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Foundation Stage

Mrs Milnes

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Mrs O'Mara


Lexia is a fun computer-based program.  The activities focus on developing reading skills in six areas: phonological awareness, phonics, structural analysis, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.  The program is designed to allow the children to complete the activities independently.  It will move the children on when ready, and it provides additional support when needed.

As well as being given time to complete Lexia activities within the school week, your child will also benefit from spending at least two additional twenty minute sessions at home.

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Educational Visits

Each term, every class goes on three Educational visits.  These visits provide a fun and valuable learning experience which will link with teaching back at school.  This was highlighted as a strong feature of our school by OFSTED on their last visit. Currently, we are unable to go on any educational visits, however, we have arranged virtual visits to continue learning and experiencing educational content outside of the classroom.

Have a look at some visits that we have been on in the Foundation Stage recently.


Chopwell Woods
Chopwell Woods

Discovery Museum
Discovery Museum



Spellings and Phonics

In Reception the children start the journey into reading and spelling.  We follow the Letters and Sounds programme, working through six phases. In Reception we cover the first three phases, preparing the children for the next three phases in Key Stage One.

Phase 1

The purpose of Phase One is to teach important basic elements of the Letters and Sounds programme such as oral segmenting and blending of familiar words.

Phase One activities are arranged under the following seven aspects:

Aspect 1: To develop children’s listening skills and awareness of sounds in the environment.

Aspect 2: To experience and develop awareness of sounds made with instruments and noise makers.

Aspect 3: To develop awareness of sounds and rhythms with body percussion.

Aspect 4: To experience and appreciate rhythm and rhyme.

Aspect 5: To experience alliteration (same sound at the start of words, e.g. freshly fried fish).

Aspect 6: To distinguish between the differences in vocal sounds.

Aspect 7: Oral blending and segmenting of sounds in words - e.g. I can see a c-a-t.

Phase 2

The purpose of this phase is to learn at least 19 letters and move on to blending and segmenting with letters. Children will learn to read some vowel consonant words (e.g. it, at) and consonant, vowel, consonant words (e.g. sat, pin) and to spell them.  They will also learn to read some high-frequency ‘tricky’ words: the, to, go, no.

Phase 3

The purpose of this phase is to learn another 25 sounds, most of them comprising two letters (e.g. ee, oa, ow).