We are the youngest children at John Hunt Primary School.
Everyone is 3 or 4 years old!
We come to school either every morning or every afternoon to play with our friends.
The Hedgehog class grown-ups are Mrs Good and Mrs Anstey. Mrs Starbuck is here
sometimes too. On Monday afternoon, Mrs Sewell joins us and on Wednesdays, Mrs
We follow the Early Years Curriculum at John Hunt Primary School.This is made up
of the Prime Areas and the Specific Areas.
The Prime Areas are
The Specific Areas are
To find out more about our curriculum you can visit-
Our topics this academic year include, Marvellous Me, Warm and Cosy,
How my world grows, and new classics like, The Gruffalo.
During the Autumn Term our topics will be:
F1 – Marvellous Me
Marvellous me- baby photos
Where I live and who lives with me
F1- Warm and Cosy
Diwali story and celebration
We are learning about celebrations and special family times. We are having a Bonfire Party on Wednesday with our friends. Remember to wear your wellies and warm clothes. Don't forget the hot chocolate and hot dogs
Miss Bailey !
Thank you Asda and Mrs Hemsley
Today a lady called Sineed came to school and presented us with a cheque for £200!
Mrs Hemsley has asked Asda to collect green tokens for us to buy new outdoor equipment! Thank you to everybody who had helped raise the money and thank you to Mrs Hemsley for thinking about us!
We are currently working really hard learning songs for our special Nativity story which we will show to our grown-ups with the other children in school. We are the sheep in the story and we look so cute! Our teachers have taken photographs of us in our costumes for our families to keep.
This term we will focus on Read Write Inc. with your
Please look at the articles below for your information.
I would particularly recommend the final article which
stars a little girl called Sylvie who demonstrates exactly
how we will be pronouncing the letter sounds at school.
We will focus on Set 1 Sounds.
Read, Write Inc
Learning to read is the most important thing your child will learn at school. Everything else depends on it, so we strive to do all we can to ensure that every single child learns to read as quickly as possible.
We want your child to love reading and to want to read for themselves. At John Hunt, we want children to develop a love of books as well as simply learning how to read.
What is Read Write Inc?
Read Write Inc is a comprehensive synthetic phonics programme that teaches reading, writing and spelling. The programme is designed for children aged 4-7, but can be used as an intervention program for children in Key Stage 2.
The children start by learning 44 speed sounds and how to sound blend for reading. At the same time, they develop skills for handwriting and spelling. Through lively story books that contain words that the children can decode, the children progress to read and achieve early success.
How is it taught?
Read Write Inc is taught every day, and children are streamed into groups according to ability. Children are assessed every half term and groups are revised accordingly. Where children do not make the expected progress within a group, they receive 1-1 tuition. In Foundation 1, we start to learn to listen to and identify sounds. Everyday we look at our letters and we are learning their names. Some children are learning to form their letters too.
Whilst in Foundation 1, your child will be introduced to our phonics programme. They may begin to use terminology that you are unfamiliar with - this glossary of terms may help!
This is Fred. He helps us in Read, Write Inc.
Your child will be encouraged to sound out words that they cannot read. We call this “Fred Talk”. Fred is a frog that joins the children in every session and he can only talk in sounds!
c-a-t = cat
Fred Fingers are used for spelling. Children hold up the hand that they do not write with. They sound out the word they are spelling and put up the correct number of fingers for the word.
For example: m-ee-t = 3 sounds = 3 fingers.
Phonic screening test
Children complete a phonic screening test in Year 1. If the children do not achieve the pass mark in Year 1, they will be retested in Year 2.
During the test, children are asked to decode both real and nonsense words.
Read Write Inc fully prepares children for this test, including the ‘nonsense words’ that we call ‘alien words’. Asking children to read these alien words requires the children to demonstrate their decoding skills.
What can I do to help my child at home?
Reading at home
ü Read anything and everything! Road signs, menus, cereal boxes, logos, food packets, recipes etc
ü Listen to your child read – at least 3 times every week if possible.
ü Read books to your child that they cannot read for themselves
ü Enjoy a bedtime story together every night, no matter how old or capable they are!
ü Enjoy spending time at the library
Questions to ask when reading with your child:
Ø What is the character saying?
Ø What is the character thinking?
Ø What do you think will happen next?
Ø Why do you think the character did that?
Ø How do you think they feel?
Ø What is happening?
Click on the links below to access some really useful videos to help you understand how
Read, Write Inc. works and ways you can support your child at home.
For more information, please follow the link to the Ruth Miskin website: