We are very much looking forward to our first full week teaching and learning in Year 1! We hope that all of the children enjoyed their first few days with us and are looking forward to some interesting and exciting topics.
In maths this week, we will be looking at sorting, counting and representing objects to 10. The children should be able to sort objects based on different criteria, such as size, colour or shape as well as identify the criteria of pre-arranged groups. Children should also be able to count objects up to 10 in the correct order, putting objects in a line will help with their accuracy. Finally, the children will look at how to represent different numbers using objects, such as cubes and counters, and pictorial representations.
We will also be encouraging the children to practice their number formation to ensure that numbers from 0-9 are formed correctly and not reversed.
Games to play at home :
In phonics, we will be starting at the very beginning of Phase 3. These will be sounds that your children will have already learned in Reception and we will be doing a re-cap of them. This week we will be looking at the j, v, w and x sounds. It is important that the children can blend these sounds for reading and segment them when writing to help with spelling.
For more information about how phonics is taught at Heymann please follow this link: https://www.heymann.notts.sch.uk/page/?title=Phonics&pid=100. We will also be focusing on learning how to read and write the tricky words he, she, to and the.
Phonics games: https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/
Phonics resources: http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/phase-3.html
Tricky words song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvMyssfAUx0
Sounds of the English phonics code: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwJx1NSineE&t=214s
Our writing focus this week will be based around the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The children will learn the story and try to remember the events in order by drawing their own story map. They will then label the main characters and objects. It is important that the children are using their phonics skills to identify the sounds within the words to help with their spelling. We will be encouraging the children to use the cursive Heymann handwriting style as well as ensuring that their labelling is the correct way around (left to right). We encourage the children to look at lots of different versions of the same story to see common themes within them, but also to recognise that there are many ways to tell the same story. One version has been added below on a PowerPoint for you to read at home.
Each week we will have a handwriting focus which you can find in a document on the main Year 1 page. We will be following the Letter Join scheme that you can access at home for practice. You can also find our Year 1 writing targets on the same page.
We encourage you to read with your children at least 3 times a week to ensure they are applying their phonics skills and developing a life long love of reading. We will read with them at least once a week during guided reading sessions at school. Over the next few weeks, we will be assessing the children's reading levels and sending them home with a coloured book banded book, as well as a reading record for you to document their reading at home. This may not be until week 2 so don't worry if your child is not bringing home books straight away. You can also access a lot of online books through these websites:
We hope you all have a lovely week!
Please, feel free to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
The Year 1 Team x