Dinnington Community Primary School




to Foundation Stage 1


Mr Dougherty, Miss McLaughlin, Miss Simpson & Nic



Children in F1 are ...



I believe that the early systematic teaching of phonics in F1 allows for children to make outstanding progress in reading and writing later on in school. It provides a platform for them to develop their knowledge of sounds, thus providing a conduit into the world of reading.


During our first half term we introduced the teaching of Phase 1 Phonics in our F1 class. In Phase 1 there are seven aspects to work on, including environmental sounds, instrumental sounds, body sounds, rhythm and rhyme, alliteration, voice sounds and finally oral blending and segmenting. If you are not sure what any of these things are – or what they will look like in class – please ask Mr Dougherty or Miss McLaughlin. 

We use the Letters and Sounds document to support our planning and teaching. Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007, which aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. 


After Christmas, we introduced the teaching of Phase 2 phonics for some of our children in F1. In Phase 2, letters and their sounds are introduced one at a time. A set of letters is taught each week, in the following sequence:

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

As soon as each set of letters is introduced, children will be encouraged to use their knowledge of the letter sounds to blend and sound out words. For example, they will learn to blend the sounds s-a-t to make the word sat. They will also start learning to segment words. For example, they might be asked to find the letter sounds that make the word tap, from a selection of letters.



Our Phonics learning: Phase 1 - environmental and instrumental sounds

Our Phonics learning: Phase 2

Summer Term


This term our project is aimed at helping the children in F1 become familiar with the growing process, of all things, but specifically plants and minibeasts. The children’s outcome will be to create a floor book to display their work and allow them to revisit their learning - as well as helping to grow various things in the classroom, such as tomatoes, daffodils and even butterflies! As a class we will be creating different displays as we move through the topic, to show parents our work and showcase our learning. During this project the children will have lots of opportunities to develop the key specific areas of their learning, primarily their maths and literacy skills.

Our new immersive learning environment

Poetry extravaganza - to celebrate World Book Day

The children dressed as their fave book character!

Jasper's Beanstalk - sequencing the story

Growing - continuous provision activities

Autumn Term: This term our topic is titled "Why Do You Love Me?"


We will be updating this page regularly, to keep you up to date with our learning. There will also be a list of the books we have been using in class, for those parents that wish to have a look at them with the children at home.


During the first three weeks in F1 we discussed ourselves - what we look like, what our interests are and what makes us special. We have created a class book, which our parents are welcome to have a look at whenever they wish.


In weeks four and five we moved on to learning about our family and friends - who the children live with and what they are like; and who our friends are, and what they are like also.

Family - Owl Babies



During week five of our topic "Why Do You Love Me?" we have been talking about Friendship. At the end of the week, two children will be given prizes for being 'the best friend to others' in class. Keep a look out to see if your child wins!

'Friends of the Week' prizes




A huge congratulations to our two prize winners, who demonstrated all the best attributes of friends. They shared, helped children in the class and set a great example of what it means to be a friend to others.

Feelings - Beegu

During week six of our topic "Why Do You Love Me?" we learnt about 'feelings'. We read the book Beegu (by Alexis Deacon) several times, discussing how the main character felt in the story. We then sequenced it ourselves, and on Friday we re-told the story without Mr Dougherty's help! We have learnt lots of new vocabulary, such as 'alone', 'lonely', 'loved' and 'thrilled'.


During the last week of our first half term, we had lots of fun learning about Halloween! We carved pumpkins for our class - take a look at our pictures!


Pumpkin Carving

Autumn 2 Half Term


During our second half term our learning will be focused on 'Celebrations'. We have already learnt about Bonfire night and Diwali, and now we are moving on to learn about Christmas. We have made lots of fantastic pieces of work, which are displayed around the classroom, so please take a look around next time you are in. 

Making Fireworks pictures for Bonfire Night

Making Rangoli pictures for Diwali


We will be making lots of fantastic Christmas work this half term - so please keep your eye out! We will be decorating our classroom ready for Christmas by the 30th November; if you have any ideas for us, please share them with Mr Dougherty or Miss McLaughlin.

Christmas Craft Stay & Play


During our last week of term, the new children due to start in F1 next term were invited into class for a Christmas Craft "Stay and Play" session with their parents. It was a huge success and we had lots of fun being creative! Take a look at the pictures to see.

Spring Term


During this term we be learning about Traditional Tales - such as The Three Little Pigs and Goldilocks and the Three Bears - and Nursery Rhymes - such as Humpty Dumpty and Five Currant Buns. We will be attempting to answer our essential question, "What would it be like to live in a storybook?" and we will be displaying our work in a Floor Book, as elsewhere in the school. If you are a parent who would like to take a look at our Floor Book, please just ask Mr Dougherty or Miss McLaughlin and they will be happy to show you.

Our new immersive learning environment

Winter - investigating ice

Winter - building sugar cube igloos

Goldilocks and the Three Bears - "categorising objects according to size". The children matched the bears to their bowls, chairs and beds

"1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Once I Caught a Fish Alive" - investigating floating and sinking

Science Week - making Bug Hotels

Science Week - creating a volcanic eruption!

Science Week - visiting the travelling farm

The Three Billy Goats Gruff - building junk model bridges