Children attend the ARP from Key Stage One (years 1 and 2). Therefore the ARP curriculum incorporates both topics from across these year groups as well as incorporating skills from EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage), where appropriate.
In phonics this half term we will be continuing with Phase 5. We will learn new
graphemes for some of the sounds we already know, including:
· oy in toy, boy and enjoy
· ou in out, about and sound
· ir in girl, bird and first
· aw in saw, claw and yawn
· wh in when or where and in who or whole
In class we use ‘Robot Arms’ to support our sounding out and blending. Ask your children to show you at home how to do this and practise together when reading new words. You may see the children using actions for their sounds- this is called cued articulation. This helps them to remember the sound and to think about how they are making the sound.
We also have new ‘tricky words’ to read without sounding out and these are:
water where who again thought through
work mouse many laughed because different
any eyes friends once please
Please continue to support your child with their reading book at home. You can also help them by asking them to retell the story that they have just read. Don’t forget to use Bug Club at home, too. The books and games really reinforce the work we are doing in class.
We will be writing sentences and then sequences of sentences to form short stories. We will use ‘and’ to join words and clauses in our sentences. We will retell stories verbally and then in writing.
When reading at home encourage your child to retell the story out loud that you or they have just read. If they find this hard then give them clues, or you can retell parts of it yourself.
This term we will also be writing explanation texts ‘How a Sunflower Grows’.
When writing we always say what we are going to write first, as this helps us to check that it makes sense and helps us to hear the sounds in the words.
finding one half and one quarter of shapes and small numbers. We will practise and describe whole, half and quarter turns.
We will order, compare and partition numbers within 50 and also use coins to find small totals.
We will explore time using language like ‘before’, ‘after’, ‘o’clock’ and ‘half past’.
At home please encourage your child to practise counting to 50 and then 100 without missing any numbers out. Try counting in ones, twos, fives or tens. Help them to recognise the value of the different coins in your purse or wallet and try to count them together to find the total.