We can’t believe we’re already in 2019!

Our brilliant new topic is Vikings and Dragons. Follow the link below to our  out our Curriculum Map for the first half of term.

Topic Web Spring 1 Vikings and Dragons

We will start each week by sharing a carefully chosen book to inspire learning across all areas of the curriculum. We will also explore non fiction through Instructions ‘How to Trap a Dragon’. Here is a selection of some of the books we will be enjoying.

This term we will be moving on to learning phase 3 digraphs. These are pairs of letters that, when put together, make just one sound. eg ‘sh’ & ‘ch’.

We will also be consolidating our phase 2 phonemes, reading CVC words, captions and sentences  as well as segmenting to spell using a range of resources.

For each letter sound we teach a ‘jolly song’ to support children’s recall and pronunciation. If you are interested in hearing them, search for ‘jolly songs’ online.

You’re child will continue to bring home a phonics reading book along side their levelled books which they will be sharing with their teachers on a regular basis. Please share this book throughout the week and ensure that it stays in your child’s book bag for teachers to replace regularly.

This is a brilliant game to reinforce phonics skills. There is a cost to the App, but if your child enjoys ‘quest’ games, this is for them!


You will also receive your Woolacombe words. These are words that your child needs to learn by sight as they are very common but it’s not possible to decode them using their phonics skills. Practice each set of sight words with your child daily and let us know when you feel you are ready for the next set. The lovely Carol Jenkins will practice these with your child every Monday and let you know how they are getting on.

Here’s a fun free App to compliment your high frequency word practice.


While teaching each new sound we will also practice letter formation. This App is particularly good for practicing these skills. We will also be using these songs in class.

Sing along Cursive Handwriting

We are continuing to explore numbers to 10 in a variety of contexts and problems. We will be learning basic addition and subtraction including the number bonds for each number e.g. 5= 0+5, 1+4, 2+3 etc.

We will also be exploring number through a range of shape,  pattern and measures contexts.



This term we will focus on materials and their properties. We will do these through a problem or challenge to motivate and inspire. Our first problem to solve is…


Thank you for your support – we are looking forward to another exciting term together!


The Reception Team