Broadfield Academy
February 8 2019

Year 1

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Spellings

In year 1, children learn about spelling patterns and exception words (tricky words) as well as how split digraphs work. Each week the children will be given a new set of words in their red spelling book to practice. Each Thursday the children will have a spelling test.

A good way to help your child learn spellings is the ‘Look, Cover, Write, Check’ strategy. A child is given a word to spell and:

• looks at it

• covers it over with a piece of paper or their hand

• writes the spelling again next to the word

• uncovers the spelling to check if they have got it right.

This is a good method to teach children so that they practise learning the spellings of words, but also so that they are testing themselves.

looks at it • covers it over with a piece of paper or their hand • writes the spelling again next to the word • uncovers the spelling to check if they have got it right. This is a good method to teach children so that they practise learning the spellings of words, but also so that they are testing themselves.

Reading

At school we aim for an adult to hear every child read at least once a week. At home it is also very important that children in year 1 build on their reading skills. Now it’s all about helping your child gain more confidence so take a look at these ideas to help you get a good balance of reading for enjoyment and skills practice at home.

Things to try with your child:

Sharing reading

1. It’s still good to share Don’t give up on talking about picture books with your child and sharing that bedtime story or information book. It’s just as important now to enjoy reading these books together, as well as those that come home from school, to help develop your child’s vocabulary, their understanding of stories and to encourage a love of reading.

2. Read with expression Read with expression when reading to your child. Use different voices and vary the volume for effect or for different bits of information such as, Did you know that the Tyrannosaurus Rex…? Wow! You’ll soon see that your child will then try these skills when reading to you!

3. Talk about books, words and pictures Before reading a book together, always talk about the title, the pictures and the information on the cover (front and back). If it’s new, ask what your child thinks the book might be about. If it’s an old favourite then talk about the bits you love most! Don’t worry if some books get chosen again and again!

4. Retell stories or events When reading aloud use lots of expression and try different voices for different characters. Get your child to join in with bits too, such as, ‘They pulled and they pulled!’ and ‘Fee, fi, fo, fom…’. See if your child can copy you!

Practising early reading skills

1. Listen to your child read Books that your child brings home from school should be at the right level for your child. The words should be readable for your child – we say they are levelled reading scheme books. They are written to ensure steady progress and success. Many of these books include helpful notes for parents inside the front cover.

2. Sound it out If your child gets stuck on a word, try phonics first. Get your child to say the letter sounds and say them quickly to try to hear the word; this is called blending. If the word can’t be sounded out then it’s best if you say it quickly and move on. If the book is at the right level then this should not happen too much.

3. Clap and chunk Clapping out syllables or chunks in words and names can help with reading longer words: Di-no-saur! Cho-co-late! Or point out that some words are made up of two words, so windand then mill makes windmill .

4. Try expression and flow Your child’s expression might sometimes sound stilted on the first read of a sentence or a page. This is because they are focusing on making sounds into words. To keep your child hooked into the story, read it again with expression – after lots of praise, of course!

5. Don’t be afraid to back track It’s sometimes good to get your child to re-read a sentence or even a page if it has been tricky to work out. This helps with meaning, flow and confidence – we all still have to do this sometimes!

6. Read, read, read! It’s really important to read as much as possible with your child. Read the books that come home from school, borrow library books, or buy books and magazines. Read signs and notices, and find interesting websites to read. And keep reading together at bedtime too!