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 Play and Further Ideas

Building up our Phonics


Phonics is key to building up our reading skills. It is important to spend 10 minutes each day focusing on phonics to help reading fluency.


Phonics Play is a great way of incorporating online games into this learning. Feel free to login using the code on your letter, start by doing the flashcards and then play 'Obb and Bob', 'Pirate Treasure' and many more.

Tricky Word Lego PowerPoints


Follow your phase PowerPoint and then try one of the activities at the end. If you re unsure of which phase, start with phase 3. If it's too easy, move up a phase or if it's too hard, go down a phase.

Balloon Fun! 

This phonics activity is great fun and you can adapt it (with or without water) for tricky words or phonemes. 

The children pick a balloon, have to say the word out loud and then pop it.

It can be extended to say sentences as well.


Chalk Hopscotch

This game is great to get out in the back garden for some fresh air. Alternatively, if that option isn't available, these can be written on paper and played inside. Draw a 'hopscotch' and rather than filling the squares with numbers, fill them with tricky words, phonemes or specific words. Get the word wrong and you have to start again!



I loved playing boggle when I was younger and used to play for hours with my mum. It is great for helping the children learn their letter names rather than letter sounds. It also keeps grown up minds working too! Use paper and a door/floor/wall to create your own large boggle (you may have to teach the children how to play).