Hedgehog Class

Reception, Year 1 and  2

Early Years Foundation Stage

Our aim is to provide a caring, happy, purposeful and challenging environment in which children can feel secure and confident. Learning takes place through structured play and through provision of a wide range of planned learning experiences, helping children to develop their independence and social skills as solid foundations for their lifelong learning.


Phonics is taught daily for 20 minutes in Key Stage 1. The children are taught in groups linked to their reading and phonics levels, which are reviewed and amended regularly.

In the Foundation Stage children are introduced to single phonemes (1 letter making 1 sound) and digraphs (2 letters making 1 sound) through the Unlocking Letters and Sounds scheme. As they move into Year 1 they begin to learn alternative spellings for the phonemes they have already learned and alternative pronunciations. In addition, throughout the Foundation Stage and KS1 they learn Tricky words, which are not phonetically decodable.

Phase 6 is the final Phase of the Phonics programme. When children can confidently read and write all of the graphemes (letter combinations) they have been taught, apply phonic knowledge to reading and writing unfamiliar words (including phonetically decodable two-syllable and three-syllable words) and read the first 100 High Frequency words, they are ready for Phase 6 (usually in Year 2). Here they are introduced to more complex spelling and word work, including past tense and suffixes.