What to expect in Year 1
Light touch learning and plenty of fun!
Leaving Foundation behind and moving into Year 1 can feel like a big step for both children and their parents. Your child’s Year 1 teacher is there to make this transition easier for everyone by supporting the children (and their parents!) in their next learning step. Year 1 teachers remark about how the children return from their summer break looking taller and wiser and ready for a challenge.
A good school will make the transition into Year 1 a smooth one. The children will still be learning through play, they will still be exploring, discovering and making plenty of use of their role-play corner.
Your child’s day may be a little more structured than it was in Foundation and they may have to sit at a table for a little longer than they are used to, but they will still also be learning in a variety of ways; while moving, exploring outdoors, in groups, on the carpet or walking around the school!
What will my child do in Year 1?
Your child will have left the EYFS behind in Foundation, although some goals may be carried on with them as they move into Year 1. This will be their first year of the National Curriculum.
Like all year groups, Year 1 has government statutory schemes of learning to follow. The children will be assessed at the end of the year to see if they have reached the expected standard. All children are supported in order to achieve this and are given extra support and guidance if needed.
There is a Year 1 phonics screening test in June, which helps your child’s teacher to identify if your child is secure in sounding out and blending graphemes. It also detects if they can read phonically decodable words. Don’t be worried about this test. Your child’s teacher will be assessing your child daily and will have identified any areas they need to focus on well before the test date.
Further really useful information for parents from Oxford Owl can be found here: https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/at-school/year-1-at-primary-school/
Homework This will be set every 3/4 weeks linking to our Knowledge Organisers shown below. Each home learning grid will be uploaded onto Seesaw. They will consist of a variety of tasks across the curriculum (some compulsory and some optional tasks). Please help us by encouraging your children to complete their homework and share their work with us on Seesaw.
Welcome back to Year 1!
We hope you are looking forward to the rest of the year back in school. We are really looking forward to welcoming you all back!
We are all here to help you with any questions or problems you may have so please do not hesitate to ask. We realise that it has been a strange year for everybody and your happiness at school is very important to all of us.
Here is some important information about your school week:
Please bring your reading book and reading record to school on Tuesday and Thursday. These days will remain year 1 reading days where your child will read to the class teacher or teaching assistant.
You should be reading every day at home (if possible) and, as a minimum, three times a week. Research into learning shows that the more that you develop your comprehension skills and understanding of vocabulary the better you will do in school across the whole of the curriculum.
P.E days will be on a Tuesday and Wednesday. Please wear appropriate P.E kit to school on these days. Prepare for the sessions to be outdoors unless the weather does not allow for this.
Every day, you will not need to bring anything to school other than a water bottle and your packed lunch (if you are not having a school dinner), as all other equipment will be provided for you.
Homework activities will resume after the Easter holidays. In the meantime, please continue to read regularly and practise reading and writing the year 1 common exception word list. These are the words that you should aim to spell and read correctly in any independent work, not just for a weekly test.
Please do continue to use this app to share any learning that you have completed at home or to get in contact with us.
We are all here to help you with any questions or problems you may have so please do not hesitate to ask.
Miss Galloway, Mrs Luscombe and Mrs Hodge
Year 1 Knowledge Organisers
The Year 1 knowledge organisers are to share your child's curriculum journey whilst in KS1.
At the start of each unit we will talk through the knowledge organiser, asking the children what information has sparked their interest, and if they have any questions.
Therefore, please view them to see what your child will be learning each term and what new skills they will be developing.
Useful links to use at home
Please use the links below to support home learning.
If you forget your passwords at anytime for My Maths or Numbots please let a member of the Year 1 team know so we can help.