We will spend a lot of time getting children settled and familiar with new routines, and everyone is introduced to a range of new activities.
On this page you can find out:
- what happens in Year 1
- what days the classes do PE, change books and send out spellings
- how to find this week’s homework
The more that you read, the more that you know…
The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go… Dr Seuss
Year 1 children are at that lovely age when they are excited and engrossed in colourful books. They rejoice in their favourite tales and will often be eager to re-tell them, sometimes word for word. Talking with an adult about the book is just as important as reading itself. This enables them to understand what they are reading and explore a variety of texts. Simply put, the children should develop a love of reading for its own sake.
The building blocks required to help children become fluent readers rely on the daily practice of phonics. Initially, the children may struggle to read all of these new words but as we know practice makes perfect. Your help in supporting your child to read regularly at home will embed and enrich their learning and love of reading.
The children will build up to writing full stories by using an approach called: ‘Talk for Writing.’ This involves the children learning actions to familiar tales to support them in remembering the story.
Each week I will choose two “Writers of the Week”. These children will then have their work published in a Big Book which will be celebrated in school.
Each week children will be provided with a spelling list focusing on a particular sound pattern; their spellings may include some other tricky words. Please encourage your child to learn these words at home.
You could practice them while driving/ walking, sticking them on the fridge and making a game of spelling and putting them into sentences.
These are statutory word lists provided by the government and children must learn to read and spell the words below.
Learning number bonds to 10, doubling and halving and chanting numbers in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s are quick and easy things that can be practiced daily and will support your child in rapid recall of number.
Extra things you can do to get involved are:
- Grow some plants or vegetables talking about each part of the plant and how it develops
- Go to the library and borrow different books which the children show an interest in
- Practise writing stories using fantastic new ideas and words
- Talk about time during the day, what time is lunch time, bed time, etc?
- Regularly asking the children about what they are learning about in their topic and linking arts and crafts activities towards it