Foundation Stage

Foundation Stage

New parents information:

A very warm welcome to St. George’s Primary School. 

Please take some time to read a ‘Parents presentation’ PowerPoint which offers information about starting school.

Underneath this you will find information about:

  • Tapestry – Our online learning journal
  • Pupil Premium and Funding
  • School lunches
  • An ‘All About Me’ sheet to be completed
  • Early Years Foundation Stage Policy

Videos about the classroom and the teaching staff are found at the very bottom of this page.

Parents presentation 2021

Tapestry PowerPoint

2 Pupil Premium.docx

1 School Lunches.docx

All About Me

Early Years Foundation Stage Policy 2020 Parents



Phonics in Reception at St Georges Primary School

Please look at the Phonics PowerPoint posted at the start of the year under the heading ‘Important Information’ for more details and for online activities to support home learning.

Each child takes home a sound mat which includes the Jolly Phonics actions a and the Read Write Inc letters Letter-formation-chart

Quick guide:


Phoneme – a single sound that can be made by saying one or more letters e.g. saying c or ck out loud

Grapheme – written letters or groups of letters which represent a single sound e.g. reading and writing c o ck.

Digraph – two letters which go together to make one sound e.g. ‘sh’ in the word ‘shut’.

Trigraph – three letters which go together to make one sound e.g. ‘igh’ in the word ‘sigh’.

Blending combining broken up sounds to make a word e.g.  you hear ‘p-i-g’ and you merge these sounds together to make the single word ‘pig’. It is a key skill of early reading.

Segmenting – saying the individual sounds in a word and then writing the letters that represent them e.g. sounding out p-i- g and writing pig.

Click on this link to understand when we use blending and segmenting:

Tricky words – words that cannot be sounded out.

Phase 2

In the Autumn Term we covered the following:

  • Set 1 – s a t p
  • Set 2 – i n m d
  • Set 3 – g o c k
  • Set 4 – ck e u r
  • Set 5 – h b f ff l ll ss

We use Jolly Phonics to teach the letter sounds. Click here to listen to the songs: Jolly Phonic Song for Kid Phase 2 – YouTube

It is really important to pronounce letters correctly. Click here to listen how these letters are pronounced:

Click here to see a list of Phase 2 words and high frequency words:

Phase 2 tricky words: I the no go to into

Click here to sing along:

Phase 3

In the Spring you have covered the following (A BIG well done by the way!)

  • Set 6 – j v w x
  • Set 7 – y z zz qu
  • Digraphs – ch sh th ng ai ee oa oa o oar or ur ow oi er

Next steps: trigraphs – igh ear air ure

We use Jolly Phonics to teach digraphs. Click here to listen to the songs:

It is really important to pronounce digraphs correctly. Click here to listen to how these letters are pronounced:

We also learn the letter names: Phonics Song 2 – YouTube

Phase 3 tricky words: he she we me be was you they all are my her

Click here to sing along:

How can I help at home?

There are so many ways that you can help at home with phonics. Here are a few ideas from phonics expert Laura Sharp.

Most importantly, keep reading with your child every day. Let them read to you. The school will provide you with age appropriate books that will help to develop their phonic skills and word recognition. Each book should be read two or three times. Also, make sure that you are reading more complex books to them and that they are continuing to hear stories and other texts read aloud.

Maths in Reception at St Georges Primary School

We use White Rose Maths to help us plan inspiring activities that promote confident Mathematicians.

“Influenced, inspired and informed by the work of leading Maths researchers and practitioners across the world, White Rose Maths brings together a team of highly experienced and passionate Maths teaching experts to train, guide, help and support all those who want to make change happen in their schools.”

White Rose Maths provide resources and activities to help children progress in small steps and develop confidence and competence in mathematics…and most importantly it also recognises the importance of enjoyment on children’s journey to Maths Mastery.

Children in the early years develop the concept of Maths Mastery through Maths talk, practicing the skills they’ve learned during play, and developing number sense. The key to introducing mastery in the early years is to keep activities fun and part of your daily routine.

Click here for a brief introduction:

Click here for Home Learning ideas:

How we form our numbers: Number Formation Rhyme Cards

Important information: 

Phonics PowerPoint Parent Phonics PPT 2020

What you need to know Dear parents PHONICS LETTER

Let’s Watch

The first video is Mrs Burdett, Mrs Bowman and Mrs Ingram (RBB).

The next two videos are from Miss Garrard, Mrs Souster and Mrs Whiles (RG).

Finally there are two videos of the classrooms and outdoor space.

Happy watching.

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