Next term we will learning all about Endangered Animals. We will be engaging Year 1 in learning that raises awareness of real life issues and thinking about ways that we can make a difference to the world.
We will start our learning journey by reading about the troubles that face orangutans through the text There's a Rang-Tan in my Bedroom and we will be visiting Twycross Zoo to see the Orangutan face to face. We will be reading about how palm oil plantations in Borneo are affecting the Orangutans wellbeing and thinking about the changes we can make to help.
Mr Blakemore will be taking the children for PE 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.
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 sent home each week. There are also lots of fantastic interactive games online which you can play with your child to practice. See the links below.
In the cloakroom, we also have some phonics books which you can take home to read with your child. Please sign a book out using the clipboard provided. The phase will depend on your child's phonics skills so please find your child's name on the clipboards.
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