Mrs Elizabeth Fisher
Miss Sally Gould
This week the children will be using their imaginations to make their own Easter cards. We will be encouraging the children to plan their ideas and try to evaluate how well they have followed their plans.
There will continue to be a focus on handwriting and we are encouraging the children to form letters correctly and to write on lines if possible.
We had a change of plans for maths last week so will be exploring halving and sharing this week.
During the afternoons we will continue with the same theme as last week with the children completing the final two activities from our springtime theme. The children will discuss the Christian Easter story in RE.
At home tips: …count in 2s, 5s and 10s… can you halve a group of sweets, chocolate button, peas, the fruit in the fruit bowl etc… … practise spelling words with consonant clusters e.g. bang and stop etc… read anything and everything around the environment.
Tapestry challenge: take a picture / video of your child reading signs around the environment.
We still have a couple of missing Parents’ evening target sheets… please try to return them by the end of the week. Thanks
PE kits will come home for a wash over Easter. Please ensure that everything is named and that pumps still fit. If you have anything that does not belong to your child in the bag, please return to school asap as a few parents have mentioned items of clothing missing. It may be a good idea to include a pair or navy / black joggers or leggings in your child’s PE kit for the final term as Mr Hill will take the children outside in the warmer weather.
We break up on Friday at 3.15pm and return on Monday 24th April. We are planning to send an Easter diary for your child to complete during the time off school. You should find it in your child’s bag by next Wednesday. On Friday we will give your child 3 reading books for the holiday. Please let us know asap if your child will not be attending school at the end of the week for any reason so that we can make sure you have these things at an earlier date. Thanks.
This week the children will complete their special writing assessment for the spring term. They will use their ‘All about me’ boxes to write about their lives, hobbies and interests. We will be looking for the children using full sentences, spelling with some accuracy (re. their targets from parents’ evening) and spelling some tricky words accurately. We are hoping that some children will now be writing up to 3 sentences independently.
In Maths we will be thinking about halving. The children will explore this aspect physically, thinking about what happens to numbers when they are halved. Some children may be able to link this to our recent lessons on doubling.
During the afternoons we will be learning about springtime. Children will be producing spring pictures, drawing daffodils and learning about life cycles. We are planning to continue with diversity theme from last week too.
At home tips: …counting back from 20… can you halve a group of sweets, chocolate button, peas, the fruit in the fruit bowl etc… look for signs of spring… practise spelling some tricky words…
Tapestry challenge: Take a spring photo and add a comment about the changes your child notices happen between the seasons.
Please ensure the parents evening progress report forms are returned asap.
If you haven’t sent an ‘All about me’ box in then please do so by Monday. Your child will struggle to complete the special writing without one. Thanks.
Please could you collect jam jars for outdoor learning. We will let you know when we need them (unfortunately we have nowhere to store glass in the classroom!). Thank you
This week is Diversity week. We would like the children to bring in a box with some of their interests or likes, they might choose photographs of them doing something they enjoy, medals or certificates they are proud of or a toy that has a special significance. Please DO NOT send in your child’s favourite toy as the boxes will be in school all week and won’t be sent home the same day. The idea is that we learn about your child so please don’t just fill them with cuddly toys; we want to see the things that make your child individual and unique. Please provide a list of the items and label where possible and don’t include anything too delicate if possible. Thank you.
In Maths we are focusing on subtraction by counting back. We will be encouraging children to record their work using number sentences and counting back from the first number.
Towards the end of the week we will be doing some more work on length and height. Children will be given a chance to explore measuring equipment, measuring how tall they are and recording what they have found out. They will compare different lengths and be encouraged to put three items in order using vocabulary such as shorter/shortest, longer/longest, length / height… and so on.
This week we will be having an assembly on Hinduism, a talk from an Elite Cyclist and on Friday afternoon children will be watching the final of the Talent Show. Friday 24th March is also Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day and children will be allowed to wear their own clothes in return for a voluntary contribution of £1.
The pictures and videos that parents have been putting on tapestry have been incredibly useful. We are able to use them to help with assessments and we welcome any videos/photographs. Thanks!
At home tips: counting back from a given number, write numbers to 20, recognise numbers to 20, practise forming letters and spelling some tricky words…
Tapestry challenge: Can you talk/look into similarities and differences within your family? Thanks.
