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 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.
It is really important that all children remain learning in the time when we are not at school. Retention of learning is crucial: if we don’t use it, we loose it!
We would recommend that where possible, children have structure throughout the day and choose as many activities from the list below as it possible. If you would like to complete other learning activities, please do!
Obviously all children are different, having a variety of strengths and areas to develop. You may need to break these tasks down and offer them more support, or challenge them further.
If you have a garden, get outside as much as possible. Look at the different leaves and flowers – try some sketching or write a poem. Use our wonderful natural environment to develop curiosity.
On return to school, all teachers would love to see what you have got up to at home, but also, feel free to mark anything at home – children love instant feedback!
In the ‘Discovery’ section of the website, you will find additional websites to support your child’s learning.
Phase 4 comprehension
Spelling and Grammar
Capital Letters and full stops
In addition to the general learning activities, here is a more structured timetable week by week. Please keep in contact with us by email: email@example.com
We will be missing you and we are looking forward to you contacting us with you amazing learning.
Week beginning 30.3.20
Reading & Phonics
Please read every day.
Recall the ‘ea’ sound and remember the ‘ee’ sound (donkey ears action). Read and write the following words: beach; feast; cream; bean; leaf; treat; steam; sea; read; meat; least. Write this sentence: Paul/Phil eats/cooks peas with his meat/beans.
Recall the ‘oy’ sound and remember the ‘oi’ sound (hands around mouth to call to someone). ‘oy’ usually comes at the end of a word and ‘oi’ in the middle. Read and write the following words: annoy; annoying; oyster; destroy; boy; you; joy; enjoy; royal; Roy. Write this sentence: Loud sounds/singing can be annoying.
Recall the ‘ir’ sound and remember the ‘er’ sound (mix with hands circling). Read and write the following words: fir; skirt; shirt; girl; bird; birthday. Write this sentence: The girl got a bird for her birthday.
Recall the ‘ue’ sound and remember ‘oo’ (move back and forth like a cuckoo from a clock). ‘ue’ usually comes at the end of a word and ‘oo’ in the middle. Read and write the following words: clue; blue; issue; true; glue; Sue; tissue. Write this sentence: The glue is blue.
Recall the ‘ue’ sound and remember the word ‘you’ (point to someone else & say ‘you’). Read and write the following words: cue; due; value; statue; rescue; hue; venue; argue. Write the sentence: Sue argues with you.
Find out about Palm Sunday (this Sunday, 5th April). Can you make or colour a palm leaf? Do you think the palm tree is evergreen or deciduous? How many trees can you see from your window/ in your garden? Are they evergreen or deciduous? Can you see any buds on them?
Don’t forget to check the weather every day and record it somehow. We are looking for patterns. Have the clocks changing made any difference? Are the days getting longer?
Week beginning 23.3.20
Reading and Phonics
Please read for at least 5 minutes everyday.
Recall the ‘ay’ sound and action (cup ear as if hard of hearing). Remember ‘ai’. Read & write words with the ‘ay’ sound. e.g. day; play; may; spray; stray; delay; stay; tray; clay; pray.
Recall the ‘ou’ sound and action (pretend to prick finger). Remember ‘ow’ . Read & write words with the ‘ou’ sound. e.g. count; mouth; out; proud; scout; cloud; loud. Write the sentence: The sound is too loud.
Recall the ‘ie’ sound and action (salute for ‘aye, aye’ captain). Remember ‘igh’. Read & write words with the ‘ie’ sound. e.g. pie; tie; lie; die. Write the sentence: I cook a pie.
Talk about compound words (two small words joined together to make a bigger word). Read: playground; farmyard; bedroom; blackberry. Write the words: cannot; today; laptop; Sunday. Write the sentences: His hairbrush is in his bedroom. Her laptop is in her bedroom.
Play ‘Phoneme Spotter’. Either read some text or listen to someone else read and try to spot the phonemes we have covered this week: ay; ai; ou; ow; ie; igh.
We have been reading ‘The Little Red Egg’ in school for the past two weeks. Can you make up your own dragon story? Use the Story Mountain to jot down some notes or draw a rough picture in each box. What happens in each part of your story?
Take some time (maybe over several days) to write your own story.
Don’t forget to check the weather every day, a quick picture of the sun or a cloud to remind you would be great. We are looking for patterns, how many sunny days in each month? Do we have more now that Spring is here? If you can, make a note of the temperature or use a weather app. Is it getting warmer?
We were planning to make scones this week to share with the grown-ups that came in for our STAR afternoon. Can you help with some baking at home? Can you order the ingredients and instructions? Use words such as ‘first’, ‘then’, ‘next’, ‘after that’ and ‘finally’. We have been describing materials in science. What is the mixture like before it is cooked and after it is cooked? What changes have taken place? Can these changes be reversed? If the mixture started runny and sloppy and now it’s solid, can it return to being a liquid?