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A wee addition to this week's post...

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A few tweaks and reminders to this week's post

Well sometimes, "The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry." As you will have noticed, there is no new homework sheets in the Pink Phonics Book! Have I gone on strike- surely not! Instead, a little ammedmnet has been made. Owing to illness and other things, the children had not covered enough of the new phonemes to warrant the homework sheets being sent home. So for this week and next week I have sent a copy of a past paper of the Year 1 Phonics Screen (2012).

THIS IS NOT TO TEST THE CHILDREN OVER CHRISTMAS! I am not that mean! It is to help you see what is expected of the children by the end of Year 1. It is also to make the children familiar with the layout of the paper so it is not a shock in June. On the whole, it is simiilar to 'normal' Pink Phonics homework sheets, but now without the sound buttons. But PLEASE NOTE: not all of what is in the paper has been covered! Each of the four groups are at different points in their phonics jounrey and so to tailor each paper would have taken a long time, and would also become outdated quickly too. Please DO NOT teach what has not yet been covered as you may confuse or incorrectly teach the children and this will take longer to unteach. They will be taught when they are ready. No-one has yet learnt about split digraphs, such as i_e in 'shine', so for now, skip past those words but do practise the real AND alien words which feature phonemes that the children have covered. More practise papers will follow next year as a supportive tool in preperation for the test. However, passing the test is not always a true reflection of whether a child can use and apply their phonetic skills in reading and writing. A child can pass the test but still find Literacy tricky in Year 2 and onwards. To fully help our children in early literacy we need to practise the pink phonics homework book regualrly (AT LEAST 3x a week), hear them read their school reading book regualrly (AT LEAST x3 a week) and support them in wanting to read and write for fun/a reason. Reading books are tailored to your child's phonic ability but also children should read books for comprehension that are easier to read so that higher level comprehension skills can be addressed. A lot of people have the misconception that re-reading the school reading book is a 'waste of time' but actually you are: reinforcing the phonemes covered and allowing your child to read with greater fluency and confidence, allowing your child to read for meaning by pausing at punctuation and using voices to differentiate chacracters, read for pleasure as the 'tricky bit' was covered in the 'first reads' and also accessing higher order understanding as the story or content is familiar. This is not to say that children cannot read other books in addition, or indeed listen to books read to them. Here is a link to a document used by another school with the types of questions that help our readers develop their reading and comprehension skills (n.b. there is a typo that should read 'video' not vide -) https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2ved=0ahUKEwjYm8TVmf_XAhWGB8AKHccTBNIQFggwMAE&url=http%3A%2F%2Fjordans.bucks.sch.uk%2Ffiles.php%3Fforce%26file%3D%2FReading_question_prompts_360490195.pdf&usg=AOvVaw2VivjmUGKihn2uzZPG4egu

Next week sees the return of "QUIZZES" ( or to you and I, standardised assessments). This is a normal part of school life which enables us to see where your child is, what they have found 'OK' and what may need revision. It is also used as means of demonstrating progress for school staff, but also Ofsted. We shall also be VERY busy with our fabulous seasonal calendar (Watch this space!), and of course, the Christmas Nativity! So if anyone is feeling a little unsure this week, we just need to give them a pat on the back and a reminder that the world will not end if we find a question in a quiz tricky! If they were all to easy then Mrs Simpkins and I would need new jobs!

See you Monday! Ooh and a special word.... hmmm.... 'Fevertree'