Welcome to Year 1
We had a fantastic start to the year settling into new routines and learning how to be more independent. The children have been amazing; showing their key learning skills from Reception and building on them in the Year 1. We hope you enjoy looking at our page for information and photos to highlight our exciting year!
What we will be learning…with top learning tips
Learning Top Tip – if you are struggling to read a polysyllabic word (words with more than one syllable) then try breaking it into bite sized chunks! Look for blends and digraphs/trigraphs you know (make sure you don’t separate them) and try sounding out three or four sounds in a chunk. Once you know what that chunk says, you won’t need to keep sounding it out. Then when you know each chunk, you can put the word back together.
Writing… spelling common exception words
Learning Top Tip – common exception words are those tricky words that don’t look the way they sound. This can make them hard to decode so they are words we need to know by sight. Each week we send home a couple to practise in our spelling task but remember to look for any little patterns or similarities to other words you know and if they appear in your reading books.
Maths… comparing numbers
Learning Top Tip – remember in two-digit numbers, the first digit shows us how many tens and the second digit shows us how many ones/units make up the number. When we want to write ‘seventy one’ remember ‘seventy’ is 7 lots of 10 so this digit (7) is written first and then you write the 1 ones after. This will help to stop mix-ups between 17 and 71!
Phonics… Phase 5 new graphemes
Learning Top Tip –on the back of the phonics sound mat we sent home you can find the Phase 5 new sounds for you to practise recognising the digraphs as we learn them. You can look back to the basic code and see the other ways to write these new sounds for example ai as in rain / ay as in tray / a-e as in cake. Did you notice they all start with the letter a? This is the same for all the vowel sounds!
Science – recognising common plants (including trees)/ animals – focusing on amphibians
Art –art in nature, inspired by artists such as Andy Goldsworthy
DT –cooking and nutrition (exploring a healthy balanced diet and food that comes from plants)
Geography – continent study – South America/Amazon Rainforest using maps, atlases and globes –symbols and key physical/human features.
History – Fairtrade / introducing history of South America
RE – Christianity (Lent / Easter) and friendships / Judaism (Shabbat)
PSHCE – ‘Healthy Me’
PE – indoor basketball Friday – outdoor team games Wednesday
To find out all about what we will be learning about this half term, and all about school life, please open our current Year 1 learning letter.
All homework is set on Thursday and due in the following Tuesday.
Each week the children are expected to complete either an English, maths or topic learning activity. As well as these set pieces, your child should read regularly and get an adult to sign their reading record book. Remember, if a child reads four times at home and it is noted in their reading diary they will get a RIF sticker.
Spellings are sent home each week. We expect the children to practise as many of the words as possible, however the quiz will include 6 randomly selected words from the list. The children are given a spelling quiz on a Thursday and encouraged to use their sounds learnt in their writing. Spellings are also stuck in the children’s reading diaries so that they can be referred back to at any point.
Please make sure that all school uniform and PE kit is clearly labelled. We advise kits to be in school throughout the week as classes have PE on different days throughout the week. Please include joggers and a sweatshirt for outdoor PE.
We do PE on: Monday (outdoor weather permitting) and Friday (indoor)
Please let the school and the teacher know if your child has any allergies (that we do not already know about) or needs to take any medication.
Please remind your child to bring a coat every day in the winter months.
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