This term's topic is Ocean Explorers!
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 reading the stories “Lost and Found” and “Commotion in the Ocean”. We will become familiar with the story of “Lost and Found” by sequencing and ordering events, describing characters from the story using adjectives and writing detailed setting descriptions to build up to writing the story with a change of ending.
We will also be researching facts about penguins to help us write a factual report. As part of our Ocean Explorers topic, we will be researching facts about Robert Falcon Scott and his journey to the Antarctic to help us write a diary account of his adventure. We will be reading the story “Commotion in the Ocean” to help us identify and read rhyming words within a text, generating our own rhyming words to help us write our own poem.
Phonics: This term we will be recapping all of our Phase 5 sounds and tricky words. We will also be consolidating reading and spelling Year 1 Common Exception words.
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
This term, we will be consolidating our previous knowledge of money and will be identifying and recognising different coins/notes to understand their value. We will then be paying for items using 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p coins to make different amounts and give change after spending different amounts of money.
We will also be learning to describe position, direction and movement of objects by using the vocabulary; Over, Under, Above, Below, On, In, Outside, Inside, In Front, Beside, Next To, Left, Right, Forwards, Backwards, Whole Turn, Half Turn, Three Quarter Turn, Clockwise, Anti-Clockwise.
Topic: We will be learning to recognise all Continents and Oceans of the World and contributing to the design of a World Map for our Topic Display. We will be learning to use atlases and globes to help us identify and locate Continents and Oceans. We are going to discover a continent at a time and create a fact file about each one.
For Art and DT, this term we will be looking at the flags of different countries around the World and will be designing then creating our own bunting to celebrate some countries of the World.
Science:We will be learning about ‘Materials’. We will be identifying and testing different materials according to their properties to help us identify which materials are the most absorbent to help us design and create a boat using the best materials.
Computing: We will be using our knowledge of algorithms to break down different processes into clear simple steps. We will also be identifying the features of different equipment and will then use them to capture moving images.
RE: We will be continuing to learn about Judaism and about the Jewish festival Hanukkah. We will be recognising some of the symbols used during the festival and will explain what they mean. We will also begin to describe some of the ways in which Jewish children feel close to God during Hanukkah.
PE: For PE we will be continuing to follow the dance scheme called “Toys” where we will be developing the skills and understanding we have gained so far to create a dance under the theme of Toys. We will also be continuing to develop our athletics skills and will practise working in teams ready for Sports Day later this term.
PSHE: We will be thinking about the theme: “Expedition to Planet Blue Ball”. Within this, children will take part in some debates about different current issues. They will also begin to understand what harms and improves their local environment and think about some ways that different people look after them.
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 ‘Ocean Explorers topic that your child would like to share with the rest of the class please send it in on a Monday 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: