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🚨 BREAKING NEWS! 🚨 The naughty pea has taken over the nursery garden… if you catch any stray peas, please contact nursery. Thank you!


For their snack this morning, nursery class enjoyed some lettuce they they have grown themselves in the garden!


The eco club members had a great time at the eco conference. They participated in lots of activities and learnt lots about the importance of pollinators. Did you know that hummingbirds play a vital role in the pollination of many different species of plant life?!


The eco club members were thrilled to receive their green flag. They were proud to hang it and celebrated with some gardening in the sun!


Is it a bird? Is it a plane? NO! It’s the super kids! Calling all superheroes to class on Monday… 🦸‍♂️🦸‍♀️


Families of Buntingford First, get ready! Our summer celebration will be on Thursday June 27th, after sports day! Stay tuned for more updates next week… ☀️🎉


YAAAY! We did it! A HUGE thank you to our eco committee for their efforts in helping us achieve our very first Eco Schools Green Flag! Caring for our planet is everyone’s responsibility. We would also like to thank each and every student for participating.


We had a wonderful time meeting our new animal friends. We met Winston the bearded dragon, Malcolm the leopard gecko, Neville the snake, Marvin the giant African land snail, Remy the hamster and Gertrude the wide mouthed tree frog!


Nursery class are definitely passing through an enclosing play schema! This is when they like to enclose themselves and toys in buildings and boxes. Through this schema they are showing an interest in shape and space!


A huge THANK YOU to our Buntingford PTA for providing us with our caterpillars. We have loved watching them transform into butterflies! KS1 & KS2 enjoyed releasing theirs. EYFS are still waiting for a few to emerge ☺️ 🦋


Buntingford First School is a Climate Action award winner!Read the full story


Our eco committee: saving the world, one tree at a time! 🌳


We are working towards earning our silver award from the 🌳 today we completed the viewpoints challenge, exploring nature from different perspectives!


The eco committee have been hard at work planting a wildflower area to support pollinators. They produced posters to encourage others to do the same! 🐝


Well done to some of our friends for their litter picking efforts at the weekend! Remember, we have four litter pickers you may borrow, just ask your class teacher!


In nursery we have some very strong and brave little ladies! 💪😀


Finally it’s here! Head over to our new instagram page and follow us ❤️


It was a busy afternoon for the eco committee today!


Here it is… Our collaborative mural to celebrate taking care of our wonderful world ❤️🌎


What an exciting end to a fantastic half term… Oak class had a special delivery from outer space, spaceship parts! The children decided that the mummy and daddy aliens must have arrived to collect their baby and parked their spaceship on the roof!


Staff Wellbeing lunch is ready - we love how brilliant our staff are here! Thank you for all that you do for our children.


KS2 have really enjoyed thinking about the wonderful community we have in Buntingford. The children have used their Computing skills to create a summary of their work.


Really proud of our school choir performing, ‘This is Me,’ at our Easter assembly.


We have been so lucky to have had a healthy foods workshop run by Aspens. We learnt about tasty, healthy snacks and all the good they do for our bodies. We made a fruit and vegetable smoothly, which was delicious, healthy and sweet! We are allowed sweet treats, just not too many!


We have been learning about the importance of our wonderful community in Buntingford in our PSHE lessons recently. Year 3 and 4 have decided to get creative to make some Easter cards and gifts for our friends Layston Grove Care Home

Early Reading and Phonics

Little Wandle

Little Wandle is the SSP (Systematic Synthetic Phonics) that will be adopted by the school for the planning and delivery of phonics sessions. Little Wandle draws on the latest research into how children learn best; how to ensure learning stays in children’s long-term memory and how best to enable children to apply their learning to become highly competent readers.

From the moment a child joins us in Nursery, there will be a huge emphasis on Communication and Language in our EYFS so that our children develop confidence with a wide variety of vocabulary. We know that spoken language underpins all 7 areas of learning. Phonics is key but this is only one aspect of reading – making sense of the words is equally important. To do this we have high quality interactions between practitioners and children that provides a language rich environment with the back-and-forth interactions that include the modelling, questioning and facilitation that the children need in order to begin more formal phonics teaching in Reception.

In Reception, children begin on phase 2 moving to phase 3 as they become secure on the phonemes taught. Phase 2 is where the children begin learning their initial sounds and start the process of blending to read words and simple sentences. Phase 3 explores digraphs and trigraphs that the children need to be able to read longer words. Phase 4 will provide plenty of recap opportunities before, in the summer term, the children will then explore the more complex sounds in Phase 5. The children receive daily phonics sessions which includes saying and writing the sounds they have learnt and forming words.

In Year 1 the children will focus on securing Phase 5 to ensure their knowledge is secure and they can automatically apply their phonics knowledge to unfamiliar words. By this time, they use digraphs and consonant blends to read longer words and sentences, this also includes the ‘alien (nonsense) words’. In June, the children will take part in the Phonics Screening Check which will assess if they have secured the expected phonics knowledge.

In Year 2 and beyond, any children who still require phonics support will be able to access this via small group interventions.

Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Reception and Year 1 Overview

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