Year 1 is a really exciting time for you and your child. Moving from Reception into the first year of the National Curriculum can feel like a big step, but please don’t worry, some of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum may be carried on with your child as they move to Year 1.
Your child’s day will be more structured than it was in Reception but we love storytelling, practical maths and exploring topics through our STAR learning.
We are very lucky that the Year 1 classrooms open out into a secure learning area. This means the children will be learning through play – exploring, discovering and plenty of role-play, both indoors and out.
There is a Year 1 statutory phonics screening test in June. This will identify if your child can read phonically decodable words. Your child will have a daily phonics sesion to teach them how to blend to read and segment to spell.
We kick off first topic of the school year with ‘Marvellous Me’. This topic will be organised through the primary colours, starting with yellow, moving onto blue, followed by red (to tie in with our learning on marking the centenary of the First World War) and finishing with gold as we prepare for Christmas.
We have lots of exciting events planned including our Harvest Festival, a trip to Heligan Gardens and a visit from our School Nursing Team who will teach the children the importance of keeping clean.
We will be sharing lots of stories and poetry on the theme of colour and senses.
Your child will continue to expand on their knowledge of phonics and will probably surprise you with just how quickly they develop their reading. They will do 30 minutes of phonics learning each day, just like they did in Reception. These are fun, pacy sessions which involve games and tasks. They will learn tricky words, spelling rules and how to sound out and blend to aid them with their reading and writing.
Reading at home with your child is so important. It helps them to develop their learning in lots of areas. We expect you to hear your child read aloud every night. You may not always have time to read the whole book (we completely understand home life is busy – we are parents too) but just a few pages a day can increase your child’s confidence and get them into the routine of practising and applying their phonic knowledge.
Sometimes your child may want to read a book from home. As long as they are reading, that’s fantastic. Most children this age really love to read new and familiar stories as well as comic books and magazines. Please make sure you sign the Reading Diary otherwise we’ll assume that your child has not read to an adult at home.
In Year 1, as well as phonics, we learn a number of common exception words. Download this list to practice at home: Year 1 common exception words.
Each Friday your child will be sent home with a small piece of home learning, which is normally focused on Maths. This will consolidate the learning which has taken place throughout the week whilst in school. The children are asked to return it the following Thursday.
The end of year 1 expectation is to be able to;
You can help your child in a variety of ways. The most powerful way will be through discrete and fun activities such as counting out the cutlery for dinner. Disguise the learning! Whilst in the car read a number from a number plate and ask your child to find 1 more and 1 less.
Try to keep any home learning light, and don’t push it if they seem tired or reluctant. The most important thing is to talk with your child about their learning and enjoy seeing the enthusiasm on their face.