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In Reception we feel privileged to be an important part of your child’s first steps on their academic journey. By creating a safe, organised and stimulating environment we aim to build confidence and a love of learning. At Sherington we believe  that children should have opportunities to explore, investigate and develop their problem solving skills by offering a wide range of hands on experiences which are relevant to their own experiences.

During their time in Early Years children’s confidence and self-awareness is nurtured to allow them to develop into happy and healthy individuals. Importance is placed on learning key communicative skills with both adults and peers, which will provide them with essential skills in order to progress throughout their time in school and in later life.



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Sherington Reception Newsletter Autumn 2021-22


Phonics in Reception:

Phonics is a way of teaching children to read and write by blending and segmenting the individual sounds in a word. Every letter and different combinations of letters make particular sounds for example the letter ‘s’ makes a hissing sound like a snake. At Sherington we follow the Letters and Sounds Programme of teaching which is split into 6 phases that systematically build on skills and knowledge of previous learning. Alongside Letters and Sounds we use rhymes from Read Write Inc. to help develop letter formation.

Children throughout Reception and Key stage 1 take part in daily phonics sessions. These sessions focus on key reading skills such as decoding to read words and segmenting the sounds in a given word to spell. During Phonics lessons we also teach children to read and write ‘tricky words’ also known as ‘sight words.’ These are words that you cannot sound out and children are just expected to remember how to read and write.  See the list below for these.


Key terms we use in our teaching:

Digraph – two letters make one sound (e.g. sh, ch, ai, ea, ou, ow).

Trigraph – three letters make one sound (e.g. igh, ear, air, ure).

Split digraph – two letters make one sound but the letters have been split apart by another letter.

Phoneme – a single unit of sound

Grapheme – a written letter, or group of letters that represent a sound.

Consonants – b, c, d, f, g, h, j, k, l, m, n, p, q, r, s, t, v, w, x, y, z

Blend – to put or merge the sounds together to make a word (e.g. the sounds d-o-g are blended to the word ‘dog’.)

Segment – to break down the word into its individual sounds to spell (e.g cat can be split into the sounds c-a-t.).

Sound buttons – ways of visually isolating different sounds in a word. We use a dot under letters where one letter makes one sound and a line understand digraphs or trigraphs.


How you can help at home:

  1. Reading every night at home with your child- Every week each child will be sent home a phonics decodable book at their reading level (these have coloured bands). Read these with your child and ask them questions about the story.
  2. Practise reading and writing tricky words- If children know these they are more likely to gain speed and fluency in their reading. See the list below.
  3. Practising your children’s handwriting- It is important children are forming their letters the correct way round. You can use the letter formation sheet below to support this.
  4. Phonics Games. See the links below.


Other Useful links:


Click here for documents on how to help your child at home:

First 100 high frequency words

Letter formation and alphabet patters by Ruth Miskin

High Frequency Word game ideas for reinforcing learning at home


Click here for more information on reading and writing:

Reception English Open Morning Booklet

Reception English Workshop Presentation


Click here for more information on maths:

Reception Maths Open Morning Booklet

Reception Maths Workshop Presentation


Tapestry information for parents:

The reception team use an online learning journey app called Tapestry. It allows us to continue to build effective communication between us (the EYFS team), and you (the parents and carers). With Tapestry we are able to upload flexible media meaning you can see pictures and videos of your child’s learning at school. Tapestry tools allow us to monitor the coverage of all areas of the EYFS curriculum and highlights areas in which your child may need further development. The app has the facility to email parents whenever a new observation is added to their child’s learning journey to keep you up-to-date with what your child has been learning about in school. Parents can add their own observations to share progress and milestones achieved at home. This gives parents greater opportunities to extend your child’s learning at home.


Tapestry Booklet

Tapestry Parent Presentation

Tapestry Security Policy