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Handwriting

Good handwriting is crucial to assist fluency and writing stamina. At this end we are going to be working really hard on handwriting across the school this term. Ensuring children sit correctly and hold their pencil correctly is very important. On our class pages we will share our focus for each term so that you can support your children at home accordingly. 

Our current focus is where to correctly join letters.

Reading

 

We are so happy that we can begin to share reading books with our children again. Please encourage your child to record their reading in their record book. There are also two book reviews at the back of the record books which your children will be asked to complete at some point during the year. We have talked about how to use the reading record books as a place to record the book your child is reading, to write down any recommendations, to record new vocabulary and write down the meaning of the word, or phrase, and to write book reviews. There are also two help sheets glued in their books to help you as an adult when you discuss a book with them. At this stage, your child is aiming to read fluently with expression. They also need to check that they comprehend the text, so that is why discussing it is so important. Within the text, there should be are a few words they do not know , otherwise the book is probably too easy for them.

 

Ideally, your child is reading daily. This can include their book, instructions, newspapers, magazines etc.

We will provide a reading text, or text with comprehension questions, for your child and we might then refer to it the following week in lessons. There may be questions to answer, which you can discuss or record, as you wish.

Spelling

 

At the start of the autumn term, we test the children on the Year 1, 2 ,3 and 4 spelling rules to see which ones we need to revisit. These rules are very important and are in many words which we all use on a daily basis, so the children really need to know them and how to apply them. These skills will enable the children to extend their vocabulary as they will be able to both read and write more words. We do explain to the children that although the rules help with most words, it is the fact that there are always exceptions, and these need to be learnt as well. 

We have a record of how the children did in these assessments at the start of term and we will re-assess at the end of term 1.

 

Please remember to practise the words set in a variety of fun ways and also look over the year 3/4 and 5/6 statutory spelling lists which are also above.

 

 

Oranges 17/1/22

This week your spellings are homophones. These are words, which sound the same but spelt differently and different meanings. You must learn the correct meaning.

Apples 17/1/22

This week your spellings are homophones. These are words, which sound the same but spelt differently and different meanings. You must learn the correct meaning.

Raspberries 17/1/22 This week your spellings are homophones. These are words, which sound the same but spelt differently and different meanings. You must learn the correct meaning.

Pineapples 17/1/22

This week your spellings are homophones. These are words, which sound the same but spelt differently and different meanings. You must learn the correct meaning.

one/won

wait/weight

which/witch

practice/practise

pair/pear

passed/past

check/cheque

accept/except

dear/deer

board/bored

who’s/whose

affect/effect

find/fined

which/witch

peace/piece

praise/preys/prays

ate/eight

there/their/they’re

side/sighed

marshal/martial

great/grate

threw/through

weather/whether

cereal/serial

hole/whole

waist/waste

allowed/aloud

moose/mousse

which/witch

seen/scene

court/caught

muscle/mussel

break/brake

bare/bear

desert/dessert

course/coarse

    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    

 

                                       

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