This week we will be working on handwriting! We will be checking children can form letters correctly and we will be practising where to start and finish our letters. Children will be copying letters, writing sentences and we will be looking to correct reversals of certain letters.
In Maths we are focusing on doubling numbers. Children will be using lots of practical equipment such as numicon and mirrors to double numbers. We will be encouraging children to record their work using addition and counting on from the first number e.g. 3 + 3 = put 3 in your head and count on 3 more, what is double three?
Towards the end of the week we will be doing some more work on time. We will look into what children do throughout the week and sequence a ‘typical’ week. Children will have the opportunity to talk about their week and share what they do with others. Children will be using language related to time including first, next, then, yesterday, tomorrow and days of the week.
This week is Science week across the school. We have planned 6 investigations/experiments, including slime exploration, ‘free’ baking, making a volcano and making circuits, across the week and children will work in mixed class groups to explore them.
The videos that parents have been putting on tapestry have been incredibly useful. We are able to use them to help with assessments and we welcome any videos/photographs. Thanks!
On Tuesday mornings the children have a separate KS1 assembly and any badges, certificates, trophies etc. are welcome.
At home tips: counting on from a given number, record numbers to 10 / 20, play dominoes and look for doubles, practise writing letters…
Tapestry challenge: Can you upload any weekly after school activities your child does so we can use these in our discussions on Friday. Thanks.
This week we will be basing our writing on the story ‘Dear Zoo’. The children will discover that the animals have escaped from our role play and that they need to make ‘Wanted’ posters to help catch them again!
In Maths we are focusing on counting in 2s and 10s and counting on as a strategy when adding. We will be using the words ‘put the number in your head’ and encouraging the children to tap their heads as we say the first number. This will mean to work out 6+4 they will tap their heads whilst saying 6 and then say 7,8,9,10 whilst showing the appropriate fingers.
At the end of the week, we will be recovering shape, weight, length and ordinal numbers.
In the afternoons we will be making our own sliding picture. If you have any books with moving parts we would LOVE to borrow them on Monday (please name all books that come to school).
At home tips: count in 2s (to 20) and 10s (to 100)… practise counting on by putting a number in their head and carrying on counting… talk about places that are special to you all.
Tapestry challenge: Can you record your child talking about a place that is special to them.
REMINDER: It is parents evening on Tuesday and Thursday. Your time went home in the Link Book on Wednesday 1st March.
In Literacy this week we will be reading ‘The Gingerbread Man’. Children will be looking at sequencing the story, designing their own gingerbread man and labelling their design. Later in the week children will be baking their own gingerbread man and trying to re-create their design on their baked gingerbread man!
In Maths we will be focusing on one more and one less. The children will be using numbers within their capabilities e.g. numbers to 10 or 20. We will be moving on to weight and halving at the end of the week.
In Outdoor Learning children will be playing a variety of games so there will be no need to send in their wellies or waterproof trousers. Hats, gloves and scarves are still being left behind at the end of the day and although we try our best to scoop them up and hand them back to their owner sometimes this isn’t always possible so please make sure they are clearly labelled.
Please make sure children with long hair have it tied up for PE. Thank you.
At home tips: it would be really helpful if you could recap numbers, writing numbers, counting objects to ten and beyond this weekend. Thank you for your continued support.
Tapestry challenge: Can you re-tell the story of The Gingerbread Man to someone in your family?
In Literacy this week we will be reading ‘The Snow Lambs’. We will be writing speech bubbles for characters and doing some group writing as well.
In Maths we will be focusing on subtraction. They will be solving real life problems using their subtraction knowledge. We will be moving on to position and direction at the end of the week using vocabulary such as next to, behind, in front of, on top of, forwards, backwards, left and right.
This week we will also be spending time assessing the children’s Maths work including counting and recognising numbers.
On Thursday we will be having a whole day celebrating Chinese New Year. If anyone has any links to people celebrating this festival we would love to hear from you. We will be tasting some food such as prawn crackers, noodles, spring rolls and egg fried rice. If your child has any allergies please let us know. We will be encouraging children to try new things and discuss their likes and dislikes.
In Outdoor Learning children will be looking at how ice cubes melt over time, what might speed up the melting process and making observations. They will also be exploring ice and paints mixed together.
At home tips: it would be really helpful if you had time if you could recap numbers, writing numbers, counting objects to ten and beyond this weekend. Thank you for your continued support.
