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26/10/21

🎨 We hope you are enjoying your half term break with your friends and family 💛 Check out these free arty ideas from this half term. It would be lovely to see some of your amazing creations if you’d like to share them with us. Have a good week! https://t.co/EqJkbCOVNN

21/10/21

🌈A productive few hours in the Wellbeing garden today. Several great discoveries; a bird table, big logs perfect for creating a bug hotel and a fruit tree, set free from tangled ivy. Paths cleared, swept and the pond weeded to let in more natural light https://t.co/43azPTMX4f

21/10/21

Retweetd From Bromley Libraries

SCHOOLS Celebrate TODAY at https://t.co/F35RLRWiTo here: https://t.co/pBFVcB9gNJ with Bromley Libraries Children’s Team as they perform a traditional puppet show with a library twist! https://t.co/yiSMocGZ9N

21/10/21

In English today, Year 6 are planning their own diaries. We’re being autonomous with our plans - devising our own structures and trying to include the details that we think are key. https://t.co/m35LX37EeU

20/10/21

🌈Wellbeing Wednesday: We hope you’re having a good half term. Today we’re sharing 5 small actions that can boost your wellbeing from https://t.co/AJ3Ei7SG7l https://t.co/jvC7MnmUvM

19/10/21

This afternoon, Y6 developed their Art skills by writing words that best described them in a graffiti style. Some children found it tricky but persevered and we are so impressed with their progress from yesterday’s practise session! https://t.co/BoAaMfemzA

18/10/21

Have a look at some amazing graffiti art from our practise session this afternoon! Tomorrow, we will be developing these skills and writing adjectives that describe us as a person. Great work Year 6! https://t.co/5WGbQisqQL

18/10/21

Year 6 have completed their first full day of October school today and they have worked very hard. In the afternoon, they enjoyed practising graffiti art and getting a heads start to learning the key vocabulary for their science topic for Autumn 2. https://t.co/lZ77FRAE2P

17/10/21

We're looking forward to welcoming our year six pupils into school this week: smart uniforms and a 9am start in the morning! Don't forget lunch will be provided and we will end the week's work with pizza on Friday. See you at the office entrance on Malcolm Rd tomorrow. https://t.co/qbI9cITJ7D

15/10/21

Take a look at today's newsletter and meet our new year 6 leadership team & school councillors! Lots of info for next half term (including important dates for Christmas). https://t.co/QZ1Vg7LUZ0

13/10/21

🌈Wellbeing Wednesday: A really good site from offering free practical advice about supporting your child for parents and carers https://t.co/j43A0FTnuN

11/10/21

🌈Another great gardening session from the Wellbeing Warriors today. Together we tackled the herb garden and had fun identifying the parsley, chives, coriander and mint. The mint smelt amazing. Good job everyone, together we are making a difference 🙌 https://t.co/iEUoBgijWs

08/10/21

Retweetd From Bromley Y

50% of all problems start by age 14 and we are seeing an increase in the amount of young people struggling. You are not alone. https://t.co/MFZdh4jpQ5

08/10/21

SpOoKy BaKe SaLe next Friday to raise funds for the academy's PTA. Please bring any made/bought spooky cakes to the main foyer on Friday morning! Thank you for your support. https://t.co/wHLcTmjfBJ

07/10/21

Hot off the press: this week's newsletter can be found on our academy website. Lots going on this week as always, 'Hello Yellow' Mental Health Day in aid of Young Minds raised over £200 today! Check out our plans for Black History Month and lots more... https://t.co/qu56taQvz9

07/10/21

This week, year 6 have been planning, writing and presenting their speeches for the responsibilities of Head Boy, Head Girl and Sports Captains. They have ended the week with a ballot. The results will be revealed soon… https://t.co/xm4lLi7Sog

06/10/21

🌈Wellbeing Wednesday: This week the ‘Wellbeing Warriors’ and the Gardening Club have come together to start preparing the wellbeing garden for everyone to use again this year. They weeded the flower beds and cleared the tyres, ready for creating borders. Watch this space https://t.co/c1cElfUCAB

06/10/21

Retweetd From Harris Primary Academy Crystal Palace

Reminder: we will be supporting the Young Minds mental health charity tomorrow for World Mental Health Day. Wear something yellow and bring a donation to school. A little yellow goes a long way! https://t.co/odDtiFglmv

06/10/21

Reminder: we will be supporting the Young Minds mental health charity tomorrow for World Mental Health Day. Wear something yellow and bring a donation to school. A little yellow goes a long way! https://t.co/odDtiFglmv

06/10/21

Lovely to welcome parents to our PTA coffee morning today to share plans and priorities for the year. Next Wednesday is the Annual General Meeting at 9am. Please come along. https://t.co/0Av2KAH05h

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Phonics

At Harris Primary Academy Crystal Palace we aim for all our children to become fluent, confident readers who are passionate about reading.

