Welcome to Year 1!
Mrs Kilner and Miss Choudhury hope you find this area of our website useful for finding out all about what the children are learning about in Year 1. We are always looking for ways to work more closely with our families and openly welcome any feedback on how we can improve partnership working between home and school. Thank you for all of your continued support and dedication.
In year 1, children are encouraged to read with someone at home every day and to choose a new book at their level each morning. When you, or someone else, listens to them read please sign their reading record so they can get a star on their chart. When their reading chart is complete, they will get a prize from Mrs Winner in our Reading Assembly. We expect children to be practising fluency at home which means they should be able to read most of their book without help to build their confidence. Please make a note in your child's reading record if you feel their book is too easy or too hard. You can help them further by making sure they can read and write all of the Year 1 word list (see link to document below).
Learning to read opens a world of opportunity so please take the time to listen to your child and read to them as much as possible.
The more that you read,
The more you will know.
The more that you know,
The more places you'll go.
Year 1 Learning Overview
Useful documents to support your child's learning.
How to listen to a child's reading
1) Find a comfy place to sit and ensure you can both see the book.
2) Talk a little bit about the book - have they read any of it before? What happened? If not, look at the cover together and discuss what you notice?
3) Allow the child to start reading when ready.
4) Try not to interrupt them if they make a mistake; allow them time to spot their own mistakes and correct.
5) If they don't self-correct, ask them to take a look at that bit again and re-read. Provide a prompt if needed.
6) Listen out for the following:
-expression: do they vary how it sounds depending on what the words are?
-word recognition: how quickly they can recognise and read the words on the page.
-rhythm/phrasing: how do they group the words they are reading? Single word or in groups of 2 or 3 or even longer phrases?
-smoothness: does the reading flow well or does it sound choppy? Do they use punctuation well? Ensure they stop at full stops and don't run on into the next sentence.
Other ways to read:
A) Paired reading - take it in turns to read sentences or sections of text
B) Echo reading - you read a sentence or section of text and then the child reads it back to you.