Oxford Owl is a fantastic free online collection of eBooks for children aged 3-11 that can be accessed across a range of devices. It is packed with expert advice, top tips and activity ideas to help your child with their reading. To access the eBooks log on to https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk and use the ‘My class login’ button and use your child’s class username and password.
Elm Class Speeches
KS1 Multi-Modal Writing
This half term, KS1 have been reading ’10 Things I Can Do to Help My World’ and have created lots of interesting writing based around this. They have created paper plate Earths and have written ways to help our planet around it. They also decided that they wanted to help our planet by adopting an animal from the WWF so they wrote persuasively and created their own t-shirts to persuade the rest of the school to donate money to this cause. Through an assembly, the children shared their ideas with the school and from this they raised £291.80 for the WWF. Well done KS1 and a huge thank you to everyone who donated.
Reading and Phonics
Children in nursery and reception learn phonics from entry into school using the 'Letters and Sounds' document. As children progress through Key Stage 1, if they need extra support for phonics, we use Jolly Phonics or Letterland depending on the child's needs and learning style.
Our reading scheme is categorised using book bands. We use a wide range of reading schemes including Oxford Reading Tree, Ginn All Aboard, Cambridge Reading and Orion Early Readers. We have recently supplmented the reading scheme, through an £8000 investment from parent donations, with a vast amount of 'real' books so that the children have a greater variety of reading material.
The children in Key Stage 1 have been writing using a different approach. Instead of using our exercise books to record every piece of work, they have used paper, shoe boxes, card and anything else that we think may suit! The theory behind this is that children are writing for a purpose. Our children in Key Stage 1 absolutely love this approach and wanted to share some of their first pieces of work...
We wrote to North Wind explaining that Laura did not mean to lose her necklace of raindrops and then wondered how we might send them there...
We wrote in our story settings...
And used lots of different shapes of paper!
We made necklaces of raindrops and thought about which special power we might like to have...
Story editing is more fun when you get to do it with other people!