Tapestry challenge: Can you find out about Chinese New Year at home, what year (e.g. year of the rat) were you born in? Thank you.
In Literacy this week we will be reading ‘The Three Little Pigs.’ The children will be looking at the characters of the story, making wanted pictures of the wolf and building a variety of houses using a range of construction materials.
This week we will also be spending time assessing the children’s grapheme and tricky word recognition.
In Maths we will be focusing on estimation. The children will guess how many objects are in a pile and then count them all to see if their guess was correct and who was the closest. We will be moving on to capacity at the end of the week.
The children will be making boats on Friday in outdoor learning. We would appreciate it if your child could come in with a plastic tub eg margarine tub. Thank you.
At home tips: it would be really helpful if you had time if you could recap the letters/sounds and tricky words this weekend. Thank you for your continued support.
Tapestry challenge: Can the children design their own house? It can be on paper or made from construction. Can they talk to you about the design and tell you what would be in their house? Let your children’s imagination run wild with ideas about their ideal home.
We have been impressed with how quickly the children have settled back into school. Thank you for all the lovely Tapestry pictures. These have really helped the children talk about what they have done over the Christmas break.
In Literacy this week children will be looking at a book called Kitchen Disco. Children will be tasting new fruits and describing them. Children will also be looking at the rhyming pattern in the book. If your child is allergic to any fruit please let us know! Thanks.
In Maths children will be focusing on money for the first half of the week and then time towards the end of the week. Any support at home with these areas of learning would be appreciated.
We are also looking at the artist Arcimboldo during some of our afternoons and making art out of fruit and vegetables. These are a lot of fun, we will post pictures of course!
Don’t forget wellies and warm clothing for Outdoor Learning on Friday afternoons.
At home tips: Play shops, look at coins, count amounts, play rhyming games, encourage children to try new things.
Tapestry challenge: Can you try something new to eat this weekend and post a picture and whether or not the children liked or disliked it?
We hope you enjoyed the Nativity performances as much as we did last week! The children have worked very hard during the past few weeks and we were very proud of them!
On Tuesday 20th December (also own clothes day for £1 PTFA donation) we will be having a Christmas party in the hall. We will provide squash and a biscuit but we are asking if you could bring in some blown up balloons in a bin bag on Tuesday morning. We will be playing party games and we may watch a DVD during the week. We usually try to use ‘U’ films only but please let us know if you do not wish your child to watch a PG film asap.
We will change books both days this week and give your child an extra book for the holidays.
We break up on Tuesday 20th December at 3.15pm and we are back to school on Wednesday 4th January. Have a wonderful Christmas and please don’t forget to add a Christmas Tapestry post for us to use the week we come back to school.
This week we have our Nativity performances. We hope you are looking forward to it; the children are looking forward to performing it to you all. Please check book bags for your tickets and make sure you bring them with you to the performances as they are TICKET ONLY events.
At this time of year the children are all keen to give Christmas cards to each other. Unfortunately, sorting them all and putting them into book bags is a very time consuming task so we would be very grateful if you could try to hand them out before school starts each morning or posting them in the school ‘postbox’ (clearly labelled with the class teacher as well as the name of the child). Thank you.
We will carry on making Christmas crafts throughout this week and continue writing our own Nativity story.
At home tips… use the coloured cards to blend words… practise the tricky words…count objects around the house.
Please don’t forget we love looking at the Tapestry observations you make and often share them with the children too. Please keep them coming!
In Literacy this week we will be reading ‘Cave baby,’ by Julia Donaldson. We will be looking at sounding out and blending words. We will also be writing about our trip to Poole’s Cavern on Thursday and Friday.
In Maths this week we will be focusing on simple subtraction and looking at recording subtraction sentences. We will start off by subtracting numbers from 5 and 10 and progress to 20 if children are ready. Later in the week we will be looking at 3D shapes.
Don’t forget that Wednesday is the trip. We will be walking to Poole’s Cavern so please make sure your child has sensible footwear and warm jackets as the temperature is quite cold in the cavern itself. We will be back in time for lunch. Thank you for all the offers of help.
If your child is reading with a sibling please can you ensure that an adult also signs the yellow reading record. Thanks.
Thank you to all the parents who came to help plant trees. We are sure they will look wonderful when they have grown.
