Welcome to Year One!
We are so excited to meet all of you and welcome you into our Classes! Year 1 is a busy year as we start to work more independently and spend longer on tasks given to us.
Our teachers this year are Miss Marsh in Beech Class and Mrs Charles in Cedar Class.
We are supported by Mrs Guest, Miss Miller, Miss Patel and Miss Sliwinska
We will be adding lots of pictures of our exciting activities onto Class Dojo as the year goes on to show how much we are learning every single day. Please make sure you are registered on www.classdojo.com
Supporting at Home:
We encourage the children to be reading every day - both in school and at home. This can be their school phonics book, a book from the school library, a book on BugClub or any other book they want to read! When you read with your child, make sure to fill in their reading record. Please ensure that your child has their reading folder in school every day.
In school the children will also learn how to read and spell a list of 100 high-frequency words and several common exception words. The latter are sometimes called 'red' words, which the children cannot use their sounds to decipher. It is important to practice these at home (please see the resources below).
At the end of the academic year, the children will undergo a phonics screening test which consists of 40 words. These words will either be read words or nonsense words (also known as alien words). These nonsense words can be made up of any of the 49 phonemes taught and can be put together in any sequence. There are several ways in which you can help your child at home:
- Play lots of sound and listening games with your child
- Practice reading real and nonsense words
- Practice sounds with your child (see complex speed sound resource below)
- Encourage your child to have a ‘good guess’ even when they think they may not know what a word says
- If your child is struggling to decode a word, encourage them to say each sound in the word from left to right
- Blend the sounds by pointing to each one, e.g. /c/ /a/ /t/ in cat, or /b/ /ee/ /n/ in been
- Discuss the meaning of words if your child does not know what they have read
Encouraging your child to write at home will help your child's writing improve greatly. There are several ways in which to support your child at home:
- If your child is struggling to write a word, encourage your child to use their sounds to segment a word (e.g. cat -> /c/ /a/ /t/)
- Make sure that your child uses finger spaces between their words
- Remind your child to break their writing into sentences by using full stops. In school, we have discussed that a full stop enables a reader to breathe, a sentence says one piece of information, and that a sentence must make sense
- Ensure that your child uses capital letters for names, places and at the beginning of sentences
- Once your child has finished writing, encourage to read their work back - praise them if they spot mistakes, and correct their own work!
- Encourage your child to make their work 'even better' by including adjectives or interesting sentence starters (see resources below)
- To extend your child, encourage them to join two different sentences with the conjunction 'and' (e.g. 'The cat is big. The dog is bad.' -> 'The cat is big and the dog is bad' or 'A mouse is small. Giraffes are big.' -> 'A mouse is small and giraffes are big.'
- If your child needs writing inspiration you could give your child a picture and encourage them to write about what they see. Additionally, you could give your child two different characters and a setting (a place where the story takes place) and encourage your child to write a story around these prompts.
Useful documents, parental tips and information:
A video showing the correct 'pure' pronunciation of phonemes (sounds): www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqhXUW_v-1s
Example phonics screening tests papers: www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum-assessments-practice-materials#phonics-screening-check-resources and www.satspapers.org.uk/Page.aspx?TId=21
Oxford Owl: www.oxfordowl.co.uk/welcome-back/for-home/reading-owl/find-a-book
Information about spelling in Year 1: www.theschoolrun.com/spelling-in-year-1
Picture prompts: writers.scholastic.co.uk/picture-starters
Phonics Play: www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/
Education.com Phonics Games: gb.education.com/games/phonological-awareness/
Teach Your Monster to Read: www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/
Phonics Hero: www.phonicshero.com/
BBC Phonics Games: www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/zgkw2hv
ABC pocket phonics
Word wonderland primary
Phonics with Letter Lillies
This term the children will be making sure that we can read and write our numbers from 1-50. We will use this knowledge of numbers 1-20 (and then numbers 1-50) to solve addition and subtraction problems.
There are several ways in which to help at home:
- Encourage your children to recall their numbers forwards to 1-100 and backwards from 100-0.
- Try giving your child any number from 1-20 (and up to 50 or 100 for an extra challenge) and ask them what number is one more and which number is one less. (e.g. '15' -> 'one more than 15 is 16' and 'one less than 15 is 14')
- Practice counting in 2s, 5s and 10s (see resources below)
- Encourage your child to practice and recall their number bonds. Your child should be able to recall not only number bonds of 10 (e.g. 7 + 3 = 10) but all of their number bonds within 10 (e.g. number bonds to 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9) (see resources below)
- Encourage your child to reason. Encourage them to explain their workings, or why an answer is correct or incorrect.
Useful documents, parental tips and information:
Maths skills required by Year 1 students: uk.ixl.com/math/year-1
The School Run: www.theschoolrun.com/year-1-maths
- Count to 20: www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MVzXKfr6e8
- Count to 100: www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TgLtF3PMOc
- Counting in 2s: www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCxvNtrcDIs
- Counting in 5s: www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJ4jV14Oz5I and www.youtube.com/watch?v=amxVL9KUmq8
Snappy Maths: www.snappymaths.com
In year 1 we will put our investigative skills into action to explore and discover the answers to lots of scientific questions. The children will work to make predictions, make observations and make conclusions based on their results. Throughout the year we will look closely at the properties of materials, the structure of animals and their life cycles, and how plants grow.
BBC Bitesize: www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/z6svr82