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25/02/20

Pancake Day in reception. We all enjoyed eating pancakes and learning about Shrove Tuesday. https://t.co/veA5Rrb7i2

13/02/20

This half term, Year 1 have been learning about as both an author and an artist 📚🎨 They wrote book reviews for Lost and Found and created moose drawings in the style of Jeffers! What amazing learning! https://t.co/y3qAeOTrBa

13/02/20

This week, Year 1 have been exploring weight and mass. They used balance scales to measure how many cubes heavy each object was! ⚖️ https://t.co/gYGGP6Hy7P

12/02/20

In French, Year 4 performed their conversation at the shop buying/selling toys. https://t.co/21HkdDjmAR

12/02/20

This week in Science, year 4 have been investigating the digestive system. We used household equipment to recreate the digestive system and looked at how food travelled through the digestive system. https://t.co/3QMTNRE0G6

12/02/20

Last week in year 4, we investigated which liquid causes the most damage to teeth using egg shells as a substitute for real teeth. https://t.co/OXhrSTxF6J

11/02/20

With today being here are some important guides for parents/carers and children! https://t.co/r2vcgnufLs

11/02/20

Retweetd From Safer Internet Day

Today is ! We believe that the internet should be a place of opportunities for children and young people, where they can create, engage and share freely and positively. Follow our top tips below and discover more of these at https://t.co/4uJi0OixGQ https://t.co/fFj41LIyks

10/02/20

Inspired by Stephen Wiltshire’s drawing of Central London, Y6 are drawing a landscape sketch of what they can see from the balcony. https://t.co/jpM5BPkxR1

07/02/20

This week, Nursery, we have been continuing our topic about ourselves. The children have been thinking about their sense of hearing and made instruments (shakers). They have been thinking about their sense of taste and tasting different types of food (salty, sweet and sour). https://t.co/4oksTFB3r6

06/02/20

In Reception we have been exploring weights, which is heavier? which is lighter? We used the scales to weigh the rock and the pencil. https://t.co/x6ILcJzIRq

05/02/20

Year 1 have been writing fact family number sentences using part whole model houses! ➕➖ https://t.co/F9en8rHsJJ

05/02/20

In reception we have been using our IWB to practice our counting by feeding cakes to the teddy. https://t.co/wtuBRSrWpk

05/02/20

💫✂️Some amazing Year 2 homework projects! Their task was design and create their own 3D model of a bakery. They look fantastic!🍞🥐🥖 https://t.co/XfbB4w1oNA

04/02/20

In French, Y1 created some finger puppets to retell the story of two little birds. https://t.co/gBrBiEmpmQ

03/02/20

🍞Year 2 have enjoyed advertising and baking their own bread rolls. They loved creating and following detailed instructions (making sure they sounded extra 'bossy'). They then used persuasive phrases to create posters to sell their product. 👩‍🍳🧑‍🍳 https://t.co/JmkXZcIsBf

30/01/20

Retweetd From HarrisSchoolDirect

A wonderful subject day for our primary trainees at delivered by the wonderful Delphine. 🎶 Tête, épaules, genoux et pieds 🎶 https://t.co/Hy9x1NYxRj

29/01/20

💻This week, National Online Safety have released this useful guide to ‘Facebook’ for parents.📱 https://t.co/IK7ZcRiOPO

29/01/20

Grey-Thompson class dissected lamb’s hearts as part of their science learning. They used the scientific vocabulary learned in previous lessons & enjoyed labelling and examining a real heart. Owens class will have their turn tomorrow. https://t.co/xzQUCSpG9O

28/01/20

Year 1 are really enjoying using 'hit the button' to practise their number bonds to 10! https://t.co/OO9aEf5k4m

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Home Learning

Taking an active interest in your child’s learning is one of the best ways you can help your child to do better in school and in life. Learning is not just about what happens in school. Children are learning all the time through what they see, hear and do.

A little reading goes a long way!

  • Remember: a good 10 minutes is much better than a difficult half hour!
  • Plan a quality, quiet time to read together.

Strategies and Reading Behaviours

In school children are taught a range of strategies they can use to help them work out unknown words. For example:

  • Phonics - If they can sound the word out using the phonics they know then encourage this as the first strategy
  • Using the picture as a clue (this is not cheating!)
  • Using picture clues along with the initial letter in the word
  • Predicting what the word could be from the context it is in.

As children’s reading skills develop they adopt a range of good reading behaviours. These include:

  • Reading from left to right and matching each spoken word to a written one
  • Recognising errors
  • Re-reading to correct and re-reading to check
  • Making meaningful but not always accurate guesses
  • Reading with expression

As children progress further they:

  • Use punctuation
  • Follow print with their eyes
  • Search for information in the print
  • Read more fluently
  • Use letter clusters to attempt new words

Reading with your child

Book Introduction: Spend time introducing the book (see example questions to help)

Strategy Check: Ask your child “What can we do if we get stuck on a word?” Listing the strategies refreshes your child’s memory and gives them the confidence to tackle a new word.

Independent reading: During this time try to remind your child of strategies rather than giving unknown words.

Returning to text for questioning: (See question examples to help.) This is an important part of the reading session as it enables you to see if they have understood what they have read. More confident readers will also be able to return to the text to find out answers to questions.

Important points to remember
 

  • Allow your child to read to the end of a sentence without interrupting.
  • Share the title rather than asking them to read it if the words are unfamiliar.
  • Remind your child to point to each word individually rather than continuously run their finger underneath if they are still learning to match one to one.
  • Alternate saying well done or that was good by telling your child what was good.
  • Remember not to expect your child to work out a word that is not in their vocabulary.
  • Alternate the strategies you suggest rather than giving the same strategy prompt e.g. sound it out.

Remember, we all learn more when we enjoy what we are learning!