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P1 Literacy (Wk 3)

Next week we will be using Collins Big Cat ebooks. To access the free books follow the instructions below. Thanks.

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  • Sing the alphabet every day and revise the sounds: s, a, t, p, i, n, c, k, e, h, r / m. Remember to use Starfall and the Jolly Phonics links.
  • Clap out the syllables in the days of the week.
  • Before you start to write or draw this week use your playdough to carry out the action song ‘I like to’. Follow the link below.



  • Click on Useful Links to access 'Starfall' website to reinforce letter formation, letter sounds and words.
  • Use your finger to write the letter 'd' in the air.
  • Use your finger to write the letter 'd' on someones back.
  • If you have shaving foam at home, ask an adult to put it on the table and write lots of letter d’s in it – It was great to see some of you use this for previous letters! I’m going to have a go too! I think I’ll write my name as well! 
  • When you go outside to play try to gather some small stones / then make the letter d and maybe a capital D too.
  • Practise writing the letter ‘d’. Say the letter name and the sound as you write plus ask your helper to check that you are forming the letter in the correct direction.
  • If you have chalk, go outside and write the letter ‘d’.
  • Use your picture dictionary to find pictures beginning with 'd'. Draw and label three pictures in your exercise book, for example ‘door’, ‘dinosaur’ / ‘drum’.
  • Make the following words using paper squares: dad, dog / dig. See attached link. Remember you will need 3 paper squares for each word because each word is made up of 3 sounds, so write the following sounds on individual paper squares: d, d, d, d, a, o, g, g / i. Stick onto the attached worksheet or draw each picture into your exercise book and stick your words beside them.  You can also make the words with magnetic letters or use your laminated grid.
  • Parents and helpers, use these questions to help your child: What sound do you hear at the start/first? What sound do you here in the middle/second? What sound do you hear at the end/third?  Point to the correct space on the grid if you need to ask: What sound goes in here?  If your child doesn’t know the sound, tell them what sound it is and get them to repeat the sound back to you and then allow him/her to put it in the right place.

See below for extra 'd' activities. Try to complete ONE. Remember to choose tasks which you think your child can complete independently. You do not need to print them. Discussion is the key.


  • Read your word cards and word books.
  • Focus on the following words: A, This, dog, big, small, and, a, It, is, My, my, Here. You already have some of these words - I’ve attached a new word sheet (A, It, a, dog, My, big / small) or maybe you could write your own. Remember that if you are writing your words to focus on correct letter formation and only put a capital letter at the start of the words My, This / Here. How many sentences can you make with the above words for examples: My dog is big. / or  It is a dog.  Write one of your sentences into your exercise book. Remember to start your sentence with a capital letter, use finger spaces between each word and finish your sentence with a full stop.
  • Ask an adult to show you the story ‘Some Dogs Do’. (See link below). This links to our PDMU.
  • Can you retell this story from start to finish in your own words? 
  • How did Sid feel when he was flying to school? How did he feel when his school mates giggled at him? What did his teacher say to him? Why did Sid’s happiness go? His dad called him ‘little pup’ – do you have any ‘pet names’? How did Sid feel at the end of the story? Why?
  • Talk about your school friends and what you do together. How do they make you feel?
  • Draw a picture to show how you are feeling today. Write a short sentence. 'I feel...……'.
  • Reading Books: See links below. The reading books can be read every day. Read them in the order they are set out. Remember to point to the words as you read. Parents and helpers - you may find that your child can read the books quite easily – this is my intention.
  • ‘How Many Dogs 1 to 5’ - FOCUS WORDS: ‘dog, dogs’
  • ‘I See a Dog’ – FOCUS WORDS: ‘I, see, a’
  • ‘A Dog Can Sit’ – FOCUS WORDS: ‘A, dog, can’

Non-Chronological Report

  • Look at the non-chronological report about Dogs. Look for: A title, sub-titles, short sentences, paragraphs and pictures.
  • What did you learn about dogs? Try to write one short sentence in your book. Think about what you would like to write, say it out loud, does it make sense? Then ‘have a go’ at writing it down. Remember to sound out your words (don’t worry if it’s spelt wrong) put a capital letter at the start of your sentence, finger spaces between each word and a full stop at the end. If you feel that’s too difficult print out my mixed up sentence (or write the words on card). Make the sentence, read it, to make sure it makes sense and then write it down.