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Phonics/sharing stories:


We follow the Letters and Sounds phonics programme at St Martin’s. The Department for Education have funded a YouTube channel called ‘Letters and Sounds for home and school’ with daily phonics lessons that follow a very similar structure to what our children are familiar with.


On this channel there are two units of videos that are suitable for Reception children:


The first unit of videos is called ‘Reception lessons’.

These videos each introduce a new sound and then practice blending (for reading) and/or segmenting (for spelling) with the new sound. They are quite fast paced and it may be that your child would benefit from the second unit.


The second unit of videos is called ‘Learning to Blend lessons’.

These videos are brilliant for children who need a bit of extra practice blending sounds together.


These videos are completely optional and do not need to be watched daily. I fully appreciate difficulties with accessing laptops/tablets while learning from home and will continue to share a short daily phonics activity in addition to this link.




Staying active:


Range of areas:

  • Twinkl – you can set up a free account by following these steps

Step 1: Go to

Step 2: Enter the code you have received, or CVDTWINKLHELPS if you have not yet been given a code

Step 3: Share the offer code and website link with anyone who could benefit

There are lots of lovely ideas, from Intraquest, for grown-ups to share with children who are finding this time stressful.