We hope that you have all had a fantastic Summer and managed to rest and enjoy the sunshine that we had. We are really pleased to welcome everyone back to school and although some of you may be feeling a little worried, we are sure you will quickly settle into the new term.
In the Deep, Dark Woods
Our topic for Term 1 will be titled 'In the Deep, Dark Woods'. This topic will enable us to share traditional stories with woodland settings like Little Red Riding Hood whilst also allowing us to think about natural woodland animals and what it means to be nocturnal. Popular favourite stories like The Gruffalo are sure to make an appearance and with Playscape at our finger tips, we will have opportunity to go and down and use our imaginations as we roleplay with our friends. We will also be using this term to help children to settle in to school, re-establish new and existing expectations and carrying out assessments. What a busy term it will be for sure!
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.
Phonics & Spelling
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!
When children are writing at home it is really important to encourage children to use their independent sounds as this helps them correctly apply their phonics knowledge within their writing. Using Pyramid writing is a really good way of supporting your child with mastering spelling tricky words or words that they are finding difficult. In Year 1 and 2 we have Common Exception Words which children must be able to read and spell correctly by the end of Key Stage 1. These are words that can't be phonetically sounded out and are words that need to be remembered. Below you will find the Year 1 and Year 2 Common Exception Words. Please choose up to 5 a week to work on with your child at home to support them with their spelling and also work on specific words that they may be finding difficult.
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:
username: class20 (i.e. topaz20 or sapphire20 etc)
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.