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Acorn Class Information
Homework and Home Learning
Things you could do at home to help your child’s phonic knowledge and number skills
Reception children have sheets sent home on Fridays to enhance their learning of sounds at home. They can colour, paint or collage the pictures and practise writing the letters. It is important that the children can recognise words that contain these letters. A good activity is using magazines, catalogues and cereal boxes, and finding the individual sounds.
Ask your child to regularly write their name and a caption when they have done a picture at home. Encourage children to make menus, shopping lists, instructions and recounts.
Play ‘I spy’ focussing on words that begin with the phonemes (sounds) they are learning or play ‘Treasure Hunt’ – children can earn a point for each object they bring to you or show you beginning with a specific letter! Have fun.
Count from 1- 20. Try not to miss out some of the tricky ‘teen’ numbers! Look for numbers in the environment and add or subtract using the environment around you.
Watch an episode of ‘Alphablocks’ on the cbeebies channel or on the website.
The following website – www.mrthorne.com is a good introduction to the phonemes your child is learning. The videos you may want to watch first can be located under ‘Prologue’. “The Phonemes of the English Alphabet Code” and “The Phonemes of the Alphabet”.
We are very keen for children to become regular readers and to encourage them to read at home we use a reward scheme. Every time your child reads at home with you please write it in their Home Link Book. If your child reads at home 3 (or more) times each week for a term, they will receive a special prize such as a Thornford pencil, rubber, gel pen etc.
Ideas for talking about books with your child
As your child gets older you tend to ‘hear’ them read less and less because they become more fluent. However, it is important that the children continue to develop their comprehension and reasoning skills, through talking about the books they are reading. These discussions will count towards your child’s reading reward too, so please note them in their Home Link Book too.
Here are some ideas to help:
1) After they have read a book, ask them to find their favourite part
- Ask them what happened before this?
- Why did they like it?
- What do they think will happen next?
- How do they think the issue/problem will be resolved?
2) Ask the children about their favourite character in the book. Then ask them if they have read any other books with similar characters? Or ask them if they know characters from other books that are completely different.
- Is the information presented clearly?
- Do they think the layout is interesting? Would they lay it out differently?
- What information did they find out from the text?
Reception Parent Information
We use the Letters and Sounds programme for phonics which involves learning actions alongside the sounds. This helps the children remember their sounds more effectively. For more information, please visit
Phonics video and website
Here are some links to the PowerPoint presentations and useful websites to help your child at home.
Year 1 Parent Information
No new spellings!
Homework (due Monday 16th April)
Easter diary – see information sheet
Phonics Information for Parents of Year One Children
Please find below some information taken from the Government guidance on the Year 1 phonics screening check.
What is the Year 1 phonics screening check?
The phonics screening check is a quick and easy assessment of your child’s phonics knowledge. It helps your school confirm whether your child has made the expected progress. The check takes place during the Summer term.
How does the check work?
- Your child will sit with a teacher he or she knows and will be asked to read 40 words aloud.
- Your child may have read some of the words before, while others will be completely new.
- The check normally takes just a few minutes to complete and there is no time limit. If your child is struggling, the teacher will stop the check. The check is carefully designed not to be stressful for your child.