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English, Phonics & Spelling


This week we will practise our letter writing and handwriting.  We will write to Ian who is Miss V's friend, he lives in Scotland!  He has a very special job.  He is a fisherman. 

Wow what a job!

 Task 1

Practise handwriting letters.   Remember, to get the best handwriting you need to sit up straight, tummy touching the table, feet flat to the floor and in Grace's words "pinching Peter parrot' pencil grip. 

The correct way to hold a pencil

Task 2

What questions would you like to ask Ian? 


The children in school wanted to ask him these...


Joe asked..

"What size is your boat? Is it big or little?' 


Darcie asked..

"Have you ever caught a jellyfish?"


Logan asked..

"How much fish do you catch?"

Have you noticed how we use ? at the end of our sentences?  This is called a question mark.

What questions can you think of? Today write them down and save them ready for your letter writing. 

Task 3

Today you will start to write your letter.  Letter writing has a set format.  This means where and how we write on the page. Ask your adults if they have some letters at home to show you. You will not finish your letter today.  We are taking our time to produce the best we can. 


Parts of a letter.

Letter writing templates for your adult to print out

Remember your letter is to Ian.  Here is an example to give you an idea. 


                                                                                                                        Friday 26th June 2020

Dear Ian,

 I am having so much fun at school, we are learning about whales and vertebrates.  I didn't know what vertebrate meant at first, but I do now!  It means the creature has a spine.  Fish have spines, but jellyfish don't.  So, whoever named the jellyfish was trying to trick us! 

Miss V has told us you are a fisherman.  That is just like Noi's dad in our story.  He goes to work all day long.  How long do you go out to fish?

When did you start being a fisherman?  Have you ever seen a whale? I would love to see a whale, they are beautiful mammals. 

Miss V has taught us about pollution in the sea. It is really bad and hurts the sea creatures.  What would you say to people to help them keep the sea clean?

Keep safe when you are fishing.

Thank you for reading my letter,


Task 4

Continue writing your letter. It is really important to reread what you have already written down. You do not want to write the same sentence twice. If you finish your letter, check it through for spelling mistakes, ask your adult to help you. Look for correct punctuation have you used a ? or . in your sentences?

Task 5

If you would write another letter, who would you write it to? Your grandparents or an uncle or aunt?  Or maybe a family friend. Have a go a writing another letter. This time to someone you know. Don't forget to ask your adult to send in photos of your letters to Ian and Miss V will try to get your answers to your questions. 



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 29th June


oa – boat,  o – go, o-e – stone, ow – stone, ou - shoulder

Tuesday 30th June


se - cheese

Wednesday 1st July


tch - kitchen

Thursday 2nd July


se - horse

Friday 3rd July





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.