What to expect in Year 1
Year 1 is a really exciting time for you and your child as they will be learning lots of new skills and developing their understanding of the world. Your child’s day will be more structured than it was in Reception but we still love storytelling, practical maths and exploring topics.
There is a Year 1 statutory phonics screening test in June. This will identify if your child can read phonically decodable words. Your child will have a daily phonics session to teach them how to blend to read and segment to spell.
What to expect in Year 2
Being the eldest year group in Key Stage One (Infants), this is the year where children take on new responsibilities and complete their SATS. We use all of the learning from our Key Stage One journey, as well as the new learning we will be doing in Year Two, to show off and celebrate our learning over the last 3 years in school.
Here is our class Timetable. Although we usually follow this routine, we sometimes deviate from this and like to consider it flexible to enable us to adapt to the inevitable changes that occur in our school week.
Supporting your child’s learning at home
Reading at home with your child is so important. It helps them to develop their learning in lots of areas. Reading just a few pages a day will increase your child’s confidence and get them into the routine of practising and applying their phonic knowledge Sometimes your child may want to read a book from home. As long as they are reading, that’s fantastic. Most children this age really love to read new and familiar stories as well as comic books and magazines. Please make sure you sign the Reading Diary so that we can keep track of where your child has got to and when they have finished their book.
Spellings are an important part of your child's writing. We practise a new set of spellings each week to learn the various spelling patterns in the English language. These are practised daily in school through various activities and in the children’s writing. We have our spelling test every Friday so it is really important for the children to practise these at home, little and often, to give them lots of exposure to these.
Learning and rehearsing basic maths at home is time very well spent. Good things to practise include:
- count forwards and backwards to 100,
- recognise 1 more/1 less,
- recognise odd and even numbers,
- count in 2, 5 and 10
- know their number bonds to 10 (pairs of numbers that make a bigger number, eg 3 and 2 make 5)
- Number bonds to 10 and 20 and use these to solve problems with bigger numbers (eg use 3 + 2 = 5 to solve 30 + 20 = 50)
- Doubling and halving
- Times tables – we hope that children are able to recall the multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5, and 10 times tables by the time they leave Year 2.
Try to keep any home learning light, and don’t push it if they seem tired or reluctant. The most important thing is to talk with your child about their learning and enjoy seeing the enthusiasm on their face.