Year 1

Welcome to Year 1. Children here are taught by Mrs Beshiri in 1LB (Mrs Sear on Wednesdays) assisted by Miss Cranfield and Miss Ash in 1LA assisted by Miss Isbell and Ms Fajebe.

In year 1 we enjoy lots of practical learning and like to make use of our outdoor classroom and school grounds whenever possible.

In maths we are working on securing our understanding of number and place value and will then move on to number bonds and counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. We use lots of concrete apparatus to secure our understanding.

In English we are securing all of our sounds in phonics to help us read and we are working on our understanding of texts through discussion and drama. We then do lots of talking about what we have read which helps us with our writing. We are trying hard to develop our handwriting and to use finger spaces, capital letters, full stops and use our sounds to help us spell.

Children in Year 1 are tested on their phonics knowledge with the Phonics Screening Test in June. Children will be assessed on the sounds they know by their class teacher. This is nothing to worry about and any children who do not pass will have the chance to do it again in Year 2. You will be told your child’s score in their end of year report.

Home Learning

  • Hear your child read as often as you can. Ask them about the book to check their understanding of the story and new words.
  • Read books to your child often – you can discuss the story and character together and discuss new or unfamiliar vocabulary.
  • Practise counting forwards and backwards to 20
  • Practise finding one more and one less in everyday situations – when serving dinner, in the shop, tidying up toys.
  • Practise counting in 2’s. Do this as part of a task like finding pairs of socks.
  • Practise your handwriting. You can write anything you like but think about your letter formation and keeping your writing on the line.
  • Practise your phonics – do you know all the sounds? Can you blend them to read words? There are games on phonics play to help with this.
  • Complete your weekly homework task and encourage children to present this neatly – this will help with handwriting too.
  • Practise reading and spelling the common exception words.

Year 1 Curriculum

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