Welcome to Year 1
Miss Hornby and Miss Crabtree would like to welcome you to Year 1. We hope you are ready for all of the exciting learning we have planned for this term. We have lots of amazing lessons planned with a few surprises coming up. We will be continuing with our RWI phonics programme and would like to say well done to all of the children for the amazing progress they made in Reception. Please continue to read with your child every night, it supports their learning in class and has a huge impact on their development. Your child will be receiving a weekly vocabulary sheet. This will contain four words related to a topic they are studying. Please discuss these each week together, you could discuss the meaning of the words and practise placing them in sentences or discuss what your child already knows about them.
We are following the RWI scheme, which is having a fantastic impact on children’s progress. On top of their English lesson each day, they all take part in RWI lesson. Children are placed in small groups specific to their needs and ability, this allows them to apply their phonic skills on a daily basis and review sounds repeatedly every day. Children are also supported throughout the day and are given opportunities to take part in 1-1 phonic tutoring sessions, which enables them to work specifically on areas that they need to focus on.
Children are continually assessed during daily RWI lessons and so they are able to move on as soon as they are ready to do so. We also complete phonic assessments following the RWI format to track their progress and also prepare children for the end of year phonic screening. In order for children to feel confident when completing the phonic screening in July we complete regular screenings using past papers so they are familiar with layout and how the test is conducted.
We really appreciate your continued support as reading and practising phonics at home has a significant impact on your child’s progress. Ruth Miskin offers a variety of phonic videos online that you are able to watch at home:
In English we are following the RWI scheme alongside our narrative. Our narrative work will be focused around the book ‘The Story Machine’ as children will be exploring story’s with familiar settings. We will begin our half term by looking at labels, lists and captions. The children will also be exploring a selection of stories with familiar settings. They will be looking at the different characters and settings, before creating their own story.
During this half term we will be concentrating on number. We will be focusing on the children being able to recognise, count, make amounts and write each number. We will spend several weeks focusing on a set of numbers for example 1-10 and will then move onto number bonds to 5 and 6. We will develop problem solving skills and incorporating shape, measure and time into our learning.
During science this half term we will be looking at the human body and our five senses. They will explore body parts, identify their names and discuss what we use them for. They will also investigate their five senses and explore how they help us each day.
This half term children will be exploring old and new toys through the theme of Elliot’s toy box and attic. We will discuss how toys have changed over time, focusing on how they are made what they are made from and the impact technology has had on toys.