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Year 1/2

Welcome to Year 1 and 2

Please see below some information for your child in Year 1/2. Our school Facebook page is updated regularly with photos of the fantastic learning and experiences that take place in this unit, so please make sure you visit the page and share updates with your child regularly: (or search Willowbank Primary School 2020 on Facebook)

Please also remember to check Tapestry regularly to see the exciting learning taking place for your child: 


Things to know


Each week, the children will be expected to complete the following age appropriate home learning tasks:

  • Reading – a decodable phonics book matched to your child’s level, which your child should be able to read independently (more information on this will follow in the coming weeks)
  • Reading – a ‘book of choice’, which may be out of your child’s phonic reach. These books aim to promote a love of reading and are selected by the children based on choice (more information below)
  • Phonics – focus sounds and words taught in phonics sessions that week to be practiced at home (more information to follow)

Book of Choice Books

The ‘book of choice’ that your child takes home is been chosen by them and is not determined by their phonic knowledge. This might mean that the text is beyond their phonic reach and they will find it difficult to read or their ‘book of choice’ might be a familiar story that they can recall from memory. The purpose of the’ book of choice’ is to develop a pleasure in sharing and talking about books as well as developing vocabulary and an excitement in exploring new words. The ‘book of choice’ is to be shared with an adult. Talking and listening to your child about their chosen book develops their social and literacy skills and reading aloud is a good way of encouraging two-way communication.