Rainbow Class

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Rainbow Class - Spring Term 2021 - Curriculum Letter

Mrs Bagnall


Mrs Glenister

Teaching Assistant

EYFS/KS1 Phonics Glossary

Click the pictures to watch our time lapse videos.


At Rochford Primary and Nursery School we want to develop a love of lifelong learning. 

We have designed our reception class to ensure each child can experience inspiring educational activities indoors and outdoors in all weather. Your child’s well-being and involvement is at the centre of what we do. Our learning environment is designed to embrace every area of learning in the EYFS. Your child will be taught to use the classroom to embed the whole class teaching that is afforded to them. We encourage your children to learn independently and with the adults nurturing their individual needs. We share our outdoor space with the nursery children so that they can learn alongside each other to support each others development. Our outdoor learning environment provides children with exciting opportunities to explore, have fun and learn in a safe and secure environment. From water play to mud kitchens and a beach hut full of sand we offer the opportunity for your children to be inspired and as a result learn and develop on a daily basis.

Meet our team

We have a wonderfully caring team of practitioners who are experienced and trained to Nurture, Care for and Inspire every child in their care therefore providing the best start and education for your little ones.

Outdoor learning

We believe outdoor play and exploration are an essential part of learning and growing up. So we have developed our outdoor learning environment to provide children with the greatest variety of experiences, challenges and controlled risks.

The equipment and activities in our gardens nurture healthy and active fun through building, den making, imaginative role play areas, mud kitchen, sand and water play.

In our outdoor learning environment children can learn and interact with natural elements; they can be engineers using the drainpipes managing the flow of water. They can be a chef in the mud kitchen whilst developing early writing skills. Take a risk in the building site by creating their very own constructions. Build a den in the den area and cook a meal on the fireplace.

Play based learning

When you ask what your child what they did at school today, and they answer, "I played," this video gives you an insight into what 'play-based learning' looks like in Foundation Stage.

Early Years Foundation Stage Children play/learn

Early Years Foundation Stage. Children playing/learning

EYFS Curriculum

Link to development matters -


Children are born ready, able and eager to learn. They actively reach out to interact with other people, and in the world around them. Development is not an automatic process, however. It depends on each unique child having opportunities to interact in positive relationships and enabling environments.


Letters and sounds is the chosen accredited programme at Rochford Primary and Nursery School used to teach phonics, high frequency words and to support early reading development. The ‘Letters and Sounds’ Programme is split into 5 phases:

In EYFS your child will be taught phonics every day. Alongside the teaching of phonics, every child will be provided with daily opportunities to apply their phonic knowledge and skills in reading and spelling.

Phase 2

By the end of Phase 2, the children should:
Know at least 19 sounds and letters (GPC – Grapheme Phoneme Correspondence) …

s    a    t  p  i  n   m  d
g  o  c  k  ck   e   u r
 b  f/ff   l/ll   ss

Be able to read 5 tricky words…

the    to    I    no    go

They should be able to:

Orally blend cvc (consonant, vowel, consonant) words e.g. when you sound out the sounds c-a-t, they can tell you the word is cat, Orally segment cvc words e.g. when you say the word cat, they can pick out the sounds c-a-t.

Please find attached a PDF document as a detailed guide to how your child will learn to read and write using phonics. 

Parents leaflet

How to pronounce pure sounds


How to blend sounds to make words


Support at home

Geraldine the giraffe is a fun way to support your child’s learning of phonics. There are a series of you- tube clips for every Phase 2 and 3 sound.

Jolly phonics is used to support your child in learning the sign for each phoneme in Phase 2 and 3. Please follow the link below for phase 2 … 


Phase 3


Tricky words

Tricky words cannot be sounded out easily. They are common words that have complex spellings in them. Your child will learn how to read and write the tricky words in phonics lessons.

Emergent readers may find tricky words difficult to read as they have not yet learned some of the graphemes in those words. They are sometimes known as irregular words, common exception words or sight words. Please use the links below to support teaching your child to read tricky words through song.

Phase 2


Phase 3


White Rose Maths

At Rochford Primary and Nursery School we teach your child the concepts of number, shape, space and measure using the White Rose method. There are numerous resources for you to use at home to support their learning.


Please also find attached a guide to help you understand how we teach maths in Reception.

Reception Scheme