Year 1

It is so great that we are all back to school and are excited to be learning again. 

Until the Easter holidays we are celebrating spring and the new life that we see around us.

We have chosen some stories about farm animals to support our English learning:

A squash and a squeeze by Julia Donaldson

Rosie's walk by Pat Hutchins

Farmer Duck by Jez Alborough

We will then read the Easter story.

 

Thank you for your amazing hard work that you have done during lockdown. 
It's been fantastic to see how well some of you have done with your learning, especially your reading and it was a pleasure for us to be able to move lots of you up in your reading levels.
 
A MASSIVE thank you to your grown ups for all of their help, dedication, patience and support.
 
Please keep reading at home, lot's to read, will help you succeed!
Have a look at the ideas below to keep your family active together and to look after your wellbeing.
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 !
Phonics.
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. 
Click on these links to help with learning at home.
Phonics
Handwriting
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!
Maths
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!
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