Children who read regularly or are read to regularly have the opportunity to open the doors to so many different worlds! More importantly, reading will give your child the tools to become independent life-long learners.

We can achieve this together through:

  • Read Write Inc, a program to help to your child read at school
  • Encouraging children to develop a love of books by reading to them daily, at home and at school
  • Giving children access to a wide range of books at school and at home

At Harris Primary Academy Crystal Palace we use Read Write Inc. Phonics (RWI) to give your child the best possible start with their reading and writing. We have put together a guide to how the RWI programme works together with some useful links. Miss Cummins and Miss Alleyne are our Read Write Inc. leaders, so if you have questions about the teaching of phonics, please contact school who can refer you to them. Please take the time to read the information as it will provide invaluable information as to how you can help and support your child in reading.

What is Read Write Inc.?
Read Write Inc. (RWI) is a phonics complete literacy programme which helps all children learn to read fluently and at speed so they can focus on developing their skills in comprehension, vocabulary and spelling. The programme is designed for children aged 4-7. However, at HPACP we begin the programme in Nursery and will continue teaching RWI to children beyond the age of 7 if they still need support in their reading.

RWI was developed by Ruth Miskin and more information on this can be found at https://ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/parents/.

How will RWI be taught?
All children are assessed half termly by our RWI lead teachers so they work with small groups of children at the same level. This allows complete participation in lessons.

Nursery
When appropriate, children will be introduced to the initial sounds in short five minutes sessions. Towards the end of the academic year, the children will begin to blend sounds together to read words, if ready.

Reception
In Reception all children will learn how to ‘read’ the sounds in words and how those sounds can be written down. Reception children are taught in very small groups to ensure that the teaching of phonics has a large impact to their early learning.


Writing

The children:

  • learn to write and form the letters/letter groups which represent the 44 sounds with the help of fun phrases
  • learn to write words by using Fred Talk
  • learn to build sentences by practising sentences out loud before they write 


Talking

The children

  • They work in pairs so that they:
  • answer every question
  • practise every activity with their partner
  • take turns in talking and reading to each other
  • develop ambitious vocabulary


Year One & Year Two
hildren follow the same format as Reception but will work on complex sounds and read books appropriate to their reading level. Daily sessions of RWI phonics last for forty minutes.  Once children become fluent speedy readers they will move on to literacy and language sessions or comprehension sessions.

 

Five key principles underpin the teaching in all Read Write Inc. sessions:  

  • Purpose – know the purpose of every activity and share it with the children, so they know the one thing they
    should be thinking about.
  • Participation – ensure every child participates throughout the lesson. Partnership work is fundamental to learning.
  • Praise – ensure children are praised for effort and learning, not ability.
  • Pace – teach at an effective pace and devote every moment to teaching and learning.
  • Passion – be passionate about teaching so children can be engaged emotionally.

 

Children will be taught how to read as follows:
Before you start to teach your child, practise saying the sounds below. These are the sounds we use to speak in English.

Fred Talk
We use pure sounds (‘m’ not’ muh’,’s’ not ‘suh’, etc.) so that your child will be able to blend the sounds into words more easily.

At school we use a puppet called Fred who is an expert on sounding out words! We call it, ‘Fred Talk’. E.g. m-o-p, c-a-t, m-a-n, sh-o-p, b-l-a-ck.

The following video is an example of blending sounds with Fred. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEzfpod5w_Q


The children are taught the sounds in 3 sets.

Step 1:

Set 1 Sounds are taught in the following order together with rhymes to help children form the letters correctly and instantly recognise sounds ready for blending.

Set 1

Sound

Rhyme

m

Down Maisie then over the two mountains. Maisie, mountain, mountain.

a

Round the apple, down the leaf.

s

Slide around the snake

d

Round the dinosaur's back, up his neck and down to his feet.

t

Down the tower, across the tower,

i

Down the insects body, dot for the head.

n

Down Nobby and over the net.

p

Down the plait, up and over the pirates face.

g

Round the girls face, down her hair and give her a curl

o

All around the orange

c

Curl around the caterpillar

k

Down the kangaroos body, tail and leg

u

Down and under the umbrella, up to the top and down to the puddle

b

Down the laces, over the toe and touch the heel

f

Down the stem and draw the leaves

e

Slice into the egg, go over the top, then under the egg

l

Down the long leg

h

Down the horse's head to the hooves and over his back

sh

Slither down the snake, then down the horse's head to the hooves and over his back

r

Down the robot's back, then up and curl

j

Down his body, curl and dot

v

Down a wing, up a wing

y

Down a horn, up a horn and under the yak's head.

w

Down, up, down, up the worm.

th

Down the tower, across the tower, then down the horse’s head to the hooves and over his back

z

Zig-zag-zig, down the zip.

ch

Curl around the caterpillar, , then down the horse's head to the hooves and over his back

qu

Round the queen’s head, up to her crown, down her hair and curl

x

Cross down the arm and leg and cross the other way

ng

A thing on a string

nk

I think I stink

 

Please do not use letter names at this early stage.
Click here to hear how to pronounce sounds correctly.

