Pewsey Primary School


 Welcome to Reception class. 

Teaching and learning is extremely fluid and based on the needs and interests of the children.  They have access to authentic resources to discover and explore which nurtures their inquisitive minds. The children are consistently inspired and encouraged to direct their own learning which leads to industrious, inventive and creative learners.   

Welcome to Terms 3 & 4

 Our topic this term is:


Understanding the World involves guiding children to make sense of their  physical world and their community. The frequency and range of children’s personal  experiences increases their knowledge and sense of the world around them – from visiting parks, libraries and museums to meeting important members of society such as police officers, nurses and firefighters. In addition, listening to a broad selection of stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems will foster their understanding of our culturally, socially, technologically and ecologically diverse world. As well as building important knowledge, this extends their familiarity with words that support understanding across domains. Enriching and widening children’s vocabulary will support later reading comprehension.

Curriculum Overview


During term 3 and 4 we will be using the following texts to support and drive our learning. 

Click here for information about our brand new phonics programme. The page will be updated regularly so please keep checking back.

You will find newsletters which tell you all about your child's learning in Phonics/Spelling on that page too.  

We now teach Phonics across FS2 to Year 4 and children attend the Phase and Group that they need. 

Your child's teacher will tell you which Phase and Group you need to look at.   

Phonics Focus 

Basics 3 

Recognise, Build, Read & Write

The Basics 3 teaches children the spellings for a further 26 of the 44 sounds of the English language.  Children will use their auditory processing and memory skills from Firm Foundations and the Basics 2 skills to continue to recognise the spellings for  sound with Sam, segment and build with Seb and Bill, read and blend with Rex and Ben and write with Ron. 

They will continue to learn the early concepts of Choose to Use with Suze for some further multiple spellings of sounds and an introduction to Switch it with Mitch for alternative pronunciations of spellings of sounds.  Children will learn their tricky words with Tess and read nonsense words with Nan.  

At the end of this phase children will be able to hear up to 3 sounds in words, recognise spellings and read and write simple and complex CVC words with the 44 spellings for sounds.  They will be able to read decodable texts with The Basics 2 and 3 spellings and make phonetically plausible attempts in the early stages of spelling in their writing journey.  





A Curious Place.........Our Learning Environment

Our Reception and Year 1 learning environments have natural colour pallettes which makes for calmer places to learn.

We have thought very carefully about every resource that we have included in the environment and that we have put on the walls. There is a purpose to everything and these have been explained to the children.

We have tried to rid the environment of as much plastic as we can. We have replaced toys and pretend items with real ones. The theory behind this is two fold:

  • the children are far more curious about objects if they are not clear about the purpose and if they can use the object for a variety of things. This makes play and learning more open-ended.
  • the children learn to look after things much more carefully if they are fragile, delicate and/ or special. For example, they are taught how to look after china cups rather than using plastic tea-sets.


Choosing Learning

In Reception, we take part in Choosing Learning. We have the opportunity to choose what we would like to do and how we would like to learn. The adults in the class help us to find out new things and to challenge ourselves.

We have five key tasks a week that we need to do during Choosing Learning. Mrs Reade explains the key tasks on the first day to make sure we know what we have to do and what we are learning in each task.

When we have completed a task to the best of our ability, we get a key to hang in our display area. 

Select the link below to see Reception class participating in choosing learning.  

Class Showcase

Reception Class Noticeboard

Information about school lunches has been emailed to families.  If you have any queries or concerns please email [email protected] or speak to Mrs Reade on the gate. 

All Children starting school in FS2 participate in the Reception Baseline Assessment (RBA).  You can find further information about the assessment by following the link below.  

 Reception Baseline Information

Don't Forget...

P.E. is on a Monday and Thursday afternoon. 

Yoga is on Tuesday and Thursday morning. 

Book Challenge

Books for Reception


The Rhyme Challenge 

A sailor went to sea, sea, sea.