Message sent from:
**Wednesday November 20th and Thursday November 21st Parents’ Evenings**Christmas lunch & jumper day - Thursday 12th December**

 Links for Phonics 

Understanding Phonics                            Phonics Screening

IPC PROJECT FOR Autumn 2- Seeing the light


    We will know about:

    • different light sources
    • day and night
    • plants and what they need to grow
    • nocturnal animals

    We will be developing our understanding of:

    • How some materials can reflect light
    • How shadows are made

    We will know:

    • About songs and music that have light and dark as their themes

    We will be able to:

    •  Make our own songs and music with light and dark themes

    We will know:

    • About some 'light' festivals and celebrations

    We will be able to:

    • Work as a group and in pairs

    We will know about:

    • The 7 continents
    • The 5 oceans

    We will be developing our understanding:

    • That countries have different daylight hours
  • art
    • To use light and dark in our artwork
    • To know about an artist and recreate their painting
    • To use different materials for different effects
  • history
    • To know about how light sources have changed
  • Maths
    • Adding 2 digit and 1 digit numbers
    • Taking away 1 digit from 2 digit numbers
    • Recognising numbers 1-50

    Correct number formation of numbers 0-9

    And much more!    

    • We are reading lots of books related to our topic. We are focusing on using our sounds to help us with spelling and writing full sentences with capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. We will be acting out and innovating some of the stories too.
    • We will be reading books including: Room on the Broom By Julia Donaldson and Owl Babies byMartin Waddell.


    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

  • statutory SPELLING LISTS

  • important dates

Home Learning

Home learning tasks are set every week :

Task Given out Due Back
Mathletics Thursday Tuesday

This term we will be sending out home learning. Your child will have a Home Learning book where they will complete 1 task each week from the Home Learning grid in their book. Home learning will be sent home on a Friday, please hand in your book in by Wednesday. We are looking forward to seeing all your fantastic work!


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

Dates of Project Homelearning: TBC

Other Home Learning

  • Mathletics is a great way to work on maths at home. Logins are in the front of their Reading Journals. 
  • 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. 

Hit enter to search