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Autumn term  

Welcome to your first term at Sacred Heart School! 

We hope you have had a lovely holiday and are ready to start learning lots and having fun at school. 

Settling in  

The first half term will be about settling the children into the routines of school life and making lots of new friends. We will begin to get to know each other which fits perfectly with our first topic ‘All about me’. 

Phonics and early reading  

This year in Foundation Stage, children will learn their phonics sounds, the children are taught the sounds of the letters through the Twinkl Phonics programme and whole class teaching. Each sound has an action to help the children remember and relate the sound to the written letter. 

Alongside learning the sounds, the children are taught to read and write Tricky Words and common high frequency words. They are taught the skills of blending sounds for reading and segmenting sounds for writing.  

In a couple of weeks, the children will be bringing home sounds to learn and practise, and we will send reading books to share with you at home. Please write a short comment in their reading record books when you read with them so that we know they have read the book and it is ready to be changed. 

Tapestry online learning journal  

Within the next few weeks, we will be sharing information with parents to explain our use of the Tapestry online learning journal. This is a fantastic way to see what your child has been up to at school and to add your own observations about the fantastic things you do at home.  

School lunches 

If your child is having school lunches, please look at the options and choose with your child at home, using the Aspens website. This saves time at school and ensures the children will have a meal they will enjoy.  


Our first P.E. day in Reception class will be on a Friday. Please ensure your child comes to school wearing their PE kit on Fridays, starting on the 15th September. We will add a second weekly PE session later in the term, once the children have settled in and we will give further information about this nearer the time.  

Questions and queries  

We are sure your children will be very happy at Sacred Heart, however if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.  

Thank you for your on-going support, we are looking forward to working with you all.  

Miss Houghton and Mrs Mortimer