27th June - 1st July 2022

Highlights of the week:


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.

Early Learning Goal - Reading:
  • Say a sound for each letter in the alphabet and at least 10 digraphs.
  • Read words consistent with their phonic knowledge by sound-blending.
  • Read aloud simple sentences and books that are consistent with their phonic knowledge, including some common exception words
Early Learning Goal - Writing:
  • Write recognisable letters, most of which are correctly formed.
  • Spell words by identifying sounds in them and representing the sounds with a letter or letters.
  • Write simple phrases and sentences that can be read by others.
Phonics Top Tip:

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.

Early Learning Goal - Number:
  • Have a deep understanding of numbers to 10, including the composition of each number.
  • Subitise (recognise quantities without counting) up to 5.
  • Automatically recall (without reference to rhymes, counting or other aids) number bonds up to 5 (including subtraction facts) and some number bonds to 10, including double facts
Early Learning Goal - Numerical Patterns:
  • Verbally count beyond 20, recognising the pattern of the counting system.
  • Compare quantities up to 10 in different contexts, recognising when one quantity is greater than, less than    or the same as the other quantity.
  • Explore and represent patterns within numbers up to 10, including evens and odds, double facts and how     quantities can be distributed equally.

Mill Cottage Farm:

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!

Home learning ideas:

 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.

● Early Learning Goal - Comprehension:
  • Demonstrate understanding of what has been read to them by retelling stories and narratives using their   own words and recently introduced vocabulary.
  • Anticipate (where appropriate) key events in stories.
  • Use and understand recently introduced vocabulary during discussions about stories, nonfiction, rhymes     and poems and during role play.
  • How many levels can you complete on Numbots?
  • Take some time to look through your child’s new phonics folder with them and pick out some pages to practise. You can record this as part of your child’s reading in their reading journal.
  • Remember you can complete the reading challenge and collect a prize from the prize box every time you read 10 times.
  • Can you listen to some of the number bond songs and recall all of the numbers bonds to 5.