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Please remember to read daily as part of your English work and record this in your reading record.  Also, please find separate Letters and Sounds planning above (click on the correct star for your child's year group).


During your reading sessions please practise reading the High Frequency Words (Reception) or Common Exception Words (Year 1) found at the front of your reading record.  Also, don't forget to apply what what you have been learning in Letters and Sounds each day.  For example, if you are learning about  the letter /w/ look for all of the words that have that letter in them.  smiley


Just remember if your child reads for just 15 minutes a day they will have read 1,000,000 words in a year!

Or another fact...if you and your child read just one book together every day they will have read 1,825 books by the time they are five!  That is a lot of books!  




Dick Turpin

This week in History and in English we are going to be thinking about people called Highway Men.  Highway men were not very nice people.  They used to wait at the side of a road and hide until people came past.  Then they would jump out and steal from the people!  Most of the time the people were in stage coaches!  Not the coaches that we know today; here is a picture of one.  With a grown up discuss what a stage coach is.  What does it look like?  How does it move?  Can you remember what is needed to make the wheels move when the horses pull it? (link to DT)




In the past, we did have highway men in this country!  Today we are going to find out about a very famous highway man and his name was Dick Turpin.  Work through the PowerPoint slides to help you. Then complete the activities.



Look at the clothing on the page.  Find the clothing that Dick Turpin would wear, cut out them out and stick them on him.  Don't forget to colour them in using appropriate colours – remember he wanted to blend into the background so that he wouldn't be seen easily.


Year 1

Draw a picture of Dick Turpin and write 3 facts about Dick Turpin.  Can you use capital letters and full stops?  Try to spell the Common Exception Words from memory. 


Dick Turpin 

Who did we learn about yesterday?  Why was Dick Turpin famous? What did he used to wear?



When he had stopped the stage coach he used to say a very famous line...

"Stand and deliver!"

Can you practise saying this in your scariest voice?  Imagine that you're Dick Turpin!  You rule the road and everyone is scared of you.  How would you say that line?


Reception Activity - Role Play – Re-enact the historical events in the 1700s! Make a stage coach (use anything that you have available, e.g. chairs, bits of fabric, cushions for wheels). Who will you be?  Will you choose to be the person sitting in the coach, unaware of what is about to happen?  Or perhaps you will be Dick Turpin (don't forget to dress up!), jump out and steal the money and jewels! Or maybe you can be the Police and find the rascals! Swap roles. Take photos of the action for tapestry!  We can't wait to see!


Year 1 Activity - Today we are going to practise using the word 'and' to join two simple ideas together in writing.  This is called a conjunction.  Look at the picture below.  Pick two items that Dick Turpin is wearing and use the conjunction 'and' to put them into the same sentence, e.g. He is wearing a hat and a long - tailed coat.  Ask your child to pick two more things about the picture.  It can be anything, e.g. He is on a horse and he has a gun.  


Now that you have practised using 'and' verbally can you write about the picture of Dick Turpin, using 'and' to join two simple ideas together.  Remember to use segmenting and blending for spelling and write simple common words from memory.  Please write at least three sentences and draw a picture of Dick Turpin to finish your work off.






Extended Writing

We have been learning about a very famous man called Dick Turpin.  What facts can you tell your grown up about Dick Turpin? He was a robber! He was a highway man.  He waited at the side of the road, waiting for people to come past and then he stole from them.  The people were often in stage coaches and were often quite wealthy.  What did highway men wear?  Here are some pictures for you to have a look at and some extra information underneath. 


In the eighteenth century the English highwayman wore a long-tailed embroidered coat, silk waistcoat, close-fitting breeches, white shirt, buckled low-heeled leather shoes or black leather boots with brown tops. The shirt was either richly embroidered or finished with a ruffle, this frill of lace showing at the neck and the cuffs. In fact, the dress was that of a typical English gentleman or wealthy townsman of the time.  A tricorne, or three-cornered cocked hat, was the usual headgear. Beneath the hat a wig was normally worn, although some highwaymen grew their hair long, combed back and tied up.


Reception Activity 

Extended Writing - Using your letters and sounds knowledge can you write three facts about Dick Turpin?  Remember to hold your pencil correctly and form each letter in the correct orientation.  Can you spell any words from memory?  Please upload your writing to Tapestry so that we can see you fabulous work. smiley


Year 1

Extended Writing - Today you are going to write about what you would wear if you were the highway man so you will need to use the pronoun 'I'  Here is an example...

If I were a highway man I would wear a black tricorn hat with a gold edge.  On my feet I would wear knee high, black shiny boots 


Today, can you remember to use the conjunction ‘and’ to join our sentences together and adjectives to describe the clothes that you would wear?  Don't forget to use your neatest handwriting. 




Please find the handwriting sheets below.