This year in Year 1 we are looking at a range of topics, including ‘This is Me’, ‘Around the world in 35 days’ and ‘Let it Grow’. Throughout each topic we will be covering areas of history, geography, art and science.
You can receive regular updates on what your child is doing during the year by following the Year 1 Instagram page, parkgateyear1. This page shows photographs each week to show what we are up to and what we are learning. Make sure you follow ‘parkgateyear1’ on Instagram.
Something that we very much love in Year 1 is reading therefore we really hope you can share this experience with your child. We ask that you to listen to your child read daily and write a note in their diary to let the teacher know how they got on. Your child will also be reading with a teacher in a 1:1 session every week, and they in turn will let you know how they have got on. We see a great importance in keeping a dialogue between school and home in order to help your child make the most progress possible. In order to do this, we ask for your child’s home school diary to be brought into school each day, along with their current reading book.
In Year 1, P.E is split into Group 1 and Group 2. Group 1 has PE every Monday and Wednesday afternoon. Group 2 has PE every Tuesday and Friday. It is very important that each child brings their own P.E kit (shorts, t-shirt and plimsoles) which is to be kept in school until each half term.
This webpage contains all the information you need to know. Listed below are some websites which can help you in your learning. Enjoy taking part in these activities when you are at home and continuing your learning outside of school. Continue to check the website on a regular basis as it will be regularly updated with new items added.
Maths games: http://www.ictgames.com/
English games: http://www.ictgames.com/
Science games: http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Interactive.aspx?cat=63
The Year 1 team are always available and happy to discuss any queries you may have.
Key Stage 1 Phonics
In Key Stage 1 we follow the Letters and Sounds scheme of work which is taught through different phases. These phases consist of different phonemes that the children learn alongside actions. We use this scheme in conjunction with Jolly Phonics, which gives a specific action to each sound. The children are also exposed to a range of vocabulary such as digraphs, trigraphs, phonemes, and pseudos. The aim of phonics is to improve children’s ability to blend sounds together to read a word and segment sounds in order to spell a word. Although the children have a daily 30-minute phonics lesson, the subject is something that is stretched across the curriculum, but in particular guided reading and English.
In June there will be a national phonics test for children in Year 1 which will focus on recognising and blending sounds in order to read real and pseudo words.
On the website below are lots of fun phonics games the children can enjoy at home: https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/