Children's speaking and listening skills lay the foundations for the phonic work which starts later in the year and throughout Reception. The emphasis is to get children attuned to the sounds around them and ready to begin developing oral blending and segmenting skills.  We do this in Nursery by tuning in to sounds (auditory discrimination), Listening and remembering sounds (auditory memory and sequencing) and Talking about sounds (developing vocabulary and language comprehension).


We introduce two new sounds each week for the children to learn, these will be starred on the children's "balloon sheet".  As the children recognise these we will put a sticker on them.  We also introduce two new keywords that will be starred on the "coin sheet".  We will stamp these when your child is able to recognise and say them instantly and we then send new flashcards home to learn.  

Year 1

Year 1 children usually have "talk homework" every Monday which will help them to plan and prepare for their "Big Write" on Thursday. Please chat with your child to help them to generate ideas for their planning and writing throughout the week. 

Every week, apart from holidays, your child will bring some spellings home to learn.  There are many fun ways to help your child learn them but the essential thing is to do spend a short time on them every day. Just 5 or 10 minutes every day will make a difference and your child will become confident with the new words. Across the school we use the look, cover, write, check method to help the children learn spellings and your child will recieve a sheet each week to complete.  

If you would like any support with helping your child then please come and ask.  

Together we read e-books from the Oxford Owls site (click to visit). You can choose the books by age group, series and themes.   In school we use the "Oxford Reading Tree" series and some from "Project X" and "Read with Biff, Chip and Kipper". They have some fun games to play at the end of each book too.  On the "my class log in" tab enter R1KP. The password is also R1KP.