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Your teacher is the kind and caring Miss C.Waring.

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Have you seen the Kids' Zone and Kids' Links? Play games, and visit some cool websites.


Early Learning Goals

Within the Early Years Educational programmes involve activities and experiences for children, as follows:

  • Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
  • Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
  • Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.
  • Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest. 
  • Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.
  • Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
  • Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.



Within school spelling is taught through the teaching of phonics. As a school we teach this through Letters and Sounds. The full letters and sounds phases can be found in our school policy section. Some of the main terminology that children will come into contact with is listed in the glossary.


This week

We are now recapping our knowledge of phase 3 sounds and phase 2, 3 and 4 tricky words. 



Phoneme – The smallest unit of sound. There are approximately 44 phonemes in English. Phonemes can be put together to make words.

Grapheme – A way of writing down a phoneme. Graphemes can be made up from 1 letter e.g. p, 2 letters e.g. sh, 3 letters e.g. tch or 4 letters e.g. ough.

GPC – Grapheme Phoneme Correspondence. Knowing a GPC  means being able to match a phoneme to a grapheme and vice versa.

Digraph – A grapheme containing two letters that makes one sound.

Trigraph – A grapheme containing three letters that makes one sound.

Blending – This involves looking at a word and merging phonemes together to make it. This is the basis for reading.

Segmenting – This involves hearing a word, splitting it down into the phonemes that make it, using knowledge of GPCs to work out which graphemes represent those phonemes (sounds) and then writing those graphemes down in the right order. This is the basis of spelling. 


Phonics Songs

Boom Shake the Alphabet

Phase 2 sounds

Phase 2 Tricky words

Phase 3 sounds

Phase 3 Tricky words

Phase 4 Tricky words

The Aphabet Songs



Explore the interactive world of Cbeebies.

Develop some of your phonics skills.

Phonics play

Post a letter

Count us in - an Australian site with a range of number games working within 20

Number bonds to 10

Target Take Away

The Numtums - CBeebies - recognise numbers to 10

Teddy Numbers - numbers and words up to 15


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  • Whittaker Lane, Prestwich, Manchester, Lancashire, M25 1HA
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