Miss Farmer, Mr Dalley & Mrs Howlett

New Messages – 18/1/19

Rehearsals are in full swing for our KS1 performance! If your child has a script can you please make sure they leave it in their book bag. Letters have gone home about costumes and we will need these in school by Monday 4th February. We look forward to seeing many of you for our stay and play on Tuesday between 9-10 this will be based on Phonics/ Reading a very important aspect of the curriculum. A reminder that Parents evening is next week, Tuesday and Thursday.

Questions to ask your child about their learning this week:

Why do we use exclamation marks? Can you think of a sentence using an exclamation mark? Why do we use commas? Can you write lots of facts about Lions?

What does it mean to multiply? Can you compare these number sentences using < > = 12 + 6  _  18-4    21 – 7 _ 13 + 5

What does the UK stand for? What countries are in the UK? What towns/ villages are close to Halesworth?

Old Messages

We have a busy term planned and our topic will be ‘What a wonderful World’. To see what we will be learning and our ideas click on our What a Wonderful World topic web here.

In Literacy our main texts will be ‘One day on our Blue Planet’ and ‘Beegu’. We will also look at current issues and think about writing reports. In Maths we will be looking at addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and measurement.

We will continue to be outside for PE so it is essential in this chilly weather that children have a Winter PE kit fully named in school all week.


Please continue to look on our KS1 webpage weekly for questions about your child’s learning, what Phonics sounds have been covered, new messages and upcoming events/dates.

Thank you for your continued support,

KS1 team.

Upcoming events

Tuesday 22nd January – KS1 Stay and Play – 9 – 10 am – Phonics/ Reading.

Tuesday 22nd January – Parents evening – 3.45 – 5.30pm.

Thursday 24th January – Parents evening – 3.45 – 7.30pm.

Monday 4th February – All costumes need to be in a clearly labelled bag.

Wednesday 13th February – KS1 Performance 10am.

Thursday 14th February – KS1 Performance 2pm.

Friday 15th February – Last day before half term.


Children are split into groups depending on which Phase they are in, please ask your child who they have for Phonics. Here are the sounds/ rules we have been learning this week:

Mrs Wright/ Mrs Ducksbury: sh, ch, th   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNcBWSBxSp0&t=2s

Miss Farmer: tricky words so, said, went, from. Blending words https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VR_IgfIgz10&t=20s

Mr Kiddy/ Mrs Taylor: compound words, ie, ea https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoPUHeA0CHA

Mrs Howlett: Alternate pronounciation of ‘al’ as in half, ere spelling, eer spelling.

These are the sounds that all the children should know;

Phase 2 sound mat

Phase 3 sound mat

phase 5 mat

By the end of Year 1 all pupils should know all of these sounds.  They should be able to decode and blend sounds to read and write words that use all of the sounds included on the mats above.

Example of the Year 1 Phonics Screening Test (Pupils in Year 1 are tested in June); Phonics Screening Example


By the end of Year 2 it is expected that children are on a gold level book. Here is an example of the types of texts children are expected to read and the different styles of questions they will be asked when tested. https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum-assessments-practice-materials#key-stage-1-past-papers

Helpful information

There are many expectations to fulfil in Year 1 and Year 2, below are the standards that the pupils should meet by the end of the year.

Maths Year 1 Standards

Maths Year 2 standards

Reading Year 1 Standards

Reading Year 2 Standards

Writing Year 1 Standards

Writing Year 2 Standards

Example of our cursive handwriting can be found on this link: Cursive Handwriting


Children will no longer have a weekly test as they are doing Spellings in their Phonics lessons daily where they are assessed. To help your child at home please go through the common exception words with them, there are many tricky words on the list that often do not follow rules so it will be worthwhile practising these regularly.

Year 1 Common Exception words; Year 1 common exception word list

Year 2 Common Exception words;Year 2 common exception word list

Support for spelling https://www.spellzone.com/pages/contents.cfm


Project Homework What a Wonderful World project homework

MyMaths – https://www.mymaths.co.uk/

Times Tables Rockstars https://ttrockstars.com/home

  Hit the Button

Spellings – Common Exception Words.

Reading daily – Reading questions

Things I need at school

Authorised Adults Sheet  ES parent sign up sheet

The KS1 Team



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