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.

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Phonics plays a big part in Year One. It is one of the ways children are able to access reading. We try to make Phonics as fun as possible so that the children enjoy reading and do not see it as a chore.


Feel free to try reading different high frequency words at home.


  • Use play-doh
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Writing on a blackboard
  • Grafetti paper
  • Writing on the window
  • Use a fly swat to splat words


Don't forget to use your robot arms! 


Try the links below for some fun interactive games.


Why not try these fun ways to read at home?


*Have a paired read. You read a line, they read a line.

*Are you constantly decoding the same words? Why not read the same page over and over again. However, use different voices each time. Why not try the Queen's voice? Or perhaps talking like a little old man? Can you read a page like a baby?

*Too cold outside? Pitch a tent up in the living room, have some marshmellows and take it in turns to read.

*Get a black cloth and cover your kitchen table to create a 'dark room'. Then get your book and torch, then lets read in the dark.

The /ay/ spelling pattern - Mr Thorne Does Phonics

Struggling with a particular phoneme? Or just want to practise some more? Mr Thorne has lots of brilliant videos to help you on your way.

Want a challenge?

*Think of some more 'ay' words.

*Creat some alien 'ay' words.

*Go on an 'ay' hunt around your house. How many words can you find?

Mr Thorne Does Phonics - Episode CH

Using teddies and puppets is a fantastic way to love phonics. Create a mini-classroom with the teddies and play teacher! Remember to teach the teddies to segment adn blend. Don't forget to ask them to write it neatly on their whiteboard. Why not challenge them?

*Ask them to write the grapheme in a different colour to the rest of the word.

*Ask them to use the words to make up a story.

*Have a competition with them. How many time can you write the word in a minute vs how many times can they?

These are some of the exciting activities we do in our phonics lessons. Why not try them at home?