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Log on to Bug Club to practise your reading skills - reading words and understanding the text. Everyone has books assigned to them. Remember to click on the Bug Icon to answer the questions so we know that the book is finished!


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Remember to keep practising your key words too. You can find them on our class page in the weekly English activities for w.b. 20.4.2020.


Enjoy listening to Seaside themed stories here!

I Want to Go to the Seaside - Read Along with Little Princess!

When Little Princess and the royal household visit the beach, they learn that there's more to the seaside than ice-cream and donkey rides! When the sun final...

Katie Morag: The Island Tour of Struay on CBeebies and CBBC

Follow Katie Morag on her island tour of Struay and meet the friends and family who live on the island with her. Visit CBeebies at

Katie Morag and the New Pier

The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch - Give Us A Story!

Mr. Grinling, the lighthouse keeper, finds himself in a titanic battle between good and evil with some ravenous seagulls. See how he comes out on top with a ...



Our first sound is /ng/ as in words like sing, song, thing, hang, ring. It is a digraph because there are two letters making one sound.

Here is the action:  


Learn more about the /ng/ sound from Geraldine Giraffe!

Geraldine the Giraffe learns /ng/

Our second grapheme is 'dge' as in bridge, fridge, sledge. It is a trigraph because it has three letters making one sound. It makes the same sound as /j/  (as in jelly) so has the same action (wobble like a jelly!).

This time Mr Thorne will help you with your learning.

Mr Thorne Does Phonics - dg dge

Year One Phonics

This week we will be learning about another split digraph. Remember that is a grapheme that is split by another letter. So far we have learnt about the a-e and e-e split digraphs. This week we will be finding out about the i-e split digraph. It makes the same sound as /igh/ so the action will be the same as /igh/ (igh, igh captain!). It is in words like kite, five, nine, slide.

Here is Geraldine Giraffe to help you find out more about i-e.

Geraldine the Giraffe learns /i-e/

Watch UK school teacher Mr Thorne and Youtube sensation Geraldine the Giraffe take you on a learning journey through the world of phonics, grammar, spelling ...

Now practise your new skills reading real and made up words!

This week we will start by practising some of the key skills we have been learning this year.

Click on the link for your year group.


Reception - making words with 3 sounds (c.v.c.)

Year 2 - homophones (words that sound the same but look different and have different meanings)

Year 3 - Speech marks (including a guide for parents!)

Let's use our writing skills!

Now it's time to use our imaginations. This week we are going to use the lovely book 'Flotsam' by David Wiesner. The book imagines what would happen if a camera was lost under the ocean. In the story a boy finds the camera that is washed up on the beach. He has the film developed and when he looks at the photographs there are all sorts of amazing pictures. There are no words in the book so you can use your own.

Take a look at the book - can you tell the story?

Flotsam By David Wiesner

While collecting Flotsam - anything floating that has been washed ashore - a young boy stumbles across a barnacle-encrusted underwater camera, with its own s...

Now listen to someone else tell the story. Remember everyone can have different ideas for the words they use. There are no right answers!

FLOTSAM by DAVID WIESNER - oral presentation

Look at these pictures from the book.







Can you choose one of the pictures to describe. Imagine you are there. Remember to use your senses like last week. Perhaps you could use some noun phrases. E.g. The huge brown turtle swims through the ocean.

Reception - you could write some describing words. Next challenge yourself to write a simple sentence about your chosen picture.

Years 1-3 - use your writing skills to describe one of the beautiful pictures.

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