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In Reception our topic for Summer term is ‘Growing’. We will be using The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Enormous Turnip to help us with our Literacy. We will also be using non-fiction texts to learn about minibeasts.


Early Reading in Reception



Reading for Pleasure

We will have daily story time sessions where the children will have the opportunity to listen to a story to support their own reading for pleasure.

You are also welcome to choose a book from our school library box for you to share together at home, the children get very excited about choosing their own book!


Guided Reading

We will have daily guided reading sessions where we will link some of the VIPERS reading skills into these sessions to support the children's understanding and vocabulary development. You will find more information on VIPERS in your child's Home School Learning Journey.


Independent Reading

We will also ensure that your child has the opportunity to read independently to an adult during the school week. We will give your child a reading book to read at home together, this book will match their current phonic knowledge. Please make sure your child has their Home School Reading Diary in school each day.



Reception's Quality Texts

These are quality texts that we believe every child should have heard, read or had access to during their Reception year.




We use Essential Letters and Sounds to teach the children the 44 phonemes that make up all the sounds required for reading and spelling. These phonemes include those made by just one letter and those that are made by two or more. Children work through the different phases and as they grow in confidence and experience, they are introduced to alternative ways of representing the same sound.


Early Writing in Reception

Talk for Writing


We use the Talk for Writing approach to teaching English. Talk for Writing is powerful because it enables children to imitate the language they need for a particular topic orally before reading and analysing it and then writing their own version. Through fun activities that help them rehearse the language they need, followed by shared writing to show them how to write their own.

Three stages of teaching:

1) Imitation - the children learn a text and the language they need

2) Innovation - the children adapt the model text with ideas of their own

3) Invention - the children create their own text using the language and skills that the model           taught them.


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