Reception – Curriculum Letter

Monday 13th November 2017

Dear Parents,

Reception Curriculum update – additional support
Phonics – We have now begun the ‘Phase 3’ sounds in our phonics journey. You should
have received a new set of sound cards to enable you to continue to practise at home
and build words to read/ spell. The sounds covered so far are j, v, w, x, y, z, and zz.
This means that together with the sounds that we have previously learnt your child
may now be able to create words such as jam, jog, van, vet, wig, wet, yell, zip and
buzz. As well as reading words we are also encouraging the children to read and write
short captions such as ‘a hot bun’ or ‘Jack and Jill up the hill’.
You will find that the reading books that are sent home will reflect the sounds that
your child is working on. As well as being able to decode the words on the page it is
also really important to talk about the ‘story’ in the book to check that they have
some understanding of the book. This is easier once the children have read the same
book 2 or 3 times, as their fluency improves, so does the comprehension.
Consider asking questions like; what happened to the character? How do you think the
character was feeling? What happened at the end of the story? There are also some
questions to support this in some of the books that come home.
Number – In our number work we have been combining groups of objects together to
add. We have been using any objects around the classroom, or even our fingers
Eventually we move on to counting on and using a number line to support addition, such
as . The range of vocabulary we use includes add, more,
altogether, plus, addition, make and sum. We will soon be moving to include
subtraction, take- away, minus, less and will use similar strategies with a variety of

I hope that you find this useful. If you have any questions, please pop in and speak to
myself or a member of the team.
Many thanks
Mrs Ruddock