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Year 1

12th September 2016


A great welcome back to all of our Year 1 children! We hope you have had a lovely summer break with your parents.


This page is soon to be archived; however, you will be able to access the resources and we shall also have a 2016/2017 Year 1 area on the website with useful links and current information.


Below is the Powerpoint from the Year 1 Curriculum meeting, and your child will be sent home with an Autumn Curriculum Map which lists the learning in Year 1 this term.

12th September 2016


Milk in Year 1.

School milk is available free for children under five, and subsidised at around £15 per term for over-fives.


If you would like to register your child for milk, the quickest way is to contact or to phone 0844 854 2913 there is also a website with all the information 


Year 1 had a great time at the zoo! Here are some photos!

This week's Mental Maths questions were...


Mental Maths Test 29/06/16

25 + 5 = 10 + __

2 x 4 =

2 x 5 =

___ - 8 = 7

___ + 4 = 16

9 – 4 = ___ + 3

___ is before 5 + 13

Subtract 4 from 20

3 tens and 7 ones is the same as the number ____

Miss Brook has 16 cups. She puts 4 cups on each tray. How many trays does she need?

Phonics Screening Check Parent Meeting Presentation

Year 1 Phonics Screening Check Training Video

We advise all Year 1 parents to watch this video to inform them about how the Phonics screening check in June is administered and scored. The video exemplifies issues that could arise in the check which should help you when helping your child to prepare for the check.

Home tips to help parents support their child to pass the Year 1 Phonics Screening check in June.


  1. Practise reading speed sounds every day with your child at home – especially the sounds your child struggles most with. You will find all the sounds in the set 1, 2 3 videos posted on this page. Other trickier sounds will be found in the ‘Phonics Screening Parent-child Home Practise Booklet’.
  2. Practise reading alien words and real words provided in the ‘Phonics Screening Parent-child Home Practise booklet’, using Mr/ Thorne's videos posted below, and using the following site:
  3. Hear your child read every night and sign their reading record.
  4. Playing phonics games on the computer such as Phase 3, 4 5 or 6 activities on the Letters and Sounds website  e.g. Pirate Treasure game, Poop deck pirates, Dragon egg game etc.
  5. Make bingo games or domino games using the target phonics blends such as str, scr, spl, st. or sounds such as ch, sh, igh, oa, ay, ee, oo, or, ng.
  6. Read a selection of books and be “Sounds Detectives” hunting for the phonemes. “Can you hunt for the word with the “ee” sound in this sentence?”
  7. Give your child 3 sounds (for example: ee, oa, igh) and yourself 3 sounds (ch,sh,th) and as you share a story together, count how many times each sound occurs. The winner is the person who has found the most target sounds.
  8. Share some e-book stories from Oxford Reading Tree E-books for free.
  9. Watch the videos posted on the school website (more will be uploaded over the next few weeks which will further support reading alien and reading words)
  10. Read, Read and Read some more!


Mr. Thorne's Blending and Decoding Pseudo Words Practise Episode 1

Mr. Thorne's Blending and decoding of Pseudo words Episode 2

Mr Thorne's Blending and decoding of Pseudo words Episode 3

Mr. Thorne's Blending and Decoding of Pseudo words Episode 4

Mr. Thorne's Blending and Decoding Pseudo Words Episode 5

Mr Thorne's Blending and Decoding of Pseudo Words- Episode 6

Mr. Thorne Blending and decoding of Two syllable Pseudo Words Episode 7 - TRICKY!!

Ruth Miskin demonstrates how to teach complex sounds.

Ruth Miskin demonstrates how to teach complex sounds. Find out more about Read Write Inc. Phonics:

Set 1 Sounds

The follow video will support you to pronounce RWI Set 1 sounds correctly, and how to blend these sounds to read words.

Set 2 Sounds

This video shows you how to pronounce set 2 sounds correctly, and how to blend set 2 sounds to read words.

Set 3 Sounds

This video shows you how to pronounce Set 3 sounds and blend these together to read words.



When your child wants to write a sentence, encourage them to repeat the sentence aloud several times so that they internalise the sentence and are using the correct sentence structure. They may wish to say it in different, funny voices, as well as count the number of words in the sentence.

Encourage your child to use ‘fred fingers’ to spell phonetically plausible words (green words) in their sentence, listening carefully to their sounds. Allow your child to refer to their speed sound chart for reference and to ensure they choose the correct sound.

You may need to support your child with any tricky ‘red’ words in their sentence. You can practise spelling red words using the ‘cover spell check’ method.

Finally, remind them to always read back over their sentence after writing it. Get them to self-check; have they remembered capital letter and full stop? Have they remembered to leave a finger space in between each word? Have they remembered all the words in their sentence? Are most of the words spelt correctly?

Look Cover Say Write Check

Look-Cover-Say-Write-Check is a great strategy for children to learn new spelling words. In this PLD Literacy and Learning Insight, Diana Rigg discusses how to gain the maximum benefit from this technique. The video demonstrates how to slow down and focus children on the process.



You will have received your new login for Mathletics by the end of this week. please login in regularly to complete the assigned activities and participate in live Mathletics for quick recall practise.


Good luck!




You now have your Mathletics password. You will find them in your child's yellow reading record book. If you require another copy of your user name and password, then please contact your class teacher. You can now logon regularly to complete maths tasks. Don't forget to have a go on 'Live Mathletics!'.


Thank you for completing some fantastic literacy homework! We appreciate that at this early stage in Year 1 it is difficult to encourage our little ones to write. This task needs only be a few sentences reflecting on their understanding of the story. If your child is not yet ready to write, they could draw a picture or story map to show their understanding. This could then be annotated by an adult with a direct comment from your child explaining their understanding of the story.


If you have any questions regarding homework, please don't hesitate to speak to your class teacher after school.


Below are some images of Year 1 homework to provide inspiration in how to approach the Literacy tasks.

Literacy Homework

RED WORDS - These are words that cannot be easily decoded using phonics and instead the children need to learn to read and spell them by sight. The documents below will be helpful for you to practise reading and spelling red words with your child at home.


Correct pronunciation of sounds