Church Road, Astwood Bank
Redditch, Worcestershire, B96 6EH
01527 892 681

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Welcome to Year 1!

Year 1 is made up of 1LS with Mrs Stack, Mrs Leyland, Mrs Yates and 1R with Miss Roberts and Mrs Maddocks.  We are also very lucky to have Amber and Mrs Crockett who will also be working with both classes across this year.   On this page we will try our best to keep you informed of everything going on in Year 1. For more information about our topics and how you can help your child please see our Year One curriculum page.

Click HERE for our teacher stories page

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This week will be the last week of pirates before we move onto Rainbow Fish. The children have been looking at making their sentences more exciting to grab the readers attention by extending their sentences or adding adjectives. In maths we are on our last topic which is time. We are looking at telling the time to the hour and half past the hour. Phonics is still going well and we are have covered all of phase 5 now so over the next few weeks before summer we will be revisiting and recapping phases 3-5. 

Children's 5 friends: If you haven't already then please email in your child's choice of 5 friends preferably by this Tuesday 29th June as we are going to start looking at creating the year 2 classes this week. The way the 5 friends works is to make sure your child is with somebody that is on their list, this doesn't mean that your child will definitely be with the first or second child on their list; it is just a guide to help us make sure they are being placed with somebody they would like to be with.

Please do not forget about WORCESTER'S BIG Parade as the children worked hard on our elephant and she will be available to see on Worcester’s trail from 12th July. We would like to encourage you to go and visit our elephant and if you take any photos then we would love to see them so please send them in! All information relating to Worcester’s BIG Parade is available on our webpage under the ‘children’ tab.

Star words will still be done every Monday and these will be sent home with your child along with their reading books. As well as being able to read the star words it is also beneficial for the child to be able to spell these words and to be able to implement them into a sentence to help their understanding of the word and embed it in their learning & memory.

Homework: Now the children are settled back into school and their routine, we will now be setting homework everyday Monday to be handed in the following Monday. This will include sending a piece home in book bags and a piece to complete on Purple Mash. Please make sure your child brings their book bag or another type of bag into school every Monday along with their books so we can put their homework, star words and reading books in. 

Below are the last dates for Forest School this year. Please make sure you send your child in with a long sleeve top, trousers and wellies no matter the weather; this is to help the children to protect themselves whilst they are in Forest School.

Forest School:

Thursday 1st July- 1LS

Thursday 8th July- 1R

Thursday 15th July- 1LS – Last Forest School of the year.

Don’t forget that our door is always open if you need to discuss anything.

The Year 1 team 😊

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Star Words  

You should find a star word sheet in your book bag which will come home on Monday.  These will have a range of the common exception and tricky words that your child must learn by sight over the course of the year.  If you can read through these as often as possible it will have a big impact on your child's reading particularly if phonics doesn't come easy to them, as this allows them to recognise a good bank of words on a page with minimal effort! It is designed to see how many words they can read in a minute and the amount should increase over the week building confidence and a feeling of success.  We will check the words in school and as long as with us they read the words within a minute accurately we will swap it for another sheet.  If they are not quite secure we will leave it another week to really consolidate their quick recall. We are aware that some children may already recognise the words on the sheet and that is great! See if they can spell the words, it's surprising how even the simplest of words don't transfer over to their writing until they are much more secure with them.  If they can spell them in isolation the next step will be to see if they can put them in a sentence.  

 

Phonics

In school we deliver phonics every day to help children learn their sounds and to segment and blend words to help them read. We have revisited all of our phase 2 sounds, phase 2 tricky words phase 3 and phase 3 tricky words. We have also covered phase 4 along with phase 4 tricky words and we have also covered all of phase 5. 

See the pictures below to learn how letter formation is taught and the key language we use to help the children start, finish correctly and sit the letters on the line.

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