This Poetry Book contains a variety of poems
at different levels.
Each week your child will have one new poem or
nursery rhyme added to their poetry book.
Each weekend your child needs to read the poems
in their book both new and old.

It is important to …

  • Ø listen to, as well as read interesting poems
  • Ø meet new words and sentence structures
  • Ø encourage your child to retell the poem
  • Ø think, feel and talk about the poems
  • Ø read the poems again and again
  • Ø join in together, take turns, have fun!

Feel free to finish off decorating the poem if
we haven’t had time to finish it in class.

Thank you for your support.
Tracey Galloway


Your child will be bringing books home to read with you.
With encouragement from home as well as from school your child will become a better reader.

Praise … Do not compare your child with another.
Remember we are all individuals.

Do not expect your child to know and remember every word.
Your child may use picture clues, sentence clues or initial letter clues to recognise a word.

Would you please see that the books are returned to school the following day.

Books may possibly come home 3 or 4 times. This helps with fluency, phrasing and intonation.
Different levels of difficulty in their reading books serve different purposes in reading.

It is important to …
  • Ø encourage your child to retell the story
  • Ø think, feel and talk about the story
  • Ø join in together, take turns

Thank you for your support
Tracey Galloway


Please help your child in learning their spelling words each week.
These words come from the errors they have made in their Essential Word test and sometimes from the errors in their story writing.
Varying the learning activities from week to week will help you to keep the learning interesting.

Here are some ideas:
üWrite out each word several times.
üWrite each word in a sentence or a silly story or poem.
üWrite a list of words that start the same way – this there, them
üWrite a list of words that rhyme with the word – cat, rat, bat
üFind the words in the newspaper/magazine, cut them out and glue them in your book.
üPlay hangman.
üDraw a picture with your spelling words hidden in it.
üWrite your words in glue and stick sand or glitter over the top.
üWord Art (make your words look cool).

When checking if your child has learned a word, get them to write it down rather than testing them orally. They will be tested at school each Friday.

Happy Learning
Tracey Galloway