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Dear Parents and Carers,


We will be updating this website page weekly with a plan for home learning activities. Please check every Monday for new content. We will try to upload everything as a PDF so that it can be viewed on a mobile phone or tablet. 


Weekly activities will now be uploaded to Teams as well. These will be the same activities as the ones on this page. 


Hope you are all well and looking after yourselves.


The EYFS Team

To watch the phonics video on "sound talk" please log on to your class teams page. If you do not know how to do this, contact your child's teacher on

Unfortunately, the video cannot be uploaded to the website right now, due to the file size. 


Thank you,


Mrs Woods.

Home learning activities for week beginning 20.4.20

Home learning activities to support school closure - week commencing 30.3.20

Home learning activities to support school closure week commencing 16.3.20

HOMEWORK UPDATE: We now have an email address for the children to email their electronic homework to their class teachers. Please make sure the email contains the child’s name and the name of their class teacher.

Introduction to Phonics 

Throughout the year the children learn phonics through daily teaching of 'Letters and Sounds'.


Each week your child will build on their listening skills and learn which letters (graphemes) make which sounds (phonemes).

Initially the letters are taught in sets and are referred to by their phoneme rather than the letters name.  This stage is referred to as 'Phase 2 Phonics' 

Set 1 - s, a, t, p   Set 2 - i, n, m, d   

Set 3 - g, o, c, k   Set 4 - ck, e, u, r 

Set 5 - h, b, f /ff, l / ll, ss

As your child learns the sets of letters they begin to blend the phonemes (sounds) together to read words eg p- a- t (pat), p- a- n (pan) s-a-ck (sack) h-u-ff (huff) etc 

By the end of phase 2 phonics your child will be able to recall all of the above phonemes and apply them to read and spell words.


As your child becomes confident in applying their knowledge of the letter sets above they move onto 'Phase 3 Phonics'.

Set 6 - j, v, w, x      Set 7- y, z/zz, qu

Children then learn the names of letter by singing the alphabet.

They learn digraphs and trigraphs - ie two or three letters that go together to make one phoneme eg sh = two letters but one sound (phoneme) sh-i-p, igh = three letters but one sound (phoneme) n-igh-t. 


Phase 3 Phonemes


sh - ship

ch - chip

th - think

ng - sing

ai - rain

ee - sheep

igh - light

oa - goat

oo - cook (short) moon (long)

oi - coin

ow - cow

er - herd

ur - fur

ar - star

or - fork

ure - treasure

air - chair

ear - dear


If you have any questions regarding phonics or how to help at home please ask. 



Children will need to know how to read and spell these tricky and high frequency words by the end of F2.  These words have been organised into sets.  You will have been given a set by your class teacher and your child will need to be able to read the words by sight i.e. not sounding out but saying the whole word. 


When your child is confident with reading the words you can practise spelling them.  When your child has successfully learnt to read and spell these words please move on to the next set.


We have attached a digital copy below so you can see the order of progression and what the children need to know by the end of the year.

Letter Formation


We follow the Penpals handwriting scheme.  Letters are grouped together in 'families' as they are formed in similar ways.


Curly Caterpillar Letters - c, a, o, d, g, q, e, f, s

One Armed Robot Letters - r, n, m, h, b, p, k

Long Ladder Letters - l, t, j, I, u, y

Zigzag Monster Letters - v, w, x, z

Introduction to Maths


By the end of the year children need to be able to count to, order numbers to 20 and know one more and one less than a number up to 20.  We are also practising number formation to support with this. 


Children will need to be able to add two single digit numbers e.g. 6 + 5 and take away two single digit numbers e.g. 9 - 3.



Number Cards and Number Formation

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