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In Reception, a lot of our learning is done through play. Here are a few of the things we do in school to help support our learning. smiley


Every week we have phonics 4 times a week, so we will learn a new sound or tricky work on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.


This week we are recapping the sounds we have already learnt; s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, ck, r, u, b, h, f, ff, l, ll, ss, j, v, w, y, x, z, zz, ch, sh, th, ng, ai and tricky words I, the, to, no, go, into, she, he, we, me, be.

and learning the sounds; ee, igh, oa, and tricky words was, my.


We will continue to play listening games such as:

  • Playing fun rhyming games or listening to and singing rhymes! Rhyming stories are great too!!
  • Exploring sounds we can make too!  A fun song we use is 'Mrs Mackenzie/Mrs Soper has a class, ee, igh, ee, igh, oh, and in that class she had a...' Each child has a turn to make a sound and everyone has to join in.
  • Play 'I Spy' using initial sounds in words
  • Oral segmenting and blending using 'robot talk' - "point to your 'f_ee_t'" or "Can you pass me the 's_p_oo_n'?"
  • Beginning to write CVC words by sounding out and writing a letter for each sound. For example, cat, sock, ship, dog. Write lists (for example a shopping list), labels (for example for a model they have built or a picture they have drawn), plans for their construction/model, speech bubbles.

This video is fantastic at showing you how to pronounce each letter phonectically.

Jolly Phonics Songs and actions in the order we are learning them

The jingles and actions are good prompts for your children. Often if your child doesn't recognise a sound at first, showing them the action can prompt them enough to say the correct sound.


Alongside phonics, we will be learning to form the letters correctly. We use special line guides in school to support this. Please see attached documents to help with supporting this at home.



This term we are learning to count beyond 10 and will begin to look at number tracks and hundred squares to look at patterns within number. 

We are also learning 1 more and 1 less for each number up to 10. Number lines and fingers can help support children to learn this. A lot of number rhymes support 1 less as they take something away each time, please see a list of examples below.

A good game to play is to use the number track with a dice and play a game to see who gets to the end first. Cover all the numbers on the dice with either a +1 or a -1 and take turns to throw. Use the language 1 more and 1 less as you play.


We are continuing to practice: 

  • Numbers 1-10: We need to be able to count from 1-10 and back again. We do this regularly throughout the day. We need to be able to recognise each number too.
  • Counting objects/sounds/people accurately! A good way to do this is to touch the objects we are counting or to use fives or tens frames to help us. Please see the examples of these below. Another great way to do this is using an adult to count incorrectly so that the child can spot the mistake.
  • Recognise that objects, fingers and dots can represent number (this is called subitising). A good way for us to learn this skill is through dice games......snakes and ladders, monopoly and lots of orchard toys games all have dice. 


Number songs are fantastic too! A few of are favourites are:

  • Alice the Camel
  • 5 Little Men in a Flying Saucer
  • 10 in the bed
  • 1,2,3,4,5, Once I caught a fish alive
  • 5 currant buns
  • 5 little ducks

Please encourage the children to show the correct number of fingers during the song and ask them to tell you what number comes next in the song.

We have also been doing Disco Digits where we are learning the shapes of the numbers through dance to help us to recognise and write numbers.


This term we are looking at different environments such as, polar regions, cities, jungles and deserts. We will explore the different animals that live there and why. We will also look at how how these environments are different to our own.


This week we are looking at jungles and the animals that live in them. We will create our own jungles using sand, wood, grass and toy animals. We will create binoculars and rain makers using toilet rolls, we will continue to do 1 more/1 less using animals to support.


Last week we looked at polar regions in particular and looked at polar animals such as polar bears and penguins. We created art using water colours with crayons and chalk with charcoal, we froze some animals in ice and created structures using sugar cubes.

Dough Disco

Dough Disco is something we do regularly. It is a great way to develop fine motor skills and strengthen those finger muscles ready for writing.
All you need is some playdough and some music and you're good to go!!
Please see below a simple playdough recipe in case you don't have any at home and some examples of the videos we use in class. However, once you know the moves, you can use any of your favourite songs!

Playdough recipe:



We spend a few days a week doing either mindfulness or yoga. This helps us with calming techniques and also helps us to develop our gross motor skills. We find it encourages children to persevere as some moves can be more tricky, however the children continue to try and have a go and they become super proud of their progress. 

We always start sessions sat on our bottoms, crossed legs, hands at our hearts and welcome each other by saying, 'Namaste'.

Please see below, an example of a mindfulness session and a poster of the yoga moves we are working on at the moment.