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  • This Is Me Reception Project, Autumn 1

    We learn, play and explore together every day! We have lots in common, but there are also lots of things about us that make us special. We are going to be getting to know ourselves and our classmates by talking about our families, our houses and our home countries. Together, we are going to have a half term full of celebrating all of our similarities and differences! We are also going to be thinking about what makes us happy and peaceful, and how to manage our emotions.

  • What will we be learning?

  • Maths

  • English

    Letters and Sounds Phase 2 Set 1: s a t p i n

    I can recognise and write my name.

    I can share a book with familiar adults.

  • How can parents help at home?

    Talk about your family. Look at family photos.

    • Who is in your family?
    • What countries do they come from?
    • What special things do you and your family like to do together?
    • Do you belong to a religion or follow any particular routines?
    • Talk about strategies you use to calm down when you’re feeling upset or angry and help your child to practise some techniques.
    • Count to 10 and breathe deeply.
    • Think about some things that make you happy.
    • Focus on the things that you can hear, smell, see and touch.
  • Reception Notes


    Centaur 1 PE is on Tuesday and Thursday.

    Centaur 2 PE is on Monday and Wednesday.

    The uniform is black shorts or jogging bottoms and a white t-shirt. Children come to school dressed in their PE kits.

    Please ensure clothing is all name labelled.

    Home Learning

    Your child will be sent a home learning exercise book – this book is to be kept at home. Home learning will be set every Friday on Tapestry and will need to be completed by the following Wednesday.


    Week beginning 21st September:

    Entry Point: Children will be working together to create a list of class rules to enable us to mindfully play together. Please ask your child about this at home!

    Wednesday 23rd September:

    Tapestry online workshop for parents at 5.30 pm

  • Tapestry




  • Phonics
    • At Green Dragon Primary School we teach phonics using ‘Letters and Sounds’. 

      What is phonics?
      Phonics is the system of ‘blending’ sounds together to read, and ‘segmenting’ sounds to spell. They are both complimentary and interlinking skills that are taught together. You may hear your children use some vocabulary that you are not familiar with that they have learnt in their phonics lessons.

      A phoneme 
      Is the smallest unit of sound that we use in the English language. A phoneme can be made up of one letter as in the alphabet sounds – s, a, t, p, i, n etc, or two letters (a digraph) as in sh, ch, th, ay, ar, or three letters (trigraphs) as in air, ear, ure. Phonemes can not be broken down into separate sounds.

      A grapheme
      Is the way we spell a phoneme. A phoneme may have only one grapheme,for example ‘b’. Or may have several different spellings –for example or can be spelt ‘or’ in torn, ‘aw’ in claw, ‘au’ in naughty or ‘ore’ in more. The children will initially be introduced to one common grapheme for each phoneme, but as they progress through the school they will taught the less common spelling alternatives and encouraged to try and choose the correct grapheme for a particular word they are trying to spell.

      Consonant blends
      Are made up of two or three phonemes blended together quite quickly as we learn to read. Examples are sc, sm, bl, pr, str

      Short Vowel Sounds
      Are the vowels saying their sound as ‘a’ in c a t.

      Long Vowel Sounds
      Are the vowels saying their name as ‘ay’ in day, ‘oa’ in boat or ‘igh’ in night.

      How do we teach Phonics at Green Dragon  Primary School?

      We follow the Letters and Sounds programme Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children’s speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.

      There are six overlapping phases. Below is a summary based on the Letters and Sounds guidance for Practitioners and Teachers. For more detailed information, click here to visit the Letters and Sounds website.

      Phonic Knowledge and Skills

      Phase One 
      Activities are divided into seven aspects, including environmental sounds, instrumental sounds, body sounds, rhythm and rhyme, alliteration, voice sounds and finally oral blending and segmenting.

      Phase Two 
      Learning 19 letters of the alphabet and one sound for each. Blending sounds together to make words. Segmenting words into their separate sounds. Beginning to read simple captions.

      Phase Three
      The remaining 7 letters of the alphabet, one sound for each. Graphemes such as ch, oo, th representing the remaining phonemes not covered by single letters. Reading captions, sentences and questions. On completion of this phase, children will have learnt the “simple code”, i.e. one grapheme for each phoneme in the English language.

      Phase Four
      No new grapheme-phoneme correspondences are taught in this phase. Children learn to blend and segment longer words with adjacent consonants, e.g. swim, clap, jump.

      Phase Five 
      Now we move on to the “complex code”. Children learn more graphemes for the phonemes which they already know, plus different ways of pronouncing the graphemes they already know.

      Phase Six 
      Working on spelling, including prefixes and suffixes, doubling and dropping letters etc.
      Recommended: the Synthetic Phonics Toolkit

  • Useful Websites for learning

    If you go to the Cbeebies website, your child can find out all kinds of things and play games. If you find any otherreally good sites – do let us know! 






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