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St Thomas More's Catholic Primary School and Nursery

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STARTING SCHOOL SEPTEMBER 2021: Please visit the Parents:Reception New Starters' Page for our prospectus and virtual tour

Week beginning 11 May

10th May 2020

 

Hello everyone,

 

Hope you are all well and have enjoyed celebrating this special Bank Holiday weekend.

 

This week, we will be starting our first week of a Pirates topic, a perfect opportunity to share your favourite Pirate stories, films and cartoon to help you get in the mood!

 

In Phonics, we will be recapping on two digraphs (where two letters make one sound): oo and ar (an especially important one for pirates to learn!) The oo sound is a bit different as it can be pronounced in two ways, with either a long sound (as in moon) or a short sound (as in book). To make it easier, we initially teach these two pronunciations separately. As you will see on the Jolly Phonics song, both pronunciations are included in the donkey noise.

 

It would be helpful to remind your child of the Jolly Phonics song for these digraphs and then help them to read and then write words containing these sounds. They could then use these words, along with their Key Words and other phonics knowledge to write some sentences. Phonics Play and Twinkl have many additional resources which you may find helpful.

 

oo

(long)

oo (short)

ar

too

zoo

boot

hoof

zoom

cool

food

root

moon

rooftop

look

foot

cook

good

book

took

wood

wool

hook

hood

bar

car

bark

card

cart

hard

jar

park

market

farmyard

 

Whilst we love seeing what you have been learning at home on Tapestry, we would like to reinforce the message sent from the email this week. It is most important that you only do whatever Home Learning suits your child, you and your personal situation. There is no expectation that you complete the tasks set as they are just suggestions of things you might wish to do. It has been lovely to see that some of your children have been learning other valuable skills during this time such as learning to ride their bikes, bake and putting on shows for their family to enjoy. Play is really valuable use of your child's time too!

 

Hope you all have a great week. Keep safe and keep smiling!

 

 

 

 

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