Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, regrettably we are unable to invite parents into school for a tour of Berkswich CE primary and nursery. We understand that choosing the right setting for your child is one of the most important decisions that you will make in your child’s learning journey. With this in mind, we hope to provide you with a range of opportunities to allow you to gain an insight into life as part of our special Berkswich community and the chance to ask questions. We certainly welcome the opportunity to support and reassure you as you organise your child’s first steps into Nursery and Reception. We are offering virtual meetings to provide an opportunity for new parents to meet our headteacher, EYFS leader and teaching staff. This will provide a great opportunity for you to ask questions and find out about our community and learning at Berkswich CE. Your child is a vital part of this process, and so we welcome them to join in with the meeting.

Reception slots

Tuesday 17th November 9am – 10:30am

Tuesday 1st December 3:30- 5:30pm

Tuesday 8th December 9am – 10:30am

Nursery slots

Tuesday 19th January 9am– 10:30am

Tuesday 2nd February 3:30—5:30pm

Tuesday 9th March 9am—10:30 am

To book your ten-minute virtual meeting on one of the following days please call the school office on 01785 337360 or send an email to

Please visit our admissions page to take a closer look at our Nursery and Reception classes, as well as our admissions arrangements. Thank you.

BerkswichCE Primary School

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Literacy (L)

  • Reading (R):
    • children read and understand simple sentences
    • they use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately
    • they also read some common irregular words
    • they demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.


In Nursery and Reception, we follow the DfE 'Letters and Sounds' programme, enhanced with resources from Jolly Phonics and Big Cat Phonics. A very wide range of reading books are offered, which are book banded according to challenge; these provide variety of reading experiences, from decodable texts to those requiring a broader range of reading strategies, including sight reading.


  • Writing (W):
    • children use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds
    • they also write some irregular common words 
    • they write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others
    • some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.


All children in both Nursery and Reception classes engage in daily, adult-led Phonics and Literacy lessons. Teachers aim to be creative in their approach, providing child-initiated activities to develop their skills through activities, such as role-play and reading and writing areas.