East Grinstead, West Sussex

Class 1

Mr Johnson's 'Meet the Teacher'

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Recorded on Monday 20th September 2021.

Reading Buddies


We love reading and were really excited to meet and read with our new Reading Buddies from Year 5.  We are going to meet together every Friday to practice our reading and share our favourite stories.

Learning how to use Laptops


Today was the first day we used the school laptops to access the Purple mash website.  We were able to select an animal and use paint tools to colour it in.

Using Tens Frames


In Maths this week, we have been using tens frames to find number bonds to ten.

Read Write Inc – Reading at Home


Read Write Inc is the reading scheme we use at St Mary’s to teach your child how to read words and understand their meaning.


Your child will receive a new Read Write Inc Phonics book to read at home each Monday.  Please make sure your child returns this book the following Monday.


This is how we would like you to use the Phonics book in your daily reading with your child.

Day 1 and 2


  • Get your child to go through and decode each of the green and red words by sounding and blending.
  • Get your child to read through the story while you point to each of the words in turn.  The green and red words you have practiced will appear in the story.
  • If your child struggles with a word, help them to sound it out and blend it.

Day 3 and 4


  • Let your child read the story to you while they point to each word.
  • You are now building fluency of reading the text which is very important.  They should be sounding out less and becoming more confident with saying the words without decoding first.

Day 5 and 6


  • Let your child read the story to you while they point to each word.
  • Read the questions about the story to your child and discuss the answers together.  This is building reading comprehension – an understanding of the meaning of the text.

Reading – sounding out and blending


If you are unfamiliar with the terms sounding out and blending, here is a video from Read Write Inc explaining how they are used for reading unfamiliar words.

How to say each of the Set 1, 2 and 3 Sounds


Below is a video that goes through all of the Read Write Inc sounds your child will be learning in Year 1 to assist their reading.  It is very important that each of these sounds are learnt correctly.  

For more information about Read Write Inc, you can visit the Ruth Miskin website:


For more video tutorials, visit the Ruth Miskin Training YouTube channel:

Our First Day in Year 1


We have really enjoyed learning and playing together on our first day in Year 1.  Here are a few pictures of what we did today.