St John's C of E Primary School

"Use your God-given gifts to serve others." 1 Peter 4: 10

Our Learning

Red words


Red words are the words that your children can't sound out using their phonics knowledge. You might hear your children saying "you can't fred a red". We remind the children that these are the words you just have to know. If you can help your child learn these words this will help them with reading and writing. 


my, me, are, a, so, do, to, today, I, no, and, put,

go, of, ask, like, be, go, by, she, he, you, your, said, 

our, the, said.

Handwriting in Reception


In Reception, each week we would normally have a handwriting lesson. These have been recorded on the Reception Padlet while we are remote learning. If you would like to help your child at home, the Reception team have uploaded some documents that you might find helpful.


The first resource is some flashcards with the letter written using the phonics rhyme that your child should be familiar with from school. You can use these to help your child learn the rhymes, and practise their super fancy handwriting. A good way to help would be to pick 2-3 sounds a week for your children to trace over, either on a device using their fingers, or printed out using a pencil. Gradually over the week they can practice these on paper or using whiteboards/chalkboards that you have at home. 


The other files are documents that have each of the handwriting families (the order that we teach the letters to your child). You can work your way through this at a pace that suits you. Please don't feel any pressure, we will keep teaching handwriting throughout your child's school year.