St Joseph's Catholic Primary School Reddish


 We are so looking forward to welcoming your children into our class and are looking forward to lots of learning, fun and laughter.


Early Years Team

Miss McKenna, Mrs Howe, Miss Noble, Miss Shaw, Miss Hencher, Mrs Waldron, Mrs Gallery, Miss Bridge



-Doors open in the morning at 8.35am and close at 8.45am (If the doors are closed please report to the main office)

-Doors open to go home at 3.15pm

-Please bring in your child’s reading folder every day, please read with them each night and fill in the reading record.

-Please label all clothing as they can easily be misplaced!

-Don’t forget to sign up for cool milk

-We have an open door policy so do come and speak to us!

Current Learning

We aim to make learning fun. Topics are based on quality texts, and we try to follow the children’s interest. We understand and value the support you provide for your child at home. Early years staff would love to hear about what you and your child have been doing at home. We encourage you to share your child’s learning, achievements and experiences with staff, as this helps us to build a more complete picture of your child

Guinea Pigs Visit

We really enjoyed meeting Posie and Christopher

World Book Day

We had great fun on World Book Day. We all looked fantastic in our costumes. We listened to the story Greedy Bee outside. We met an Author Nicola Hulme and she read her book 'The Fixer Man' to us. We played instruments and pretended to be the Fixer man fixing things.

This term we will begin by playing Fred talk games, encouraging children to blend sounds together to make words. We use pure sounds so that your child will be able to blend the sounds into words more easily. At school we use a puppet called Fred who can do this beautifully! When we say words in sounds, we call it ‘Fred Talk’. E.g. d-o-g, c-a-t, m-a-n, sh-o-p, c-l-a-p. We then teach the children the Set 1 speed sounds and Fred helps us to hear and read the sounds in words.

The children are taught the Set 1 Speed Sound cards in the following order:

m a s d t, i n p g o, c k u b, f e l h sh, r j v y w, th z ch qu x ng nk

Helping your children learn the phonics sounds

Here is a link to a clip to help you pronounce the letters correctly to support your children to blend and segment.

Please do not use letter names at this early stage.

These first sounds should all be stretched slightly. Try to avoid saying uh after each one.:

e.g. /mm/ not muh, /ss/ not suh, /ff/ not fuh.

m – mmmmmmountain (keep lips pressed together hard)

s – sssssnake  (keep teeth together and hiss – unvoiced)

n – nnnnnnet (keep tongue behind teeth)

f – ffffflower (keep teeth on bottom lip and force air out sharply – unvoiced)

l – llllleg (keep pointed curled tongue behind teeth).

r – rrrrrrobot (say rrr as if you are growling)

v – vvvvvvulture (keep teeth on bottom lip and force air out gently)

z – zzzzzzig zzzzzag (keep teeth together and make a buzzing sound)

th – thhhhank you (stick out tongue and breathe out sharply)

sh – shhhh (make a shhh noise as though you are telling somebody to be quiet!)

ng – thinnnnngg on a strinnnngg (curl your tongue at the back of your throat)

nk – I think I stink (make a piggy oink noise without the oi! nk nk nk)


These next sounds cannot be stretched. Make the sound as short as possible avoiding uh at the end of the sound:

t – (tick tongue behind the teeth – unvoiced)

p - (make distinctive p with lips – unvoiced)

k – (make sharp click at back of throat)

c - as above

h – (say h as you breathe sharply out – unvoiced)

ch- (make a short sneezing sound)

x – (say a sharp c and add s – unvoiced)


You will find it harder to avoid saying uh at the end of these sounds.

d – (tap tongue behind the teeth).

g – (make soft sound in throat).

b – (make a short, strong b with lips).

j – (push lips forward).

y – (keep edges of tongue against teeth).

w – (keep lips tightly pursed).

qu – (keep lips pursed as you say cw – unvoiced).


In Reception, there is a big focus on using correct letter formation. Below are the RWI phrases we use to support correct formation. Please encourage your child to say these phrases as they write which will help them to form letters correctly. Thank you

Please keep visiting our class page to see what your children have been doing!

Forest School
We had a great time exploring forest school!