Welcome Back! We hope that you have all had a great half term break and have been able to relax and enjoy the time with families and friends. We are now back for Term 4 where we have a busy term ahead!
Rumble in the Jungle
This term, our theme is Jungles/Rainforests with an emphasis on Geography skills. As part of this theme we will be learning all about the different areas in the world where we find jungles and also what makes rainforests a bit different. The children will be exploring the types of animals which live in these habitats. As part of our English work we will explore poetry about the jungle and jungle animals. In the second part of term we will look at stories with a jungle setting.
Homework Tasks and Expectations:
Please continue to read with your children as much as possible. We recommend short daily reading opportunities and regularly rereading familiar books- this can really help to build fluency and develop sight reading skills. It is also important to remember to ask simple questions as you go as this will help children's comprehension. These could be about what has just happened, how a character is feeling, why they choose to do something or what might happen next. It is also important to discuss new vocabulary with children.
If your child finds phonics difficult, it is really important that they regularly recap the learnt phonemes from their phonic sessions in school. This helps children overlearn the phonemes and supports them with recognising the phoneme as graphemes which not only supports fluency in reading but is really important for writing too. Below are some links to some simple videos with Mrs Elford to help your child recap phonemes for phase 2, Phase 3 and Phase 5. Practising this daily as part of reading opportunities can really help make fantastic progress. We recommend that your child watches it once to listen and repeat and then mute the video to say the sound that Mrs Elford is holding up!
Spelling is an important part of Literacy and is a contributing factor in meeting Age Related Expectations (ARE). Particular attention is given to Common Exception Words which are words that the government feel all children should be able to read and spell by the end of KS1. Each week we expect that children choose between 3 and 5 words from the CEW lists to practise (you may want to start with ones that you find tricky or simply work down the list). To help remember the spelling patters we encourage the use of rainbow writing, pyramid writing or simply using a Look, Cover, Write, Check (LCWC) approach- what ever works best for you. As a challenge, we would like to see children using their chosen spellings in a sentence to practise applying the words to sentences. All Year 1 and Year 2 CEWs can be accessed using the links below.
As the number of COVID cases starts to drop, we will no longer post new home learning onto our website. However, we do recognise there will still be some need for children to isolate from school. Should this be the case, your child’s teacher will be send you home learning tasks and resources in line with school tasks.
Useful Websites & Apps
Websites for additional learning opportunities:
Below is a list of useful websites that can support you and your family during this time:
Websites that offer interactive games:
Websites for Reading Support:
Children have individual log ins and passwords
Useful Youtube Channels:
These are useful apps that we have used in school which we encourage you to use as required at home. Some of these are free but will need you to make an account whilst others are paid apps.
Teach your monster to read
If you discover something really useful that you think others might enjoy, please share with us so that we can share the links and information with our school community. Thank you for your continued support.