St George's Primary School Portland


A very warm welcome to Reception

Reception page contents:

  • Meet the Reception Team
  • New parents information
  • Further helpful information
  • Reading and Phonics in Reception at St George’s Primary School – this includes the workshop presented on Dojo.
  • How can I help at home?
  • Maths in Reception at St George’s Primary School

Meet the Reception Team

  • Miss Garrard – Early Years Lead and class teacher
  • Mrs. Holmes – Class teacher 
  • Miss Bedford – teaching assistant
  • Mrs. Ingram – teaching assistant
  • Mrs. Whiles – teaching assistant
  • Miss Mintern - teaching assistant

We are so excited about the year ahead. Our key focus is to get to know your child really well and ensure that they feel happy, safe and settled at school.Miss Garrard

New parents information:

If your child needs a little extra support with their transition to ‘Big School’ please take some time to read, print and share the document below (Reception-classes-PPT-Sept-2022).

Parents Presentation June 2023

EYFS Autumn Cloud 2023

EYFS Spring Overview

Further helpful information:

Tapestry PowerPoint – Our Online Learning Journal

All About Me – document to be completed



Reading and Phonics in Reception at St Georges Primary School


Phase 2

In the Autumn Term we cover the following letters:

  • Set 1 – s a t p
  • Set 2 – i n m d
  • Set 3 – g o c k
  • Set 4 – ck e u r
  • Set 5 – h b f ff l ll ss

It is really important to pronounce letters correctly. Follow the link below to the Parent Information page for ELS which includes the correct pronunciation of each sound. 

Quick guide:


Phoneme – a single sound that can be made by saying one or more letters e.g. saying c or ck out loud

Grapheme – written letters or groups of letters which represent a single sound e.g. reading and writing c o ck.

Digraph – two letters which go together to make one sound e.g. ‘sh’ in the word ‘shut’.

Trigraph – three letters which go together to make one sound e.g. ‘igh’ in the word ‘sigh’.

Blending – combining broken up sounds to make a word e.g.  you hear ‘p-i-g’ and you merge these sounds together to make the single word ‘pig’. It is a key skill of early reading.

Segmenting – saying the individual sounds in a word and then writing the letters that represent them e.g. sounding out p-i- g and writing pig.

Harder to read/ Harder to spell words – words that cannot be sounded out.

How can I help at home?

There are so many ways that you can help at home with phonics. Here are a few ideas from phonics expert Laura Sharp.

Oxford Owl reading at home

Most importantly, keep reading with your child every day. Let them read to you. The school will provide you with age appropriate books that will help to develop their phonic skills and word recognition. Each book should be read two or three times. Also, make sure that you are reading more complex books to them and that they are continuing to hear stories and other texts read aloud.

Maths in Reception at St Georges Primary School

We use White Rose Maths to help us plan inspiring activities that promote confident Mathematicians.

“Influenced, inspired and informed by the work of leading Maths researchers and practitioners across the world, White Rose Maths brings together a team of highly experienced and passionate Maths teaching experts to train, guide, help and support all those who want to make change happen in their schools.”

White Rose Maths provide resources and activities to help children progress in small steps and develop confidence and competence in mathematics…and most importantly it also recognises the importance of enjoyment on children’s journey to Maths Mastery.

Children in the early years develop the concept of Maths Mastery through Maths talk, practicing the skills they’ve learned during play, and developing number sense. The key to introducing mastery in the early years is to keep activities fun and part of your daily routine.

Click here for advice and guidance for parents: Advice and Guidance

Click here for Home Learning ideas: Home learning ideas - White rose

How we form our numbers: Number Formation Rhyme Cards