Spring Term Newsletter

Welcome back & Happy New Year

Spring Term Learning

Our topic for the first half of term will be:

CHINA

Our topic for the second half of term will be:

VICTORIANS

The  topic map sent by email will show you what your child will be learning about in more detail for this first half term. 

P.E

Please ensure your child’s P.E kit is in school every dayand that it is clearly named.

P.E lessons will be on Wednesdays  and Fridays.

Outdoor P.E will continue, please make sure your child has appropriate outdoor kit.

All children are expected to have – 

  • Trainers
  • PE t-shirt
  • PE shorts
  • Tracksuit trousers or leggings
  • A warm jumper or hoodie

Homework – helping your child.

  • ReadingYour child will continue to bring home a reading book each evening which they are expected to read to an adult 5 times per week.  Please can we ask you to fill in the appropriate part when your child has read.
  • Spelling & Phonics– your child will continue to be given a new spelling words each Monday to learn for a spelling test the following week. A weekly sheet detailing the phonics learning for that week will continue to come home on Fridays to help you support your child’s phonics learning. To help your child practice for the phonics screening test in June, this will now contain some real and alien (made-up) words to read. 
  • Mathletics- Your child has a password that gives them access to ‘Mathletics’ on the internet, a great way to learn as well as being good fun. Please encourage your child to log on each week and aim to earn a certificate which will be given outand celebrated in school.

  

Hair– if your child’s hair is longer than chin length please remember to tie it back each day. Do let us know if you spot nits!

Drinks in class– please help us by making sure that your child only has water in their drinks bottle they bring in to class. Thank You

Homework – helping your child.

ReadingYour child will continue to bring home a reading book each evening which they are expected to read to an adult 5 times per week.  Please can we ask you to fill in the appropriate part when your child has read.

Spelling & Phonics– your child will continue to be given a new spelling words each Monday to learn for a spelling test the following week. A weekly sheet detailing the phonics learning for that week will continue to come home on Fridays to help you support your child’s phonics learning. To help your child practice for the phonics screening test in June, this will now contain some real and alien (made-up) words to read. 

Mathletics- Your child has a password that gives them access to ‘Mathletics’ on the internet, a great way to learn as well as being good fun. Please encourage your child to log on each week and aim to earn a certificate which will be given outand celebrated in school.  

Upcoming dates – 

Monday 14thJanuary – Winter Walk 

Tuesday 5thFebruary – Chinese New Year

Friday 15thFebruary – last day of term.

summer learning

Starting Year 1 in September 2018

Help support your child’s learning during the summer

        

       English

         Read, Read, Read!  

  • Keep hearing your child read and keep reading to your child.
  • Read everywhere; at the shops, road signs, practice the alphabet with car number plates etc.
  • Talk about the difference between capital and lower case letters
  • Develop fine motor skills with lots of drawing, painting, construction, cutting out, colouring

         Phonics

  • Practice reading sounds learned in phase 2 and 3 using your sound books
  • Practice reading phase 4 words
  • Notice and talk about digraphs and trigraphs when reading together
  • Practice reading and writing tricky words
  • Click on the link and look at the following websites for phonics games, ideas and resources

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/

https://www.phonicsbloom.com/

http://www.ictgames.com/literacy.html

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/welcome-back/for-home/reading-owl/advice-for-parents/reading-at-home/phonics-made-easy

http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/

the link below is to a video that shows how to say the sounds (phonemes) that the children learn in phonics lessons

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqhXUW_v-1s

 

Maths

  • Count, count, count!
  • Count at home, toys, pasta etc. put into groups of 2, 5 and 10
  • Make up number stories for adding and taking away

   Jack had 4 cakes and Dan had 2 cakes, how many cakes     altogether?

     Emma had 5 pet cats but one day 2 of them ran away, how many cats where left?

  • Read numbers on number plates, doors and gates, at the shops, notice number patterns like odd and even numbers
  • Play shops with real money
  • Hunt for 2D and 3D shapes
  • Measure length, height, weight, capacity when cooking, in the garden etc.
  • Talk about days of the week and months of the year.
  • Talk about time, morning, afternoon, evening, o’clock
  • Click on the link and look at the following websites for maths games and ideas

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/counting

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/maths/

http://www.ictgames.com/resources.html

phonics year 1

Year One Phonics Screening Check June 2018

In June, every Year 1 child will be taking the statutory phonics screening check. Year Two children who did not meet the threshold standard will retake the screen. The check takes place during the week beginning June 11th2018

The check is very like tasks the children already complete during phonics lessons.

The purpose of the check is to provide evidence of children’s decoding and blending skills, not to test their vocabulary.

What does the Phonics Screen look like?

The checks consist of 40 words and non-words that your child will be asked to read one-to-one with their class teacher. Alien words (or made up words, or nonsense words, or pseudo words, or non-words) are a collection of letters that will follow phonics rules your child

has been taught, but don’t mean anything – your child will need to read these with the correct sounds to show that they understand the phonics rules behind them. 

The 40 words and non-words are divided into two sections – one with simple word structures of three or four letters, and one with more complex word structures of five or six letters. The teacher administering the check with your child will give them a few practice words to read first – including some alien words – so they understand more about what they must do. Each of the alien words is presented with a picture of a monster / alien, as if the

word was their name (and so your child doesn't think the word is a mistake because it doesn't make sense!).

Scoring and communicating the results

Your child will be scored against a national standard, and the main result will be whether they fall below or within this standard. For the past four phonic screening checks the pass threshold has been 32, which means children had to read at least 32 out of 40 words correctly. The threshold mark is usually communicated towards the end of June, after the test has been taken, so that teachers can mark the screen. 

You will be told the outcome of the screen for your child in their annual report in July. If your child’s score falls below the standard, they will be given extra phonics help and will have to re-take the Phonics screening check in Year 2.

What can you do to help prepare your child for the Phonics Screen Check?

You can help your child prepare for their Phonics Screening Check by going over the phonics they’ve learned in Reception and Year 1. Read new books and stories with them where they will be introduced to new words that they’ll have to sound out,  and review the phonics sounds and rules.

If you need replacement copies of the sound mats we use in class to support the children please come and ask

There are also several websites that have fun, free activities to support your child’s phonics learning (see below) and there are numerous apps available for smart phones and I pad. 

Useful Websites

http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/freeIndex.htm

http://www.ictgames.com/literacy.html

http://www.familylearning.org.uk/phonics_games.html

http://mrthorne.com/resources/

https://www.phonicsbloom.com