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Ahh, it was so lovely to see the children after a week away. The only sad thing is that this is the last half-term of them being Year 1’s! I feel confident that they are ready for Year 2, they all seem to have matured and their reading, writing and maths are impressing all the adults in Year 1. They are a fabulous class.

Phonics, phonics, phonics: The phonics screening is next week so we have taken every opportunity to practice and revise all the sounds we have learnt. The children are brilliant. However, an additional practice this weekend would be fab. Please get them to do their phonic homework over the weekend. They are able to add sound buttons so can do this to identify the digraphs, trigraphs and split digraphs. In general all children can say what the phoneme is; the problem can sometimes be identifying them in the word, especially the split digraphs, where the magic e makes the vowel say its name – such as phone, cave, Pete, dive, tube. Remember these might be real or alien (nonsense words) like phobe or stribe. Occasionally the trigraphs are also missed - ure, air, igh. I know the children will make us proud next week. If you are unsure how to help, PhonicsPlay is great and there are many free games, look for phase 5.

English: The children all wrote their half term news, which was lovely to listen to, read and mark. Their writing has really improved. We have written our own lion fact file. The children researched and found information about lions. Then they wrote a variety of different sentences about lions containing the information they had independently researched.

Maths: We have completed a division unit in the Singapore Maths books. This was basically sharing groups equally, the children seemed to find this quite easy going (far easier than the multiplication) and we whizzed though it. We have begun a unit on fractions which had a couple of tricky questions, even the staff have struggled with some of them (but we got there in the end!)

Next week Mrs Medlicott will be in the classroom while I take the children to complete their phonics screening assessment. I think we will whizz through it.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend and the sun shines.

Sara Welsh

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