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Welcome to Reception


Welcome to Bug Club!

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We are very lucky to be able to introduce you to Bug Club, an online reading programme that we have recently purchased. Bug Club will complement our existing reading scheme so your child will still bring home their home/school reader and reading record. Books will still be changed as they are currently.


Teachers have been busy this week allocating books to your child’s log in so that when you access Bug Club you can jump straight into reading and explore a range of books. Any books allocated to your child will be stored in ‘My Stuff’.  Throughout the books there are quiz questions for your child to complete. To answer a question, just click on the bug icon. Your child does not need to finish all the quiz questions in one sitting and can come back to a book later.


When your child has finished all the quiz questions in a book, he or she will earn ‘Active Learn Coins’. By reading more books, your child will earn enough coins to ‘buy’ a reward in one of the many reward zones online. The answers to the quiz questions will be sent back to our teacher site so that we can see how your child is progressing.


We will also be able to assign more books for your child to read if the virtual book bag is running low.  This will be done on a half termly basis, so if your child finishes the books allocated before the May half term holiday we would encourage them to go back and re-read their favourite books that they have read, these will be stored in ‘My Library’ within the Bug Club programme. They will also still have their reading books sent home from our reading scheme to read alongside those accessed through Bug Club.


You will get some more information sent home with your child today that further explains the programme, how to access it and get logged on. When you are logged on please explore the ‘grown up section’ for some ideas for how you can support your child’s reading at home.


We hope that you and your child will love these books and enjoy reading them at home.


We will organise information sessions for parents to further explore Bug Club after the Easter Break.  Dates and times will follow.


Mrs Scarrott and Mrs Toyer

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Word of the week: Author

When we return from the Easter break we will be focusing on developing our reading skills using our phonetic knowledge. We will begin by exploring books written by Eric Carle.

Firstly we will be sharing the story of 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'.

During the first week we will be:

  • reading simple words, captions and sentences in order to gather and record simple facts about caterpillars and butterflies.
  • creating our own stories and posters that can be read by ourselves and others.





Word of the week: Easter

This week we have shared and sequenced the Easter story. We have also been learning about different Christian ceremonies including weddings and christenings. The children have been discussing their own religions and beliefs and comparing similarities and differences in appearance, families and interests.

Word of the week: Number

Over the next few weeks we will be exploring the concept of number. 

We will be: 

  • forming our numbers in fun and exciting ways.
  • ordering numbers from 0-20.
  • investigating the value of numbers. 
  • exploring addition in the indoor and outdoor environment.
  • exploring subtraction.
  • exploring different ways to find the answers to maths questions such as using objects, number lines and counting on in our heads. 
  • creating our own board games. 

World Book Day 

Thank you to everyone who dressed up as their favourite book character and to all the parents who joined us to share stories with their children.

We have received some fabulous ‘books in a box’ which are now displayed around the school and being admired by many.

We also had a special visit from some beautiful princesses who shared some of their favourite tales and stories.

World Book Day

Dates for your diary: 

Thursday 4th April- Last day of Spring term 

Tuesday 23rd April- Summer 1 term begins 

Monday 27th May- Monday 3rd June- May half term

Tuesday 4th June- Summer 2 term begins

Wednesday 12th June-Friday 14th June Father's day shop

Summer term 1: Learning Log dates: 

Learning log given out at school Learning Log to be returned to school
Tuesday 23rd April Wednesday 1st May
Tuesday 7th May Wednesday 15th May
Tuesday 20th May Wednesday 5th June


Tricky Word Song


Here is the 'Tricky Word Song' that we enjoy singing in Phonics.


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Phonics  Ideas for home


Silly Soup

Have a bowl and a spoon. Ask children to make your soup yummy by putting objects or pictures with your selected sound in the soup.  Any items that don't start with your initial sound will make the sound disgusting. As you mix the soup, sing;

We're making lots of silly soup,

We're making soup that's silly.

We're going to put it in the fridge,

To make it nice and chilly.


Cross the river

'Can we cross the river Mr Crocodile?' 'Only if your item starts with...'

Children to have a picture card or an item. If their picture starts with the initial sound you have called, they can attempt to cross the river. The adult is the crocodile who is very hungry and attempts to catch the children.



Have a grid with four or six words. Children to cross the words as they are called. When all the words off, children call 'bingo'. This game can also be played with sounds or tricky words.



Have a selection of words or sounds in the middle. When a sound or word is called, it's a race to splat it as quick as possible. The first player to splat the word or sound is the winner.


Tricky Words

Tricky words are words which we can not use our phonics to decode. We must learn them by sight. The Phase 2 tricky words are; I, no, go, the, into.

At school we learn these by playing games, such as bingo, splat and snap.


Useful website links







Sound Pronunciation Guide


Sound Pronunciation Guide.mp4

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Tweenies: Me First - A game about caring for each other and sharing.