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Phonics at Home


Please continue to read and practise Phonics with your children daily. Below are some activities we regularly do in Phonics at school, both in the documents provided and the photos too. Your child will be familiar with these games and they're easy to set up at home. Another Reception favourite is 'basketball' in which the adult says a CVC word e.g. cat, jam, fox, sheep, chick and the child sounds it out whilst bouncing their ball and then blends it as they shoot.


A website we often use at school for Phonics is and this is currently free to use with the username march20 and password home. Any of the Phase 2 or 3 games would be ideal to use at home.


We have added a 'Phonics Sessions at Home' document which breaks down the 4 stages of teaching Phonics to support you with Phonics at home. 


We use the Jolly Phonics actions and songs to reinforce the teaching of Phonemes in Reception. You will find the youtube video with all of these songs in the link below. 

Phonics activity ideas

Reading at Home


Please practise reading the everyday words below at home. Some of the words are tricky whilst others are decodable so you can sound them out using your phonics knowledge.

Also, whilst we are unable to physically change your child's reading book at this time here are some websites where you can access free reading books or decodable comics. The books for 4-5 year olds or for Phase 2 or 3 Phonics will be suitable.


* Stories *


Continue to share stories at home too... encourage your child to ask questions and make comments about the story and also ask them questions to check their understanding of the story. Can they retell the main events? Who were the main characters? How did they feel? What happened when...Tell me about...


Practise segmenting words to write- 

Breaking words down into their separate phonemes c/a/t.


Tricky words

Some words cannot be sounded out or blended and instead need to be recognised as a whole word.

Such as - I  to  the  go  no 

These are taught as tricky words. 

Often children will develop their own way of remembering these words.


Reception Maths

Please continue to do some maths activities with your children. Below are some of the activities we frequently do during maths. Again your children will be familiar with these topic and the activities are simple to set up. If you want more ideas on how you can develop these ideas, have a look on Pinterest under EYFS maths.


Reception Maths