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Welcome to Year 1!

Spring 1- PE

This half term, we will be learning netball skills with Mrs. Ricketts, on a Tuesday afternoon. This will take place outside, weather permitting so please ensure children have their full PE kit in school. (They can always put their school cardigan/jumper on if we are outside and it is chilly!)


Your child will read on a 1:1 basis with a member of staff at least twice per week. At this time, if they are ready, they will be able to exchange their book.

In addition, they will have a weekly 'guided group reading' session and will have the opportunity to visit the library (Monday- 1M and Friday- 1RB) where they will be able to return their current book and then select/scan out a new one. 


Key word recognition- your child will also start to bring home a red 'Key word reading book' (once we have updated our records and know which words they need to work on). This will contain a small number of words, specifically for your child to learn. Then once per week, depending on which group they are in, the teaching assistant will see if they are confident in reading these words and if so, issue new ones. (These books are not for writing in but details can be found in the front cover of the book).


Remember, when hearing your child read, little and often is best ie. five minutes, five times a week. As well as decoding the words, discuss what they are reading and ask questions to check they are following and understanding.

In addition to listening to your child read, please read to your child as this will support your child in learning to 'behave like a reader', by copying what they see and hear. Sharing and repeating favourite stories together encourages children to join in. The local library can be an exciting place to develop their love of reading- both for a purpose, and of course, for pleasure! It is always lovely to see the children's confidence grow and once they feel they have 'learnt to read', they really start to enjoy fact-finding and exploring different kinds of books and therefore 'reading to learn'

And finally... try to make reading fun. Keep it positive and praise your child as much as you can. They may be conscious that they are not at the same level as a friend, but we always reiterate that this does not matter, as long as they are continuing to practise and are enjoying their reading as they will still be making good progress. 



The children will have a weekly spelling test on a Tuesday when they will also be given a new set of spellings to stick in to their red book and learn for the following week. (Some will be linked to the sound they have been looking at plus a couple of tricky key words). Please encourage them to practise at home. (You will find some fun activity suggestions within the front cover of the book). This will start from around week 3. These books are not for writing in, but again, details can be found inside the front cover.

Click on '100hfw list pre cursive' (left side) and you will be able to download key words to practise reading with your child.

For a further challenge, they could learn to spell some of these (particularly our 'non negotiable' words in year 1, which are: all, are, have, put, said, some, they, was, what, when, you) and there are further, trickier words if you click on 'Next 200hfw pre cursive'


NB. It is not an expectation that the children have to be able to read all of these words by the end of year 1, but any practise you can do will be very beneficial to them!


The children should now recognise the phase 2, 3  and 5 sounds in random order (and once confident, without any picture clues!) The sounds are also in the centre of their reading records, for your reference.

It is also very beneficial to practise reading words containing these sound patterns (and identify in books) as well as spelling words - concentrating on carefully segmenting each sound (we add 'sound buttons' at school) they can hear eg.

'shelf' has four sounds: sh-e-l-f

'chair' has two sounds: ch-air 

'saw' has two sounds: s-aw

'homes' has four sounds: h-o-m- (e)- s (the o__e go together. The children recognise this as a 'split vowel digraph')


Thank-you for you support.

It is important that the children form lower case single letters correctly and this is where we will start from/revise from September.  Please refer to the 'Letter formation- families' poster which show the order in which we practise letters. Feel free to print a copy of this to pop up in your child's room, or to trace/help them with their writing at home.

The four 'families' are: curly caterpillar letters; long ladder letters; one-armed robot letters and zig-zag monster letters. Children often find a,d and g tricky and do not always start these in the correct place, or move in the right direction when forming the letter.  Also, it is worth noting that all letters, except 'd', start at the top of the letter. Often, children can get into the habit of starting 'm', 'n' and 'r' at the bottom instead!

During the course of the year, we will start some basic joins during our daily handwriting sessions -eg. two or sometimes three letters together. There are lots of variations, some of which are considerably harder and this will continue in to year 2. We are not at this stage expecting children to join their writing but towards the summer term, will be encouraging them to use some simple joins that they have remembered/mastered eg joining 'ee' or 'oo' together.


If you would like to support your child further, they can practise joining the letters in their first name (apart from the capital!) and also spelling the days of the week (always starting with a capital letter!)


Many thanks.