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Please visit our Reception Home Learning page for ideas to support your child with their education at home. We we will also be putting ideas onto EExAT. Please contact office@lakenham.norfolk.sch.uk if you are unable to log in to EExAT. We would love to see what you've been up to at home so please upload photos and text about this.


We want every child to develop a love of stories and books and so provide a wide range of books in our classroom. We have dedicated, comfortable reading spaces as well as integrating books into many different areas of provision. Stories are shared with children on a daily basis. 

Every child takes home a story book to share and enjoy with their family from the beginning of the year. Once they have been introduced to the phonics approach and have started to develop an understanding of how use phonics to decode words they take home a reading book that they can read to their family. 

Their understanding of phonics is built on the strong foundations that are established in nursery and followed through into the first few weeks in Reception.  We use the Letters and Sounds Phase 1 phonics activities to enable children to be able to tune into and hear sounds, to rhyme and use alliteration (words with the same initial sound such as Cuddly Cat) and so on. 

The Letters and Sounds sequence and strategy is used to teach phonics and we use resources from Jolly Phonics to support our teaching.

Click here to see Letters and Sounds Phonics.



 Writing is a complex skill that takes several years to master and refine. It is vital that children develop all the large muscles in their body through crawling, climbing, jumping, balancing, sliding, running etc and so we provide many opportunities for them to develop their physical strength and stamina.

They also need to develop good hand-eye coordination, a pincer grip and other fine motor skills and so in school they will have many opportunities to 

  • use scissors
  • use tools for woodwork
  • use a wide range of mark making resources - pens, pencils, paintbrushes, felt tips, chalks etc.
  • use construction kits such as Lego and Knex
  • play regularly with playdough, mud and clay
  • manipulate cutlery and cooking utensils

They learn to form actual letters during our phonics sessions and this is reinforced during small group adult led groups every week. We also use the story scribing strategy to model and scaffold their writing. (see this short article which describes this method https://www.teachearlyyears.com/learning-and-development/view/reception-story-scribing)

As the year progresses any visitor to our classroom will see signs, posters and labels made by the children telling people not to touch something, describing and naming their models and many more. We actively encourage children to communicate using their emerging writing skills as well as model possibilities constantly during their play.

In addition every child spends time in a small group developing their skills at whatever level they may be operating at. Our aim is that by the end of Reception our children enjoy the writing experience, view themselves as writers and are confident to have a go.

The Early Learning Goal for writing for the end of Reception is: Children use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds. They also write some irregular common words. They write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.