Reading at home - Oxford Reading Tree books

First steps towards reading

Please try to find a quiet ten minutes every day to look at a book with your child. The more you read and talk about stories, the more confident your child will feel about handling books. Gradually, he or she will make the connection between the story you read aloud and the printed word.

Children often have favourite stories they want to hear again and again.

After hearing a story several times, they will ‘read’ it themselves, memorising the words.

This is an important step towards becoming a reader, and deserves your praise and encouragement.

Oxford Reading Tree books

At school we follow the Oxford Reading Tree Scheme. The main characters in the scheme are:

Kipper is 4 years old. His real name is not ‘Kipper’ – it’s Christopher! When he was little and learning to talk he used to say his name was ‘Kipper’. His Dad thought this name suited him so ‘Kipper’ stuck! Kipper is a little mischievous and sometimes gets into scrapes! He has a good imagination and loves the world of make believe. He has a teddy called ‘Teddy’ who goes everywhere with him.
Biff and Chip are Kipper’s brother and sister. They are 7 year old twins. Biff’s real name is ‘Barbara’ and Chip’s real name is ‘Chip’. When Kipper was little he couldn’t say ‘Barbara and David’ and instead he called them ‘Biff and Chip’. This made everyone laugh and the two names stuck!
Floppy is the family’s pet dog. He is called Floppy because of his long, floppy ears and flops down to sleep when tired! He often gets muddy and likes to chase cats! Floppy carries the ‘Magic Key’ on his collar. The ‘Magic Key’ can take the children on special adventures but Floppy would rather be burying bones or taking a nap than going on an adventure!
Mum is the practical one of the family – if something needs fixing then she will do it! She will put her hand to anything, whether it’s unblocking the sink or building a new shed! She is patient and kind.
Dad is the ‘fourth child in the family’ – or so Mum says anyway! He is always messing about and playing practical jokes! Things often go wrong for Dad and he usually makes more mess than there was when he started! Dad is great at organising games and telling stories.
Wilf and Wilma are brother and sister and are Biff and Chip’s friends. Wilf is seven years old and is very clever – in fact he is a walking encyclopaedia of facts! Wilma is eight years old and likes to boss the gang around!

Letter formation

The whole school follows the PenPals handwriting scheme.

In the Reception class children are introduced to four main character which help them to memorise the correct formation of letters.

These characters are:

Long ladder letters

One-armed robot letters

Curly caterpillar letters

Zig-zag monster letters

Click on the picture below for a printable copy of the correct letter formation.

When forming all letters it is important to remember never to start at the bottom!

Pencil grip

When writing it is very important that children hold the pencil in the correct tripod grip.

The pictures below show the typical stages children go through when holding a pencil.

In class we use the term “pinch your pencil” to encourage correct pencil grasp.

Games and activities

Click on the pictures below to play some letter formation games.

Learning log - Reception class

Every week we like to share with parents what we have been doing in class.

If you have any questions or queries about what we have been doing in class and school then please do not hesitate to speak to a member of class.

Week beginning 11th July

Thank you very much for all the lovely cards and gifts we have had this week- we have been spoilt! Here are just a few ideas for the Summer Holidays, to continue learning over the long break from school to prepare for Year 1. The children have all been given a ‘Summer Holiday Book’ please feel free to choose as many activities as you want, don’t feel you have to do them all. We also have a class log in for the Oxford Owls website to access reading books over the holidays which is:

 Our class log in is: reception02and the password is hayschool.

Reading/writing ideas:

*Following maps and reading leaflets, signs and lists on days out.

*Sharing stories at the local library or in one of Hay’s Bookshops.

*Writing cards, invitations or postcards for family and friends.

*Using our Hwb page to practise your creative words, or using the last few pages of the Creative Book to write the list of words which are on the back page.

Number ideas:

*Using coins to pay for treats at the shops.

*Recognising numbers around your local area.

*Saying ‘one more and one less’ than numbers up to 10/20.

*Counting your toys and sharing sweets with them to make totals up to 10.

*Practising your number formation on the beach or in the garden using soil.

Another important skill you could practise- cutting around different shapes which also helps develop pencil control.

Have a lovely holiday, I have really enjoyed teaching you all and wish you all the best for Year 1!

Learning log - Nursery class

Every week we like to share with parents what we have been doing in class.

This is posted in the ‘blog’ section of our class page on the school’s Hwb+ site along with photos and suggested ideas on what can be practised at home.

To access this, please click on the link below and use your child’s login and password.

If you are having difficulty login in then please do not hesitate to speak to a member of staff in class.

Jolly Phonics and Letters and Sounds

At Hay on Wye CP School, we use the Jolly Phonics and Letters and Sounds approaches to learn to read and write.

The letter sounds are taught in the Letters and Sounds order. Phase 2 introduces most of the single letter sounds. These are:

Set 1: s, a, t, p
Set 2: i, n, m, d
Set 3: g, o, c, k
Set 4: ck, e, u, r
Set 5: h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss

Learning the letter sounds in groups as above, rather than alphabetically, enables children to begin building words as early as possible.

More information about the words that can be made using these letters can be found on the Letters and Sounds website.

Phase 3 introduces the remaining single sounds, the double sounds, known as digraphs.

Set 6: j, v, w, x

Set 7: y, z, zz, qu
Consonant digraphs: ch, sh, th, ng
Vowel digraphs: ai, ee, or, oa, oo, ar, ou, oi, er, ue, ie

The Jolly Phonics approach offers a multi-sensory way of learning letter sounds.

There are actions and songs linked for each of the letter sounds.

Please click here for a printable copy of these actions.

To practise these at home, please click here for phase 2 and click here for phase 3.

Playing games at home

To practise phonics at home, please click on the links below:

Phase 1 games

Phase 2 games

Phase 3 games


Croeso, welcome to our Nursery/Reception class!

We love to learn through practical activities, experimenting and exploring.

Our class

We have many areas of learning in our classroom. There are:

Computers; Role play; Listening station; Cwtsh darllen (reading corner);  Puppet area; Information area; Writing area; Sand; Water; Playdough; Creative; Painting; Maths; Small world; Building; Outside;

Summer 2016 topic

Our topic this summer term is called ‘Up in the air and down on the ground’. During the first half term we will be learning about space. We will be finding out about space exploration and the planets in our solar system. During the second half term we will focus on things ‘down on the ground’ and learn about different types of minibeasts.

Learning log

Please click on Learning log to find out more about what we have been doing in class each week and for suggested activities to practise and consolidate skills at home.


Both Nursery and Reception have their PE session on a Wednesday. PE clothes – shorts, T shirt and trainers or daps – can be left in a bag on the pegs. We must ensure that all of our clothes are clearly labelled with our names!

Reception swim every Tuesday afternoon and Nursery swim every Friday afternoon. The cost of this is £2 a session.

Reading at home

We bring Oxford Reading Tree books home in our book bags. We love to read every night – little and often is the best way. If we’ve read our book at home and would like a new one then we can put our book and yellow reading record book in the box labelled ‘Please change my reading book’. This can be found next to our reading folder box in the cloak room.

The Oxford Owl website is for both teachers and parents and has a wealth of information about how to support children with their reading and maths work.  The e-books and games are now also ‘tablet-friendly’. Please take the time to look at this great website.

Click here to read more about the Oxford Reading Tree scheme.

Parents – Please click on the links below for more information

Please do not hesitate to speak to a member of staff if you require further information about what we do in class.