We have learnt the letter group ow as code for /ou/ as in owl. We have also learnt the split digraph a-e as code for /ai/ as in cake. The children remembered that we don’t say the ‘e’ at the end of words and used it as a clue to use the long vowel sound /ai/. They were fantastic at tackling these new words. When reading these words we remembered to track with our fingers and when we got to the split digraph we used two fingers to point to both letters at the same time.
We have then had a go at forming our letters correctly. We have been working on our pencil grip using our ‘froggy legs’ and trying to form the letters correctly using the word patters/rhymes to support us.
The children are working hard towards our end of year expectations for reading and writing. We have been working particularly hard at remembering to use capital letters, finger spaces and full stops when writing sentences.
For your information we have attached the end of year Early Learning Goals. These set out what a child is expected to have achieved by the end of the year.
We teach children to never sound out the ‘end e’ in words. This is because many words in the English language end with the letter ‘e’ but often it does not require decoding with its own ‘sound’. There are some exceptions to this rule and the children will learn these as they move through the school.
When reading a word with a vowel in it (a, e, i, o, u) we teach the children to try the short vowel sound first, then, if it doesn’t sound like a real word, to try the long vowel sound.
This week we have continued to learn about doubles and practising our double facts. We have listened to lots of stories about doubles to help us with remembering that doubling is ‘twice as many’. We have explored doubles on a number line and discovered that even when you double an odd number you end up with an even one! We have been working hard to try and quickly recall them without the use of concrete resources. The children have been working hard on some doubling challenges.
This week the children were lucky enough to have a visit from Mill Cottage Farm. We had a fabulous time. Please look on Tapestry for a more detailed update and photos.
This week we practised our sports day races ready for our upcoming sports day! Some of the races we have had a go at are running races, relay races and a long jump challenge.
We have been busy practising our minibeast songs ready for our performance to parents. We have made masks of minibeasts to use!
To support your child in reaching the end of year expectation in comprehension, enjoy reading and talking about books together. Reading comprehension is about the children being able to talk about what has been read to them.
This is the Early Learning Goal for comprehension which sets out what a child is expected to have achieved by the end of the year.