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Reception - Class 1

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

Introducing Class 1

13th September 2021

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.

15th September 2021

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".

20th September 2021

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".

21st September 2021

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

23rd September 2021

We are starting to learn the 'd' sound. We have been practising saying words like, d,d,d,d,d,,dog and d,d,d,d,d,duck. When we write it we repeat the sentence, "Round the dinosaur's bottom, up his long neck and down to his toes".

28th September 2021.

We have been learning how to say the 't' sound. We have been using it to say, t,t,t,t,t, tower, t,t,t,t,t, tree, etc. When we write it we repeat the sentence, "Down the tower, across the tower". Note that when we form the line across we go from left to right. Also, we try to avoid saying, 'tuh'.

4th October 2021

We are learning the 'i' sound. When we write it we say, "Down the body, dot the head".

7th October 2021

Today, we have been learning the 'n' sound. When we write it we say, "Down Nobby and over his net".

11th October2021

We are now learning the 'p' sound. When we write it we say, "Down the pirate's plait and over the pirate's face".

13th October 2021

We are now learning the 'g' sound. When we write it we say, "Round the girl's face, down her hair and give her a curl".

15th October 2021

When we write the  'o' sound we simply say, "All around the orange". Make sure that it is being written in an anti-clockwise direction - just like we do for the letters a, d and c.

19th October 2021

To write the letter 'c' we say, "curl around the caterpillar". We refer to this sound as a curly c to distinguish it from the letter k.

2nd November 2021

To write the 'k' sound, we say, "down the kangaroo's body, tail and leg". We refer to this as the 'kicking k'.

Please use the words below to practice your blending.

4th November 2021

Today we are learning the 'u' sound. We say, "Down and under the umbrella, up to the top and down to the puddle".

4th November 2021

To write the 'b' sound we say, "Down the laces to the heel and over the toe".

9th November 2021

To write the 'f' sound we say, "Down the stem, draw the leaves".

11th November 2021

To write the 'e' sound we say, "Lift off the top, scoop out the egg".

15th November 2021

To write the 'l' sound we say, "Down the long leg".

15th November 2021

To write the 'h' sound we say, "Down the horses head, to his hooves and over his back".

19th November 2021

This is the first digraph that we are learning. This is when we put two letters together to form a new sound. When this happens, we say that they are 'special friends'.  For this sound we say that the snake is making too much  noise and the horse says, "shhhhh".

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: