In Summer 1 our topic will be... Paws, Claws and Whiskers!
Soft fur, sharp claws and twitching whiskers. What’s your favourite animal? One that meows? One that barks? Or maybe one that scurries or slithers? From pets at home to animals in the zoo, let’s find out what animals like to eat and where they like to sleep. Do you know how to look after a rabbit? A cat? Or even a snake? Find out how the elephant got his trunk and how the rhinoceros got his leathery skin. Perhaps you know how the dog got his waggy tail? Can you make a food chain to show who eats who? Who is a herbivore and who is a carnivore? When a gaggle of mysterious pets arrive at the local pet shop, it’s up to you to take care of them. Feed them, clean them and discover their daily needs. After all that work, curl up and take a cat nap.
To kick off our topic, we would love for you to bring in a photo of your pet or one of your favourite animals. We will ask you to share whatever clever information you know about them, in particular how you care for them!
Read Write Inc - Phonics and Spelling
At Kneesall School we use the Read Write Inc. scheme for Phonics and Spelling. It is a very popular and successful literacy programme. Your child will learn to read in a very simple way. He or she will learn to:
1. Read letters by their ‘sounds’
2. Blend these sounds into words
3. Read the words in a story.
The sounds are split into 3 sets and children read books that contain sounds that they have already learnt to enable them to build their confidence and therefore read more fluently. Fluency in reading is very important as it allows the children to focus on understanding what they are reading rather than having to focus on decoding to read.
First, your child will learn to read:
• Set 1 Speed Sounds: these are sounds written with one letter: m a s d t i n p g o c k u b f e l h r j v y w z x and sounds written with two letters (your child will call these ‘special friends’): sh th ch qu ng nk ck
• Words containing these sounds, by sound-blending, e.g. m–a–t mat, c–a–t cat, g–o–t got, f–i–sh fish, s–p–o–t spot, b–e–s–t best, s–p–l–a–sh splash
• Red, Green and Purple Storybooks.
Second, he or she will learn to read:
• Set 2 Speed Sounds: ay ee igh ow oo oo ar or air ir ou oy
• Words containing these sounds
• Pink, Orange and Yellow Storybooks.
Third, he or she will learn to read:
• Set 3 Speed Sounds: ea oi a-e i-e o-e u-e aw are ur er ow ai oa ew ire ear ure
• Words containing these sounds
• Blue and Grey Storybooks.
Children will learn an associated phrase for each of the set 2 and 3 Speed Sounds to help to remember them. (Please see attached document below).
Each daily RWI lesson consists of a Speed Sound lesson, a chance to practise reading words from their current book, an independent read of the current book and a writing activity based on the book.
One book last for three days over which children also learn about grammar and do comprehension activities linked to the book.
The Oxford Owl website has loads of really useful resources to help you support your child:
In Year 2, as the children come to the end of the Phonics scheme, they start the Spelling scheme. This looks more closely at spelling, for example different ways of spelling the same sound.
Maths in Key Stage One
In Maths we teach the different areas in blocks. These blocks are: