The Year 1 Curriculum
Throughout the year the children will be taught to use a variety of strategies to decode unfamiliar words when reading. Children will read individually and as part of a group. Books will be changed on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We also send out a poetry book each Monday which they are encouraged to read alongside their ordinary book. Read this with your child and you could even have a go at learning one of them off by heart every now and then.
Please will you sign to say you have read with your child, otherwise, we will think you haven't read the book and will give it out again.
In fiction children will be learning lots about oceans and creatures that live under the sea. They will be learning to write fiction and non fiction and reading a variety of books including ocean themed texts.
Children will be grouped for phonics and will be following Letters and Sounds to improve their reading and writing using phonemes and blends.
Spellings will begin this week (17.9.12) Children will have a number of spellings in a little book to practise each week. Please don't practise the spellings in that book as it is only for testing and new spellings. Books will be marked and sent home each Tuesday.
Children will take part in a guided reading session each week. This replaces individual reading so you may not see an individual entry in your reading record book other than the guided reading entry. This method of reading is far more valuable and instructive and children participate in follow up activities which help with phonics, comprehension and building story vocabulary.
Any parents who have time to help in class and hear readers are always welcome. Please let your child's teacher know if you are available to help for an hour, an afternoon or at the beginning or end of the day.
The key objectives are:
¨ To count reliably at least 10 objects
¨ To count on and back in ones from any small number and back to zero.
¨ To read, write and order numbers from 0 to at 10/20 and beyond.
¨ To begin to understand the operation of addition, and of subtraction, and use the related vocabulary
¨ To know by heart all pairs of numbers that have a total of 10
¨ To use mental strategies to solve simple problems using counting, addition, subtraction, doubling and halving, explaining methods and reasoning orally
¨ To compare two lengths, masses or capacities by direct comparison
¨ To suggest suitable standard or uniform non-standard units, measuring equipment to estimate, then measure, a length, mass or capacity
¨ To use everyday language to describe features of familiar 3D and 2D shapes
During this half term (Autumn) is Ourselves. We will be learning more about the 5 senses and how our bodies work. We try to make science very practical and 'hands on' with lots of investigation and working outside.