Year 1

Update: Monday 21st June

*IMPORTANT*

On Wednesday 23rd June at 6pm, we will be having a virtual, live information session about phonics and reading. This is a great opportunity for parents to learn about reading and phonics provision in the school, as well as how to help their development at home. There will also be the chance to ask questions at the end, should you have any.

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A further announcement is that despite sports day being cancelled, we’re not going to let that stop us from being active! St James’ will be having a sports week where we will be doing a fun PE lesson every day of the week. This means that children can come in PE kit every day if they wish, or they can alternate between some days in PE kit and other days school uniform with trainers.

We will also be doing some formal assessments this week, using PUMA and PIRA tests.

In Maths, we will practise ordering larger numbers as well as adding and subtracting larger numbers.

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In English, we will be practising using the un- prefix. We will also be putting our pirate thinking hats on and describing what is inside our mysterious treasure boxes!

In shared reading, we will continue Julia Donaldson’s The Snail and the Whale, looking at specific vocabulary, learning their definitions and utilising them within context. Comprehension will remain a focus as children practise sourcing information from the text to answer questions.

In phonics this week:

  • Red group will be focusing on alternative spellings for “u,” “i,” and “ear”
  • Orange group will be practising split digraphs
  • Green group will be learning the “ee, igh, oa” sounds

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The additional home learning ideas that follow could be used to supplement learning in school… however, we certainly want to avoid anyone feeling overwhelmed (therefore these suggestions are totally optional):

Home learning:

Reading/ Phonics

If you are wondering how you can provide general support for your child at home, our advice is to hear them read as often as possible: discussing the pictures in the text; predicting what might happen next and recalling events from the story.

Children are also encouraged to practice their word walls. The Year 1 word walls can be found below (also in ‘class materials’ on TEAMS):

Year 1 Word Wall 5

Year 1 Word Wall 6

Year 1 Word Wall 7

Year 1 world wall 8

Once your child can read all of the Reception and Year 1 word walls, they can progress to practising spelling these words . There will be  opportunities to practise spelling the words in school too.

Phonics learning can also be supported with various activities on ‘Phonics Play.’ We recommend ‘Buried Treasure’ and ‘Picnic on Pluto.’ Home log-in details are:

Username: jan21

Password: home

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/

We also have an excellent link to some high quality texts that you may want to consider when choosing children’s books to read or buy!

https://www.booksfortopics.com/year-1

Maths

By the end of Year 1, children are expected to:

  • count forwards and backwards in ones to 100
  • be able to count in 2s, 5s and 10s
  • find one more and one less than a given number up to 100
  • recognise the value of all coins
  • know number bonds (numbers that add together) to total 10 and 20.

These are excellent skills to be practising at home, although we stress that they will be covered over the course of the school year.

Curriculum

For general KS1 content that will support children in their learning across the curriculum, we recommend ‘Busy Things’ which can be accessed via the link below:

https://www.busythings.co.uk

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Best wishes,

Miss Paris, Mrs Hurley and Mrs Jacobs

The Year 1 Team

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