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Welcome to Year 1 


The year 1 team for 2020/21 consists of Mrs Merrick (1C) and Miss Bland (1D), along with our teaching assistants Miss Warner (1D) and Mrs Jones (1C).  We are looking forward to lots of learning - and fun - over the coming months.  Please read our curriculum newsletters and knowledge organiser to find out what the children will be learning.

Creative Communication

This half term our topic is called Creative Communication.  The children will be finding out all about how to write and post a letter in different forms including electronic communication via email.  They will find out where mail may go by exploring the United Kingdom and locating the four countries on a map. 

The children will also be investigating how sound and light both travel and investigating sources.  

Year 1 Power Maths

Artwork in the style of Pablo Picasso

We have looked at paintings by Pablo Picasso and then created our own images of multi-coloured faces.

Children In Need 2020

We had a great time wearing our pyjamas to school for Children In Need this year.
This half term we have really enjoyed investigating shadows and making our own shadow puppets.

Year 1 autumn curriculum newsletter 2020

Year 1 autumn knowledge organiser 2020

Writing key objectives

Maths key objectives

Year 1 long term plan

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.