About Class 2
What to expect in Year 1
Year 1 is a really exciting time for you and your child. Moving from Reception into the first year of the National Curriculum can feel like a big step, but please don’t worry, some of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum may be carried on with your child as they move to Year 1. As you know we run mixed EYFS and Y1/ Y1 and Y2 classes. This allows us to be flexible and to meet the needs of each child.
Your child’s day will be more structured than it was in Reception but we love storytelling, practical maths and exploring topics.
We are very lucky that both KS1 classes have direct access to our garden area. This means the children will be learning through play – exploring, discovering and plenty of role-play, both indoors and out.
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.
Support 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. We expect you to hear your child read aloud every night. You may not always have time to read the whole book (we completely understand home life is busy – we are parents too) but just a few pages a day can 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 otherwise we’ll assume that your child has not read to an adult at home.
In Year 1, as well as phonics, we learn a number of common exception words. Download this list to practice at home: Year 1 common exception words.
The end of year 1 expectation is to be able to;
- count forwards and backwards to 100,
- recognise 1 more/1 less,
- recognise odd and even numbers,
- count in 2, 5 and 10
- and know their number bonds to 10 (pairs of numbers that make 10) and then to 20.
You can help your child in a variety of ways. The most powerful way will be through discrete and fun activities such as counting out the cutlery for dinner. Disguise the learning! Whilst in the car read a number from a number plate and ask your child to find 1 more and 1 less.
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.
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.
Reading regularly is crucial to your child’s development and it’s really beneficial if they read aloud to you every night. Your child will bring home a reading book and of course they can also read something else at home whatever they choose, don’t forget to update their reading record!
Spellings are assessed on a daily basis through games and in the children’s writing. It’s really helpful for children to practice spelling their common exception words with you at home.
Download and print the year 2 list of common exception words.
Learning and rehearsing basic maths at home is time very well spent. Good things to practise include:
- Number bonds to 10 and 20
- 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.