Phonics is of great importance in Year 1. We build on the phase 3 and 4 sounds taught in Year R, learning phase 5 and learning to blend with fluency. The children will be able to read both real words and made up words, adding sound buttons to identify the different sounds in the words.
I cant recommend watching Mr Thorne Does Phonics on YouTube highly enough. It will enable you to ensure your child is correctly saying the sounds as well as reinforcing their learning. For a fun, interactive website that echoes the games played in school to make learning fun I would suggest PhonicsPlay. Teach Your Monster To Read is another great site, as is Phonicsbloom.
Mr Thorne- https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqh11DN6jmbC-OTx1N8jpEo6uCTeTDszR
Please see examples of sound buttons alongside the different phase sounds mats at the bottom of this page.
Our topic question for Autumn 1 is... Arrr you ready to sail?
Our topic is pirates and we are looking forward to an exciting half term filled with adventure for the children! We will use the text driver Captain Jack and the Pirates in English, think about materials in Science, focus on the team in PSHE, show off basic computer skills in ICT, design and make pirate biscuits and a treasure chest in D+T and plenty more. Please see the Topic overview which will be sent home with your child at the start of the term.
We do PE twice a week so please ensure your child has the correct PE kit (red shorts and white t-shirt) alongside a pair of trainers that they can do up independently. Please ensure these are clearly labelled and in a separate bag for their peg.
Please remember to read with your child as much as possible- a minimum of five times per week. It really is the gateway to other learning! It needs only to be a few pages from their school book, a home book or even from their Bookbug account. Children should also be completing a maths challenge which could be discussing the time to o'clock, counting in 2s,5s or 10s or even just playing a board game using dice. Please briefly record both of these tasks in your reading diary and on your maths cards.
Additional homework will be set on a Thursday and will be due in on the following Tuesday at the latest. Spellings will be given on Friday for the following Friday - you could use your cursive handwriting sheets to work on both spellings and handwriting at the same time.
Please feel free to contact me if required. Mornings are quite hectic but I am available most days after school for a quick chat.