Cherry Tree Class

Welcome to Cherry Tree Class.

Cherry Tree Class has children in Nursery and Reception.


In school, we use Jolly Phonics to learn the main sounds used in reading and writing. For each sound there is an action which helps the children remember the sound the letter makes. There are 42 sounds within Jolly Phonics including common sounds that use 2 letters e.g. ‘sh’ and ‘or’.

The children will each have a sound book, with all of the sounds in to take home and practise. Please could you support your child by looking though the sounds each day.

The sounds are not introduced in alphabetical order but in a way that allows the children to make many words using just the first 6 sounds. The first group, ‘s a t p i n’, has been chosen because they make more simple three letter words than any other six letters.

As the children progress through the sounds, they will be given a set of key words to practise. These are made up of high frequency/common decodable words and some tricky words, which children have to remember and read on sight.


We use a colour coded reading scheme, which enables our children to visualise their progress. In this scheme we use a variation of books including the Oxford Reading Tree and Rigby Star series.

As well as learning to read in Shared and Guided reading sessions, children will also have their own individual reading books to take home with a reading record book. This is to encourage early reading skills and teach children about reading for pleasure.

Whenever you read, make books special and praise all attempts. Encourage your child to re-tell the story in their own words.

Using the reading record- Please write in the date when you hear your child read and make helpful positive comments.

Welly Wednesday

Every Wednesday in Cherry Tree Class, we all put on our wellies and go outside to take part in lots of fun outside learning.

We value the outside learning environment and believe that it has equal weighting in supporting children’s learning and development.

We believe the outside environment has unique characteristics and features and that it has a positive impact on children’s well-being and holistic development.

Here are some of the things we like to do in Cherry Tree Class.

Playing and exploring- finding out and investigating

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Active learning- concentrating, persevering

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Creating and thinking critically- having own ideas, different ways of doing things

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October 2017- Celebrating Diwali

We talked about the festival of Diwali and created diya lamps with our grown-ups.