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**Thursday February 13th -Exit Point Scooter and bike day **

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IPC PROJECT FOR Spring 1- Transport

  • Entry / Exit Points

    Entry Point:  Thursday 9thJanuary - Transport Survey Trip

    Exit Point:   Thursday 13thFebruary - Bring in your scooter or bike day

  • History

    We will be developing our understanding of:

    • How transport has changed over time
    • How transport in the United Kingdom have changed over time
  • Geography

    We will be developing our understanding of:

    • Our journey to school
    • How people travel around the world
  • Technology

    We will know:

    • Lots of different modes of transport, including fictional ones!

    We will be developing our understanding of:

    • Planning, designing and making something 
  • Science

    We will be developing our understanding of:

    • Sorting and catagorising
    • How things fly
    • Floating and sinking
  • Maths
    • Recognising 2D and 3D shapes
    • Talking about the properties of these shapes- eg sides, corners 
    • Tens and ones- ‘ 14 is 1 ten and 4 ones’

    And much more!    


    We will be reading the following books:

    • Snail and Whale by Julia Donalds

    •  On the way home by Jill Murphy

    And much more!    

  • Phonics

    At Green Dragon Primary School we teach phonics using ‘Letters and Sounds’. 

    What is phonics?
    Phonics is the system of ‘blending’ sounds together to read, and ‘segmenting’ sounds to spell. They are both complimentary and interlinking skills that are taught together. You may hear your children use some vocabulary that you are not familiar with that they have learnt in their phonics lessons.

    A phoneme 
    Is the smallest unit of sound that we use in the English language. A phoneme can be made up of one letter as in the alphabet sounds – s, a, t, p, i, n etc, or two letters (a digraph) as in sh, ch, th, ay, ar, or three letters (trigraphs) as in air, ear, ure. Phonemes can not be broken down into separate sounds.

    A grapheme
    Is the way we spell a phoneme. A phoneme may have only one grapheme,for example ‘b’. Or may have several different spellings –for example or can be spelt ‘or’ in torn, ‘aw’ in claw, ‘au’ in naughty or ‘ore’ in more. The children will initially be introduced to one common grapheme for each phoneme, but as they progress through the school they will taught the less common spelling alternatives and encouraged to try and choose the correct grapheme for a particular word they are trying to spell.

    Consonant blends
    Are made up of two or three phonemes blended together quite quickly as we learn to read. Examples are sc, sm, bl, pr, str

    Short Vowel Sounds
    Are the vowels saying their sound as ‘a’ in c a t.

    Long Vowel Sounds
    Are the vowels saying their name as ‘ay’ in day, ‘oa’ in boat or ‘igh’ in night.

    How do we teach Phonics at Green Dragon  Primary School?

    We follow the Letters and Sounds programme Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children’s speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.

    There are six overlapping phases. Below is a summary based on the Letters and Sounds guidance for Practitioners and Teachers. For more detailed information, click here to visit the Letters and Sounds website.

    Phonic Knowledge and Skills

    Phase One 
    Activities are divided into seven aspects, including environmental sounds, instrumental sounds, body sounds, rhythm and rhyme, alliteration, voice sounds and finally oral blending and segmenting.

    Phase Two 
    Learning 19 letters of the alphabet and one sound for each. Blending sounds together to make words. Segmenting words into their separate sounds. Beginning to read simple captions.

    Phase Three
    The remaining 7 letters of the alphabet, one sound for each. Graphemes such as ch, oo, th representing the remaining phonemes not covered by single letters. Reading captions, sentences and questions. On completion of this phase, children will have learnt the “simple code”, i.e. one grapheme for each phoneme in the English language.

    Phase Four
    No new grapheme-phoneme correspondences are taught in this phase. Children learn to blend and segment longer words with adjacent consonants, e.g. swim, clap, jump.

    Phase Five 
    Now we move on to the “complex code”. Children learn more graphemes for the phonemes which they already know, plus different ways of pronouncing the graphemes they already know.

    Phase Six 
    Working on spelling, including prefixes and suffixes, doubling and dropping letters etc.
    Recommended: the Synthetic Phonics Toolkit

  • Phase 2 - 5 Tricky Words

  • statutory SPELLING LISTS

  • important dates

Home Learning

Home learning tasks are set every week :

Task Given out Due Back
Mathletics Thursday Tuesday

Please continue to work through the activities in the new grid in your child’s homelearning book. You only need to choose one activity per week. Not all of the activities need to be completed. We look forward to seeing all your lovely work. Remember:

  • to read to a grown-up every day
  • practice your phonics

Other Home Learning

  • Mathletics is a great way to work on maths at home. Logins are in the front of their Reading Journals. Silver and gold certificates are also awarded in assembly.

  • Please keep enjoying books with your child. Ask them lots of questions throughout to support their understanding of the text. The children still benefit greatly from being read to by an adult as well.

Things to remember

PE is on Mondays and Wednesdays

School PE uniform is black shorts (or tracksuit bottoms) with a white t-shirt. 

We do P.E. twice a week. We choose two hour slots on Mondays. 

  1. Remember to have your P.E kits in for both these days (including plimsoles).
  2. Make sure you have leggings or tracksuit bottoms as we will be outside for P.E unless it is raining.
  3. PE kits should be in school at all times.

Messages from the Staff

Can You Help?

  • Do you have knowledge or resources about our project?
  • Could you give some time to come in to class to help with reading?

You can speak to any member of the Year 1 Team at the end of the school day once all the childrens are dismissed. 

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