The Year 1 curriculum builds upon and extends the experiences that children have had in reception. The children will have a more formal learning environment in Year 1 and will continue to learn through play, alongside being involved in exciting topics so that they remain motivated, eager and enthused learners. Phonics will taught for 20 minutes every day to support with reading, writing and spelling. We expect children to read at home every night alongside additional spelling homework which will be sent home with children’s reading records. The children are expected to become more independent readers and writers as the year advances. If you have any questions or queries about your child’s progress, please don’t hesitate to come and see me after school.
This term we will be reading the stories:
English: In English we will be creating a fact book about toys from the past, using non-fiction texts to support our learning of this. We will also be reading ‘The story of Pinocchio’ and will be using this text to help us sequence the story and act it out using talk for writing as a supportive tool. We will also be writing a script for a puppet that we make within DT. As part of our topic we will also be reading the story ‘Toys in Space’ and will be looking carefully at the settings in the story and will use some of the ideas from the text to help us to write our own stories about a lost toy.
Phonics: This term we will be particularly focusing on applying our phonic knowledge in order to support our reading of real and alien words. We will also be ensuring that we are confident with and know the names of the letters of the alphabet and will be linking these with our continued learning of alternative spelling of the graphemes. At home please continue practising recognising all the phonemes from phase 2 through to 5, in particular the split digraphs – a-e, e-e, i-e, o-e, u-e.
Practise reading and spelling Year 1 Common Exception Words at home:
Practise cursive letter formation at home.
During KS1, it’s important for your child to get to grips with maths in a very practical, hands-on way. Working individually, as a class and in groups, they will be investigating, counting, playing number games and using everyday objects to help them solve problems and do simple calculations. As they start to become more familiar with the language used in maths, they will be encouraged to talk about their methods for solving problems and presenting their results.
In Year 1, your child will be:
Number and place value
Maths: During our Maths learning this term we will be representing and using number bonds and related subtraction facts within 20. We will be reading, writing and interpreting statements and number sentences involving addition and subtraction, we will also be using the four operations (+,-, x and ÷) to solve one step problems. We will be revisiting our learning on weight and will be measuring and recording weight, capacity and volume, including using the comparative language – heavy/light, heavier than/lighter than, full/empty, more than, less than, half, half full, and quarter .
Science: We will be learning about ‘Plants’. We will be learning to identify different types of plants and trees by observing their leaves and naming the different parts of a plant.
Computing: We will be using equipment to record sounds and stories and will develop skills to save these on the computer. We will also be learning about and discussing the different uses of ICT.
RE: We will be learning about Judaism. As part of this we are learning to empathise with Jewish children by understanding what they do during Shabbat and why it is important to them.
Topic: Within our topic work we will be finding out about toys from the past and will be looking at toys from today to see how they compare. For Art and DT this term we will be designing, creating and evaluating our own moving toy.
PE: For PE we will be following a dance scheme called ‘Toys’ where we will think about different ways to move like a puppet with strings and a puppet without. We will also be beginning to develop our athletics skills.
PSHE: We will be thinking about the theme: Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, Nobody. Within this the children will recognise what they like, dislike, what is fair/unfair and what is right or wrong. They will also identify about taking and sharing responsibility for things such as their own behaviour.
How you can support your child’s learning:
Please support your child with reading regularly at home and talk to them about the books. If you have any information, pictures, or stories linked to our ‘Time to Play’ topic that your child would like to share with the rest of the class please send it in on a Thursday for “Show and Tell”.
Phase 5 generally takes children the whole of Year 1. We start the year by introducing alternative spellings for sounds, like ‘igh’. Children master these in reading first, and as their fluency develops, we begin to see them using them correctly in spelling.
Children learn new graphemes (different ways of spelling each sound) and alternative pronunciations for these: for example, learning that the grapheme ‘ow’ makes a different sound in ‘snow’ and ‘cow’.
They should become quicker at blending, and start to do it silently.
They learn about split digraphs (the ‘magic e’) such as the a-e in ‘name.’
They’ll start to choose the right graphemes when spelling, and will learn more tricky words, including ‘people,’ ‘water’ and ‘friend’. They also learn one new phoneme: /zh/, as in ‘treasure.’
By the end of Year 1, children should be able to:
The Phonics Screening Check is meant to show how well your child can use the phonics skills they’ve learned up to the end of Year 1, and to identify students who need extra phonics help. Assessment takes place in June.
The checks consist of 40 words and non-words that your child will be asked to read one-on-one with a teacher. Non-words (or nonsense words, or pseudo words) are a collection of letters that will follow phonics rules your child has been taught, but don’t mean anything – your child will need to read these with the correct sounds to show that they understand the phonics rules behind them.
The 40 words and non-words (we call these alien words) are divided into two sections – one with simple word structures of three or four letters, and one with more complex word structures of five or six letters. The teacher administering the check with your child will give them a few practice words to read first – including some non-words – so they understand more about what they have to do. Each of the non-words is presented with a picture of a monster / alien, as if the word were their name (and so your child doesn’t think the word is a mistake because it doesn’t make sense!).
Examples of Alien words that children will be expected to sound out and blend:
You could print out the alien words and cut them up to help your child practise at home!
http://dera.ioe.ac.uk/26733/2/2016_Phonics_screening_check_pupils__materials_-_standard__STA167501e_.pdf Phonics Screening Test 2016
Recommended Phonics Activities
Mr. Thorne Does Phonics
If you are unsure how to correctly pronounce any of the sounds go to Mr. Thorne Does Phonics where you can watch videos of Mr. Thorne or his friend Geraldine the Giraffe teach the sound and discuss words including it. He also has apps for Android and Apple available.
This is a very popular website we use regularly in our phonics lessons. The children will be familiar with the website and its games. Some of our favourite games are:
Some of the games are available for free, others require a subscription (only £12 for a year).
Twinkl Phonics App
This app includes lots of different sections covering phonic sounds, letter formation, high frequency words and games such as buried treasure and matching games.
This is not a website we have used in class but it involves interactive videos that children can watch and then are able to make up words with the given letters. It allows them to practise sound recognition and blending.
Revisit pages in your child’s phonics book to practice reading and spelling a good range of words. Don’t forget to look for the high frequency and tricky words!
More websites with phonics games on: