Year 1 - Wagtails 2021
Welcome to Year 1
Click here to see our curriculum map for the year
In the summer term, we will be learning all about animals, including humans and plants, including trees.
A treemendous trip to Wakehurst
We visited the wonderful Wakehurst to study plants and trees. The class learned the difference between deciduous and evergreen trees, while learning about the different parts of a plant and tree. There was a lot of walking involved so lots of tired Wagtails by the end!
This week we are learning how to count to 100! What a big number! We are learning how to read them, write them and make them using resources.
In English, we are reading, 'Tree' by Britta Teckentrup. This ties in with our Science learning from across the year and we have taken photos in each season next to the same tree to see the difference. We are learning how to describe a setting and how to write from a different perspective i.e. writing as an animal character who lives through all four seasons.
World Book Day
Year 1 wrote their very own story based on the characters we dressed up as. In pairs, they illustrated it. Enjoy reading!
Over the course of the year we are learning about the seasons. So far we have learned about Autumn, Winter and Spring. We are taking photos by the same trees throughout the year to spot the difference.
Meet the Teacher
The information from our Meet the Teacher session is attached. We hope this gives you all the key information you need, but if you have any further questions do let us know.
Phonics for Parents
Attached is a PowerPoint presentation that goes through what phonics is and how we teach it in Years R, 1 and 2. If you came to the phonics meeting last year you may recognise it! However, now your children are in Year 1 you may find it useful to refresh your knowledge and see what new things your children will be learning this year.
Below are examples of the Phonics Screening Check that Year 1 will complete in June.
Ask Me About
What have we been doing this week? Find out in the 'Ask me about' (attached below).
Our Ask Me Abouts are uploaded once every two weeks. Our new homework grid for the first half of the Autumn term is below.
Have a look at West Sussex Libraries page (click on the link below). They have some great childrens activities and, if you are a member, you can access eBooks, eComics and eMagazines for free. You just need your library card number.
Reading to your child
There are two aspects of reading: reading to your child and your child reading to you.
When reading books to your child, these can be books that are above their own reading level, exposing them to a wide range of interesting plots, characters and vocabulary. As you read you can discuss what is happening in the story, what they think will happen next and why they think different things are happening. It might spark ideas for activities they want to do after reading: making models of the characters, drawing pictures of their favourite part of the story, acting out the story, writing a book review. Read a range of books: stories, information books and poems.
If you feel you have exhausted all your books at home, try some of these:
Lots of authors have their own youtube channels:
Lots of children's stories have been animated or dramatised versions:
Phonics and your Child's Reading
In Year 1 the children are mainly working on Phase 5 phonics, following the government's Letters and Sounds programme. Letters_and_Sounds
The Powerpoint below has the key sounds we normally revise with children ready for the Phonics Screening check in June. We spend the Autumn and Spring Terms learning them and then go back over them in the Summer Term. Those in black just have one way of pronouncing them, the ones in purple have more than one way (examples of which are shown on the second click).
Alongside the sounds (phonemes), the children also learn to read the tricky words, see attachment below.
They then put this into practise when reading. If you run out of reading books at home there are lots of free books online. Oxford Owl has a free account for parents and has free ebooks for all reading levels. Information can be found on the site as to how their levels match up with the colour bands. https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/
Alphablocks is a great Cbeebies programme that supports phonics learning. https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/alphablocks?page=2
Most of all we want children to enjoy reading!
The main elements of writing for Year 1 to focus on are:
- sounding out words to write them phonetically
- form their letters correctly (lower case and capital letters) (Twinkl have activities for this)
- using finger spaces
- using capital letters at the beginning of sentences, for names, places, days of the week and I
- using full stops at the end of sentences
- using 'and' to join sentences
- write a series of sentences to form a short piece of writing
- re-read what they have written to check it makes sense
- talk about what they have written
- read their writing aloud
So they can write about anything they want to! Find something that interests them or write as part of a game or other activity.
Below is a spelling list for the common exception words in Year 1, they should also be able to spell the tricky words from phonics (some words are on both lists) by the end of Year 1.
The main objectives for maths in Year 1 are:
- count read and write to 100,
- count in 2s, 5s, and 10s
- read and write the numbers 1 - 20 in words
- know number bonds to 10 and 20 (e.g. 1+19 = 20, 2+18 = 20 ...)
- add and take away with numbers up to 20 (resources can be used, e.g. number line or objects)
- solve simple problems involving adding and taking away
- find, recognise and name 1/2 and 1/4 of shapes, objects and quantities
- recognise coins and notes (money)
- tell the time to the hour and half hour
- compare, describe and solve practical problems to do with: length and height, mass and weight, volume and capacity and time.
- recognise and use lanaguge realting to dates, inclduing days of the week and months of the year
- recognise 2D (rectangles (including sqaures, circles and triangles))
- recognise 3D shapes (e.g. cuboids (including cubes), pyramids and spheres)
The children could practise these in any practical activites around the home.
Topmarks is a good site for maths games. www.topmarks.co.uk
Numberblocks is a great Cbeebies programme that support maths learning. https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/numberblocks