‘To be the best we can in mind. body and spirit’

Early Years 2020 - 2021

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

Our Teaching Assistants are: Mrs Cross,  Mrs Fairbairn, Mrs Clark, Miss Hickson, Miss Spencer

The Early Years curriculum is predominantly play based. Here at Monks Coppenhall Academy we use play as an effective tool for teaching our young children. During the day the children will have opportunities for engaging in a variety of different types of play.These play situations are planned and produced to give opportunities and space for the children to explore aspects of the curriculum and broad social skills.  Each planned activity is backed with clear learning objectives.

Read, Write Inc

We use Read, Write Inc to support our phonics and reading. Every child is assessed regularly and put into small 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 'making relationships'. The children will have the opportunity to talk about people who are special to them and form positive relationships with their peers. 


  • Labelling
  • CVC words
  • Group Writing
  • Shared Writing
  • Captions


Phonics is an important part of our daily routine. We spend at least twenty minutes each day in small groups practising the skills that impact on our early reading and writing skills. We will be sending home tricky and high frequency words for you to practise with your child. Here are a few fun ways to engage your child:

Hide and Seek with the words

Splat the Words

Going up the Stairs- reading a different word on each step


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

Autumn Two

In the second half of the Autumn term, we will be focusing on Maisie Books by Lucy Cousins. We will be looking at different celebrations and festivities as well as looking at The Christmas Story. The children will all take part in a nativity and be given the opportunity to visit a theatre to watch a pantomime.


  • Cards
  • Party invitations
  • Shopping lists
  • Labels for presents
  • Descriptive writing


  • Weight
  • Length
  • Capacity
  • Number recognition
  • Matching numeral to quantity
  • Finding the total of two groups

In the first half of the Spring term we will be focusing on ‘The Naughty Bus’ by Jan and Jerry Oke. We will be looking at different modes of transport and discussing the similarities and differences between the place where we live (Crewe) and a very busy city (London). We will be programming Codapillars and Beebots to travel from one familiar place to another (e.g. McDonalds, Asda, School or Home). This half term you will be invited to a Phonics Workshop to explain how it is taught and how you can support at home.


  • Positional language writing
  • Beginning to write captions and sentences
  • Descriptive writing
  • Creating a class story



  • Ordering numbers 0-20
  • Number recognition
  • Addition
  • 3D shapes
  • Beginning to look at number sentences
  • Language of money



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.


In Early Years, we explore concepts from Christianity.  We think about how Christians might describe God and what might happen in a Church.  We find out why the Bible is an important book for Christians and learn about some of the important Bible stories such as the Christmas story and the Easter story.

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 sticker in their diary.  

PE Kit

All Reception classes participate in one PE sessions a week.  For indoor PE children require a t-shirt, shorts and black pumps and for outdoor PE children require jogging bottoms, a zip up jumper and trainers. These PE kits can be purchased online. 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 only with 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




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