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Catkins Newsletter Term 5 2020

 Hello Catkins!

What a funny way to start the term! It certainly feels strange not being in school so much - we are missing you all very much and can't wait to see you all once it is safe for us all to be in school together again.  However, we have loved seeing your lovely home learning activities shared with us, your daily walks/bike rides and your fantastic cooking and creations.

The weather is lovely at the moment, so be outside as much as you can in your gardens.  Each week we will send you ideas of things you can do in your gardens.  Also, take time to explore your local area on your daily walks, can you see anything you haven't noticed before? Walk around the block and count how many steps it takes.  

Each week we will be adding a new file of potential learning activities that you can access at home with your grown-ups.  These are linked to the things we would have planned to do in school. They activities are for you to choose from. We very much understand that every family is different, many of the Mummy's, Daddy's and grown-ups at home are also trying to work in a new way, so please do not put too much pressure on yourselves as a family.  Most importantly, enjoy time together, doing things that are fun, learn new life skills and enjoy practical activities.

Feel free to share your home learning if you want to, to the class email address. Please also email if you have any worries or concerns.

We can't wait to see you soon.

Mrs Foord

The Catkins Team.

Mrs Foord – Class Teacher

Mrs DaCosta – Teaching Assistant


Overview of phonics

Phonics is split into 6 phases.  In the reception year we focus on phase 2, 3 and 4 and we may begin phase 5a towards the end of the year.  Phase 5 is split into four sub sections which are usually taught in year 1 and phase 6 is usually taught in year 2.

Sounds in phase 2

s, a, t,p ,i ,n ,m, d, g, o, c, k, ck, e, u, r, h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss

Tricky words in phase 2

I, no, go, into, the, to

Sounds in phase 3

j, v, w, x, y, z, zz, qu, sh, ch, th, ng, ai, ee, igh, oa, oo, ar, or, ur, ow, oi, ear, air, ure, er

Tricky words in phase 3

he, she, me, we, be, you, all, are, her, was, they, my

Phase 4 There are no new sounds taught in phase 4.  Phase 4 focuses on learning to read and write polysyllabic words and to read and write consonant blends and clusters.

Tricky words in phase 4

said, have, like, so, do, some, come, there, little, one, were, out, what, when.

Phase 5

Phase 5 is split into four subsections.  Some children will begin to explore phase 5a towards the end of the year.  There are no new sounds taught in phase 5, however phase 5 teaches alternative graphemes (spellings) for sounds learnt in phase 3 including split digraphs.

Phase 5a sounds/graphemes

ay, ou, ie, ea, oy, ir, ue, aw, wh, ph, ew, oe, au, ey, a-e, e-e, i-e, o-e, u-e.

Please continue to practise these sounds at home, using pure sounds, looking for them in books – how many can you find in a minute? Search for them in the environment, form them in the park or garden with sticks, put them into sentences, chalk them on the ground or use a wet paint brush on a dry day.  Practise reading the tricky words and writing the tricky words from phase 2 and 3 in fun and exciting ways.


Other useful links for parents.



Jolly Phonics Songs  Pure sounds video 


 Alphablocks      Mr Thorne


Numberblocks     BBC help your child with maths       

Other useful links

The school run - a useful website for parents

EYFSP - Our Early Years curriculum



What will we be learning this year?   CATKIN CLASS LEARNING TOPIC















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