Phonological Awareness:


Substituting Initial Phonemes

Segmenting words into phonemes

Blending phonemes into words

with Elizabeth...

Another blending activity

...this time with Lisa


There are lots of amazing phonemic awareness activities on Youtube. Click here to access some of them, and continue to practise, as you listen to and join in with these Heggerty activities.

...and here is the Youtube link (also below) to help you with the 'pure' sounds for each of the alphabet letters.

Learning to write the Stage 1 and 2 heart words


Sunshine Online

Read a digital book Sunshine Online. Go to Emergent Levels 1 - 5. Use the account below.

Username: beckenhamschool Password: pride

Picture Books

Read your own books or get someone to read to you.

Storyline Online

Listen to an audiobook.


Learn the sound for each letter of the alphabet. Click on this link to hear exactly how we teach the 'pure sound' for each or the alphabet letters.

Nursery Rhymes

Sing lots of nursery rhymes. Learn some new ones.

Think of words that might rhyme for each nursery rhyme.

Can you write your own rhyme?

On this site, you will find some of the Big Books we will be reading throughout the year, in class.

You will recognise 'Greedy Cat', and there are many more stories here for you to enjoy. There are pages and pages of options here. Have fun listening to some of our favourite shared books!

You can download the text to read on screen, or listen to the audio of someone reading the book.


The muscles of the hand need strengthening in order to enable its two main functions of Strength and Dexterity. Both are needed to be able to hold and manipulate a pencil with ease and to write letters legibly and at speed for periods of time, without any discomfort. Below are some ideas to help with strength and dexterity.

Bounce and Skip

Keep working on your core strength by planking and doing other activities while lying on your tummy (for example, reading a book, drawing and colouring, playing with Lego).

Practise your Animal Moves (the Crab, the Stone Lion, the Meerkat and the Gorilla).

Also continue to practise building your finger strength and dexterity by doing the 'Icky, Sticky, Glue' rhyme and the 'Top Knocks' activity. You could also try singing 'Incy Wincy' and doing the finger actions at the same time.

Pencil Grip:

Remember, that we need to use all five of our fingers and thumb when we are using the correct pencil grip.

We have the 3 friends (the thumb and the next 2 fingers) which manipulate the pencil, and we have the Resting fingers, which create a stable base of support on which the more dextrous fingers can manipulate the pencil.

Pick your pencil up like this:

  • have your pencil on the table pointing towards your tummy

  • pick it up first with your 'holding' or 'pinching fingers'

  • tip it back to lay across your hand and pop your 'pillow finger' underneath.

The Jungle Adventure

...the story about HOW Bounce and Skip found their new friend Curly the Caterpillar and WHY the magician was looking to pass on the wand to make the trails for letters and numbers.

The Island Adventure

featuring Bounce and Skip and the Jumper Family letters.

The Jumper Family Letters

Here are the words we use for the correct formation of the Jumper Family letters:

  • down, bump

  • back up (half way)

  • push over

  • ...and you can see here in the photo, the extra words which we say for the correct formation when completing each of the Jumper Family letters

The Abracadabra Family Letters

Here are the words we use for the correct formation of the Abracadabra Family letters:

  • pull around

  • down

  • push (for 'c')

  • ...and you can see here in the photo, that, except for 's', all of the Abracadabra Family letters begin like 'c' and the extra words help you to complete the other letters in this family correctly.

New Entrant Resource pack

This link goes to the school website New Entrant page. On this page is a link to some New Entrant number and alphabet resources.