Little Scarlet February 2021       

Welcome to Little Scarlet's class page. Please see information below about how we are providing online education via Google Classroom whilst the current lockdown remains in place. 


What will I learn about in Reception?

Here is a link to our EYFS Long Term Plan: EYFS Curriculum Map Unedited.docx

Some parts may change during the year as I get to know the children and choose to teach to their own particular interests. 

Phonics | Waterside Primary School

What is phonics and where does it come from!?

Sound of the Alphabet

'Phonics' is, in the most simple terms, how to read and write. In Reception, we teach a twenty-minute phonics lesson every day. During these sessions, children are taught to recognise and say the sounds which make up words in the English language. We also focus on writing the sounds and build up to spelling words and, later in the year, simple sentences. 

As they become confident with some letter sounds, children learn to blend these sounds together and read words e.g. 'c-a-t.'

Every letter in our alphabet has both a name and a sound. 'D' for example. It's name is pronounced 'dee' but the sound it makes is 'd' for 'duck.' Right from day one, children are taught the difference between a letter's name and the sound that it makes. 


In light of the fact that we are not currently able to offer a phonics workshop, I've created a PowerPoint instead which explains how phonics is taught in school and what it is all about. Take a look and just ask if you have any questions about this area of learning.

Phonics workshop.pptx



If you would like to make a start on phonics with your child during the summer holiday, I would highly recommend watching the Alphablocks parents' guide to understanding phonics. Here is a link to the website. I'd suggest watching the introductory video at the top of the page followed by the Red Level video:

And here is a handy video which demonstrates further how to pronounce all of the single-letter sounds (the sounds made by each letter of the alphabet). For now, don't go beyond teaching the single-letter sounds...we'll soon progress to two-letter sounds in class and I'll let you know via home learning when we do.

Pronunciation video link:

Handwriting - here is a copy of our handwriting patterns so that you can see how we teach letter formation in school. 

 Well done to this week's winners of the Head Teacher and Superstar awards! You have both done brilliantly this week.

Our Harvest Performance

The Nativity

Useful Websites for Home Learning: - good for phonics games (many are free) - thousands of resources, some of which can be accessed for free - online maths games for primary school children, sorted by age - online games again useful for phonics - Creative activities about characters, illustrations superheroes etc. - stories and poems performed by Michael Rosen - Online games, great interactive manipulatives, lessons, quizzes and brain teasers - activities about understanding the world - articles, activities and games - art and craft ideas -how to draw videos for children

Whilst the current lockdown remains in place, all home learning is being uploaded to Google Classroom. Use your logins to access the daily activities set by Mrs Hutton for you to do at home.

Our live handwriting and phonics lessons are Monday to Thursday from 10:00 until 10:30am. Remember to bring writing materials. It will also be helpful to have this sound mat to hand, printed out if at all possible.


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Miss MacGregor(a couple of months ago)

Hello Isla, I have just reset your password on Bug Club. I will send you a Marvellous Me with the details. Fingers crossed!

Oliver(a couple of months ago)

Hi Mrs Hutton, Is there any worksheets available for maths? Oliver wants to do some like he did from twinkl before, but apparetly i need to subscribe and pay monthly?

Isla Wyatt(a couple of months ago)

Hi, Hope your well! Our Bug club login is still not working! Could you try and get it sorted for us. Thank you :-)

Emma(less than a year ago)

A butterfly eating popcorn WAS all shiny like tinfoil in the sunshine.

Edward(less than a year ago)

Hi Miss Chetland - Please could you set more books on bug club for Edward. Many thanks

Emma(less than a year ago)

Are you sure my hair looks better now you’ve cut it mummy ?;-)

Miss Chetland(less than a year ago)

Good morning, everyone. Emma thank you for keeping in touch with all the learning you've been doing. I love reading your silly sentences! Have you sorted your books out yet!? And well done for telling the time. A Marvellous Me is in order, I think. Edward, it was great to hear about your home learning. Congratulations on learning how to ride your bike. That's fantastic! Noah, what a lot of interesting things are taking place at your house. Do you have butterflies in your garden now? Missing all of you. Keep the updates coming my way! Best wishes, Miss Chetland

Emma(less than a year ago)

What is that oink sound I can hear is it a cow ?

Emma(less than a year ago)

I sure need to sort my books out.

Emma(less than a year ago)

I sailed on my boat and looked out to sea it was hard work.

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