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For the Spring 2 half term, Year 1 will have 4 phonics lessons across the week. As well as the phonics lessons, Year 1 will have one 'Big Write' a week as well as daily sessions focused around a text/story. This half term we will continue to have a grammar session on a Friday. We will recap question/exclamation marks, adjectives, the prefix un and the suffixes er, est, ed and ing. When the children are not working directly with an adult they will be completing independent tasks which will be based around cursive writing, tricky words and writing in full sentences. Some of the independent work will also be based around texts we are doing in class. 


The Big Write will be on a Wednesday this half term. The main focus will be for the children to write in full sentences. We will particularly focus on capital letters, full stops, finger spaces, writing on the line, letters the right way round, using our phonics, remembering our tricky words and beginning to use cursive writing (where appropriate). We will be encouraging children to think about their sentence starters and vocabulary choices. 


Some key texts we are using this half term are:

  • Elmer
  • Meerkat Mail
  • Monkey Puzzle
  • The Koala who Could
  • The Tiger who came to Tea
  • The Ugly Five
  • Star of the Zoo
  • Smeds and Smoos
  • Spring stories (related to science)