Welcome to Year 1!
In Year 1 we have two classes - Jazz and Kanzi Class:
Class Teacher: Miss Blundell
Teaching Assistant: Dr C James (all day)
Key Workers: Miss M Ford (am) and Miss C Parker (pm)
Class Teacher: Mrs L Phibbs and Miss L Smith
Teaching Assistant: Mrs C Orchard (am) and Mrs L Simpson (pm)
Key Worker: Mrs J Philpot (all day)
Thursday (Every other week) - PPA Time all day
Miss H Rootes - Kanzi Class
Mrs L Ingram - Jazz Class
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 be taught for 20 minutes every day to support with reading, writing and spelling. We expect children to read for around 10-15 minutes at home each night. 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 us after school.
Term 4 - Learning lessons from the past
Our topic this term is ‘Dinosaurs’. Children will be researching when dinosaurs lived and why they became extinct. We will be making a timeline of the different prehistoric periods including Triassic, Jurassic, Cretaceous and Extinct. We will think about how we can find out about dinosaurs and what types of evidence we might look at to help us. Children will find out about the significant life of palaeontologist and fossil collector Mary Anning.
We will start the term by looking at information books about dinosaurs. Children will use them to research key facts and write their own fact pages. We will use the book ‘Tyrannosaurus Drip’ by Julia Donaldson to inspire our creative writing. As part of our ‘Book Week’ celebrations we will focus some of our English work around the ‘Elmer’ books.
During Phonics we will continue to practice all Phase 5 phonemes and our Year 1 common exception words.
Please note on Wednesday March 11th 2020 at 3:30pm there will be meeting to inform parents about the Phonics Screening which will take place in June.
In Science children will be focussing on grouping and classifying animals. They will think about which animals belong to which groups, for example, birds, reptiles, mammals, fish. Children will then go onto group animals according to what they eat using the key words carnivore, herbivore and omnivore.
Far, far, away..... Safari
As our topic is ‘Safari’ this term. Children will be learning that the world is made up of seven continents and five oceans. We will focus our learning around the continent of Africa, particularly looking at the country of Kenya. We will use maps and globes to compare and contrast our location and country with Kenya. Children will use aerial photographs to compare the UK and Kenya, recognising landmarks and basic human and physical features. We will study Kenyan life both urban and rural and investigate the amazing animals and wildlife.
We will use a range of key texts to inspire our creative writing, starting with ‘Handa’s Surprise’ by Eileen Brown. We will then focus on the book ‘Lila and the Secret of Rain by David Conway.
During our phonics lessons children will be continue learning phase 5 sounds. We will recap the sounds we have learned so far and move onto split digraphs (eg cake, pole, cube) and look at sound families. Children will continue to practice reading and writing common exception words and the tricky words from each phonics phase. For more information on phonics please see our class website page.
In Science we will be exploring and describing everyday materials. We will compare and sort a variety of materials based on their physical properties. We will perform a simple test using different materials, finding out which is the strongest and recording data in a bar graph. We will think about ways in which we can test which material will insulate ice the best and conduct a simple experiment to find out the answer.
Term 2 - Way, way back.....
What toys did our parents play with?
As our topic is ‘Toys’ this term, we will be taking inspiration from the toys we love at home today, as well as looking at toys from years gone by. Children will describe their favourite toys and compare them to toys from different eras. What toys did our parents play with? What about our grandparents? We will go back as far as the Victorian times, recognising how toys have changed during both the 20th and 21st centuries. Children will compare and contrast new and old toys, discussing materials used. Children will develop an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time. Please remember to bring in a favourite toy on the first day back. If the toy is very large, precious or expensive then children could bring in a photograph of that toy instead.
Our main focus in English this term is to continue to encourage children to become confident, independent writers. Forming simple sentences and independently using full stops and capital letters. We will use a range of key texts to inspire our creative writing, starting with ‘Dogger’ by Shirley Hughes. We will then focus on the book ‘Little Bears Trousers’ by Jane Hissey. We will look at a range of non-fiction books related to our ‘Toys’ topic, writing our own information leaflets.
During our phonics lessons children will be introduced to some new phase 5 sounds this term. These phonemes are alternatives to sounds previously covered in Phase 3 for example ay/ai, oy/oi, ew/oo.
Children will continue to practice reading and writing common exception words and the tricky words from each phonics phase. For more information on the different phonics phases, please scroll down this page.
In Science this term we will be learning about “Seasonal Change”. The children will be naming the seasons and describing the changes that occur during these times. We will focus our learning on the seasons of Autumn and Winter and discuss and observe the changes that occur. We will make simple predictions about rainfall and create our own rain gauges (please remember to bring in a plastic bottle in the first week of term), recording rainfall over a given time period. Children will be asking simple questions and finding out ways that we can answer them.
Term 1 2019/2020
Our Land, Our Country!
UK Holiday Destinations
Where have you travelled to during the summer holiday? Did you drive to the seaside? Or take a bus to Maidstone? Perhaps you went camping in the countryside, or went on a train to London? During this topic we will thinking about the places in the UK that we have been and other locations that we haven't been to yet. We will be looking at a range of locations around the United Kingdom and making simple comparisons. For example how does Maidstone compare to a seaside location?
We will be learning about the four countries that make up Great Britain. England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, locating them on a map and naming the capital cities of each country.
In our English learning we will be focusing on writing sentences using correct punctuation and cursive script. Children will continue to practice applying their phase 3 phonic skills independently in their writing. We will be reading texts that link to our topic, these include Naughty Bus by Jan and Jeff Oke, Katie in London by James Mayhew and Katie Morag by Mairi Hedderwick.
In phonics we will be starting Phase 4 (scroll down for details of this phase), whilst recapping Phase 3 tricky words and sounds.
During Year 1 children will be expected to spell a number of words correctly in their writing by the end of the year. We will focus on a number on words each term to support them. Please find the Year 1 common exception words below.
Phase 3 is taught during children's time in Reception and is re - visited throughout year 1.
Set 6: j, v, w, x
Set 7: y, z, zz, qu
Consonant digraphs: ch, sh, th, ng
Vowel digraphs: ai, ee, igh, oa, oo, ar, or, ur, ow, oi, ear, air, ure, er
During Phase 3, the following tricky words (which can't yet be decoded) are introduced:
When children start Phase Four of the Letters and Sounds phonics programme, they will know a grapheme for each of the 42 phonemes. They will be able to blend phonemes to read CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words and segment in order to spell them.
Children will also have begun reading straightforward two-syllable words and simple captions, as well as reading and spelling some tricky words.
In Phase 4, no new graphemes are introduced. The main aim of this phase is to consolidate the children's knowledge and to help them learn to read and spell words which have adjacent consonants, such as trap, string and milk.
During Phase 4, the following tricky words (which can't yet be decoded) are introduced:
Children entering Phase Five will already be able to read and spell words with adjacent consonants, such as trap, string and flask. They will also be able to read and spell some polysyllabic words.
In Phase Five, children will learn more graphemes and phonemes. For example, they already know ai as in rain, but now they will be introduced to ay as in day and a-e as in make.
Alternative pronunciations for graphemes will also be introduced, e.g. ea in tea, head and break.
With practice, speed at recognising and blending graphemes will improve. Word and spelling knowledge will be worked on extensively.
During Phase 5, the following tricky words (which can't yet be decoded) are introduced:
The Phonics Screening Check will take place in June 2020 and 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).
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:
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: