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English, Phonics & Spelling

English, Phonics & Spelling


This week we will look at non-fiction writing. We use non-fiction texts to gather information as they provide us with facts.  Watch the link 

This is a lovely non-fiction text in the style of fiction (story).  The information is all about the Blue Whale. Whales are one of my favourite animals on our beautiful planet. 


Activity 1

Blue Whale non fiction writing

Activity 2

With your adult or older brother/sister, research facts about other whales. Choose a whale and complete another fact sheet (use the blank one below.)  There is a box at the bottom of the page, this is for page numbers, as you complete more sheets you will make up your own booklet all about whales.  Note you will have to research more than two whales to make a book.  Challenge yourself to see how many you can find. 

Blank non fiction frame

Activity 3

Now that you have several fact sheets about whales, you can make your book.  You will need a contents page and a front cover.  

A contents page lists down the name of the whale and which page you will find it on.

The front cover needs to grab the reader. It needs to make the reader want to look inside.  Remember to put a title and the author which is you.

You could also include a 'Did you know?' page.  This page could include interesting facts, here are some examples.

  • Whales can hold their breath for at least 20 minutes.
  • The ocean is part whale pee!
  • The Blue Whale is the largest know creature to live on Earth.
  • A whale's ear wax will tell you the whale's age!



Please follow the link and see the table below for the phonics lessons for this week:



10:30 am*



Year 1 Summer Term

Phase 5 

Suitable for Year 1 children who can confidently blend and read words such as ‘stamp’ ‘chair’ and ‘green’

Monday 8th June


c - ice

Tuesday 9th June


a  - wash

Wednesday 10th June


ch - chef

Thursday 11th June


ch - school

Friday 12th June


ou - touch

If your child knows this week's and future spellings, please use the below Word Mat to assess which words your child needs to practice, and practice these instead of the set spellings. If your child is confident with all the Y1 spellings, practice writing numbers 0-20, the days of the week, and the months of the year.