Year 1 Autumn Term 2019
Class teachers: Mr T. Lundy
Miss F. Miah
Mrs M. James
Teaching Assistants: Mrs C. Short Mrs H. Dollery
Mrs. J. Ginger
Other staff working in Year 1 are Miss Desai, Mrs Sachdeva and staff from Sports Plus.
Welcome to Year 1. This page explains some of the work we will be doing during the first haft term of school.
We look forward to getting to know you and your child over the coming year and you will have the opportunity to discuss how your child has settled into Year 1 at our parents’ evening just before half term.
Please ensure that your child brings their book bag and reading record to school every day. It is important that you read at home with your child daily. It is expected that you will write a note in their reading record every week commenting on their home reading. Teachers will also use this record to provide brief feedback or suggest areas to practice or focus on at home.
If you have any questions during this first term please don’t hesitate to ask.
This half term we will be exploring a range of texts and genres. These will include Dangerous by Tim Warnes, ‘Dear Zoo’ by Rod Campbell and ’Lima’s Red Hot Chilli’ by David Mills. We will use ‘Talk for Writing’ techniques to help the children learn the texts and write their own innovated versions. We will also be exploring a range of poetry and rhymes. These texts will also be used to complement other areas of the curriculum.
Daily teaching of phonics will continue to aid your child’s reading and writing. We will continue to practice blending our sounds and learning our tricky words to help us read more independently. The children will be sharing and listening to a wide variety of stories, poems and non-fiction texts to help expand their vocabulary and develop their understanding.
Phonics Phase 3
To give the sound when shown all or most Phase Two and Phase Three graphemes;
To be able to blend and read CVC words (i.e. single-syllable words)
To be able to segment and make a phonemically plausible attempt at spelling CVC words
To be able to read the tricky words he, she, we, me, be, was, my, you, her, they, all, are
To be able to spell the tricky words the, to, I, no, go;
Phonics Phase 4
To give the sound when shown any Phase 2 or Phase 3 grapheme.
To be able to blend and read words containing adjacent consonants.
To be able to segment and spell words containing adjacent consonants.
To be able to read the tricky words some, one, said, come, do, so, were. When, have, there, out, like, little, what.
To be able to spell the tricky words he, she, we, me, be, was, my, you, her, they, all, are.
Phonics Phase 5
To apply the common graphemes.
To apply phonic knowledge and skill as the prime approach to reading and spelling unfamiliar words that are not completely decodable.
To read and spell phonically decodable 2-syllable and 3-syllable words.
To read automatically all the words in the list of 100 high frequency words.
To accurately spell most of the words in the list of 100 high frequency words.
To form each letter correctly.
We will be improving our speaking and listening skills through activities and drama to develop our language and vocabulary.
We will be practising good writing habits in class, making sure we are sitting in the correct positions and holding our pencils correctly. We are following the Penpals Handwriting scheme of work. This half term we will be practicing our letter formation to make sure we start and end out letters in the correct places. We will learn which letters belong to the same family and are written in similar ways. We will also continue to build our finger muscles using a range of activities in class.
In Maths this term we will be focusing on numbers from 0 to 20. The children will begin to learn how to read and write numbers (words and digits), order numbers and explore number bonds. We will learn to count in a range of ways and compare the size of numbers. To deepen mathematical understanding the children will be encouraged to articulate their thinking and reflect on the methods they have used. The children will engage with a wide range of mathematical resources and equipment to support their learning.
Many areas of the curriculum are covered in the afternoon through cross curricular topics that are designed to capture the children’s imagination. As we settle in to Year 1, our first topic will be ‘All About Me’. The children will be thinking about themselves and their bodies. In Science, we will be learning the names of different parts of our bodies. We will be exploring our senses and linking this to our work in literacy and maths. We will learn about the importance of exercise and how to stay safe around school. As winter draws in, we will also look at how our environment changes from autumn to winter.
Our RE topic this half term is belonging. The children will be learning about belonging to different groups and how this makes us feel. We will also be learning about Diwali in preparation for our assembly.
This term we are developing our core sports skills (throwing, catching, running, jumping etc.) Please make sure your child brings a labelled PE kit and uniform. Long hair should be tied back in line with our school uniform policy and the only earrings permitted are small, plain studs. Children will be asked to remove all other earrings.