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First steps towards reading
Please try to find a quiet ten minutes every day to look at a book with your child. The more you read and talk about stories, the more confident your child will feel about handling books. Gradually, he or she will make the connection between the story you read aloud and the printed word.
Children often have favourite stories they want to hear again and again.
After hearing a story several times, they will ‘read’ it themselves, memorising the words.
This is an important step towards becoming a reader, and deserves your praise and encouragement.
Oxford Reading Tree books
At school we follow the Oxford Reading Tree Scheme. The main characters in the scheme are:
Kipper is 4 years old. His real name is not ‘Kipper’ – it’s Christopher! When he was little and learning to talk he used to say his name was ‘Kipper’. His Dad thought this name suited him so ‘Kipper’ stuck! Kipper is a little mischievous and sometimes gets into scrapes! He has a good imagination and loves the world of make believe. He has a teddy called ‘Teddy’ who goes everywhere with him.
The whole school follows the PenPals handwriting scheme.
In the Reception class children are introduced to four main character which help them to memorise the correct formation of letters.
These characters are:
Long ladder letters
One-armed robot letters
Curly caterpillar letters
Zig-zag monster letters
When forming all letters it is important to remember never to start at the bottom!
When writing it is very important that children hold the pencil in the correct tripod grip.
The pictures below show the typical stages children go through when holding a pencil.
In class we use the term “pinch your pencil” to encourage correct pencil grasp.
At Hay on Wye CP School, we use the Jolly Phonics and Letters and Sounds approaches to learn to read and write.
The letter sounds are taught in the Letters and Sounds order. Phase 2 introduces most of the single letter sounds. These are:
Set 1: s, a, t, p
Set 2: i, n, m, d
Set 3: g, o, c, k
Set 4: ck, e, u, r
Set 5: h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss
Learning the letter sounds in groups as above, rather than alphabetically, enables children to begin building words as early as possible.
More information about the words that can be made using these letters can be found on the Letters and Sounds website.
Phase 3 introduces the remaining single sounds, the double sounds, known as digraphs.
Set 6: j, v, w, x
Set 7: y, z, zz, qu
Consonant digraphs: ch, sh, th, ng
Vowel digraphs: ai, ee, or, oa, oo, ar, ou, oi, er, ue, ie
The Jolly Phonics approach offers a multi-sensory way of learning letter sounds.
There are actions and songs linked for each of the letter sounds.
Please click here for a printable copy of these actions.
Playing games at home
To practise phonics at home, please click on the links below:
Croeso, welcome to our Reception /Year 1 class!
We love to learn through practical activities, experimenting and exploring.
We have many areas of learning in our classroom. There are:
Computers; Role play; Listening station; Cwtsh darllen (reading corner); Puppet area; Information area; Writing area; Sand; Water; Playdough; Creative; Painting; Maths; Small world; Building; Outside;
Spring 2019 topic
Our topic this Spring term is called ‘Wales and farming’. We will learn about Wales and about Welsh legends such as the story of why there is a red dragon on the flag of Wales, the story of Dwynwen and King March. We will then find out about the importance of farms and farming.
A learning log is sent home weekly via Schoop. This informs parents of our learning each week as well as suggested activities to complete at home.
We have our PE session on a Wednesday. PE clothes – shorts, T shirt and trainers or daps – can be left in a bag on the pegs. We must ensure that all of our clothes are clearly labelled with our names!
Reception swim every Thursday afternoon. The cost of this is £2 a session.
Reading at home
We bring Oxford Reading Tree books home in our book bags. We love to read every night – little and often is the best way. If we’ve read our book at home and would like a new one then we can put our book and yellow reading record book in the box labelled ‘Please change my reading book’. This can be found next to our reading folder box in class.
The Oxford Owl website is for both teachers and parents and has a wealth of information about how to support children with their reading and maths work. The e-books and games are now also ‘tablet-friendly’. Please take the time to look at this great website.
Click here to read more about the Oxford Reading Tree scheme.
Parents – Please click on the links below for more information
- Jolly Phonics and Letters and Sounds
- Letter formation
- Reading at home – Oxford Reading Tree books
- Maths skills
Please do not hesitate to speak to a member of staff if you require further information about what we do in class.