We hope you are looking forward to being in Year 1! We will look after one another and have lots of fun! These are the three special rules we follow to make sure we are making good choices:
We also use the Seesaw platform/app to communicate key information and announcements in a safe, secure and private environment. Staff and parents can upload photos and comments and we will also add home learning suggestions to your child's portfolio so please check this on a regular basis.
This half term, PE will take place on a Monday afternoon (indoor gymnastics) as well as a Tuesday afternoon (outdoor football skills), both with external coaches. Please send your child in suitably dressed on these days and can we please ask that they wear shorts underneath their tracksuit bottoms on a Monday in order to participate safely in the gym sessions.
READING- Please read with your child regularly- little and often are generally best. It is also important to model reading to your child. They will be heard reading on a 1:1 basis by an adult in school at least twice per week and will have the opportunity to exchange their book if they are ready. They will have a Home reading record to enable two-way communication and this also contains a section in the middle with phonic sounds lists etc. We will add a target list approximately each term so that you know what we are working on in school, and to provide suggestions for questioning etc at home.
KEY WORDS- Later in the autumn term, your child will be given a red key word book. Once we have assessed which words they are secure with, we will add several unknown words for them to practise reading during the course of the week - details to follow.
SPELLINGS- As the year progresses, we usually set weekly spelling words. linked to the sounds your child has been practising during their phonics sessions- details to follow.
Please see below for activity ideas that you can print at home. Letter formation (taught in 'families') and number formation is fundamental and while reversals are common, correct orientation must be reinforced to avoid bad habits! We remind the children that all numerals 0-9 start at the top!
Please find a list below of useful websites to access at home (no log-in details required although you may require Flash player):
http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/ This links to the phonics scheme that we follow. We begin by revising and securing phase 2 and 3 sounds. There are lots of free resources eg tricky word bingo games which children will have been familiar with in Year R, plus sentences and captions to support blending.
https://www.ictgames.com/ We use this site a lot in school and the children love it! There are a variety of suitable maths and English games to support and reinforce the learning we have been doing in school eg Counting Caterpillar, Part-Part-Whole, Save the Whale, plus Tell a T-Rex, The Dinosaur's Eggs and Writing Runway.
We also use https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ and http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ in school, particularly for foundation subjects. We will pop a note onto seesaw for anything relevant for a particular half term or topic.
September 2020- It would really beneficial if you could ensure that your child can consistently recognise each of the phase 3 graphemes. Once confident, they will need to recognise them without picture prompts- see below. To support/challenge your child further, you could then write words for them to blend (or ask them to spell/write them!) using the different sounds.