Millbank Primary School

Growing Together To Be Our Best

Literacy and Communication


Our topic this term is Fairy tales. We are reading the story Hansel and Gretel and have been focusing on instruction writing, using prepositions (in, on, under, between, through). The children will write instructions to Hansel and Gretel to help them find their way home from the gingerbread house.



We have daily phonics sessions in the morning, where we focus on a sound a day. During this session, we practise saying the sound, forming it and recognising it in words.



We will listen to your child read individually and as part of a guided group reading session. We will focus on children breaking down the sounds in words (decoding) and then putting them together (blending) and reading the word (segmenting). It is very important that you listen to your child read every day.



We follow 'Talk for Writing' approach, where the children will learn a text genre off by heart, based on the idea that the children can internalise vocabulary and structure to help with their own writing.