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Dictation: - The twin frogs, Stan and Steff, swim in the sink. I can’t get to the plug. Dan must stop the frogs. Can he get to the plug? Can he trap Stan and Steff? He must slip the wet frogs into the big pink mug.

Explain to your child that you are going to read them a short story. They will write half of the story today and half tomorrow.

Read the first 3 sentences again. Discuss what they mean. If your child understands what they are writing they will have a better chance of remembering the sentence.

Introduce the tricky words ‘can’t’ and ‘into’, write them down for your child to look at because they are not phonetic.

Remind your child that we need a capital letter for names as well as the beginning of the sentence. Also remind them that we do not begin a new line for every new sentence.

Then repeat sentence 1 a few times, counting how many words there are.

Then ask your child to write the sentence. They should write it from memory independently.

Repeat this for sentence 2 and 3.