Year One (2020-2021)
We are often asked by parents/ carers how they can help their children at home. We have created a list of the areas that the children find most challenging when they begin Year One. This includes suggestions for how you can help them at home.
These are all skills the children have learnt in Reception and practising these skills will help them make a flying start in Year 1!
These activities are completely optional and should only be practised little and often and made as fun as possible!
1. Being independent
In Year 1 the children will be expected to do a lot of tasks and organise themselves independently (e.g. changing for P.E, coming into their classrooms on their own, putting their own letters away, tidying away for themselves). You can help your child by:
A. Encouraging them to dress themselves
B. Encouraging them to pack their own bags
C. Encouraging them to carry their own belongings when you are out and about
D. Encouraging them to be responsible and tidy their own things away
2. Read, read and read
Reading is a fundamental life skill. You can help your child by:
A. Reading to your child to develop their love of reading
-Ask your child lots of questions (e.g. What has happened? How do the characters feel? What do you think will happen next? Has anything like this ever happened to you? Can you think of another book like this? Which word shows….?)
B. Hear them read and ask them questions
-Record how many times your child has read over the holidays (there will be certificates in school for how often the children have read when they return to school Bronze 20 times, Silver 30 times, Gold 40 times and Platinum 50 times)
-For reluctant readers take it in turns (they read a page, you read a page) this will encourage them to practise
- Look on the Reading website page for lots of advice on how to access age appropriate books (Oxford Owl is very good)
3. Recap their phonics
In the Summer Term the children in Reception should have recapped the Phase 2 and Phase 3 knowledge they had learnt and applied this to Phase 4. However, this has not been possible this year. Practising these phases will make sure they are ready to begin Phase 5 in Year 1. You can help your child by:
A. Supporting your child with reading/ writing words with these sounds in (see the Phonics website page for ideas)
B. Commenting on these sounds when you and your child are reading books (e.g. “look it’s the /ai/ sound”).
C. Noticing these sounds in the real world (e.g. on items from the shop)
Make this fun and do this little and often!
4. Spell it!
One of the things the children find hardest in Year 1 is spelling the high frequency words and common exception words. You can help your child by:
A. Having a word of the day (to read and spell)
B. Looking at the common exception words and discussing why they are tricky
C. Practising spelling these words in lots of mediums e.g. shaving foam and chalk (see the phonics website for ideas for how to make spelling these words fun)
5. Strengthen your child’s writing muscles
In Year 1 one of the things they find hardest is being able to write/ form letters. You can help your child by:
A. Doing gross motor and fine motor activities to make sure they can form their letters (Did you know that pushing their siblings on the swing will help them improve their handwriting? Did you know that you can improve handwriting just by threading dried pasta onto a piece of string?)
B. Practising holding a pencil correctly
C. Practising making marks with their pencil
Check out the handwriting website page for more ideas!
6. Recap their Maths
You can help your child by:
A. Counting- practise counting accurately wherever you can (e.g. number of steps, sweets)
B. Adding and subtracting numbers to 10 (You had 10 segments of orange and have eaten 3. How many are left?)
C. Practising reading and writing their numbers correctly to 10
-See the poem the below for support with this
There are lots of helpful links on the Year 1 website page and the curriculum pages if you are looking for other ideas of things you could do with your child over the holiday.
However, all of the activities are completely optional and if you do choose to work on these areas, please do try to make them fun. We feel it is very important the children have a rest over the holiday.
We can’t wait to work with the children when they start Year 1 officially in September and we hope you all have a lovely summer holiday.
Mrs Barlow, Mrs Granville and Miss Punt