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All of these learning opportunities were added while we were in lockdown, however they be useful to revisit with your child at anytime. Happy learning!

English Home Learning Week 7 (18.5)


*Show your child that writing can be used for lots of different things. Demonstrate different purposes of writing e.g. shopping lists, letters to friends or family, greeting cards, postcards etc. You could make a card for a family member to show how much you are missing them?

*Make word and letter sound cards and hide them around your house for your child to find and read. Practise them together in silly voices to make it fun!


English Home Learning Week 5 and Week 6 (4.5 and 11.5)


*Help your child to make up their own story using everyday objects.Think about who the characters might be? Where is the story set? Is there a moral to the story? Once your child has made up the story you could encourage them to use toys or puppets to act it out.

*Encourage your child to explore a variety of writing materials e.g. chalk, pens, pencils, crayons. They can practise writing sounds in the air with their magic finger or in sand/flour/shaving foam. Outside they could try painting on the pavement using a paintbrush and water.

Don't forget to practise phonics with your child daily. The website below has excellent games to help your child recap their phonics. If we were at school currently, this term we would be revising Phase 2 and heavily focussing on Phase 3. We would also begin to dip into Phase 4 when the children are secure at the previous phases.


 English Home Learning Week 3 and Week 4 (20.4 and 27.4)


*Create an alphabet using objects around the house e.g. an apple for a, ball for b,  carrot for c etc. Can your child name the letter and tell you which sound it makes?

*Before Easter, we suggested that your child have a look for 'Whizzy Words' when reading. This week we challenge your child to try and spell the ‘Whizzy Words’ independently. We have attached the words for you below just in case you can't find yours at home. Just a reminder, the red words are tricky words that can't be sounded out (so children need to learn by sight) and the black words are high frequency words (words that appear lots in the books that the children read).


English Home Learning Week 1 and Week 2 (23.3 and 30.3)


*Share pleasure in reading with your child. Encourage your child to explore a range of books such as stories, poems, information books and comics. Talk about favourite books and characters. Ask questions such as ‘Where was the story set?’ ‘What happened in the story?’ ‘Which part was your favourite?’

*See if your child can spot any of the ‘Whizzy Words’ in the books that you share. Perhaps put a ‘Whizzy Word’ on the doors in your house as passwords for your child to read before entering a room!

Useful Links and Documents

28.4.20 Help your child read and write at home

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The video shows how we teach blending for reading and segmenting for writing at school.

Help your child to read!

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Remember to keep reading with your child everyday! This could be just sharing a story together, your child reading to you or practicing their 'Whizzy Words' (sight recognition words). Please see the video below on how to get your child to read independently.