The Big March Return!
I am so happy to have you all back on the 8th of March! I have missed you all so much and I know how hard this has been for you and your grown ups so make sure you give them a big hug and a huge thank you for helping you with your learning.
I know coming back to school might seem scary and you might be worried but we are going to have the best time together and lots of fun. If you do feel worried about anything you can talk to me or add your worry to our worry jar.
Most importantly I want you all to feel happy and safe in school so if I can help in any way please let me know. Don't forget your PE kits and reading books for our first day back
Welcome Back Class 1!
I am so proud of how you have all come back to school and settled in so well. You have all grown up so much and I am so impressed by your maturity especially with washing hands and keeping our distance.
Our PE days will be Thursday and Friday but if you can bring the PE kit on Monday and take it home on Friday, this will help if for some reason we need to do PE on another day.
Children are still taking part in the reading champions this will be a new challenge and starts today the 7th of September. After every 15 reads children will receive a certificate.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to speak to myself or Mrs Dewsnap. We will always be more than happy to help :)
I hope you are all enjoying your time at home with your families. I am missing you all very much. Here are some useful links to help with your learning at home. I am checking seesaw daily to see what you have all been up to. Whatever you do don't forget to have fun!
Year 1 websites and links
https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ - free phonics activities
https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/ - free on desktop (cost to download on ipads)
https://kids.classroomsecrets.co.uk/category/year-1/year-1-phonics/ - phase 4 and phase 5 phonic activities
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Interactive.aspx?cat=43 – a variety of ipad/computer friendly activities for maths and literacy
https://uk.ixl.com/ela/year-1 - literacy and maths activities (there is a subscription cost to this)
https://www.abcya.com/grades/1 - maths and literacy games (can be used on on ipads or computers)
https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/2014-curriculum-maths-resources/ks1-maths-resources/ks1-maths-resources-year-1 - a wide variety of printable resources for maths, literacy and phonics (4 weeks free for closed schools)
https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/kids-activities/fun-maths-games-and-activities/#maths-5-7 - year 1 resources and activities.
http://www.mathsphere.co.uk/resources/MathSphereSampleWorksheets.htm - printable maths worksheets, free resources, fun and games.
https://coolsciencelab.com/math_magician_addition.html - mental maths addition and subtraction (beat the clock)
Research and artist and create a piece of art inspired by them e.g. Mondrain, Picasso, Kandinsky
Continue with project – researching another country
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/levels/z3g4d2p - bbc bitesize offers a wide range of educational videos about a range of topics.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6DSMZ8b3LE - Continue to learn the continents song (it’s super catchy – sorry)
https://web.seesaw.me/ – you can upload photos of independent work for me to see (login as student and scan QR code for the specific class)
https://www.youtubekids.com/?hl=en-GB – you tube for children – parents can set children up on an account and subscribe to various things such as counting in 2s/5s/10s song, big numbers song (kids tv), number blocks, alpha blocks
PE will be twice a week. Please ensure children bring PE kits to school on Mondays and take them home on Fridays, just in case we need them on other days. Your child will need an indoor and outdoor kit.
Earrings - If your child has pierced ears we please ask that you remove piercings on PE days if your child is unable to do so independently.
PE days are currently Thursday and Friday but as mentioned this may need to change from time to time.
The children will be starting a new reading challenge in Year 1 where they will be rewarded with a reading badge when they have read 15 times at home. Reading with your child for just 10 minutes a day can help children to:
• Understand the world around them.
• Develop social and emotional skills.
• Improve at school in English, science, maths and other subjects.
• Build confidence with communication.
• Strengthen their bond with you and other family members.
Please change your child's book when you have finished reading it. Our book trolley is outside our classroom on the corridor. The books are banded by colour so please take the colour written in your child's reading record. Reading Records will be checked weekly during guided reading time so please ensure they are brought to school everyday.
Recommended Reads - Your child will have the opportunity to bring home one of our recommended reads to read each week, these are books for you to read with your child to promote reading for pleasure and enjoyment. Your child will be given the opportunity to change these once a week at the designated time.
If you have any questions about how you can support your child with reading at home please don't hesitate to ask.
Dangerous words are words that don't follow the phonics/spelling rules we teach in Year 1 & 2. They are common words which appear regularly in reading books. You will find a list of these words at the back of the reading record and in the learning log to practice reading and spelling at home. Take a look at the ICT games website for some fantastic games to support spelling and phonics.
Children in Year 1 are required to take the Phonics Screening Check. This check is designed to check children's phonics decoding skills. The screening takes place in June and is administered by teachers working individually with each child for about 15 minutes each. We approach this task sensitively and work positively with the children. The children are asked to read 40 words divided into two sections of 20 words. Both sections contain a mixture of real words and pseudo-words (non-words). The pseudo words are included because children can’t read them using their memory or vocabulary so they have to use their phonic decoding skills. The children often complete activities in school using pseudo words so this approach is not new to them.
To support your children at home with their phonics learning please practice the spelling rules set each week on spelling shed. There are also lots of fantastic interactive games online which you can play with your child to practice. See the links below.
TT Rockstars - Now children can count in 2's, 5's and 10's and have learnt about multiplication and division they can begin practicing their times tables on TT Rockstars. Please use the passwords stuck on the back of their reading records.
Counting Games - In Year 1 children will be learning to count in different ways, here are some ways you could count at home.
Each half term your child will receive a home learning challenge linked to the topic. This will be an open ended task for you to be as creative as you like with. I can't wait to see your creations.
If you have any questions please come and ask and I will do my best to help you.
How to practice writing at home