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Catholic Voluntary Academy

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Please see the documents at the bottom of this page for our curriculum letters/ Foundation updates/important and useful documents.


Star of the week

 Each week Mrs Knight and I will choose a child to be 'star of the week.' This is a very important job for the whole week as they do lots of important jobs like taking the register to the office and doing helpful tasks in the classroom. On Monday the chosen child will talk to the class about themselves, show their favourite toys and important photographs which are special to them. This time is very special to the children as they build confidence in talking in front of their friends.
Letters are sent out on Friday's for the following week.

The 'Star of the week' this week is...Thierry

Come and See

Our topic is Friends.

This week, we are learning to...

talk about and recognise how Jesus' rules - The 10 Commandments


Our topic is problem solving.

This week, we are learning to...


doubling, halving and sharing



Over the next 2 weeks, we will be learning all about Rainbow Fish.

We will re-tell story using actions, talk about it and write captions, labels and sentences about the story too.




To support our teaching of phonics, a website you may wish to visit with your child is 
On this website you will find a parent section as well as lots of games your children will love to play.

The children have learnt that 1 letter makes 1 sound (phoneme), 2 letters makes one sound (digraph) and 3 letters make one sound (trigraph). We have also started to try and sound out words by breaking them down (segmenting) and then putting the sounds together to say the words (blending).

The children are very good at applying this skill

to CVC (consonant vowel consonant) words.


We have learnt the following sounds so far: s a t p i n m d g o c k e u r

ck h l f b ff ss ll

We have learnt all of our phase 3 phonics phonemes, digraphs and trigraphs; j v w x sh ch th ng ai ee igh oa

oo (short sound as in 'good') and oo (long sound as in 'moon')

ar oi or ur ow ear air er ure (in as treasure)

We have now also finished phase 4 phonics.

We have learnt how to read and spell words that have 4 letters and 4 sounds (4 phonemes) or 5 letters and 4 sounds a mixture of phonemes and digraphs. 

This week we have learnt about one-syllable and two-syllable words.   

We will spend the rest of the time in Foundation looking at applying and embedding phase 3 and 4 phonics and ensuring that the children use and apply the correct spelling using their knowledge of what they know.

As they move into Year 1 in September, the children will learn phase 5 phonics and alternative sounds and phoneme families.


 and K e y w o r d s

 All of the children have been given a game which we will check these every 2 weeks and change them when necessary.

Some children are learning to recognise their sounds by sight

(there are 4 sound games) and some children are learning to recognise their keywords -

high frequency words - by sight (there are 10 word games which are made up of tricky words - words that cannot be sounded out - and words that can be sounded out.)

The children need to be able to recognise the sounds and words by sight, without having to think about what the sound or word is. When the children can do this, we will then change their game accordingly. As the word games become more difficult, the children will need to start to apply the words to their writing to ensure that they are embedded.

K e y w o r d s - once the children can write their full name consistently without using their name card, they will be given a yellow Keyword book to practise spelling their keywords - high frequency words.

Please ensure you keep your child's Bingo game and Keyword book are kept in your child's book bag at all times.




We will be reading with the children every Monday, please ensure you keep your child's reading book and reading diary in your child's book bag at all times.

Every time your child reads, please write in their reading diary along with a comment. We will be reading twice in school; individual reading and guided group reading.
If you read a total of five times a week, this includes the two reading sessions in school, your child will receive a stamp on the grid in the front of their diary.
For every 25 stamps, your child will be presented with a reading certificate.
It is very important your child reads their school reading book at least 3 times to build up their skills and confidence.

Please ensure that reading books and your child's orange reading diary is kept in their book bags at all times. 

Thank you.


We will have P.E. on Wednesday this term.

Please ensure that your child has a PE kit in school with their name clearly labelled on each item of clothing.

Some children are practising to do up their buttons and zips,

please keep up the good work. 

Thank you.



If you are able to spare a few hours of your time to help in Reception, it would be grately appreciated; reading, baking and general support within the classroom.

Please let me know if you are able to help. 
Thank you for your support in advance.

A big thank you to those parent helpers who have been in class to help.



Thursday 8th June 2017 - SCHOOL CLOSED -

School is closed for the day as being used as a polling station for the general elections.


INSET DAY - Friday 16th June 2017


INSET DAY - Monday 19th June 2017


Class Assembly - Friday 30th June 2017 at 2:50pm


Sports Day - Saturday 8th July 2017


Monday 17th July 2017 - Visit to Bosworth Water Park - see letter on the letters tab of the school website


Foundation Graduation - Monday 24th July 2017 at 2pm - all parents/carers are invited to the ceremony in The Forest Kingdom