Phonics in Reception

Updated: Nov 20, 2020

Phonics in Reception is taught using the Read Write Inc programme. We have great fun learning new sounds and how to blend them together to read words. Our special friend Fred the frog also comes along to help! These are the sounds that we have looked at so far...

Phonics Play Website

If you would like to have a go at some phonics games at home, try the links below...

These games focus on listening to different sounds:

Sound Starters -

Welcome to the Zoo -

These games support blending skills to help read real and nonsense words:

Picnic on Pluto -

Pick a Picture -

Buried Treasure -

BBC Bitesize Website

There are also some useful activities on the BBC Bitesize website that will support your child's understanding of phonics. Please follow the link below, it will take you to various games and activities linked to each of the sounds that we have looked at so far.

Red Words

As part of our phonics sessions, we also look at 'red words'. These are tricky words that we can not sound out. These are the red words that we have looked at so far.

Reading Books

The children read to an adult every week in Reception. Reading books are changed weekly and your child is also given a library book to share with you at home. If you and your child would like to do some extra reading, log on to your child's Bug Club account and have a look at the books available to read online. Don't forget to let us know if you have read at home using the reading diary and add it to your child's reading bookmark!


We use a pre-cursive handwriting style when writing in Reception class. This is shown on the letter chart below. If you would like a copy of this to use at home to support your child's writing please ask a member of the 4+ team.