Creative Home Learning
Year 1 Newsletter
Supporting your child's reading at home
If your child is at home self-isolating, please refer to the class notebook on Microsoft Teams to access and complete work for this week.
You can find your child's log-in in the 'Report Section' of MCAS. Refer to our 'How to' guides for more details.
Your child is expected to follow the class timetable and complete daily English, (phonics) and maths lessons as well as weekly lessons from our Fielding Learning Challenge Curriculum. Your child class teacher will make contact through the class notebook, and Microsoft Teams each day. This may be though written feedback or a video call. Your child's class teacher will arrange times for this.
Fielding Learning Challenge Curriculum
- Weekly Timetable (scroll to the bottom of page)
- Find out about how we teach the subjects in the National Curriculum
- Find out what your child is learning and when:
- Yearly overview & knowledge organisers (scroll to bottom of page)
- How do we assess your child’s learning? Assessment
Top education researchers tell us that homework has minimal impact for primary age pupils, unless it requires children to rehearse and practise. Our routines to reflect this. The routines for children in this year group are as follows:
- Reading and/or talking about their reading to an adult for at least 20 minutes, 5 times a week. Complete your child’s reading record each time they read. Remember it doesn’t always have to be their school book. Reading records and reading books should be sent into school daily. Teachers will have a look at these to check regular reading is taking place at home.
- Learning spelling patterns linked to Year Group expectations ready for use in dictation towards the end of every week. These spellings will be on year group notice boards and should be practised at home.
- Reciting multiplication tables to increase their fluency so that they can be applied in other areas of maths and problem solving. Log on to Timestable Rockstars!
- Half-termly creative home learning will be set at the start of each half term and will celebrated and fed back on during our creative home learning showcases.
You will be able to see your child’s progress through class exercise books for English and maths being sent home at least once during every term as well as at parent consultation meetings.
We are learning to retell the story of 'Katie in London'. After the holidays, we will begin our new book, 'Winter King, Summer Queen'.
Common exception words:
WB: 18.10.21 : No dictation due to phonics assessments
WB: 1.11.21: she, we, go, no, so
- Find out more here.
Children will bring home their reading book, linked to the phonics or book band they have been assessed at. They also have the choice to select a recommended reading book or library book to share at home with you. This book should be read by an adult to the children.
Once the children have read a book, it would be great if they could complete one of the activities of their choice outlined in their reading records. Children should complete one activity for each book.
5 activities = Bronze Award
10 activities = Silver Award
15 activities = Gold Award
All books = Platinum Award
- Find our Recommended Reading lists here (scroll to the bottom)
We are learning to add within 20.
TT Rockstars is an online programme we have introduced to encourage children to have fun with multiplication facts while improving fluency, recall and speed.
Children can access it in their own time on any IOS, Android or Windows device.
What is it?
Times Tables Rock Stars is a carefully sequenced programme of times tables practice.
How does it work?
Incorrect answers are always immediately corrected in front of your child so that they start to associate the correct answer to every question. The clever code behind the scenes works out which times tables facts each child is consistently taking longer to answer and then it gradually starts to present these facts more frequently until they have mastered them. It will also ask related division questions 20% of the time in order to reinforce division facts.
Where does this fit with National Curriculum expectations?
All pupils at the end of year 4 in England will take an online multiplication tables check. The national curriculum specifies that pupils at this stage should be able to recall the multiplication tables up to and including 12x12.
The check aims to support pupils to master multiplication skills, which are essential for future success in mathematics. It will help to identify pupils who have not yet mastered this mathematical concept, so additional support can be provided.
How do I log in?
Children will be given details to log in (https://ttrockstars.com/login) once they have successfully completed all levels of the Number Bond Challenge.
Please see the sites below for other interactive games to help your children's fluency in recalling their multiplication and division tables.
Number Bond Challenge
Every Thursday children will be given a Number Bond Challenge to complete within two minutes. They will begin with Number Bonds to 5. If children complete the challenge successfully, they will move to the next challenge the following week.