Language Arts

Unit 5 - Home Practice Suggestions

Unit 4 - Home Practice Suggestions

Unit 3 - Home Practice Suggestions

Unit 2 - Home Practice Suggestions

Home Reading

We will start sending home 2 books every week starting Sunday, 1st of October. Please help your child read the books and make sure all books are returned by the end of the week on Thursday.

The reading books will be selected to be easy to read at home, as the instructional work on the book will be done at school. Reading at home should be fun, as it can be a great way to spend some time with your child listening to them read to you. Reading easier books with you daily is also a great way to increase their reading mileage. It can also help to generate some good discussion based on what your child has read.

Try to ask some of these questions before, during and after reading to more actively engage your child in reading and get him/her think beyond the text.

You can find few tips of after reading questions and discussion starters here.

Unit 1 - Home Practice Suggestions

Phonics Games:

Letter Sounds Moving Match

First Sounds

Make a word

Mouse House match capital and lowercase letters

Garden Leaves (CVC words)

http://www.starfall.com/ (Choose appropriate level)

Alphabetical Order

Important Note! We use the Jolly Phonics program to teach reading and writing.

For Handwriting we use 3 lines!

Teaching Reading Skills at Home

The ability to read is vital. It paves the way to success in school, which can build self-confidence and motivate your child to set high expectations for life. Learning to read does not happen all at once. It involves a series of stages that lead, over time, to independent reading and to fluency. Please read through this post to find suggestions and choose the ones that you think will be most helpful for you and your child.

As a parent, you are your child's first and most important teacher. When you help your child learn to read, you are opening the door to a world of books and learning. Reading aloud to children is the best way to get them interested in reading. Before long they will grow to love stories and books. Eventually they will want to read on their own.

What tips can you use to help my child learn to read?

1. Talk to Your Child

  • Tell family stories about yourself, your child's grandparents, and other relatives.
  • Talk to your child as much as possible about things you are doing and thinking.

2. Make Reading Fun

  • Read stories that have repetitive parts and encourage your child to join in.
  • Re-read your child's favourite stories as many times as your child wants to hear them
  • Encourage relatives and friends to give your child books as gifts.

3. Read Every Day!

  • Try to read with your child as often as possible. It's the best thing you can do to help him or her learn at school! It also allows you to spend time together in an enjoyable way and to build a strong and healthy relationship.

4. Set an Example

  • As a parent, you are your child's most important role model. If your child sees you reading, especially for pleasure or information, he or she will understand that reading is a worthwhile activity.

5. Talk About Books

  • Ask your child about the kinds of books he or she would like to read.
  • Encourage your child to ask questions and to comment on the story and pictures in a book.
  • Look at the cover and the title of a book with your child, and ask your child what he or she thinks might happen in the story.
  • Encourage your child to think critically about the story. Does he or she agree or disagree with the author? Why?

6. Show that you value your child's efforts

  • Your child needs to know that you value his or her efforts. Children learn to read over time, with lots of practice and support from parents and teachers.


Guided Reading

What is Guided Reading in Year 1?

Guided Reading is an important approach in Literacy education. It is an instructional approach that involves a teacher working with a small group of students who demonstrate similar reading behaviors and can all read similar levels of texts. The text is easy enough for students to read with the teacher's skillful support. The text offers challenges and opportunities for problem solving, but is easy enough for students to read with some fluency. Guided reading gives students the chance to apply the strategies they already know to new text. The teacher provides support, but the ultimate goal is independent reading.

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Sight Words

Sight Words are words that are most commonly used in text that students will come across most often while reading. These words do not always follow the conventional spelling or pronunciation rules and can cause children some difficulty during their reading. Knowing these words by “sight” will help your child be able to focus on the more important content words in a text.

In order to help your child on their reading journey, we are sharing a list of all of the sight words that we will be working on throughout this year. Each week we will be working with a specific list of sight words in class to ensure a full understanding of each word. Please do not feel constricted by this list of words. All children learn at different speeds and we encourage you to work with your child at a speed that is appropriate for him/her.

Please find the Sight Word List for Year 1 here. Note that each week we focus on 3 sight words.


Cambridge Primary English Curriculum Overview

Cambridge Primary English enables learners to communicate confidently and effectively and to develop the critical skills to respond to a range of information, media and texts with understanding and enjoyment. Learners who follow this curriculum framework will develop a first language competency in English based on a curriculum designed to be successful in any culture and to promote cross-cultural understanding.

For more information please visit http://www.cambridgeinternational.org/

Please find the Cambridge Primary English Curriculum Framework here (Stage 1 = Year 1).