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Year 1 Routines

Dear Parents/ Carers,

It has been a pleasure to welcome all of the children into Year 1 and we are delighted to inform you that all of the children are working really hard and have settled extremely well into their new classes and routines.

Although this year is going to be very different in many ways, with regards to the current Covid situation, the overall curriculum and high expectations for your child remain the same. This letter will inform you about what some of our main focuses will be this year and how you can further support your child at home.

This year there will be a huge drive on phonics and we therefore recommend reading with your child every day to help support what they have been learning in school. Reading 2 or 3 pages per day would be incredibly beneficial to their learning.

As we encourage children to access trickier books to read, you will notice the frequent occurrence of common exception words (words which cannot be sounded out, but need to be learned and remembered). In school there will be a push towards helping children to read and learn this vocabulary and it would be beneficial for your child to continue practising these words, regularly, at home. You can find a copy of the Year 1 Common Exception Word list on the school website Year 1 ‘Home Learning’ page.

Every week there will be a set of 10 spellings, based on the sounds that your child has been learning that week in their Read, Write, Inc lessons. These will be put onto Seesaw and can be printed off to practise. They will also be put onto Spelling Shed, which your child might find to be a more engaging way of learning their spellings and sounds.

Maths will be heavily focused on number recognition, number formation and counting forwards and backwards from any given number. If you can practice any of these things with your child at home, it will go a long way to strengthening their understanding in preparation for moving onto more complex mathematical concepts.

Thank you for your ongoing support.  We look forward to working in partnership with parents this over the academic year.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Trickett                  Mrs Meighen             Mrs Copley

(Year 1 Class Teachers)

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