Year 1

NEWS

World Book Day 2022

The children had an exciting day sharing stories and exploring some of their favourite books. It was great to see how the children had brought some of our best loved stories to life with their amazing costumes! Wow, what a transformation! We started World Book Day by reading a new story called Franklin’s Flying Bookshop. The story talked about the importance of sharing stories and the different types of books we can read. It also discussed the importance of not judging a person by how they appear…a little bit like not judging a book by it’s cover!

 

Children’s Mental Health and Well-Being Week

As part of Children’s Mental Health and Well-Being week, we have been talking about feeling and emotions and how they can change depending on who we are with, what we are doing and where we are. The theme was ‘Growing Together’. We all joined in with mindfulness activities such as meditation, yoga, relaxation and massage. The children enjoyed reading the story ‘The Colour Monster’ and matched different feelings to the colours from the story.

Safer Internet Day

The children had a great time learning all about different ways to stay safe on the internet. We read the story ‘Digiduck’ and discussed how important it is to keep personal information private. We then went outside and played games, thinking about what information is safe to share online and what information is to be kept private. 

Instructions – Making a Jam Sandwich

The children have been busy learning all about instructions. We read a story called ‘The Giant Sandwich’ and decided to make our own sandwich to help the characters in the story. The children talked about what was needed to make a jam sandwich and were able to sequence the instructions. They then wrote their own set of instructions using time words at the start of each step. We finished off the week by following the instructions and making our very own jam sandwiches! They were delicious!

Visit from Liverpool Library Services

We had a lovely story-telling visit from Irene Mandlekow from Liverpool Library Services. The Year 1 children loved learning about all that the library services have to offer before reading the story ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’. It was arranged as part of our commitment to encourage children to read for pleasure. All children are excited to get their library cards to begin borrowing lots of books! 

Go Green for CAFOD

Thank you for supporting our ‘Go Green’ event in school.  The children had lots of fun raising money for CAFOD and learning all about saving our planet Earth.  We were impressed with the children’s knowledge about the environment and how we can look after the world around us! 🌍

 

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Parental Involvement

We believe that parents and/or carers play a vital role in their child’s education.  We hope to work in partnership with you – we will support your efforts at home and provide opportunities for you to engage in your children’s education in school.

 

Phonics Screening Check

A guide for parents

What is Phonics?

Phonics is a method of teaching children to read and write skilfully. They are first taught how to recognise the sounds made by each letter and combination of 2/3 letters. Children are taught to read by breaking down words into separate sounds or ‘phonemes’. They are then taught how to blend these sounds together to read the whole word.

Phonics is taught through short, daily sessions throughout our school using a range of strategies such as games, computer programmes, reading and writing activities. The phonics programme is split into phases through which the children progress throughout Early Years and Key Stage 1.

Why Phonics?

Research has proven that when phonics is taught through a structured programme, starting with single sounds and progressing to more complex sounds consisting of more than one letter, it is the most effective way of teaching children to read. Almost all children who receive good structured phonics teaching will learn the skills to approach new words confidently leading to fluency and reading for pleasure. Reading is a complex skill and whilst we recognise the importance of phonics teaching we also use a wide range of additional strategies which supports the development of reading.

What is the phonics screening check?

The National phonics screening check is a statutory assessment that was introduced in 2012 for all Year 1 pupils and is used to check your child’s phonics knowledge.

It comprises of a list of 40 words, some real and some ‘nonsense’ or ‘alien’ words. The children are asked to break down each word and blend together to read the whole word. The check will assess phonics skills and knowledge learnt through reception and year one. The check will be completed individually with your child’s teacher .