Children will also use pictures for each sound to help recognise the sound and then form the shape of the sound.

 

Step 2:

The children are then taught Set 2 Sounds - the long vowels. When they are very confident with all of set 1 and 2 they are taught Set 3 Sounds.

Long  vowel sound

Set 2 Speed Sound cards

Teach these first

Set 3 Speed Sound cards

ay

ay: may I play

a-e: make a cake

ai: snail in the rain

ee

ee: what can you see

ea: cup of tea

e: he me we she be

igh

igh: fly high

i-e: nice smile

ow

ow: blow the snow

o-e: phone home

ao: goat in a boat

oo

oo: poo at the zoo

u-e: huge brute

ew: chew the stew

oo

oo: look at a book

 

 

ar

ar: start the car

 

 

or

or: shut the door

aw: yawn at dawn

 

air

air: that’s not fair

are: share and care

 

ir

ir: whirl and twirl

ur: nurse for a purse

er: a better letter

ou

ou: shout it out

ow: brown cow

 

oy

oy: toy for a boy

oi: spoil the boy

 

ire

 

ire: fire fire!

 

ear

 

ear: hear with your ear

 

ure

 

ure: sure it’s pure?

 

Nonsense words (Alien words)          

As well as learning to read and blend real words children will have plenty of opportunities to apply their sound recognition skills on reading ‘Nonsense words’. These words will also feature heavily in the Year One Phonics Screening check in the summer term.
 

Step 3:

Children will be introduced to ‘Ditty books’ when they successfully begin to read single words. The short vowels should be kept short and sharp:

Children use sound-blending (Fred Talk) to read short ditties. They will bring these home once they have read and discussed the book in class. Children will then be challenged to use their developing phonic knowledge to write short sentences.

Within all the books children will have red and green words to learn to help them to become speedy readers. Red words are words that are not easily decodable and challenge words to extend children’s vocabulary. Green words are linked to the sounds they have been learning and are easily decodable.

       

Dots and dashes represent the sound each letter makes.

Once your child has been introduced and taught these words in school we will send them home for you to continue practising with your child.

During the RWI session children will read the book three times and at each new reading they will have plenty of opportunities to practise using their developing comprehension skills. You may have heard your child talking about ‘hold, edit or build a sentence’.

Hold a sentence is an activity that encourages children to remember a whole sentence while focusing on spelling and punctuation.

Build a sentence is to give children the opportunity to create their own sentence to that shows the meaning of a word and edit a sentence allows the children to critique a sentence using their knowledge of spelling punctuation and grammar. Children complete a longer piece of independent writing, which gives them the opportunity to show off their creativity and to practice their spelling, grammar and punctuation.

 

Phonics Screening Check Year One

What is the Year 1 phonics screening check?
The Year 1 phonics screening check is a short, light-touch assessment to confirm whether individual pupils have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard.

It will identify the children who need extra help so they are given support by their school to improve their reading skills. They will then be able to retake the check so that schools can track pupils until they are able to decode.

Spelling Quiz

A spelling quiz will be held each week (This will only start in Reception when children are ready to write and form their letters). Children will use first use ‘Fred fingers’ to first sound out a word before they write it down.  Children learn how to spell rather than just get tested. Furthermore, this way of teaching spellings allows children to use Fred fingers whenever they get stuck with spelling a word. Children pinch each sound on fingers before writing the word.

Order of Story books:
Children will hopefully follow the order listed below. The expectation is that all children will leave Year One as confident speedy readers, ready to take on the challenges of Year Two. However, some children may need extra support and your teacher will talk to you about this. 

Books

Year Group Expectations

Green Words in Books

Red Ditty 1-10

Reception

Click here to help your child

Green 1-10

Reception

Click here to help your child

Purple 1-10

Reception

Click here to help your child

Pink 1-10

Reception/Year One

Click here to help your child

Orange 1-12

Year One

Click here to help your child

Yellow 1-10

Year One

Click here to help your child

Blue 1-10

Year One

Click here to help your child

Grey 1-13

Year One

Click here to help your child

 

Useful websites for Parents

Please find a list of websites that you may find useful in helping you and your child  learn about phonics. Games and fun activity websites are also included.

Jolly Learning - Games and information for parents

Phonics Play - many games to play

BBC Bitesize Phonics - fun games for the children to play

ICT Games  - fun games for the children to play

Kent Trust  - fun games for the children to play and information for parents

NGFL Cymru  - fun games for the children to play

Star Fall  - fun games for the children to play

First School Years  - fun games for the children to play

Sparklebox - lots of resources to print off and help you support your child at home

BBC Bitesize - many games to play covering all areas of the curriculum

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