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New Reception Intake 2023

Bug Club reading and phonics 

Phonic Books

Phonic books are fully decodable which means children can sound the words out using their phonic knowledge. They are carefully organised to match the progression of our phonics teaching.

The Importance of Phonic Books

Learning to read isn’t simple. Most children learn to read by learning the phonics code that helps them to make sense of reading. They require a rigorous and systematic approach to develop their reading skills through daily phonics teaching in school.  This will enable them to become equipped with the reading skills that will form the foundations of their future learning. It is of utmost importance that all children should have plenty of opportunities to practise reading and re-reading phonic books at home to reinforce what is being taught in school.


Bug Club Phonics eBooks are also available for all children. Each child will be given their own unique login that can also be accessed from home. Once a child has read a Bug Club Phonics book, they can practise reading that text again. The eBooks have three main features for the child:

  • Phoneme pronunciation guide: A child (and parent) can hear audio recordings of the sounds that each book is designed to practise, so that they can listen out for them during their reading.
  • Read to Me: Once the child has read the book independently using their blending/decoding skills, they can also hear the book being read. This feature can be used subsequently as a model of fluent reading, to help them give expression to their reading, and to develop a sense of how stories work.
  • Quiz question: A child can read the text again onscreen, but this time, access an interactive quiz question embedded within the book pages. Each question is designed to reinforce phonic skills, and attempted questions feedback information to teachers.

Please find below a guide to the reading books and e-books from Bug Club.

Parent guide


Transition and arrangements before September

We are really looking forward to welcoming your child to our Reception classes in September and we look forward to seeing you at our after school sessions in July.

If you have not received your letter with all the dates and times you need for your child's sessions then please contact the school office. 

I am sure you have lots of questions - from practical ones about drop-off and pick-up and uniform, to questions about the curriculum and assessment. We hope that our Foundation Stage information booklet helps to answer some of these questions. 

Below you will find our Parent Information Presentation and information booklet. 

Parent Information Presentation

Information booklet 

We will also give your child a ‘getting to know you’ booklet to complete over the summer holidays. 

If you have any further questions please do get in touch with us. There is a lot to think about when your child is starting school, and we are very happy to help