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Dragon Class


Welcome back Dragons, our topic this term is 'Flight’. We going to travel across the skies on planes, helicopters, kites and hot air balloons. We will be looking at the first ever flight and creating our own hot air balloons.



On Monday afternoon Dragon class  will continue to have PE, please can you make sure the correct kit is in school throughout the week. The children need joggers and jumper in their kit as it is still rather and some of our PE sessions are outside. DJ will be coming in on Friday mornings for our ukulele lessons.


The 48 spelling for this term can be found below. The children will be tested on these in April. Each Friday, weekly spellings and times tables will be stuck in their reading records. These need to be learnt at home ready to be tested the following Friday.


If you have any questions or queries feel free to use the contact the class teacher section on this page and I will get back to you within 48 hours. Alternatively, I am available at 8:30am for quick chats before school or you are welcome to make an appointment with me for after school.

 Please have a look at our weekly learning on the link below.


Many thanks,

Miss Stephenson 

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Helping your child at home with PHONICS


1. Check their progress How is your child doing with their phonics? Working through reading books with them will have given you a good idea, but check on single words. 

The test will include:
- CVC (consonant vowel consonant) words – e.g. bin
- CCVC (consonant consonant vowel consonant) words – e.g. thin
- CVVC (consonant vowel vowel consonant) words – e.g. boat
- split digraphs – e.g. made or like
- tricky words – e.g. friend
- longer words – e.g. words with ‘ing’ endings.
Write down some words and simply ask them to read them out to you. You may notice a pattern of where they’re getting stuck.


2. It’s good to talk It can be a good idea to tell your child that there’s going to be a litte test at school, just so they don’t feel anxious when the time comes. Make sure they know that the Check is nothing to worry about, it’s just so the teacher can see how they’re doing and it doesn’t matter if they get stuck (we all do from time to time!).


3. Be prepared for odd creatures! Nonsense words (or ‘pseudo words’) will feature in the Check (for example, ‘bim’ and ‘tox’), to see whether children can apply phonics rules correctly. In the test these words may be accompanied by a picture of an imaginary creature, to suggest that the word is the name of the creature featured. Why not make the most of the opportunity and ask your child to draw pictures of new species, or perhaps aliens? Then they can think up funny names for them and write them down using their phonics knowledge.


4. Play ‘Sound of the Day’ Each day pick a different sound and write it on a Post-it note. Ask your child to stick the note onto an item which contains that sound. Choose from /ee/ /oo/ /oa/  /ir/ /ou/  /ar/ /ph/ /th/


5. Tackle tricky words. English is a complicated language and it’s vital that you discuss this with your child so that they know it’s hard for everyone – not just them! Look at some tricky words together and point out the part that makes them particularly difficult. For example, ‘school’ is tricky because it’s spelt /s/ ch/ /oo/ /l/, but we say the /ch/ as /c/.


6. Say what you see. Another way to help with tricky words is to get your child to say the word as it’s written. So ‘what’ can be remembered as ‘w-hat’ and ‘there’ as ‘the-r-e’. Find what patterns work for them and have fun thinking up ways to remember tricky words and their spellings.


7. Compose silly sentences. Write sentences with some nonsense (but phonetically plausible) words in them. Make them as amusing as possible and ask your child to read what you’ve written. They might then like to draw a picture to go with the words.

8. Adapt I spy. All kids love playing I spy, so just extend the game a little by asking them to spy things that begin with a particular sound (/ch/ or /sh/, for example) or pick words with a certain sound in the middle or end.


9. Use the sound button technique It can be very daunting to see a word that you’re unfamiliar with, but by the time your child is at the end of Year 1 they’ll have lots of phonics decoding strategies, it’s just practice that’s needed so that they’ll feel confident to use them. When your child comes across a new word in their reading, write it down and together mark ‘sound buttons’ under each sound, for example:

This will help them to identify the individual sounds and feel confident about blending them to make the word.

10. Use story books. Of course, reading is really all about stories and enjoying them! It’s vital not to lose sight of this when your child is using phonics to learn to read, so keep going with the bedtime stories. When you’re reading aloud to your child, ask them to read one sentence per page. This will ensure they’re coming into contact with words they probably won’t have read before and they’ll have to use their phonics decoding skills; they’ll be motivated to do so as they’ll be enjoying the story.

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