Alresford Primary School

Headteacher: Sarah Bryson

Ford Lane, Colchester, Essex CO7 8AU

01206 822731



Teacher : Mrs Wright

Learning Support Assistant : Miss Adams and Mrs Burley


Below is our autumn term curriculum letter.

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 Our topic is ‘Super Me, Super You!'  Please have a look at our ‘Elephant Class Photo’ tab to see the children involved in their learning. 

Below is some information on child development and preparing your child for starting school.

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

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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.


At Alresford Primary School we follow Letters and Sounds for phonics.  This is a systematic phonics programme which has 6 phases.  These phases are taught through Reception and KS1.

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 information about the benefits of reading and how you can support your child.


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

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Please have a look at this website which explains why using subtitles can support your child's reading.

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: 2022-09-25