Welcome to Year 1!
We are always very busy in Year 1. We learn through exciting topics and structured learning tasks with child initiated projects. Look below to find out about some of the things we have been doing and for key information including homework and spellings.
Key Information- Spring 2 term (February 2019)
PE days- Tuesday afternoon and Thursday morning. Please send both an indoor and outdoor PE kit for these sessions as the weather will impact on whether we are indoors or out. Tuesday's session will always be indoors with the dance teacher.
Spelling tests- take place Monday afternoon. New spellings go home on a Monday.
Homework- Always goes out on a Friday. Homework letters and any sheets needed for completion will also be uploaded on to this class page. Please hand homework in on a Thursday at the latest. Please glue any worksheets into the red homework book, so it doesn't get lost.
***Updated information regarding reading books- as stated in the recent homework letter on 28.9.18, we have now set up a tray in the classroom where children can put their reading book and diary if they want to change their book. Please remind your child that it is their responsibility to take their book and diary out of their bag themselves and place them in the tray. If they don't do this, books will not be changed.
We will continue to offer children the chance to change books at the end of Guided Reading sessions on a Tuesday and Thursday.
If you have any queries about any of the above, don't hesitate to come and speak to me before or after school.
Year 1 Phonics Screening
As you may be aware, children in Year 1 will complete a phonics screening test in June. The test is designed to test the children's ability to decode words using the phonics sounds that they have learned during EYFS and Year 1. In the test, there is a mix of real words and 'nonsense words'. The nonsense words are not real words and require children to apply their phonic knowledge to decode the word as they see it. The nonsense words are always accompanied by an alien picture on the test so the children know that it is not a real word.
I have attached some practise material, including a past paper for children to practise. I recommend they do this regularly and that you maybe start to make up words of your own, using the sounds we have learned.
If you have any questions about the Phonics screening, please feel free to come and ask me.
At this stage of the year, this isn't something which the children are made aware of but it is worth parents having an idea about the forthcoming test, so you can start to prepare your child early.
There is useful information regarding the phonics check and the teaching of phonics on this link...https://www.readwithfonics.com/parents-phonics-guide
There are also very useful and fun games that children can play online to help them with their Phonics, which we use in class regularly... https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk