Ladycross Infant and Nursery School

Reception Class 4

In the Early Years, children learn through play and our curriculum has a good mix of adult led and child led activities. We also have a large outdoor area to learn in. Staff plan learning through topics that last around 6 weeks. Children have many exciting and stimulating activities to get involved in. We plan lots of visits and visitors too.

OFSTED described the provision as ‘Excellent’.

Young children need to be active and therefore they will go outdoors to play games and take part in activities that involve counting, writing, listening, sharing, and many other skills. We could teach these skills in a passive way, but we know that children learn better if they are active and having fun.

It’s not just what you learn, but how you learn it that’s important!

Our Early Years curriculum is continually evolving to meet the needs of the children. We are currently developing an area in the outdoors, for learning. This will encourage many skills, linked to the environment and seasons. Children will use this in smaller groups to try their hand at building shelters, making natural art, experiencing natural objects and the elements.

In Nursery and Reception we deliver bespoke phonics sessions, based on the governments national letters and sound programme, using materials and activities we know through experience have a positive impact for our pupils.


A typical Day in Class 4...

9:00 - Register, do the calendar and choose a line leader.

9:05 - Letters and Sounds Session

9:20 - English input

9:35 - Group work and discovery time in the classroom/outside

11:00 - Maths input

11:15 - Key Skills

11:30 - Lunchtime

12:30 - Register, Dough disco/ Squiggle me into a Writer

12:45 - Topic Input

13:00 - Group work and discovery time in the classroom/outside 

14:15 - Snack and Chat 

14:30 - Storytime and get ready for home

Below is the home learning for this week:  

Meet Pip...

Reception Tricky Words

In Reception we aim to introduce your child into the 45 key words taken from the National Literacy Strategy. Please help your child to recognise these words by using the colour-coded flashcards. When your child can confidently read the red words you can help them to recognise the yellow words and then the pink etc.

Tricky words need to be practised regularly at both school and at home. In this way, by working together your child will benefit from learning the words much more quickly.

Once your child has learnt a few of words you will be able to sentences with them. Here are just a few examples;

Look at the big cat.

I am going to play.

Come and see me.

Once your child has learnt all the words they can practice writing them.

If you have any questions please feel free to speak to your child’s teacher.

Our Sound Board:

Below is a copy of the sound board we use in Class 4. It helps remind the children what the sounds look like when they are writing and reading.

Useful websites we use in Class 4:

Letters and sounds song - here you will find the song we use in Letters and Sounds. it has the actions too: 

Phonics Play - There are some really great games that you can play to help build those reading skills: 

Dough Disco- We use the actions from this clip to help build fine motor skills, we normally pick our own song: 

Balloon Pop - This is a great website for ordering numbers 1-20, you can do it backwards for a challenge too: 

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