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EYFS Curriculum Overview


Phonics Websites

In Reception we introduce the phonics sounds using the 'Jolly Phonics' programme of study. We have purchased various computer programs to help us support learning in this area. The introduction and development of phonic sounds in 'Jolly Phonics'  closely follows the governments advice found in the document,  'Letters and Sounds'. We have included hyperlinks for these websites as well as some other 'interesting' websites we have found and used.

Letters and Sounds 


Jolly Phonics


Phonics Play


Mr Thorne does phonics


YouTube - 'Jolly phonics' - there are numerous YouTube videos that introduce the phonic sounds. We often use these in class as a revision tool and your children should be able to join in the actions, songs and sounds. Start from Phase 2 in the autumn term.  

Reading websites


The following websites are a very useful resource for encouraging and/or developing your child’s reading skills. The oxfordowl web site is particularly useful as it links to the books found in the school reading scheme and includes some good activities for you and your child to explore. You will need to create a login name and password for this website.


The school has registered itself on the lovereading4schools website and is in the process of compiling a suggested reading list, although this site does not specifically provide book suggestions for the EYFS (under 5’s).


The school priority in reading is to encourage comprehension skills. Re-reading books, in order to develop understanding, indicates the child is developing a healthy reading habit.




Phonics and High Frequency Words

Phase 2,3,4 and 5 High frequency words.
Alongside the phonic lessons the children are introduced to a series of words to help them with their reading and writing.It would be extremely helpful for your child if you could spend some time looking at the words with your children. As you will notice some words can be sounded out using phonic rules, whereas other words (known as 'tricky words' and highlighted in bold) are not so phonetically regular. Further, be aware that a number of the words are rather abstract in their meaning, but they are very important in providing meaning to what is being read and written. We would suggest that you concentrate on learning 5 or 6 words at a time and then gradually build up the knowledge. Good luck and please feel feel free to discuss this with your child's teacher. 
Glenn Parfitt,
31 Jan 2016, 09:12