Welcome to Year 1
In year 1 our primary focus is on reading. We share lots of stories in class and we retell, sequence and predict what might happen next in our Composition lessons.
By the end of year 1 your child is expected to be reading at turquoise level (phase 5), therefore we encourage you to read as much as possible with your child at home. This makes up your child’s home-learning in addition to weekly spellings that will be inside your child’s home school diary. We read in small groups during school time to develop decoding skills initially and then comprehension skills as the year progresses.
In June, your child will take part in the government Phonic Screening test. This will test your child’s phonic ability, e.g. the ability to decode and read real and nonsense words. The pass mark for in previous years was 32 out of 40. We teach daily phonics lessons from 9.05-9.35 so please ensure your child is punctual as this is valuable teaching time. To support your child with phonics at home please see their spelling folders which will have letter mats inside. Reading regularly at home and encouraging your child to ‘sound-out’ decodable words, e.g. d-o-g, f-r-o-g, t-r-ai-n, p-ea–ch will help to support them. (Please see letter mats for the digraphs.)
In mathematics, we focus on the four calculations by completing practical activities. We will also cover: shape, time, money, measures and fractions throughout the year. To help your child at home, you could practise counting in steps of 2, 5 and 10 using the TTRockstar website later in the year for times tables.
Throughout the year we look at a range of different topics, including: Marvellous Me, Around the World, Toys, Let’s Grow and Coast to Coast. Please see our topic map for more information on these.
This year P.E will be taught on a Tuesday afternoon. Please ensure your child comes to school wearing the correct kit – white t-shirt, black shorts/joggers and suitable footwear.
If you have any queries please see a member of the Year 1 team.