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Reading and Literacy

week 6

Check out the link and ideas to work on "The Naughty Bus" on Showbie. It is such a fun book and the children will love creating their own stories. I look forward to seeing the results. is a link to another book we are looking at "Roaring Rockets" It is a good opportunity to discuss vocabulary such as "astronauts" also to develop imagination. What would they feel like in the space rocket, what might the moon be like?



Week 5 February 1st-5th

 Click on the picture below to get some ideas on how to support your child with reading. Never underestimate how important it is to share books with your child. It is a great time for cuddles and sharing thoughts and ideas. Books build imagination and curiosity. Reading time is not only about the mechanics of reading.

In School we have been looking at the Story book "Beegu" by Alexis Deacon about an alien who journeys in her spaceship to  a far off land. You can listen to the book being read by the author on You tube

Listen to the funny sounds that Beegu makes, can you copy the noises? Discuss the story with your child and in particular the different emotions Beegu goes through. Being able to recognise and name emotions is an important skill.

Linking to our "All aboard " topic there are writing opportunities for facts about hot air balloons (see the topic/ science star on the Remote learning page.


Week 4 :25th January

This week I am sending some links to support the building of Fine and gross motor skills which are a vital pre-requisite for writing  (Fine motor development playdough song)

You will need a pot of playdough or you can make it yourself but it will be so useful for building the appropriate muscles for writing.

This is easy to do without any equipment

For gross motor skills (Motor skills Squiggle while you wiggle) 

Try these every day They are all fun engaging exercises.


Don't forget to keep up with reading to and with your child. 

Go for a walk for talk, look out for things to talk to your child about, extend their vocabulary by pointing out new and different things (If you haven't yet done the Road signs task try that) When you get home talk to them about what you experienced together. Take photos and then you write a sentence about what you saw (this is modelling). Read the sentence together.

Have fun!



Week 3 :18th January 2021

Watch the reading of "My Car" by Byron Barton on You tube.

This is a very simple book which we will use to stimulate writing our own books about a car. It has lots  of starting points for discussion. It will be necessary to watch several times over the week to get the most from it. 

Discussion points

  • What do cars need ? (compare to animals for example do they need to sleep? do they have food? why is petrol like food for cars?)
  • The book is American  explain that "gasoline" is what we call petrol.
  • What are the different parts of a car? Do all cars have the same parts?
  • Why do we need lights on a car?
  • What laws are there about cars? (who can drive? how fast can you drive?) why must there be laws?
  • If you could drive a vehicle for a job what would it be? Which jobs involve driving?)


Over the week start to build up a similar simple version of the book. You could draw a car of your child's design for them to colour or take a picture of the family car at the focus of the book. I suggest anything from 5 to 8 pages  each with a simple sentence. Your child should work with an adult to build the sentence and copy/ overwrite the sentence on the page.

Example p1 I am ...... This is my car

               p2 My car is .......(colour)  and .....(fast/ shiny/ ??).

               P3 My car needs...............

               p4 Labelled diagram showing some body parts of the car

               p5 We drive to .....................

               p6  When I grow up I want to drive a ..................

These are ideas for pages if your child has different ideas then help them explore those.

We would love to see the finished efforts. ( don't worry about finishing by the end of the week go at your child's pace)


Literacy w/b 11th January 2021

   Try to read to your child every day, sharing books together is the greatest encouragement to learn to read. Some children will be able to find words or letters they know in the text and some are at the early stages of reading words. Do discuss what you have read and ask questions to test their understanding.

This week I am attaching some transport flashcards to build up vocabulary around the topic "All aboard"

some of the words the children will be familiar with but others are likely to be new to them. Talk about the different forms of transport in the cards.


Print two copies and play snap

Find me a vehicle  which starts with "a" etc

Find a vehicle which goes in the air.

look for pictures in books which match the vehicle card you are holding

Model simple spoken sentences such as  "The car is red"

Can you child repeat the sentence back?

Can they copy the sentence when you write it down?

Can they have a go at writing the sentence themselves?


Week 5 Literacy and Reading

Week 4 Literacy and Reading

Week 3 Literacy and Reading

Emotion pictures

Reading in Rainbow Room

In school we hear the children read every day. For many this involves staff reading to or with the child. Over this period where the children do not have access to school reading books you may have to find other ways for your child to continue on their reading journey.

  • Watch on line stories, much comprehension work can be done from this. Ask the questions “Who? Where? Why?” to start with.
  • Deeper questioning can make the child think about bigger questions. Would you like to be Cinderella? Why?
  • Involve the family. Other children could read their books to your child or with them. Grandparents could Skype (or over other sharing video calls) reading to your child.
  • Read recipes together show that reading is useful for all sorts of reasons.
  • On line reading / phonic games (see Phonics link)
  • links to school reading books to read free on line
  • Ask family to write simple letters to your child and they can write back
  • Go on a treasure sound hunt around the house. The children are very familiar with “Geraldine the giraffe” who does this (Google either Geraldine or Mr Thorne does phonics) Can you find me 5 things beginning with the sound “p”


Week 2 Reading/ Literacy/Topic

April 20th Term 5 week 1 Literacy