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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.

Hello Year 1, 
I hope you are all well.
I am very well and have been busy in my garden, weeding and planting. I have also been enjoying lovely walks with my family and Barney. I shall send you some photographs of Barney enjoying the woods, he really does enjoy his walks, fresh air and exercise.
I do miss you all and I have missed our daily stories, so I thought it would be a brilliant idea to video myself telling you a story! You can follow the link here...
Sharing a Shell by Julia Donaldson. 
When you have watched the video, why not have a go at the following activities:
* Draw and colour in your own seaside picture.
* Create a new character to join Crab, Anemone and Bristleworm. Describe your character - does your character have ways to protect his/her friends?
* To re-write the story using a different setting, for example - the woods.
* To write a poem about the seaside. 
You may even have some ideas of your own! 
Have lots of fun, Year 1, and I will send another story video to you soon.
Take care,
Mrs Patterson 



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. 

Kind regards 

Mrs C Kitching 

Year 2 Teacher