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What Learning Looks Like at Cookley


Creating consistency between home and school is so important for young learners and we work hard to support our families to achieve this. Below you can find details below about some of the ways in which we teach and learn at Cookley to help give you a greater insight into how we teach and learn at Cookley and to help you decide whether our school is the right place for you and your family. 


Below you will find links to the current Nursery and Reception class pages, which will give you a flavour of learning at Cookley. You will also find links to the current Nursery and Reception home learning pages, which allow you to see what we have been up to in our learning so far this year:

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Home Learning Pages:






Phonetic development is an important part of Early Learning, wherever your child goes to school. At Cookley, we teach Phonics through use of 'Letters and Sounds' and 'Jolly Phonics.' In Nursery, children work through Phase 1 of Letters and Sounds, before covering Phases 2, 3 and 4 in their Reception Year. Children will use the phrase "my name is... my sound is..." to learn the difference between the alphabet name of a letter and the sound it makes. Linked below is a video which demonstrates the correct pronunciation of each sound, as well as the Jolly Phonics songs we will be using to help children learn and retain their Phonics knowledge. 

Correct Pronunciation of Letter Sounds

Jolly Phonics Songs



At Cookley we teach pre-cursive letter formation in order to support the children as they learn to join their letters further up in the school. Below are pictures of the letter families we will teach and what they look like. We are going to be focusing on 'zooming out' of every letter so that they will be ready to join to the next letter when they write in Year 1. When teaching the children we will show them the printed letter "This is how we read the letter" and the pre-cursive letter "This is how we write the letter." We will not be focusing on entering the letter from the line until the children are developmentally ready to do so. 






Below is a pdf of the number formation rhymes that we will be using in Nursery, Reception and Year 1 to help your child learn to write their numbers. 

Below is a copy of the Number Skills progression pyramid that we use to teach number skills in our Early Years classrooms.


If you have any other specific learning questions, please do not hesitate the school office.