Dear Parents / Carers,
We’ve had a brilliant week. Traveling to Ancient Egypt and researching for the first time in Year 3. It’s been lovely seeing the children so engaged and settled already!
As with every week, this week’s homework is made up of reading and spelling sounds. This week’s sound of the week can be found below.
In the junior department we encourage independence in our learners and for this reason our reading scheme has some minor changes from the Foundation Phase arrangements:
- Children are now in charge of returning and collecting new books. They do this each time they finish a book. They do not have to wait for the teacher to hear that book. This allows the children to start enjoying choosing their own books and to start reading at their own pace.
- Book bags are returned daily. Children take responsibility for this; though teachers will remind them at the end of a school day.
- Teachers will read with every child at least once a week. The day is not set in stone as classroom activities are more fluid to enjoy the benefits of our creative curriculum.
- We urge parents to read with their children at least once a week.
- Please note this doesn’t have to be on the weekend.
- Your response doesn’t have to be long or detailed just a sign that the reading support is happening.
- If your child already reads independently, you can still help by discussing the text with them and helping them improve their comprehension.
- Please don’t keep book bags at home until the day you’ve read; as stated above book bags are returned daily.
- Reading to your child also has a great impact. You can introduce them to worlds, vocabulary and sentences that they aren’t yet able to do for themselves. It’s Roald Dahl day today (13/9/19). Perhaps you could choose a Roald Dahl book as your bedtime story?
Geiriau STEP STAR words – Sounds a, i, o
13/9/19 – To ease the children into the brand new language, we are revisiting last week’s sounds with new words.
Watch these clips to help