At home tips… talk about being in the dark, look at sources of light ….use the yellow and blue cards to practise sounding out and blending words……
Tapestry challenge: Can you find a practical way to do some subtraction sentences and take a picture? Thanks.
In Literacy this week we will be reading ‘The Stickman,’ by Julia Donaldson. We will be focusing on sounding out individual sounds and then blending them in order to read words. We will also be sequencing the story and labelling the parts of a stick man.
In Maths this week we will be extending simple addition and looking at recording addition sentences. We are using lots of practical ways of teaching and using numbers to 5, 10 and 20. Later in the week we will be looking at objects that are longer or shorter and ordering 2, 3, or 4 objects according to their size.
If you haven’t returned trip money and consent form please could you do this ASAP. Thank you for all the offers of help we will contact you with further details later on in the week.
If you have borrowed any clothes from EYFS please ensure that they are washed before returning them to school. Thanks.
At home tips… sounding out and blending words…practise counting on from a given number, looking at one more or one less than a number to 5,10 or 20.
tapestry challenge: Can you find a practical way to do some addition sentences and take a picture? Thanks.
We have had a fantastic first week back, everyone seems to have settled back well. Thank you for all the Tapestry updates over the holiday, there were lots of fun activities happening!
This week we will be re-capping number recognition to 10 and extending to 20. We will reinforce matching quantities to numerals and writing numbers to match a given amount.
In Literacy we are focusing on Bonfire night and writing words that are associated with firework noises. We will encourage the children to use the phonemes they already know in order to sound out and spell words.
Children are getting used to all the staff in EYFS wearing Tricky words on their staff identification badges. They are picking up the words really quickly and recognising some of the Tricky words 3 already. Well done.
Please don’t forget to bring waterproofs/wellies in on a Friday. The children will definitely need them particularly as the weather takes a turn for the worse!
Please can you send in jogging bottoms as the weather gets colder and a spare pair of socks if your child wears tights and we will put it in their PE kit. Thanks.
In order to create some firework art please can you send in any kitchen roll tubes you may have. Thanks. NO TOILET ROLLS PLEASE.
At home tips… read words and numbers around the environment…describe fireworks and the noises they make…practise writing numbers to 5/10/20.
Tapestry challenge: Please add any pictures of bonfires, fireworks and comments children make about them. Thanks.
We hope you have a lovely holiday. We would love to see some of things you get up to via Tapestry (short videos or photos).
After the holiday we will be learning about addition in maths. We will reinforce the need to count accurately when finding an answer. We will also introduce the symbols + and =.
In Literacy our book is ‘Room on the Broom’. We will encourage the children to listen to the rhyme in the story and have a go at generating their own rhymes. The children will also be encouraged to write words using the phonemes they can hear.
This term we will be introducing the digraphs (2 letters, 1 sound) e.g. ch, sh, th, ee, oi, ar etc. Please continue to practise blending with the yellow cards we have provided. Some children are beginning to blend words independently now but for others it is a little trickier. Blending is a skill that often suddenly develops and the more practise a child has the quicker they will acquire it.
We will be talking to the children about firework safety at the end of the week.
Please don’t forget to bring waterproofs/wellies in on a Friday. The children will definitely need them particularly as the weather takes a turn for the worse!
Please take the time to empty your child’s bookbag over the holiday. We only need yellow phoneme cards, reading books and records, phonics books and Link Books in the book bag.
We have sent PE kits home for a wash. Please remember to bring them back after the holiday.
At home tips… read words and numbers around the environment…generate silly rhymes…practise counting (5/10/20 objects) accurately.
This week we will go on another autumn walk to see how the season is progressing. The children will have a chart to fill in with some of the things they have seen.
We are focusing on Physical activities all week. We will be providing lots of different equipment (footballs, throwing and catching, skipping ropes etc) and encouraging the learning of new skills.
We’re having a focused phonics week in Literacy. The children will be segmenting and blending using the phonemes they know, practising fine motor skills and handwriting.
Tapestry Challenge: Children have been learning about The Rainbow fish. There is a template in their book bags. If children want to colour the scales in please upload the finished picture onto Tapestry.
At Home Tips: count objects around the house, practise number / letter formation and go on another autumn walk to see how things are changing…
Don’t forget…. It is a non-uniform day on Thursday for a donation of £1 on Thursday. We break up Thursday 3.15pm for a week and return to school on Monday 31st October 8.50am.
