The days are so varied and busy, the hours just fly by!
Carry on reading Reading at home with your child is so important.
We also develop their social skills and empathy for each other during RE and circle times.
Year 1 is an important year for your child’s increasing independence.
Maths skills Maths lessons this year tend to be enjoyable, with plenty of hands-on activities.
Your Year 1 child will count with objects and work in groups to explore shapes and pattern.Beyond literacy and numeracy There are a wide range of topics covered in Year 1, and your child will undoubtedly have their personal favourites.Some of the Year 1 activities include: experiments (science) product design (DT); learning the history of things (history) and about the local area we live in (geography); dancing, playing games and using gym apparatus (PE); painting, drawing and more creative processes (art).Keep everyday learning light Otherwise, try to keep any home learning light, and don’t push it if they seem tired or reluctant. They are learning so many new things at school, and may well also be starting to join activities after school as well, such as swimming or gym.If you do want to do more than reading and spellings, ask your child to write an email to their auntie, count out the cutlery for dinner or help you measure up for a new blind. They won’t want to sit at a table and focus quietly after such a busy day.A good school will make the transition into Year 1 a smooth one.The children will still be learning through play, they will still be exploring, discovering and making plenty of use of their role-play corner.Now that they are using numbers over 20, they will learn to use a 100 square to help with their adding and subtracting. They will learn to count forwards, backwards, in 2s, 5s, 10s, 20s, and they will double and halve.They will do maths inside and outdoors and, because we work in a very cross-curricular way in Year 1, he/she will be talking about maths during other subjects, for example; while measuring ingredients for cooking (DT), drawing tables to record experiments in science or drawing maps in geography.There is a Year 1 phonics screening test in June, which helps your child’s teacher to identify if your child is secure in sounding out and blending graphemes.It also detects if they can read phonically decodable words. Your child’s teacher will be assessing your child daily and will have identified any areas they need to focus on well before the test date. Your child will continue to expand on their knowledge of phonics and will probably surprise you with just how quickly they develop their reading.