Hazel Class - Reception

Welcome to the Hazel class page! Take a look at our 'Meet the teacher' guide for some essential information...

Read our class newsletter and find out what we are going to be getting up to this half term...

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We use GO READ to log our reading each day. Parents sign in and log every time their child reads at home. The children have a target to read 5 times every week - will you reach the target?


At St Mark and All Saints, we believe that all our children can become fluent readers and writers. This is why we teach reading through Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised, which is a systematic and synthetic phonics programme.

We start teaching phonics in Nursery/Reception and follow the  The Little Wandle Letters and Sounds  revised progression, which ensures children build on their growing knowledge of the alphabetic code, mastering phonics to read and spell as they move through school.


For children in Reception and Year 1 we timetable a daily phonics session, typically teaching four new sounds a week. We also learn 'tricky' words for example; ' the'  'said' 'what' -  these are words that cannot be sounded out and are best learnt through recognition and sight reading. Each week builds on what the children have already learnt, constantly revisiting and giving the children the opportunity to consolidate their previous knowledge as well as learning new words and sounds. 


 We teach children to read through reading practice sessions three times a week. This is either with the class teacher or a TA who are fully trained in Little Wandle Letters and Sounds. The book will be fully decodable for the children, therefore it is achievable and manageable for them to succeed and practice their new skills. 

For help with pronouncing each phoneme (sound), use this helpful video:


We learn each grapheme using a special 'patter' with a picture to support. Take a look at this guide to find out what we have been learning.

Click here to find out more about how we teach Phonics and Reading in EY and KS1.


This half term our Talk 4 Writing texts are "The Snail and the Whale" and 'The Rainbow Fish'. Our model text, which we learn to retell from memory, is linked here:

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