Alresford Primary School

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Ford Lane, Colchester, Essex CO7 8AU

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Alresford Primary School

Be Kind, Be Honest, Be Responsible

  1. Our Classes
  2. Elephants (Year R)



Teacher : Mrs Wright

Learning Support Assistant : Miss Adams and Mrs Burley


If your child is starting Reception in September 2023, please click the image below to take you to our 'Starting School' page.

Below is our spring term curriculum letter.

 Reception Curriculum Letter Spring 2024.pdfDownload
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Please click the image below to have a look at our ‘Elephant Class Photo’ tab and see the children involved in their learning.  Our topic for the autumn term is 'Understanding us!'

Our Long Term Plan for Reception 2023-2024

 Reception Long Term Plan 2023 -2024.pdfDownload
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These are the 'Early Learning Goals.'  The ELGs are the targets for the children to achieve by the end of Reception.  They work towards these goals throughout the EYFS.

This is a copy of the Medium Term Plan for our new Personal, Social and Emotional Development programme - SCARF.

 Reception- PSHE MEDIUM TERM PLAN.pdfDownload
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These are our skill ladders for all areas of our continuous provision.  They show the progression of skills when a child is in their play.  (Our policy explains this further.)

 Bikes Skills Progression.pdfDownload
 Construction Skills Progression.pdfDownload
 Creative Area Skills Progression.pdfDownload
 Malleable Skills Progression.pdfDownload
 Maths Skills Progression.pdfDownload
 Mud Kitchen Progression.pdfDownload
 Music Area Skills Progression.pdfDownload
 Reading Skills Progression.pdfDownload
 Role Play Skills Progression.pdfDownload
 Small World Skills Progression.pdfDownload
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Please have a look at our EYFS policy.  

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This is a leaflet for parents with information on the Reception Baseline Assessment.

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At Alresford Primary School we follow our own systematic phonics programme which is taught through Reception and KS1.  Please see the Reading Curriculum pages for more information.

Please note:  The sounds I talk about in our phase 2 and 3 videos below don't quite match our new phonics programme.  These will be updated. The videos are still relevant and accurate in explaining phonics in more detail and with what you can do at home to support your child.


Phase 1 phonics runs alongside all the other phases and is key to developing phonological awareness.

Please see my video below on some activities you could try at home.


Phase 2 phonics introduces sounds for 19 letters of the alphabet.  We begin blending sounds to make words and segmenting words into their separate sounds.  Please see my video below. 

Phase 3 phonics introduces a sound for the remaining 7 letters of the alphabet.  They are also introduced to a grapheme that covers all the other remaining phonemes e.g. ch, sh, oo.  They practice using them in their reading and writing.  Please see my video below. 

Please click on the link below to hear how to pronounce the phonics sounds your child will learn in Reception.


Phonics is part of your child's journey of learning to read.  We call our reading books 'practise books.' This is because your child will read this book more than once to practise all their reading skills and to help build fluency right from the beginning.  Our reading books are banded in phonics phases.  We don't send home a reading book until your child is confident with blending words.  We find this makes reading at home a far more positive experience.   

Sharing stories with your child also helps to develop their reading skills.  Learning to read is about listening and understanding as well as working out print.   Reading to your child will help them build their vocabulary and improve their understanding when they listen and helps them understand how stories work.  It also helps to build a love of reading. 

Some suggestions of books.  100 books to read in Reception and KS1!

 100 Books KS1 1 (1).docxDownload
 100 Books KS1 2 (1).docxDownload
 100 Books KS1 3 (1).docxDownload
 100 Books KS1 4 (1).docxDownload
 100 Books KS1 5 (1).docxDownload
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Please have a look at this website which explains why using subtitles can support your child's reading.

Fun Activities to Support your Child at Home

Coming soon...

Games and Websites

These are some great phonics websites for information and games.  Please click on the picture to follow the link.

These are some phonics songs.  The first Jolly Phonics link is phase 2 and the second phase 3.


We love the Numberblocks! Please follow the link below for 10 ways you can help your child with maths at home.

These are some maths songs we like to listen to and sing in class.

Last update: 2024-03-14