This week we will move on from weather to learn about Harvest. In Literacy we will be reading the book ‘Little Red Hen’ and children will have the opportunity to re-tell the story, sequence the story and make puppets. Children will also be looking at rhyming words and writing graphemes they have learnt so far in Phonics. We will also be discussing team work and helping one another.
In Maths we will be working on number recognition and matching numerals to quantities. We will also be practising number formation. Towards the end of the week children will be using scales to weigh and measure using the vocabulary ‘heavier’ and ‘lighter’.
On Wednesday we have planned to make bread. If your child has any allergies please let us know via the Link Book. Thanks.
The weather is now starting to change so please remember to provide wellies and waterproofs for Outdoor Learning on Friday afternoons. This week we will be looking at the different colours of Autumn and making our own nature colour wheel as well as making pictures from natural materials found in the environment.
Tapestry Challenge: Take a picture of your child measuring eg when baking a cake, measuring the height of a teddy and upload it to Tapestry.
This week we will move on from weather to learn about the seasons, with a particular focus on autumn. In Literacy we will be writing autumn words, applying the phonics skills children have learnt so far. In Maths we will be working on seasons. We will also be practising number formation. On Monday afternoon we will be looking around school for changes to the environment.
We would be very grateful for any dry leaves, cones, acorns and conkers that you collect this weekend. Thank you.
We will encourage the children to look carefully at the colours, textures and shapes of the leaves that they see. They will have the chance to make clay leaves using real leaves as a template. We will also have lots of other creative projects using autumn colours.
Some children have now received some new ‘Tricky word’ and ‘Words I can blend’ packs. These are to use throughout the year. Please use each sheet in order and work on them on a daily basis for short bursts of time. If your child has not received these packs please continue to look at the character pictures and names and ‘I’ ‘a’ and ‘and’.
Please try to return reading books and records, Link Books, yellow phonics cards and Phonics books to your child’s book bag as we often need these throughout the school day. Any school work, words to learn or letters that are brought home should be removed. We don’t recommend that children bring their own toys to school as they often get lost. Sorry!
Please can we ask that water bottles come filled with water only each morning.
At Home Tips: Look out for changes in the environment… sing autumn songs… when writing numbers encourage children to check they are the correct way around… practise Jolly Phonics sounds and actions.
This week in Literacy we will be sharing poems about the weather. We will focus on the book ‘Whatever the Weather’ and encourage children to join in with repeated phrases and rhymes. We will also be doing lots of ‘name writing’ activities and will be practising tripod pencil grips and school letter formation.
In Maths we will be learning about number lines and will continue our focus on ordering numbers and counting up and back. We will also be introducing ‘Numicon’ to the children. This is a fantastic teaching resource we use throughout the school to reinforce the concept of numbers as amounts.
We will also be creating a class weather chart, which we will update and discuss each morning and afternoon. We will spend time looking at the weather forecast and talking about different clothes and activities for each kind of weather. In the afternoons the children will have the chance to work with clay to create a pair of ‘wellies’; which they will be able to bring home later in the term.
It is school photos on Wednesday morning. The photographer will be here from 8am for sibling photos. Siblings that both/all attend the school will have a group shot taken in school time. EYFS children will also have an individual shot taken in school hours.
Thank you to those that have provided a photograph for our entrance display. We still need quite a few more to be able to complete the display so would appreciate it if you could send one in this week.
Please remember, we would love to see any medals and certificates that your child is awarded. You can send them in on a Tuesday to be presented in our Infant assembly.
At home tips: holding a pencil correctly, writing names in flour, shaving foam, rice etc, reading duck words, counting objects.
WOW, two weeks done already! The children have adapted to the new routines very well and we are really impressed with them all.
Thank you for encouraging your child to say goodbye at the door. It has really helped ensure a calm and quick entry into class.
The first two weeks have focused on classroom rules and getting to know the children. This week we will be introducing more structure and specific ‘lessons’ to them. They may come home telling you what they have done in ‘Literacy’ and ‘Maths’. We will endeavour to add pictures to Tapestry to help you with your conversations at home.
