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Week beginning 23rd March 2020

In school we have been making up our own stories by ‘borrowing’ ideas from traditional tales or well-known stories. For example we’ve had The Enormous Strawberry, The Huge Carrot based on The Enormous Turnip; The Runaway Pizza, The Runaway Biscuit based on The Gingerbread Man.

We thought you might like to continue writing your own stories remembering to put in your capital letters and full stops as you write. Just like we do in class, the best way to plan what you are going to write is to talk through your ideas or draw your story first thinking about what will happen at the beginning,  in the middle and at the end.

You can extend this idea by making up a story using stick puppets or sock puppets and retelling it.


Parent/ carer help with writing in general 
Some children will still need support with spelling and will use sounds (phase 3 and 5) to spell some words. The sounds are in the front cover of their orange reading record book.

The document below is a list of the words we would expect most children to be able to spell by the end of year 1 (Year 1 common exception words). This is not an exhaustive list but gives you an idea about the type of words children are learning to spell accurately (also see their blue spelling book).


At this age children are at very different stages in their writing development and some stories may just be a couple of sentences long whilst others will be longer. If you give lots of praise for effort, it will boost your child’s confidence in writing.


Please also check the classwork on Education City for activities to complete laugh

The Gingerbread Man | Fairy Tales | Gigglebox

The Enormous Turnip (Retold by Irene Yates)