Letters and Sounds Online Lessons for Reception and Year 1
As many of you will already know, a fantastic range of online phonics lessons and resources are now available for children to access online, such as the Ruth Miskin videos. From Monday 27th April onwards, the Letters and Sounds YouTube channel will be releasing 12 weeks of summer-term phonics lessons online. These lessons are free, aimed at YR and Y1 children, and can be accessed with the following link:
At Connor Downs Academy, Letters and Sounds provides the sequence and progression of our phonics learning, so please feel free to supplement your child's current phonics learning with these videos, if you wish. It's worth noting that in our phonics inputs at school, we have adopted the RWI term 'special friends' in place of the technical vocabulary 'digraph' and 'trigraph'. You may hear these terms used in the Letters and Sounds videos. It is fine for children to know this vocabulary but, as it is technical and lacks context, we refrain from using it and always refer to these sounds as 'special friends'. We believe that 'special friends' is more child-friendly, as it provides a clear context for children to understand.
Dear Year 2,
I hope this finds you all safe and well.
I am so excited to be able to write to you! Casa ( our very mischievous puppy) has heard so much about you all and says “hello”.
I am really missing seeing you every day and starting our summer term learning together in our beautiful classroom.
I have been busy thinking about all the wonderful learning and fun we have had already in Year 2 and how great you are all doing with your reading, writing and maths.
I am excited about sharing our new themes together as we, hopefully for a short time, continue our learning journey in a different way, developing new skills and engaging with new things.
With this in mind, please find attached some activities to launch our first summer theme Two Queens- A Celebration and a quarantine challenge activity.
Please can you collect photos and drawings of yourselves and stick them into a project book. This would be a great way to document your home learning and when we return to school we can share this together as a class.
Looking forward to seeing your ideas and learning. Have fun!
In the meantime I hope you and your families stay happy and safe.
Mrs C Kitching
Year 2 Teacher