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Welcome to Brentor Class!

Welcome to Brentor Class. This bright and colourful classroom is home to our Year 1 and 2 Pupils. Our class teachers are Mrs Powell and Mrs Sutherland and our Teaching Assistant is Mrs Dawkins.

 

Exmoor Zoo Trip on 8th May

 Home learning and support

Helping your child learn to read and spell

 

When your child joins Key Stage 1 they will be given a reading book and a reading record. At times during the year they will also be given individual reading targets to help them develop and progress in their reading skills.

 

Reading books are grouped by difficulty into coloured book bands. This allows the children to choose books that are suited to their reading development. As their reading improves they will move up through the coloured bands.

Just as a toddler walks at different times, children learn to read a different speeds. Try not to worry if some of your child’s friends are reading books from a different book band. Some children read very quickly and then plateau. Others start slowly and then progress at in incredible speed.

 

The reading record is a reading diary logging all the books that your child has read. Each time you read with your child, please write down any comments you may have.

 

Homework folder and changing books

Every child in Brentor Class will bring home a homework folder, with their reading book and reading record in it. Please ensure your child brings their folder to school every day. Children will be given the opportunity to read 1 to 1 with an adult and as part of a group read (book talk) during the week.

 

Weekly spellings

In Brentor Class your child will have an informal written spelling test every Friday. The spelling book will come home each day in their homework folder. Please support your child in learning these spellings. There is a government expectation that children can spell a group of common exception words at the end of each year. These are the spellings in the dark font on the spelling list.

 

Find a routine of practising the spellings that suits your child. Help your child to read and recognise the spellings each week as this will really help them to embed and secure the spelling of them. It maybe that they spell them verbally to you. They can practise writing them with pens/pencils on paper or use magnetic letters on the fridge. Most importantly make it enjoyable and fun.

 

Top tips

Do

· Read with your child as frequently as possible

· Keep reading time relaxed and good fun

· Make sure there are no distractions, for example turn the television off

· Concentrate on having fun and grasping the meaning of the book, rather than insisting on absolute accuracy

· Encourage your child to use their phonic knowledge to sound out difficult words. Not all words are decodable/phonetical and just have to be learnt, we call these tricky words

· Use the pictures, they give clues as to what is happening and will enable your child to work out what a new word means

· If your child is struggling, read the book to them first or take over the reading yourself. Let the teacher know by writing in the reading record

· Talk about the plot, character and other similar stories. If your child is reading an information book explore the contents and index and discuss how the facts are set out in the book. What have they found out whilst reading?

· If your child is enjoying a book and wishes to keep the book for another night or has struggled and needs to re-read the book then just note it in their reading record.

 

Don’t

· Don’t correct too quickly. Let them have a go first, encourage them to sound out, look at the pictures or use the context of the book to work out the word.

· If your child substitutes a word that still makes sense in the context of the story (ie house for home) don’t correct them.

· NEVER become exasperated by your child’s reading. It is quite common for a child not to recognise a word that they read quite easily on the previous page.

· Plough on with a book your child is not interested in. read something else and ask to change the book the next day.

· Make your child read when they are overly tired

· Insist that the whole book is read in one session. If you and your child are enjoying a book take time to re-read it and talk about why they have enjoyed it, what have they learnt.

 

If you have any queries about your child’s reading or spelling progress, or the type of book they are reading, please don’t hesitate to speak to us.

 

Spelling

Try out some of the strategies at home

 

Use your eyes

  • Look at the word. Is it short? Is it long? What else do you notice when you look at it?
  • Can you see any small words inside your word?
  • Take a picture of the word in your mind. Shut your eyes. Can you see it?
  • Write the tricky part of the word in a different colour.

 

Use your hand

  • Write the word in the air.
  • Write the word in your best joined handwriting.
  • Write the word again with your eyes shut.

 

Use your brain

  • What does this word mean? Look it up in the dictionary if you’re not sure.
  • Put it in a sentence.
  • Can you spell bits of this word already?
  • Can you write any words that rhyme with this one?
  • Do you know other words with the same pattern?

 

Use your ears

  • Say the word out loud. Spell it out loud.
  • Clap the syllables.
  • Say the word in a silly or exaggerated way

e.g. Wed-nes-day

 

 

Use your friend

  • Show your word list to your friend. Give some clues about one word. Can they guess the word?
  • Ask your friend to ‘write’ one of your words on your back with their finger – can you feel and imagine the letters?
  • Sort your words e.g. alphabetically or by length or the number of syllables. Can your friend see how you have sorted them?
  • Ask your friend to ‘test’ you when you know all your words. 

 

Websites

www.phonicsplay.co.uk 

www.ictgames.com 

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1

www.topmarks.co.uk

 

 

Brentor Summer Planning

Summer term 1 in Brentor Class



 

Through exploration, questioning and learning this term we will be linking Science, History, Geography and Art to step back in time and discover the inspirations that sparked Charles Darwin’s interest for animals. We will map out the adventures he had, his travels around the world and explore and learn from the discoveries he made. We will develop our existing knowledge and understanding of animals familiar to us and learn about different animal groups, their features and habitats. Our class art and design work will link to the animals we study as well link to the story book we are focusing on for our writing.

 

In our writing this term the first focus text is Wanted: The perfect pet by Fiona Roberton. We will be growing as writers and developing specific key skills to help structure a narrative and writing for effect. We will continue to have our daily phonic sessions to help us secure our phonics knowledge for reading and writing as well as develop our understanding of spelling patterns and rules. Reading will continue to be an important part of our daily learning. All children will have the opportunity to read to an adult during the week as well as read as part of a group to help develop our book talk and comprehension skills.

 

In our focussed daily maths sessions we will be developing our existing knowledge and understanding of fractions in a range of contexts including shapes and numbers. We will explore measures including mass, length, capacity and time. We will continue to secure our mental maths skills, using and applying number knowledge to problem solve and build on ideas, connecting patterns that we already know to help us become resilient and successful mathematicians, confident to take on challenge.

 

During our RE studies and Collective Worships we will be learning about the life and teachings of Jesus. We will explore Bible Stories and link these to our core Christian Values of Kindness, Respect and Responsibility. In Music we will be learning about music from around the world and learning to sing and perform a variety of music which we hope to share with you later in the term. Our PSED (Personal, Social and Emotional Development) topic is ‘Knowing Myself’ and this will explore how our emotions and how we manage and respect them. Every Thursday & Friday afternoon we have PE and will have coaches in to run sessions on cricket and athletics. Please could PE kits be in school for these sessions.

 

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