In this section we will include the topics we would of been learning in school and links to useful website related to writing. In school, we would normally have a daily English lesson so we will aim to upload 5 activities each week. Please have a look through the activities and try to have a go at completing them.
Our last topic for spring term 2 was poetry- senses. In Summer 1, we will look at the book, Meerkat Mail, followed by information texts. In Summer 2, we will look at the book, Lila and the secret rain. We have also put CLPE's Take 5 activities in here if you wish to access those activities as well.
How to support writing at home
It is so important to allow your children to use their phonics knowledge while doing their home learning activities. When children do pieces of independent writing, we encourage the children to use the sounds they have learnt in Reception and Year 1. This is the first and most effective way they learn to spell words. We focus on writing the words correctly in spelling tests, phonics lessons and when learning tricky words. We correct children's spellings in their pieces of writing when it is appropriate, for example spelling tricky words, however, we generally encourage them to use their sounds in order to promote independence and the use of their phonics knowledge.
Click on the links below - Oxford Owl have some short and interesting information on how you can support your children during writing activities and spelling. There are also some informative videos included in the articles too. If you find this helpful, you can explore the rest of the website for more information around different areas of English.
Websites to visit
The Literacy Shed
The Literacy Shed provides book based activities alongside digital resources. Visual resources, short extracts, and child friendly animations and films are a great stimulus for creative writing. Explore the website and use the array of resources as a starting point for writing. Some of these resources also come with ideas for some activities you can do.
CLPE - Power of Reading
The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) - "We are a small independent charity with a national and international reputation, a huge purpose and the potential to reach thousands of children. We provide well evidenced, creative, literacy training and support for primary school teachers and others that work in primary schools. We produce high quality resources to support classroom teaching and learning and work to ensure that as many schools as possible have access to the best knowledge, research and materials to help them use quality children’s literature to raise children’s achievement. We influence and inform practice, pedagogy and policy in literacy."
As a school, we follow their power of reading approach which highly benefits the children in reading and writing due to their high quality texts and teaching sequences that go alongside them. CLPE have provided activities to do as part of their home learning "to allow children to develop their own responses to Power of Reading texts they may have studied or will be studying in school." See image below for more information about CLPE's Take 5 activities. Look in 'Writing' section for the activities provided by CLPE.