Early Years 2020 - 2021

Early Years 2020 - 2021

Miss Broadgate, Miss Day and Mrs Bailey would like to welcome you to Early Years.

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Cross, Mrs Fairbairn, Mrs Clark, Miss Hickson and Miss Spencer.

Read, Write Inc

We use Read, Write Inc to support our phonics and reading. Every child is assessed regularly and put into focus groups based on their reading attainment.

Your child will learn to read in a very simple way.

They will learn to:

1. Read letters by their ‘sounds’

 2. Blend these sounds into words

3. Read the words in a story. Reading at home Booklet 1 by their ‘sounds’ 2. Blend these sounds into words 3. Read the words in a story.

Your child maybe reading:

• Set 1 Speed Sounds: these are sounds written with one letter: m a s d t i n p g o c k u b f e l h r j v y w z x and sounds written with two letters (your child will call these ‘special friends’): sh th ch qu ng nk ck

• Words containing these sounds, by sound-blending, e.g. m–a–t mat, c–a–t cat, g–o–t got, f–i–sh fi sh, s–p–o–t spot, b–e–s–t best, s–p–l–a–sh splash.

After, they will learn to read:

• Set 2 Speed Sounds: ay ee igh ow oo oo ar or air ir ou oy and words containing these sounds

Next, they will learn to read:

• Set 3 Speed Sounds: ea oi a-e i-e o-e u-e aw are ur er ow ai oa ew ire ear ure and words containing these sounds

We look forward to sharing our new phonics scheme with you at our upcoming workshop. In the meantime please feel free to watch the following video to find out more:


Autumn One

In the first half of the Autumn term we will be focusing on 'Relationships'. This enables children to talk about their homes and families whilst building relationships with their peers. 



  • Counting to 20
  • Number recognition
  • Representing numbers
  • Matching numeral to quantity
  • Odd and even numbers
  • Recognising 2D shapes
  • Representing data using pictograms


COJO aims to promote the four British Values and 7 Character Traits through fun and engaging missions linked to 7 different nursery rhymes. Each nursery rhyme has a character and missions to complete which link to the Characteristics of Effective Learning and the Prime and Specific areas of the Early Years Curriculum.

Our Characters

Tanisha Teamwork – To work as part of a team.

Charlie Communication – To follow instructions and to listen to others.

Elliot Excellence – To know that we are all good at different things and that it is fine to make mistakes.

Parveen Positivity – To know that we can learn from our mistakes and to think of solutions to problems.

Sophie Self-Awareness – To recognise our own feelings and to have strategies to self-regulate our own behaviour.

Eddie Empathy – To show sensitivity to others needs and to know how our actions may affect others.

Romeo Resilience – To know when to ask for help and when to persevere.



Caring & Belonging

Who am I? Where do I belong? Harvest- Why do people celebrate Harvest?

My Birth/Christmas

Why was Jesus’ birth special?


Special Objects/Places

Why are some objects/places more special than others? What are my special objects/places?

New Life

How do we know when something is alive?



What is a friend? Why were Jesus’ friends special to him? Am I a good friend?

Important People/God

What makes someone important? Why is God important to Christians?

Reading at Home

 It is important that you read books with your child every night as repetition is vital for early reading skills to develop and please record this in your child's Communication Diary. We will be keeping you up to date with your child’s reading progress regularly through the Communication Diary. In class we have a Reading Rainbow and every time your child reads 15 times they will move up the different coloured stars and receive a certificate.

PE Kit

All Reception classes participate in PE sessions at least once a week. Currently all children should arrive to school wearing thier outdoor PE kit on their PE day.  Children require jogging bottoms, a zip up jumper and trainers. For health and safety reasons we ask that your child’s hair is tied back and all earrings are removed or covered.

PE sessions

Miss Broadgate - Monday

Miss Day – Monday and Friday 

Mrs Bailey - Monday

As we are a healthy school, we encourage all children to bring a named bottle into school filled with only water.

Please see tabs below for the Curriculum Overview and Half Termly Early Years Newsletter.




Useful websites for the curriculum 

Khans Academy 

https://www.khanacademy.org – especially good for maths and computing for all ages

BBC Learning
This site is old and no longer updated and yet there’s so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.

Learn computer programming skills – fun and free.

Scratch (This link is also on our computing page) 
Creative computer programming

ICT Games ( also see attached some home learning cards)

https://www.ictgames.com/ – A range of online activities linked to subjects for KS1 and KS2

Y1 Learning cards

Y2 learning cards

Y3+ Learningcards


https://www.doorwayonline.org.uk/ –

Interactive activities covering a whole range of subjects and year groups

Ted Ed
All sorts of engaging educational videos

National Geographic Kids
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.

Learn languages for free. Web or app.

Mystery Science
Free science lessons

The Kids Should See This
Wide range of cool educational videos

Crash Course Kids
As above for a younger audience

Paw Print Badges
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.

All kinds of making.

Cbeebies Radio
Listening activities for the younger ones.

Nature Detectives
Activities to try in the garden!

British Council
Resources for English language learning


Files to Download

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