The phonics screening check was designed by the government to ensure that all children reach the required standard of 'phonics'. In other words, that they know enough sounds and have the skills needed to break up words they haven't seen before in order to read them.
So what does this look like?
The children will read 40 words (20 real words and 20 made up words) with an adult they know (most likely their class teacher, me). The last few years they have had to read 32 out of 40 words to pass. Any children not passing, then have an opportunity to reach the required standard the following year and they are tracked closely.
There are a lot of practise materials out there and over this year the children have already become familiar with the style of the words and format of the test. I've attached mock-ups below which you can look at to gain a feel, or have a go at with your children at home.
We hope you've had a wonderful half term break and are as ready to be back and get stuck in to learning as myself and Mrs Warnes are! We have so many exciting things coming up.
This half term, as a school, we won't be setting weekly homework but instead you will have topic homework to complete over the half term. What animal can you create as a family project and present to the class in the last week before Easter? Information was sent out about this on the last day of last half term. Please ask if you haven't received it. I look forward to seeing what you get up to with your families at home.
Some exciting diary dates:
Thursday 23rd February - Zoolab will be coming into class with some exciting animals.
Thursday 2nd March - World Book Day
Monday 6th March - art week
Friday 24th March - Trip to Manor Farm - please join us!
Monday 27th March - RE week
Friday 31st March - Westglade's Got Talent
Reminder: you can get all these dates saved directly to your smart phone device by syncing to the school's calendar below.
Our learning challenge this half term is all to do with animals. In Science we will be learning to identify and name a variety of common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. We will also be identifying and naming carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. In Geography we will be identifying the location of hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the Equator, North Pole and South Pole. In History we will be exploring events beyond living memory by exploring the life of Grace Darling. As a class we will come to understand some of the ways in which we can find out about the past and identify different ways in which it can be represented. In computing we will create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content as well as improve our digital literacy. We will continue to weave DT and ART throughout our sessions.
As always, our weekly learning themes in Literacy and Numeracy will be sent directly through to your phone using Marvellous Me.
We are especially looking forward to our class trip to Manor Farm!