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How to Contact The Nursery Team

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  • Reception Project, Spring 1 – Weather Wonders

    Look out of the window. What is the weather doing today? Will it be the same tomorrow or the day after that? Weather can change all the time. It can be raining, snowing, windy or sunny. There are lots of different types of weather and each one can make a big difference to what we can do, what we wear and even how we feel. Weather happens everywhere in the world and it’s what makes where we live special.

    As we become weather watchers and learn more about the weather, we will discover there’s lots of fun to be had, whatever the weather!

  • What will we be learning?

  • Maths

  • English
    • Phonics (according to your child’s phase)
    • Weather Diary
    • News report
    • Weather investigations
  • How can parents help at home?

    Read, read, read!


    Please read with your child for 10 minutes every evening. Encourage them to point to each letter and say its sound, and then to blend them together to read the whole word. Please remember to leave these books in your child’s book bag. Continue to follow Covid-19 guideleines when books come home.

    Children should now know all their Phase 2 sounds.

    Understanding of the world

    Explore the weather with your child at home looking at the days of the week, months of the year and the seasons. How does the weather affect the clothes you wear?

    Maybe you could watch the weather forecast together on the television? Maybe you could look in a newspaper at the pictures on the weather forecast?

  • PE

    Centaur 1 PE is on Tuesday 

    Centaur 2 PE is on 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

    Home learning is posted on Tapestry every Friday and is due in by the following Wednesday. Please check Tapestry regularly for updates.

  • Entry & Exit points

    Normally, we would invite you to celebrate the learning with us in school. Instead, photos of the children’s learning are shared each week in the school newsletter.

  • Dates
    • Tuesday 5th January – children return to school.
    • Half term: Monday 15th February – Friday 19th February.
    • Last day of spring term: Thursday 1st April at 2pm.
  • Woodland Area

    Each day your child will have access to outdoor learning so we encourage you to send in a pair of wellington boots that can be kept in school.

  • Lunches & Snack

    Do remember to book your child’s lunch via parent pay. We offer the children a daily snack - fruit and sandwiches. The children also have the oppourtunity to have free milk which can booked using the cool milk website. If you do not want your child to have milk please remember to remove them from the list. Children also have their own water bottle in school.

  • COVID-19

    Symptoms of COVID-19 or of a cold:

    You will be asked to follow the COVID-19 guidance for households with possible infection coronavirus guidance.


    You will be asked to have your child tested for COVID-19 as this could have an impact on our school. This can include testing for all children and their families, if displaying symptoms.

    *If your child does not take a test, your household will have to isolate following government guidance – please contact the school for more information.

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  • 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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