Hello and welcome to our Year 1 Class Page. Here you will find useful information about our class and the exciting things we will be learning this year. There is phonics, reading, spelling and maths support which might help you at home to be amazing learners and achieve everything you need to this year.
Important messages will regularly be updated on this page so please take a look here weekly so you are aware of everything that is happening at school and in class.
Monday-Wednesday: Mrs Price
Thursday-Friday: Mrs Syrett
PE Days: Tuesday and Friday Afternoons (please label ALL PE clothing including shoes) full winter PE kit expected.
Key Year 1 info:
Changing books - Please encourage your child to change their own reading colour books. Children are all working at their own paces and finishing books at different times so there is not a set time that we all change books together. Once they have finished their books, ask them to change them (we will always allow children to do so). If they are forgetting, please feel free to come and change them with them at the end of the school day!
Spellings - Children will receive spellings each Friday in their spelling books to practise at home. They will then be tested on these spellings on the following Friday before receiving new ones. Reading phonics books will also be given every Friday to support the phonics they will be learning the following week.
Our first half term topic this year is 'All About Me'. This theme is a great way of starting their new journey in Year 1 and helps them to focus on what is amazing and unique about them and the importance of friendship and family.
In History, children will share things they remember from their lives and sequence events using photographs on a timeline. They will use chronological language to describe how they have changed over time. They will then be learning all about Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole and their impact on nursing, then making comparisons with nursing today. In PSHE and RE, Children will be talking about their family and people who is special to them. They will have discussions about how we should care for each other. In Geography they will be able to say and write their home and school address on a postcard, name the hospital they were born in and name the local area they live in. In science they will learn all about the human body and be able to label body parts and what they do; children will also identify the five senses and which body part is associated with them. In art, children will learn drawing techniques to draw self portraits.
Literacy - Writing postcards. This half term there will be a focus on letter formation, using phonics to segment words they wish to spell, using finger spaces, capital letters at the beginning of a sentence and full stop at the end. Basic sentence structure is our main focus.
Maths (following White Rose scheme) - Autumn 1 Place Value: Sorting objects, counting forwards and backwards, identifying one more and one less, comparing numbers to identify which is smaller and larger, ordering objects and numbers on a number line, addition and subtraction of objects using a part-whole method, and number bonds to 10/20.
Phonics - Starting on 6th September, all children will be learning phonics every day with a small group. Most children will be recapping phase 2 and 3 to embed previous learning before moving forward. Children will receive spellings each Friday in their spelling books to practise at home. They will then be tested on these spellings on the following Friday before receiving new ones. Reading books will also be given every Friday to support the phonics they will be learning the following week.
What can you do to help at home?
A common question is how can parents help to support their child's learning?
- Read TO your child! The gateway to children's success is READING. Being a fluent, confident reader plays a key role in a child's learning. Although children learn to read in school through phonics and active read, do not underestimate the importance of a parent's role in developing a positive attitude to reading. First we must assist a child's love for reading by reading TO them every day. The best way of doing this is reading a story to them before bedtime each night. Switch off the technology and make it a special time that you look forward to each night.
- Listen to your child read every day. Encourage them to use their phonics to sound out each word then blend it together. Remember, it is not about quantity of pages read, it is about quality. Ask your child to read the same page more than once to develop confidence and fluency, point to random words on the page to see if they can read it out of context, go back and ask them to read words they struggled with to see if they now remember them, and of course, ask them questions about what they are reading to check they are understanding each sentence. These can be retrieval questions, such as 'what colour was the car?' or 'where was the cat?' or inference questions such as 'how do you think this character is feeling? or 'can you predict what might happen next?'. Even if you read only one page but over and over again, this is excellent reading practice. Remember to write in your child's reading record book to show us what reading they have been doing at home.
- Spellings - practise phonics spellings and tricky word spellings each day.
- practise 2, 5 and 10 times tables
- Try to incorporate maths into your daily home lives, discuss the time you are doing things and ask your child to look at the clock and tell you the time (o'clock then half past);when using coins and notes, ask your child to help you select the correct coins to help them to recognise their value; when cooking or baking, ask your child to help you weigh and measure out ingredients, and when cutting or sharing food, discuss the fractions you are using, for example, ask your child to cut their sandwich in half or quarters, when they are eating it, ask them how many quarters they have eaten and how many quarters they have left. When cutting a pizza, discuss how many pieces there are and what fraction this is.
Phonics, Spelling and Reading Support
Phase 3 flashcards with Mrs Thomas
Phase 4 blend flashcards with Mrs Liggitt
Phase 5 flashcards with Mrs Bremner
Year 1 and 2 Spellings List
Visit the following site to practice spellings related to the phonemes above. Children can complete interactive spelling tests and games to help with their phonics learning.
Reading: Oxford Owl
The link below takes you to the website 'Oxford Owl' which has hundreds of free e-books for children to read. You can select a suitable book using the coloured book bands that we have in school. They also have a range of free phonics books, teaching slideshows and Read Write Inc phonics worksheets to support your child with their phonics learning. I'm really impressed with their selection so please use these excellent free resources.
Phonics e-book library
Phonics Worksheets and Slideshows
Count in 2's, 5's and 10's with Mrs Price