Year 1

Week beginning 12th July:
Hello Everyone,
Please login to eschools to see the learning for this week and join us daily for our 9:30am class Zoom call.

Meeting ID: 930 7897 6900


Our learning project for the summer is:

 " What would you see on an Savannah Safari?"

We will be learning about life in Kenya and all about the amazing African Safari animals.

Our reading books are 'Lila and the Secret of rain', 'One day in the Savannah' and 'Massai and I'.



It's the final half term of the year and what a year we have had. The children are working so hard at the moment especially on our phonics reading and writing.
It's been fabulous that so many of you are bringing in the reading books to change twice a week and it's making a huge difference to the progress of your children  Remember that we are subscribed to bug club which has all of the reading books electronically and has questions and games to support the reading. the more they read the more stickers they can collect. To complete each book you need to click on the bug face and answer his questions. They can read their reading books with you and then practice it either with you or independently so it's a great opportunity for revision too. 
We had great fun learning all about Diwali. We learned the story of Rama and Sita.
We made puppets of the characters and acted it out. We also did some amazing writing.
Check out our awesome colour mixing !
We teach phonics every day. Phonics helps us to decode the letters in a word to enable us to read it.
Our phonics lessons follow a basic structure. We begin with revising the phonemes (sounds) that we have already learnt. We then learn a new phoneme, grapheme (letter/s that make the sound) or tricky word. After that, we practise the new learning and  we then apply it by using it to help us read or write a few sentences. We do this by sounding out the phoneme. When we have sounded out the phonemes we blend them  together to say the word. Eg: r-ai-n  blend it together to say rain.
What's a phoneme?
These are the sounds that we use when we speak English. There are 44 altogether and so we need to practice everyday so that we can remember them all.
The next stage of phonics  gets a bit trickier because we learn that there is often more than one grapheme used to spell the same phoneme.
What's  a grapheme?
A grapheme is the way that we write a phoneme. For example the are lots of ways of writing the 'ai' phoneme, for example, rain,  madeeight, they.
During year one we learn about all of the alternative graphemes for all of the phonemes.
We also learn that there are some graphemes that have more than one phoneme so the same letters sound different. For example, window, brown.
As you can imagine, the children have a lot to learn but we are always so amazed by how incredible the children are and how quickly they can learn such a vast and sometimes confusing subject.
How can I help my child?
Read with you child everyday. The more the children read the easier it becomes. They become familiar with the different phonemes and graphemes and the contexts they in which they are used. Reading also helps to develop vocabulary and punctuation in writing. 
Please login to your eschools account for this weeks phonic learning. 
We have been working hard to understand measurement. We drew around our hands and compared them to our friends. We also compared our heights. It was a challenge to sort ourselves out with no help from our teachers but we managed it eventually!
Click on these links to help with learning at home.
Reading and Spelling
We have been so pleased with how many parents are listening to their children read and are also spending time to share books together. Thank you. This makes such a difference for your child.
The audible website. If you select 'Littlest Listeners' there are a selection of books to listen to and nursery rhymes and songs to sing along to. It could be  good to listen to these whilst drawing or trying a jigsaw puzzle. Some of the books are single stories; others are much larger compilations so have a look and explore!
Number fun portal: This site is for ages 3 -11 and is full of maths songs and activities. Have a try at Farmer Pete’s chicken song!
Click on the link below to take you to the National Online Safety website. Here you can download parent guides about popular apps and games.