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Wishing all our families a wonderful summer break. We look forward to seeing you all again on the 6th September.
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Holy Family Catholic Primary School
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Year 1

Phonics Screening Check Parent Meeting Presentation 18th January 2017

Year 1 phonics screening check training video

We advise all Year 1 parents to watch this video to inform them about how the Phonics screening check in June is administered and scored. The video exemplifies issues that could arise in the check which should help you when helping your child to prepare for the check.

Home tips to help parents support their child to pass the Year 1 Phonics Screening check in June.


  1. Practise reading speed sounds every day with your child at home – especially the sounds your child struggles most with. You will find all the sounds in the set 1, 2 3 videos posted on this page. Other trickier sounds will be found in the ‘Phonics Screening Parent-child Home Practise Booklet’.
  2. Practise reading alien words and real words provided in the ‘Phonics Screening Parent-child Home Practise booklet’, using Mr/ Thorne's videos posted below, and using the following site:
  3. Hear your child read every night and sign their reading record.
  4. Playing phonics games on the computer such as Phase 3, 4 5 or 6 activities on the Letters and Sounds website  e.g. Pirate Treasure game, Poop deck pirates, Dragon egg game etc.
  5. Make bingo games or domino games using the target phonics blends such as str, scr, spl, st. or sounds such as ch, sh, igh, oa, ay, ee, oo, or, ng.
  6. Read a selection of books and be “Sounds Detectives” hunting for the phonemes. “Can you hunt for the word with the “ee” sound in this sentence?”
  7. Give your child 3 sounds (for example: ee, oa, igh) and yourself 3 sounds (ch,sh,th) and as you share a story together, count how many times each sound occurs. The winner is the person who has found the most target sounds.
  8. Share some e-book stories from Oxford Reading Tree E-books for free.
  9. Watch the videos posted on the school website (more will be uploaded over the next few weeks which will further support reading alien and reading words)
  10. Read, Read and Read some more!

Phonics Assessment Episode 1 - Blending and Decoding Pseudo Words

SUBSCRIBE to our channel Watch Mr Thorne and Geraldine the Giraffe take you on a learning journey through the world of phonics, learning letters and sounds along the way.

Phonics Assessment Episode 2 - Blending and Decoding Pseudo Words

Phonics Assessment Episode 3 - Blending and Decoding Pseudo Words

Phonics Assessment Episode 4 - Blending and Decoding Pseudo Words

Phonics Assessment Episode 5 - Blending and Decoding Pseudo Words

Phonics Assessment Episode 6 - Blending and Decoding Pseudo Words

Phonics Assessment Episode 7 - Two syllable Pseudo Words - TRICKY!

Ruth Miskin demonstrates how to teach complex sounds.

Ruth Miskin demonstrates how to effectively teach complex sounds to children. You can find out more about Ruth's approach at and Find Read Write Inc. resources on Oxford Owl: Oxford Primary website: Follow Oxford Primary on social media: Twitter: Pinterest:

Set 1 Sounds

The following video will support you to pronounce RWI Set 1 sounds correctly, and how to blend these sounds to read words.

Set 2 Sounds

This video shows you how to pronounce set 2 sounds correctly, and how to blend set 2 sounds to read words.

Set 3 Sounds

This video shows you how to pronounce Set 3 sounds and blend these together to read words.



When your child wants to write a sentence, encourage them to repeat the sentence aloud several times so that they internalise the sentence and are using the correct sentence structure. They may wish to say it in different, funny voices, as well as count the number of words in the sentence.

Encourage your child to use ‘Fred fingers’ to spell phonetically plausible words (green words) in their sentence, listening carefully to their sounds. Allow your child to refer to their speed sound chart for reference and to ensure they choose the correct sound.

You may need to support your child with any tricky ‘red’ words in their sentence. You can practise spelling red words using the ‘cover spell check’ method.

Finally, remind them to always read back over their sentence after writing it. Get them to self-check; have they remembered capital letter and full stop? Have they remembered to leave a finger space in between each word? Have they remembered all the words in their sentence? Are most of the words spelt correctly?

Look Cover Say Write Check

Look-Cover-Say-Write-Check is a great strategy for children to learn new spelling words. In this PLD Literacy and Learning Insight, Diana Rigg discusses how to gain the maximum benefit from this technique. The video demonstrates how to slow down and focus children on the process.

Read Write Inc. Phonemes Pronunciation Guide DVD

Correct pronunciation of sounds.

Welcome to Year 1!

Your teacher will very soon be filling this page with exciting class news, pictures of things we’ve done and more.


Do you have any ideas for this page? Why not let your Teacher know!


Have you seen the Kids’ Zone? Play games and visit some cool websites. You can vote for your favourites.

Please see the amended Literacy section in the Homework information below. - This is INSTEAD of the weekly Literacy tasks, which will most likely restart in January.


Thank you


12th September 2016


A great welcome back to all of our Year 1 children! We hope you have had a lovely summer break with your parents.

Below is the PowerPoint from the Year 1 Curriculum meeting and your child will be sent home with an Autumn Curriculum Map which lists the learning in Year 1 this term.

Milk in Year 1


School milk is available free for children under five, and subsidised at around £15 per term for over-fives.

If you would like to register your child for milk, the quickest way is to contact or to phone 0844 854 2913 there is also a website with all the information


Year 1 Homework


  • In Year 1, homework is given out on a Wednesday and is due in on the following Monday.


  • Spellings - Children will be given spellings each week (handed out on a Wednesday) and will be tested on the given words on the following Monday. Following on from the weekly spelling test, children will highlight the words that they did not get correct, these will become their ‘target words’. Target words will be practised again the following week.


Children choose at least 3 of the words from their spellings and put these into written sentences.  E.g. proud

My Mummy and Daddy were so proud of me because I got 10/10 in my spelling test.


  • Literacy Homework – each week children will be given a reading comprehension activity. This activity is to be recorded/stuck in their homework book.


  • Maths Homework –  children will be aiming to complete targets on Europe, Asia and beyond on their Maths Passports.  Children will also be set a Mathletics or LGfL task on a fortnightly basis. The usernames and passwords needed to access the websites will be in your child’s homework book. Children may also be set a home challenge related to their weekly learning. This will take to form of a discussion or investigation to be carried out at home.


  • Religious Education Homework – will be set fortnightly and will be based on the topic being studied.


  • Please note: homework must be completed by your child as independently as possible. All homework must be completed in the homework book unless otherwise specified and written in pencil. Please ask your child to speak to their class teacher if they need to borrow any equipment to support this requirement. If your child really struggles with writing at this early stage of year 1, please scribe your child’s ideas instead in your child’s own words.