St. Anthony's Catholic Primary School

At St. Anthony’s we bring faith, fun, learning and culture together, relating Christ’s message of love, mercy and kindness to modern life. Our Catholic identity is not exclusive to RE lessons and worship but shines throughout every aspect of school and every adult in school, helping the children in their lifelong journey with God as part of our community of faith as we ourselves journey towards our 'Outstanding 2020 Vision'. Our wonderful children are bright eyed and enthusiastic: they want to achieve in all areas of the curriculum - thanks to the work of our staff and governors and the steadfast support of our parents. We hope you enjoy browsing our website and even following us on Twitter. We can only show you a fraction of the vibrant work that happens here each day and offer you a glimpse of our exciting developments. I would love you to accept an invite to come and visit us in person where you can see every child, every chance, every day in action together with Christ. We look forward to welcoming you, your children and your family to the family of St. Anthony's Catholic Primary School as we stay focused on our 'Outstanding 2020 Vision'

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Reception - Class 1

Welcome to the Class 1 pages with Mr Gaul and Mrs Elliott.

14th September 2020

We have started to  learn our phonic sounds, beginning with "M". Please ask your child to repeat words that begin with "m", such as mat, mirror, moon, man, mouse and try to emphasise the beginning "mmmm" sound. When we write the letter M we say, "Maisy, mountain, mountain" - having a sentence to say with the sound helps your child to remember the letter formation.

16th September 2020

Today we have been learning the letter "a". We have tried to recognise it in words that begin with "a", for example, "a,a,a,a,apple. When we write it, we say, "Round the apple and down the leaf".

21st September 2020

This week we are learning how to use the numbers 1 - 5. This is not just a matter of being able to count to five. We are teaching the children the following:

  • 1. Count from 1 to 5
  • 2. Recognise the digits 1 - 5
  • 3. Be able to order the digits 1 - 5
  • 4. Be able to bring to the teacher the number of objects from 1 to 5
  • 5. Know that the value increases by one as we count up, so that the value of 5 is greater than the value of 4 etc.
  • 6. Be able to recognise  the number of objects up to 5 by looking at them grouped together, without needing to count them individually.
  • 7. Be able to work out the number bonds to 5. Such as: 2 +3 = 5, 4 +1 = 5

21st September 2020

Today we have been learning the "S" sound. We emphasise it at the beginning of words, such as "ssssss...sun, sssssss...snail". When we write it, we say the sentence, "Slither down the snake".

23rd September 2020

Today we have learnt the "t" sound. We've been using it to say such words as "t,t,t,t,t,t,teeth". When we write it we say, "Down the tower, across the tower".

28th September 2020

We have been learning the 'd' sound by saying such words as d,d,d,d,dog. When we write it, we say, "Round the dinosaur's bottom, up his long neck and down to his toes".

Now that we have learnt a few of the initial sounds, we are beginning to try to blend them together to form simple words. For example, m...a...t when blended together spells 'mat'. With the sounds learnt so far, we try to read, mat, sat, dad, sad, mad, sam, dam. This can require several attempts at saying and repeating the three sounds together until the word is recognised. 

5th October 2020

Today we have introduced the 'i' sound. When we write it we use the sentence, "Down the body, dot the head". We are trying to use it to read such words as 'it, did, sit'.

9th October 2020

Today we have learnt the 'n' sound. To write it we say, "Down Nobby and over his net'. We are trying to read such words as: in, it, sit, din, dan, man. 

12th October 2020

Today we have learnt the 'p' sound. To write it we say, "Down the pirate's plait and round the pirate's face'. We are trying to read such words as: pin, pan, nip, pat, dip, map, pad'.

16th October 2020

We have started to learn the 'g' sound. When we write it we say, "Round the girl's face, down her hair and give her a curl". We try to read such words as: dig, tig, tag, nag, pig.

20th October 2020

We are learning the 'o' sound. When we write it we say, "All around the orange". We are trying to read such words as: pot, top, dot, dog, not, pop, got.

To practise recall of the sounds, please ask your child to read the changing sounds on the slideshow below.

Please use the slideshow below to practise blending the sounds to read words.

12th October 2020

This week in maths we are learning about 2-d shapes. We are learning to recognise and describe the following four shapes. Being able to describe the shape in words is important.

Square: This has four equal sides. Or, it has four sides and they are all the same length.

Rectangle: This has four sides. There are two long sides and two short sides.

Circle: This has one round side.

Triangle: This has three sides.

We use the RML scheme to teach phonics.  The following videos will help you to understand how this is taught, please click on each sentence to be directed to a video: 

We often use songs and actions to learn our letter sounds and numbers. The following links are some of the  ones we regularly use, just click on the title: