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Welcome to Year 1

Welcome to Year 1

Staff

The teachers in Year 1 are Mrs Cotton, Miss Johnson and Miss Oravcova.

The teaching assistants are Mrs Harkin, Miss McGrath and Miss Forward.

Topic

We teach the subject areas through a topic based curriculum. The topic for Term 1 is Memory Box.

Long Term Plan for the year 2020-2021: Long Term Plan Year 1

 

Reading

We use a variety of reading schemes in school which follow the UK Book Band colours and Oxford Reading Tree Levels. This is to expose the children to a wide range of text types, characters and settings.

Oxford Level: 1 | Band: Lilac (Age appropriate for Reception)
Oxford Level: 1+ | Band: Pink (Age appropriate for Reception)
Oxford Level: 2 | Band: Red (Age appropriate for Reception)
Oxford Level: 3 | Band: Yellow (Age appropriate for Reception)

Oxford Level: 4 | Band: Light blue (Age appropriate for Year 1)
Oxford Level: 5 | Band: Green (Age appropriate for Year 1)
Oxford Level: 6 | Band: Orange (Age appropriate for Year 1)

Oxford Level: 7 | Band: Turquoise (Age appropriate for Year 2)
Oxford Level: 8 | Band: Purple (Age appropriate for Year 2)
Oxford Level: 10 | Band: White (Age appropriate for Year 2)
Oxford Level: 11 | Band: Lime (Age appropriate for Year 2)

 

Phonics

In Year 1 children will continue to use the Jolly Phonics actions when needed, with additional actions being introduced for alternative grapheme phoneme correspondences.  The groups are differentiated to ensure children are reaching their full potential and appropriate support is given.  The Letters and Sounds programme is used and children also have the opportunity to play various phonics games and reinforce their skills.

In June, the children will take part in the Phonics Screening Check. This is a statutory requirement for all children in all schools. A meeting to explain what happens during the check and how you can support your child at home with phonics will take place later in the year. The PowerPoint presentation for this meeting will be on our website under the ‘Our Community’ section.

Letters and Sounds (Phase 4)

Review of Phase 3 graphemes and consolidation of the 42 graphemes through blending and segmenting CCVC and CVCC words with consonant clusters as Phase 4 of L&S.

Letters and Sounds (Phase 5)

The purpose of this phase is for children to broaden their knowledge of graphemes and phonemes for use in reading and spelling.  They will learn new graphemes and alternative pronunciations for these and graphemes they already know, where relevant.  Some of the alternatives will already have been encountered in the high-frequency words that have been taught.  Children become quicker at recognising graphemes of more than one letter in words and at blending the phonemes they represent.  When spelling words, they will learn to choose the appropriate graphemes to represent phonemes and begin to build word-specific knowledge of the spellings of words.

Letters and Sounds:

We follow the Government recommended Letters and Sounds programme for phonics. More information can be found here: http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/

Jolly Phonics:

We are using Jolly Phonics rhymes to support the children with their recognition of phonemes and you can access these using the following links:

Phase 2 Jolly Phonics Actions 

Phase 3 Jolly Phonics Actions

Phonics Play:

We also use a website called Phonics Play to support the children with their phonics learning. This a great resource to try out and covers all the Phases from 1 – 6 as well as some really exciting games to consolidate your child’s learning.  At the moment, this website is currently free –so please log on with the following code and explore!

 

English

The text for Term 1 is Elfa and from this we will be writing a recount and focusing on perfecting our letter formation and where the letters sit on the line.

The information below provides details about the areas of learning that you child will cover whilst in Year 1. Children are expected to meet these requirements by the end of Year 1. These are based on the guidance from the National Curriculum (September 2014).

Year 1 English

 

GPaS

The National Curriculum 2014 has highlighted the importance of teaching children explicit knowledge of Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling. Building this knowledge is best achieved through a focus on grammar within the teaching of reading, writing and speaking. Once pupils are familiar with a grammatical concept [for example ‘plural noun suffixes’], they will be encouraged to apply and explore this concept in the grammar of their own speech and writing.

The table below shows the GPaS concepts introduced in Year 1:

Word Regular plural noun suffixes s or –es [for example, dog, dogs; wish, wishes], including the effects of these suffixes on the meaning of the noun

Suffixes that can be added to verbs where no change is needed in the spelling of root words (e.g. helping, helped, helper)

How the prefix un– changes the meaning of verbs and adjectives [negation, for example, unkind, or undoing: untie the boat]

Sentence How words can combine to make sentences

Joining words and joining clauses using and

Text Sequencing sentences to form short narratives
Punctuation Separation of words with spaces

Introduction to capital letters, full stops, question marks and exclamation marks to demarcate sentences

Capital letters for names and for the personal pronoun I

Terminology for pupils letter, capital letter, word, singular, plural, sentence

punctuation, full stop, question mark, exclamation mark

Spelling

Spelling in Year 1 is taken from the National Curriculum 2014. The table below lists the statutory requirements for the year group.

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Useful sites for spelling:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Search.aspx?q=spelling%20activities%20KS1

https://www.teachitprimary.co.uk/ks1-english/spelling-for-beginners/tags/3258

Maths

The information below provides details about the areas of learning that you child will cover whilst in Year 1. Children are expected to meet these requirements by the end of Year 1. These are based on the guidance from the National Curriculum (September 2014).

Year 1 Maths

 

Homework

Children are provided with a home reading book at their level. They are expected to read this daily. Please write in your child’s contact book when they have finished reading their book so that the teacher knows to change it. Your child will receive weekly English and Maths homework. This is based on the learning that they have completed that week in class. It is sent home on a Thursday and needs to be returned the following Tuesday.

As well as the academic homework, including daily reading that the children complete, we want to encourage and celebrate the children’s creative side. The children are encouraged to use their thinking hats to create a piece of homework that we can share with the whole school community, including parents, at parent’s evening.  They can pick from one of the suggested ideas or create an idea of their own. The children will vote for the most create homework (green hat thinking) from each class. Good luck!

Below is the link for the Cornerstones homework. This should be returned to school by 20th October.

 

 

Curriculum Website Links

The below websites may be useful for supporting your child further with their learning:

Letters and Sounds (Phonics games) http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/

Phonics Play (Phonics games) http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/

Oxford Owl (Online reading books) https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/

Maths ICT Games http://www.ictgames.com

Letter Join (Handwriting) http://www.letterjoin.co.uk/

Pronunciation of phonic sounds https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqhXUW_v-1s

Jolly Phonics songs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Djz82FBYiug

Space https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub/index.html

Animals https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/

London https://www.visitlondon.com/things-to-do/family-activities

Range of topics areas http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/

Woodland activities https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/naturedetectives/blogs/nature-detectives-blog/2015/07/woodland-activities-children/

Spelling Shed https://www.spellingshed.com/en-gb

TT Rockstars https://ttrockstars.com/ 

White Rose Maths Reasons Problems https://whiterosemaths.com/resources/classroom-resources/problems/

Educational Top Marks Games https://www.topmarks.co.uk/