Welcome to Year 1
The year 1 team for 2019/20 consists of Miss Cox (1C) and Miss Bland (1D), along with our teaching assistants Miss Warner (1C) and Mrs Jones (1D). We are looking forward to lots of learning - and fun - over the coming months. Please read our curriculum newsletters to find out what the children will be learning.
Our topic this term is Our wonderful world! During this term, we will be reading stories and writing about The Rabbit Problem and the Bog Baby. We will be learning about animals and plants and will begin to look at the world around us. Through this topic we will also be exploring non-fiction texts to gather and present information about animals and plants.
Year 1 home learning tasks
We hope that everyone is staying safe and well at home.
Each week we will be setting some tasks for the children to complete on Education City (5 English, 5 maths and 2 science). These activities will be live on the website from Monday until Sunday. The teachers will be reviewing the tasks regularly to ensure they are being completed.
As well as this, there is a weekly written task and a creative task, which will be uploaded and explained on the website. These tasks are to be completed one step at a time, in the children's home learning book throughout the week. The written task will build up to an extended piece of writing based around our current topic; on top of this there is also a creative task.
In Year 1 we have been looking at firework poems as part of our English work. We have been listening to poems and sharing our opinions with each other. After talking about a range of poems, we have been practising performing them in front of the class. The children really enjoyed standing up in front of their friends and reading out loud.
Phonics at Milby
At Milby, we use Letters and Sounds which is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven. There are six overlapping phases in the programme; please ask your child's teacher which phase your child is on, so that you can support home learning. Enjoy exploring the suggested websites and have fun!
Phonic Knowledge and Skills
Phase One (Nursery/Reception)
|Activities are divided into seven aspects, including environmental sounds, instrumental sounds, body sounds, rhythm and rhyme, alliteration, voice sounds and finally oral blending and segmenting.|
Phase Two (Reception) up to 6 weeks
|Learning 19 letters of the alphabet and one sound for each. Blending sounds together to make words. Segmenting words into their separate sounds. Beginning to read simple captions.|
|Phase Three (Reception) up to 12 weeks||The remaining 7 letters of the alphabet, one sound for each. Graphemes such as ch, oo, th representing the remaining phonemes not covered by single letters. Reading captions, sentences and questions. On completion of this phase, children will have learnt the "simple code", i.e. one grapheme for each phoneme in the English language.|
Phase Four (Reception) 4 to 6 weeks
|No new grapheme-phoneme correspondences are taught in this phase. Children learn to blend and segent longer words with adjacet consonants, e.g. swim, clap, jump.|
|Phase Five (Throughout Year 1)||Now we move on to the "complex code". Children learn more graphemes for the phonemes which they already know, plus different ways of pronouncing the graphemes they already know.|
|Phase Six (Throughout Year 2 and beyond)||Working on spelling, including prefixes and suffixes, doubling and dropping letters etc.|