This week in Literacy we will be sharing nursery rhymes. We will also complete the children’s first piece of ‘Special Writing’. This work gets stuck into a book that follows your child through school. You will have an opportunity to look through the book throughout the year. Please do not worry if your child cannot ‘write’ as at the moment we are looking for confidence in mark making and pencil hold. We will continue to look at the words on the ‘duck’ sheet that we sent home. Children will change onto reading books with words when they can read the majority of the words on that sheet.
In Maths we will be focusing on numbers to 10/20. The children will have the chance to choose from a variety of practical maths activities and games as well as some number formation practice.
We have now had the majority of the starting school profiles returned. If you haven’t sent it back yet please could we have it this week – if you need another copy please do not hesitate to ask!
We are happy to give out party invitations for you within class. However, it would be really useful if you could try to distribute as many as possible before school, particularly for children not in Reception. We are also happy to give out birthday treats. We will place them straight into the book bags so that you can decide when / whether your child can eat them at home. If you want to send a treat to the children (21 in each class) then please ensure that they are individually wrapped and nut-free. Thank you.
Please do not place water bottles in book bags as they have a tendency to leak over school books. Thanks
We are gathering quite a few items of clothing that have not got names in; this makes them very difficult to re-home! Please could you check that every item of clothing is named, including coats. This will help them to be returned to the correct class if they are left out in the playground or in the wrong cloakroom. Many thanks for your support in this.
We are receiving quite a few comments from parents regarding problems with Tapestry. If you are experiencing any difficulties, please let Mrs Peters know via the Link Book. We have contacted Tapestry regarding android updates and Green Lane Nursery transfers and are awaiting a response. Thanks.
We have been asked to do this term’s entrance display and we would like a photograph of your child doing something they enjoy. It might be a picture of your child playing on the beach or reading a book. Sorry we won’t be able to return the photos as we may need to trim them and staple them so please don’t send in anything precious.
At home tips: use tapestry to talk about the school day.
CONFUSION ABOUT OUTDOOR LEARNING KIT
Please make sure your child has waterproof trousers and wellies in a draw string bag, named or labelled. They will wear their school uniform underneath their wet-weather gear. During winter months you may wish to send some warmer clothing eg a fleece or warmer coat. Sorry for the confusion.
This Week’s Link Book
We have been impressed with how quickly the children have settled into school this year. The children have been very independent and confident, especially at break and lunchtimes. Thank you for all your support with collection and drop-off arrangements. From Monday we will be encouraging the children to wait with you in the main playground until the bell rings, and then say goodbye at the door to our classroom and come in by themselves. Some children have already been very brave in doing this!
Mrs Peters, Miss Gould and Mrs Fisher will be undertaking some observations of the children during the next week. This will enable us to learn more about your child – his/her likes and dislikes, interests and friendships. We will also continue with our ‘baseline assessments’. These are quick checks (in reading, writing and maths) to see what your child already knows and what provision we need to make for him / her in class.
Your child will have plenty of opportunity to paint, build, read and socialise during the week. We will practise counting up and back and matching numbers to amounts.
On Thursday 15th the PTA are hosting an EYFS tea party from 3:20pm – 4:15pm. This is to give an opportunity for parents to meet each other. The children will need to be collected as normal then taken to the hall if you are attending.
Finally, thank you for ensuring clothing, bookbags and water bottles are named. This is so helpful. Please can you ensure that the children only bring water into school, as ‘sticky’ drinks are very difficult to clean up if spilt. We would advise that earrings are removed but if this is not possible please can you ensure that earrings are covered at all times with sticky tape. Thank you.
Welcome to Burbage Primary School!
For the next two weeks we will focus on getting to know the children and settling into school routines. We will be carrying out individual observations throughout this time. There will be lots of fun activities out for the children to play with and we will be helping them to make friends, share and feel comfortable in the new surroundings. It is very likely that your child will feel very tired during these weeks, this is perfectly normal.
We will send a book home on Friday. This will be a picture book with some (soon-to-be) very familiar characters in, which you can learn from the ‘duck’ words and fold out book, also in the book bag. Share the book with your child, let them ‘tell’ the story and ask lots of questions (prompts stuck in the front of their Reading Record). In the yellow Reading Records, please record that you have shared the book. We change reading books each Monday, Wednesday and Friday. During this time we will begin teaching Phonics and will be able to assess the children’s exact starting points. Using picture books is a really valuable way to encourage children to speak about books and characters and show an understanding of the story.