Welcome to Year 1
Welcome to Year 1
I hope you have had a lovely summer and I am sure you are now ready to start the new school year! The Year 1 curriculum is slightly different to the EYFS (Reception) curriculum, but we will continue to build on and extend the experiences that the children have had during their time in Reception class. In Year 1 we still make use of lots of different practical activities in lessons and work within small groups, although as the year progresses we will be working towards a more independent style of learning and eventually a slightly more formal setting than in Reception class. However, do rest assure that all of our work in class still very much revolves around being creative and having fun while we learn!
Please do not hesitate to make an appointment to come and see me either before or after school with any queries or questions. You are also welcome to wait until the I have seen the children safely off with their parents at home time and come in for a chat.
Education City activities
These online activities will be updated on the website each half term.
Year 1 have their PE lessons on Monday and Thursday. Please make sure your child has their kit with them in school at all times and is clearly labelled. Hair must be tied back and earrings should be removed for school on these days.
Your child must bring in a bottle of water to school each day. The bottle should be clearly named and be fitted with a sports cap to avoid spillages.
Your child may bring in a healthy snack for afternoon playtime. School fruit is provided for morning playtime.
Your child has a 30-minute phonics session every morning starting at 9.00am.
Phonics is integral to your child's progress in learning to read and write. I have sent phonics packs home and would like children to take many opportunities to practise memorising what the graphemes (letters) look like and the sound they make. Phonics games can be lots of fun, there are online games like Phonics Bloom, Phonics play and Galactic Phonics (some of the games are free), there are also lots of practical games to play such as tricky word splat, full circle, anagram games, word/sound bingo and What's in the box (Instructions on how to play these games to follow soon or ask Mrs C).
Our BIG MATHS quiz takes place each week. The quiz will be completed in school and then sent home for you to look at. Please look through these with https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk child and help them to improve on their score by practising the number facts skills.
Guided group reading is undertaken in school each week. Your child will read with me in a small group, with children of a similar reading ability. Your child's home reading book will be at a similar level to their guided reading book to complement their learning at school. Your child will also bring home books they have chosen from the “choosy book box”. Guided reading books and choosy books have been levelled into coloured book bands levels and therefore your child will continue practice at their own stage of development.
Reading diaries are divided into ‘school reading’ and ‘home reading’ and there is space for you to write your comments. Please ensure that your child’s reading diary is completed and along with their home reading book, in school every day. This is so children can have more opportunities to read with adults and you can be kept informed on your child’s reading and also monitor progress
Children will also bring home library books once a week. These will be sent home in a clear plastic school bag. Please send your child’s library book bag in on the correct day each week. In this bag there will also be a folder containing a library reading record, which has spaces for your child to draw a happy or sad face to show whether or not they enjoyed the book, as well as a space for you to write a comment.
New spellings to be learned will be taken home on a Friday and a spelling quiz will take place the following Friday. The words they bring home are from the Year 1 Common Exception Words (please find attached below). It is expected that your child should be able to spell all of these words by the end of the academic year. Please help your child to learn these key words/spelling patterns. Please make sure your child brings their spelling book in to school on Thursday, along with their Busy Bees Folder. Please talk to your children about the spellings – do they know what the word means? Can they put it in a sentence? Can they write the word in a sentence?
Busy Bee Folders
Homework will be sent home in our Busy Bee folders every Friday. This will usually be something fun and creative that is linked to our class topic. Please complete the homework sent out each week and send the Busy Bee folder back in to school on a Thursday.
Thanks for your continued support
Please see attached document which highlights what areas of the curriculum we will be learning about this term.