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Sopley Primary School

Sopley Primary School

W/C 30.03.2020


Please encourage your child to practise their reading each day. Little and often is the best way to keep those reading skills developing which are crucial for the rest of their learning. The children in Rabbits class last week took home a bundle of books to use at home. In our reading we are using our sound knowledge to work out new words, read tricky words by sight, use the pictures to help us and reread what we have read to check it makes sense. Some of us are starting to predict what is going to happen next and use expression when reading.

Oxford Owl has a fantastic ebook library with a wide range of free ebooks to read. Try different times of day to access this website as like many others is popular at the moment with children during the school day hours.

Ideas to keep reading fun: 

1. Change where in the house you read. 

2. Make a den or cosy area to read in(washing racks and sheets are great for this).

3. Look for websites offering free ebooks to download. 

4. Have a family book that everyone can take a turn at reading.

5. Encourage children to reread familiar and favourite books again and again. 

6. Make a personalised bookmark to use when reading. 

7. Enjoy bedtime stories. 

8. Read whenever you get the chance (little and often). 


This week in English we can read a poem and then using our senses to come up with ideas for our own versions. 

In our writing at the moment we are focusing the structure of writing a simple sentence. When writing a sentence we ask ourselves: 

1. Did we use finger spaces between words? 

2. Have we sounded out our words in our writing?

3. Are any tricky words used spelt correctly?

4. Have we remembered a capital letter at the start of our sentence and a full stop at the end?

5. Did we reread the sentence to check it makes sense? 


We are recapping all of the Phase 3 digraphs.

Consonant digraphs: ch, sh, th, ng

Vowel digraphs: ai, ee, igh, oa, oo, ar, or, ur, ow, oi, ear, air, ure, er

Please practise reading words with these digraphs in and writing them in words. Below are some links to useful websites that your child can use to practise their phonics.


Being physically active every day is important for the growth of young children. All movement counts the more the better. Below are some ideas and links to websites offering activities and daily workouts children can take part in at home.

9.00am - PE with Joe Wicks

11.30am Oti Mabuse dance classes

1.30pm - Dance with Darcey Bussell…/status/1241098264373592065

Cosmic yoga with Jamie

Wake and Shake

Other ideas include:

Tummy time activities: any activity that is done by laying on their tummy, arms and elbows. These activities can include reading a book, drawing, playing a game, watching TV, building with lego, playing with toys. By doing these activities on their tummy it helps strengthen their neck and shoulder muscles and promote motor skills. 

Funky fingers: These activities support the development of fine motor skills needed for pencil control and writing development. Ideas for funky finger activities include threading, loom bands, hama beads, pegs, tweezers, cutting out shapes and pictures using scissors, 

Obstacle courses: Building an indoor or outdoor obstacle course can be as much fun as doing one. There are endless activities that can included such as hopping, crawling, balancing and jumping.