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Dear Parents,

I hope that you have all had a good rest and that this letter finds you well.

Unfortunately, schools continue to be closed and we are asking parents to continue to support their children’s learning and progress at home. I have added Summer Home Learning Packs and resources to our Pupil Zone page on the school website.

There is now a page for phonics with new resources, as we would be starting with Letters and Sounds Phase 4. This phase is focussed on applying their knowledge of phase 2 and phase 3 sounds to more complex and longer words. There is also a new set of Phase 4 Tricky Words. The DfE are launching online phonics lessons following the Letters and Sounds Programme on Monday 27th April on YouTube. Details of this can be found on the phonics page too.

On the maths page you will find the link to WhiteRose Home Learning resources and some resources to support the maths we will focus on this term.

I have added some fun topic-based weekly Home Learning Projects on the website, which have plenty of ideas to keep your children engaged and entertained while they are learning.

Additionally, the BBC have today launched their home learning lessons: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons which are available on the TV as well as online.

Remember, the most important way in which you can help your child, is to read with them every day and talk about it. Any books or reading matter that your child is interested in will do, both them reading to you, using their phonic knowledge, as well as you reading to them. They have their sound cards and tricky words to keep practicing too. Do remember to use the Oxford Owl eBooks as these link to their phonics knowledge: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/#

Please post a record of your child’s home learning on their Tapestry journal. A summary post once a week is sufficient, if you do not have time for more, and keeps me updated with how your children are progressing. I would especially like to see some more independent writing, as they were all writing such lovely news in school last term.

We will be phoning our pupils over the course of this term for a chat, to check how they are getting on, but please do email me if you have any questions about their learning.

Take care and hope to see you soon.

Best wishes,

Mrs Stephenson