Red Room – Reception / Yr 1


Reading and Phonics

Throughout the school we have a comprehensive school system to teach reading and phonics.

Home reading books are book banded by phases and are linked to the sounds that the children learn during their phonics sessions. Phonics is taught daily throughout Reception and Key Stage 1 using the Letters and Sounds Framework. This framework supports children with reading, writing and spelling by segmenting and blending sounds. Children take home their own phonics book which allows them to practise the sound that they have learnt each day.

Please take a look at this clip to find out more about how to pronounce each letter sound –

We also use and during our Phonics sessions.

We hear the children read either individually or during guided reading sessions and also work on comprehension questions during reading sessions. We also promote a pleasure for reading by sharing a daily story and providing opportunities for children to read picture books independently.


In Red class, we choose topics which are based around the children’s interests. Our current topic is ‘Once upon a time’ as part of this the children have been listening to a range of traditional tales, learning about different types of houses, creating pictures using ‘Paint’ on the computers and lots more! Take a look at our topic web below to see what we’ve been getting up to!

Topic plan Once upon a time


Our topic in autumn was Space. Take a look at our topic plan to find out what the children have been learning about!

Topic plan space

Last year our topics were:

Dragons and castles


Animal Hospital


People who help us

Space Day!

November 26th 2019

As part of our learning about our topic, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 had a Space day! During this day, we had a rocket workshop, where the children designed their own bottle rockets and launched them in the playground! We also had an inflatable planetarium in the school hall, where the children found out facts about the planets in our solar system and learnt about the first visit to the moon. Thank you to Dave’s Star Gazing Planetarium for coming to visit us!

Many thanks to the parents and the PTA for helping to fund this special day! Our day was ‘out of this world’!


Autumn 2019


Summer 2019