Dear parents and carers,
I appreciate that this is a difficult time and will try very hard to support the children with supplying as many home-schooling resources possible. I will be posting any details and information on our class page about Phonics and any other activities that we would have carried out in class or that I think will be useful for the children to complete while at home in the upcoming weeks. I have supplied the children with a red home learning book today to record any work they wish to complete, as I am sure you can imagine printing many worksheets for each child is very difficult. Any work you wish to use that is set on Education City can be copied from the computer into the red book or printed at home if you prefer.
The children have all been given two reading books (linked to their phonics phase) and an additional book to read of their choice. Please encourage as much reading as possible and lots of other texts can be read to keep up their progress e.g. books at home, magazines, comics, etc.
Phonics – Letters and Sounds
Squirrels class complete Letters and Sounds lessons everyday and are currently learning the alternative pronunciation of ‘u’. Please find attached the order in which phonics is taught in our school and the letters and sounds official book as a PDF. The PDF gives all of the rules for the sounds and different ideas for games.
It will also be useful for children to stay familiar with letters and sounds phase 3, 4 and 5 as we refer to and use these sounds daily during guided reading and literacy lessons. Below are some sound mats, flash cards and key words to help you with this, as well as my previous post.
The Twinkl website and phonics play is free to parents at the moment and has many activities and games to support children’s learning:
The children have all been given their Education City login details in their reading records (any children absent – I have tried to send these home and their red books with children who live nearby to pass on, please could you check your children’s bags in case you have an additional one of an absent child). I have posted plenty of Maths, Literacy, Phonics and Science activities for your children to be working through online. I have posted a lot as I know every child works at a different pace but there is no expectation for children to complete them all in a set amount of time. I can see when they have been completed so I can add more when needed. Please feel free to also explore the website freely and complete any other activities in other curriculum areas.
Other useful websites
This brilliant ebook website is currently free. It has a great range of fiction and non fiction books for children to access:
I hope this is helpful and I will try to do my best to support in any way I can.