6th July 2020


Welcome to Reception’s blog!


We wanted to provide some links and tasks for the children who have not returned to school.


Updated Phonics Information

You can continue to use the Read, Write Inc lessons on the Ruth Miskin website.                                                    


In school, we will be consolidating the sounds that the children have already been taught, depending on where the children are at with their learning.


Miss Brown’s phonics group- Set 1 sounds:

m, a, s, d, t, i, n, g, o, c, k, u, b, f, e, l, h, sh, ck, r, j, v, y, w, th, z, ch, qu, x, ng, nk


Mrs Davis’ phonics group- Set 1 sounds (as above) plus Set 2 sounds:

ay, ee, igh, ow, oo, oo, ar, or, air, ir, ou oy


Miss Johnson’s phonics group- Set 1 & Set 2 sounds (as above)


Practise reading these trick ‘red words’ – words that are not always decodable so we just need to know them!


I, the, you, to, my, was, he, she, me, be, we, said, are, all, they


Story Time

Children may be experiencing worries and anxieties at the moment. Here is a list of picture books to read to children in that introduce these themes. 

Here are some ideas of stories that explore worry and fear.

  • The Koala Who Could by Rachel Bright
  • The Lion Inside by Rachel Bright
  • The Worrysaurus by Rachel Bright
  • Silly Billy by Anthony Browne
  • If All the World Were by Joseph Coelho
  • There's a Bear on My Chair by Ross Collins
  • Loved to Bits by Teresa Heapy
  • Grumpy Monkey by Suzanne Lang
  • The Colour Monster by Anna Llenas
  • Tough Guys Have Feelings Too by Keith Negley
  • Perfectly Norman by Tom Percival
  • Ravis’ Roar by Tom Percival
  • Ruby’s Worry by Tom Percival
  • How Big Are Your Worries Little Bear? By Jayneen Sanders


This book helps talk about germs and hygiene:
Germs are Not for Sharing  by Elizabeth Verdick


Chitra Soundar, an Indian-born British author and storyteller based in London, writes

‘Young children don’t consciously know they need representation in books. But if every primary school classroom had a bookshelf full of diversity, and every reading list was inclusive, every child in the class would experience the joy of seeing themselves represented in the books they read’.

Here is a list of representative picture books for children:

  • Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke  
  • Baby Goes to Market by Atinuke
  • My Pet Star by Corrinne Averiss
  • The Extraordinary Gardener by Sam Boughton
  • I Am Enough by Grace Byers
  • The New Small Person by Lauren Child
  • The Name Jar by Yansook Choi
  • So Much! by Trish Cooke
  • Ready Steady Mo! by Mo Farah
  • Chapatti Moon by Pippa Goodhart
  • Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
  • The Big Bed by Bunmi Laditan
  • Julian Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love
  • My Friend Earth by Patricia MacLachlan
  • Lubna and Pebble by Wendy Meddour
  • The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family by Ibtihaj Muhammad
  • The Garden of Hope by Isabel Otter
  • Number 7 Evergreen Street by Julia Patton
  • All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold
  • Ruby’s Worry by Tom Percival
  • I Love My Hair! by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley
  • Astro Girl by Ken Wilson-Max


Creative Curriculum



This week in school, we will be reading and learning from the story ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt,’ by Michael Rosen. You can see the author perform his story here:


Learning ideas for this story:

  • Cosmic Yoga:
  • Sequence the story.
  • Role-play the story using homemade masks.
  • Map out the story using pictures and words.
  • Write a Teddy Bear’s Picnic Invitation
  • Learn about bears- what do they look like, where do they live, what do they eat
  • Children could move in different ways according to the setting of the story – mud, snow, river etc.



The ‘Young Writers’ website are running poetry competitions as a fun activity to use for home learning. You can use the downloadable worksheet, or children can write / type their poem instead. There is an engaging video that can be used for support.


EYFS- Reception and Nursery- ‘My Fist Riddle’-

They are offering prizes, depending on the age of the child, and the deadline for entry is Friday 24th July 2020.




This week in school, we will be going over some things that we have already learnt in Reception.


This includes:

Counting up to 30 and ordering and writing these numbers.


Naming 2D and 3D shapes and talking about their properties.


There is also a video clip for parents called ‘Nurturing a love of Maths from the start.’


Also, ‘Five ways to improve maths home-learning.’


The Oxford Owl website has a great section to advice parents on how to teach maths at home:


Celebrations, Festivals and National Events


Plastic Free July

Join millions of people reducing their plastic waste. Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities. Will you be part of Plastic Free July by choosing to refuse single-use plastics?

Plastic Free July provides resources and ideas to help you (and millions of others around the world) reduce single-use plastic waste every day at home, work and school.


Asalha Puja Day

Asalha Puja Day is a Buddhist festival that occurs on the full moon of the eighth lunar month, which is usually in July. The festival pays homage to the Buddha and commemorates the Buddha's first sermon and the founding of the Buddha's Sangha - four noble truths. The day is observed by donating offerings to temples and listening to sermons.



Please also check the ‘Sports News’ section on our school website for some ideas of fun activities that you can try at home.


Please continue to use the Oak Academy Online Classroom as this has new lessons every day.

ELG (Early Learning Goals)

Each area of the EYFS curriculum has an Early Learning Goal, which is the standard that a child is expected to achieve by the end of their reception year.

What Are The ELGs?

The ELG (Early Learning Goals) covers all of the 7 areas of learning as specified in the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.

Examples of Early Learning Goals

Early Learning Goals cover the 7 key areas of learning for Early Years students, which are:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts & Design


In the PDF document attached named ELG Posters, you can see exactly what children are expected to do/know by the end of their Reception year.


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