Literacy: Letters home

Written by: Judith Harries, teacher, Northampton
Thursday, January 31, 2019

Have fun reading all the letters in The Jolly Postman and encourage children to compose their own letters, supporting them to create simple sentences and even a Valentine’s Day message.

Resources
A collection of books by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
Read an interview with Allan Ahlberg: https://bitly/2R89lbx
Letter writing equipment: paper, pencils, envelopes; Wanted poster writing frames; felt pens; phonics posters; stamped addressed envelopes; postbox; chalk; sticks; leaves; stones; camera; white card; scissors; sand tray; white art straws; cotton buds; glue; scissors; black sugar paper; white chalk; post office equipment for role-play area (see below)

Key vocabulary
Letter, parcel, name, address, post, I-spy, rhyme, bones, dark, burglar, wanted, happy families

Key learning points
Use phonic knowledge to read high frequency words
Read and understand simple sentences
Link sounds to letters, naming, sounding, and attempting to write
Read and write their name and address

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