Year 1

Charlotte Orchard

Welcome to Year 1

Welcome to our class page where you can find out about what we are learning and see pictures of some of our highlights. There is also some links to excellent learning resources that you can use with your child at home.

Year 1 at Much Wenlock Primary School

Leaving Reception behind and moving into Year 1 can feel like a big step for both children and their parents. Our Year 1 team is there to make this transition easier for everyone by supporting the children (and their parents!) in their next learning step. The children will still be learning through play by exploring, discovering and problem solving in all areas of the setting. Over the course of Year 1, we will gradually transition to a more formal classroom structure where the children will carry out activities and begin to learn as a whole class.

What will my child do in Year One?

Your child will have left the EYFS behind in Reception, although some goals may be carried on with them as they move into Year 1. This will be their first year of the National Curriculum.

There is a Year 1 phonics screening in June, which helps your child’s teacher to identify if your child is secure in sounding out and blending graphemes.

Further really useful information for parents from Oxford Owl can be found here: https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/at-school/year-1-at-primary-school/

Autumn Term Information

This half term we will continue looking at our local environment and its geographical features. We will also begin to create collages using different pieces of paper, photos, and other materials.  

Maths 

We will be focussing on addition and subtraction (within 10). We will be exploring this using concrete resources, pictures, and abstract representations, including building number sentences. Later in the term, we will be looking at 2D and 3D shapes.   

Writing, Reading and Phonics 

In our Writing lessons, we will be exploring two texts:    

We will be using these texts to help develop our writing skills, focussing on orally composing our sentences and sequencing sentences to form short narratives. Alongside this, we will engage in some role play and discussion activities to support our understanding of the books.  

In our Reading lessons, we will use extracts from these texts and other books, including ‘Alan’s big, scary teeth’, to help develop our comprehension and inference skills.   

We have a daily phonics lesson based on the Monster Phonics scheme. Your child will recap the sounds they were taught in Reception and begin to learn more sounds and alternative spellings over the course of Year 1. Our weekly spellings are also linked to the sounds that we cover each week.

Here are links to the Phase 2 and Phase 3 sound mats. These include the sounds that your child will have been taught in Reception:

Phase-2-sound-mat Phase-3-sound-mat

Your child will read with an adult regularly in school so please make sure they have their reading folder in school with them every day. Reading books are changed once a week on a Wednesday. 

Science

We will consolidate our learning around animals, identifying common animals, such as fish, amphibians, birds, reptiles, and mammals, and classifying them in different ways. We will also spend time observing seasonal changes over this term.  

PE and Forest School

This term our PE day will be Monday. Please come to school in the correct PE kit (navy blue t-shirt, dark shorts/leggings/joggers, school jumper, and trainers).   

On Fridays we will have PE first and then Forest School in the afternoon. Please wear school PE kit, ensuring they have long trousers and a long-sleeved top ready for Forest School. We are happy to store Forest School kit (waterproofs and wellies) in school.  

As the weather is getting colder, please also ensure that they have warm accessories (such as a hat and gloves) for these sessions.  

Please make sure everything is named. Whilst we will endeavour to ensure that the children keep their items together and, in their bags or boxes, as you know, items can go missing. If items are clearly labelled, then they can be easily returned to their owner.   

 

How can you help at home? 

Reading 

Reading is an opportunity to experience new adventures, meet different characters and visit new places from the comfort of our own home and school. It has been well researched that those who read regularly and confidently are more successful. We all have an important role to play in helping our children to become better readers and to enjoy the reading experience. Reading with children at home improves their progress and development. It would be highly beneficial for your child if you could read with them regularly. 

Top tips for reading with your child:  

  • Keep reading sessions short and enjoyable.  
  • Try to read a little bit each day.  
  • Find somewhere quiet without any distractions.  
  • Talk about the book and ask your child questions. The more you read and talk about stories and words, the more confident your child will feel about handling books and reading. 
  • You can read anytime, anywhere!  
  • Children don’t just have to read their school book. They can read anything they wish e.g. books from the library, a menu, a magazine, shop signs.  

Please can you sign your child’s reading record as it helps us to work in partnership with you and give the best support we can to you and your child. This just needs to be a simple comment or identifying something specific that you noticed, e.g. a word or sound they read correctly or answers to any questions you asked them.  

Reading books are changed once a week on a Wednesday. Please can reading packs be brought into school each day as they are needed for class reading activities. 

 

Spelling

Your child will already have brought two Monster Phonics spelling books home. These books contain all the words that we will be learning for spelling tests throughout the year. Please feel free to use these as you wish at home to support the children in learning to read and write these words. 

On a Friday we will send out a copy of the weekly spellings via Arbor as an email. Please practise these with your child in the week and we will have a small quiz on these words each Friday. 

Top tips for practising spellings: 

  • Make it into a game, for example, hide the words and have a go at reading them. Then after some practise, see if your child can write the words and hide them for you to find. 
  • Write the words on tiny pieces of paper and then larger pieces. 
  • Write the words in different colours so that you create a rainbow picture. 
  • Paint the words (either using water and paintbrushes or paint and paintbrushes). 
  • Play spot the missing letter. Show your child the word but with some letters missing, can they fill in the blanks? For example, o_f. Can your child put the correct letter in the space? 

 

Handwriting

The children will spend Year 1 re-capping how to correctly form each letter of the alphabet. This is an important skill which is taught gradually and alongside other fine motor skill activities (for example using scissors and threading beads). When supporting your child with their writing at home please encourage your child to form each letter correctly, starting in the correct place each time.   

 

Maths

One of the best ways to support your child’s understanding of Maths is to engage them with quick, practical, and fun activities or games that will allow you to help your child develop fast mental maths skills and increased confidence with using number. For example, you might look for numbers in the local environment and practise recognising and using numbers for addition and subtraction. We have added some links to online games and activities to the school website and will continue to update this over the year.

For more information about learning in Year 1, please read the following booklet: Learning in Year 1 booklet

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Class Spellings Open this to see the latest spellings

Spellings w/c 16.10.2023

Next week our spellings are:

June

rude

use

tune

cube

huge

park

star

made

like

 

Top tips for practising spellings:

  • Make it into a game, for example, hide the words and have a go at reading them. Then after some practise, see if your child can write the words and hide them for you to find.
  • Write the words on tiny pieces of paper and then larger pieces.
  • Write the words in different colours so that you create a rainbow picture.
  • Paint the words (either using water and paintbrushes or paint and paintbrushes).
  • Play spot the missing letter. Show your child the word but with some letters missing, can they fill in the blanks? For example, o_f. Can your child put the correct letter in the space?
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