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St John's

Church of England Infant School

A small school with a big heart, a great place to grow.





Home Learning



The most successful children know that their family supports them and shows an interest in their day to day school life.

  • Talk to your child about what they are doing at school.
  • Encourage them to find out things for themselves.
  • Read books with your child. Take them to the local library and help them to choose books.
  • Let your child help you in the kitchen and when you are doing other work in the home.
  • Listen to your child. Encourage them to ask questions. If you do not have the answer, why not find out together?
  • Teach them to dress themselves and zip or button coats

Other ideas to help your child at home;

  •  Talk about the numbers, colours, words and letters you see when you are out and about
  • Sing and tell nursery rhymes
  • Allow your child to cut out and stick pictures from magazines
  • Plant seeds or bulbs in a pot or garden patch
  • Cook / bake together
  • Use the weather – shadows, rain puddles, snow, wind, mist and sun – to extend your child’s vocabulary
  • Explore the park at a different time of the year – go off the beaten track

You are your child's first and greatest teacher!  We believe in collaborative teaching and learning at St John's, and we would love to hear all about the exciting things you and your children are learning about at home.


We have compiled a few websites to help with supporting your child's phonic knowledge and mathematical understanding. Watch this space for updated home learning challenges, learning-through-play ideas, and outdoor adventures.





We use phonics to teach our children to read and write.  We follow the Read Write Inc program and use elements of Jolly Phonics, which is full of exciting games, silly songs and actions.


Online games and videos are one fantastic way for your child to practise and apply their phonic knowledge at home.  They are also an excellent way for adults to familiarise themselves with the often slightly confusing world of phonics, too!

Pure Sounds

This is a very informative video about what letters really sound like! It sounds obvious, but often as adults we find it very difficuly to pronouce the 'pure' sound of the letter. We teach our children how to say these sounds, and this forms the basis of their ability to read and spell words.

Jolly Phonics

Jolly Phonics is another phonics programme that we use elements of to help us teach the children new sounds.  We use the songs and actions when we introduce a new sound.  

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I am the vine and you are the branches

-John 15