Foundation Stage

A very warm welcome to Reception

October 2021

The children have coped so very well with being in school every day. We are super proud of them all! Please have a look on your Tapestry account to see some of the fun things we have done so far this term.” Miss Garrard

We sent home some information about the new EYFS statutory framework, expectations of Reception and a reading booklet. Please find this information below along with a PowerPoint about how we teach phonics.

If you were unable to attend the meeting and/or have any queries please do not hesitate to talk to a member of our team.

Meet the Reception Team

  • Miss Garrard – Early Years Lead and full time class teacher
  • Mrs Bowman – EYFS and KS1 Inclusion Manager, and class teacher (Monday and Tuesday)
  • Mrs Burdett – class teacher (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)
  • Mrs Souster – full time teaching assistant
  • Mrs Ingram – full time teaching assistant
  • Mrs. Whiles – Full time teaching assistant

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

We are so excited about the year ahead. We have been busy setting up the classrooms and outdoor areas ready for your children to explore with their friends. Our key focus is to get to know your child really well and ensure that they feel happy, safe and settled at school.Miss Garrard

Here are a few photos of the things we did last year:

September fun

New parents information:

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 (EYFS) Policy
  • EYFS Curriculum. Intent, Implementation and Impact.

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

Phase 2

In the Autumn Term we cover the following letters:

  • 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:

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

For more details, and for online activities to support home learning, please take a look at the following PowerPoint:  

Phonics PowerPoint: See information under October 2021

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.

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

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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