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5.30pm Applying for secondary school meeting. 6.15 Year 4 PGL meeting



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At both schools we use a range of reading schemes, including the Oxford Reading Tree and Puffin Young Readers. Children are encouraged to choose a variety of genres to help develop their reading skills. At the Infant School children use a colour coded reading scheme which is closely matched to the phonic phases. They progress through this until they become ‘free readers’.

 For group reading at the Junior School we use Scholastic's Reciprocal Reading Scheme to enable children to further develop their reading comprehension skills. At the Infants, children take part in guided reading activities and are regularly listened to read in school on an individual basis.

How to help your child at home

Please listen to your child read regularly at home and comment in their home school book when they have read. Support your child by asking them questions about the text, checking their understanding of what they have read.

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Infants Update

Reception: Term 6

                                                                  Topic: Me and my imagination 

This term we are looking at stories and texts about fairytales, dinosaurs and pirates!



This term we are revisiting the digraphs and trigraphs we have previously learned so that we can apply them in our writing. We are learning how to spell the common exception words and high frequency words from the Reception spelling list. 


Speaking and listening 

The children will be encouraged to share news about things they do at home or events they celebrate with their family.


The children will participate in shared (whole class) reading and guided reading to develop their comprehension skills, in particular by  retelling the story and making predictions on what we think will happen next.



We will be learning how to form letters correctly using a handwriting scheme called 'Kinetic Letters'. This teaches us how to form letters initially through large body movements and gradually moving onto smaller movements. the children are now writing on whiteboards to improve the size and formation of their letters.

Key Stage One: Term 1

In Year One, the children are learning how to use capital letters and full stops in their writing. They will be listening to stories about toys, linked to their History topic and writing their own sentences linked to these stories. In spelling, the children will bring home a list of common exception words to practise. The children will continue to learn new letter sounds and spelling patterns in their phonics lessons. In handwriting the children are following the Kinetic Letters scheme and will be practising their pencil grip and taking part in different strengthening exercises to help improve their letter formation.



In Year 2 this term, we will be writing for different purposes, including writing invitations, poems and instructions. We will be writing about real events, linked to our History topic. We will be using descriptive vocabulary when writing about dragons and castles.

In reading, we will be listening to, discussing and expressing views about castle and dragon stories. We will be using expression when reciting poems. We will learn how to use non-fiction books to find information about castles and learn how to follow a set of instructions. In phonics and spelling, we will be revising and learning new letter sounds, following the Year 2 spelling curriculum. Children will be set homework based on the new spelling patterns and words taught on a weekly basis.  In handwriting we will be using the Kinetic Letters Scheme, working on developing a correct pencil grip and practising the correct letter formation.