Instructions – Making a Jam Sandwich
The children have been busy learning all about instructions. We read a story called ‘The Giant Sandwich’ and decided to make our own sandwich to help the characters in the story. The children talked about what was needed to make a jam sandwich and were able to sequence the instructions. They then wrote their own set of instructions using time words at the start of each step. We finished off the week by following the instructions and making our very own jam sandwiches! They were delicious!
Visit from Liverpool Library Services
We had a lovely story-telling visit from Irene Mandlekow from Liverpool Library Services. The Year 1 children loved learning about all that the library services have to offer before reading the story ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’. It was arranged as part of our commitment to encourage children to read for pleasure. All children are excited to get their library cards to begin borrowing lots of books!
Go Green for CAFOD
Thank you for supporting our ‘Go Green’ event in school. The children had lots of fun raising money for CAFOD and learning all about saving our planet Earth. We were impressed with the children’s knowledge about the environment and how we can look after the world around us! 🌍
We believe that parents and/or carers play a vital role in their child’s education. We hope to work in partnership with you – we will support your efforts at home and provide opportunities for you to engage in your children’s education in school.
Phonics Screening Check
A guide for parents
What is Phonics?
Phonics is a method of teaching children to read and write skilfully. They are first taught how to recognise the sounds made by each letter and combination of 2/3 letters. Children are taught to read by breaking down words into separate sounds or ‘phonemes’. They are then taught how to blend these sounds together to read the whole word.
Phonics is taught through short, daily sessions throughout our school using a range of strategies such as games, computer programmes, reading and writing activities. The phonics programme is split into phases through which the children progress throughout Early Years and Key Stage 1.
Research has proven that when phonics is taught through a structured programme, starting with single sounds and progressing to more complex sounds consisting of more than one letter, it is the most effective way of teaching children to read. Almost all children who receive good structured phonics teaching will learn the skills to approach new words confidently leading to fluency and reading for pleasure. Reading is a complex skill and whilst we recognise the importance of phonics teaching we also use a wide range of additional strategies which supports the development of reading.
What is the phonics screening check?
The National phonics screening check is a statutory assessment that was introduced in 2012 for all Year 1 pupils and is used to check your child’s phonics knowledge.
It comprises of a list of 40 words, some real and some ‘nonsense’ or ‘alien’ words. The children are asked to break down each word and blend together to read the whole word. The check will assess phonics skills and knowledge learnt through reception and year one. The check will be completed individually with your child’s teacher .