Throughout Reception and Year 1 we use Letters and Sounds to teach the children phonics. Children have a daily phonics lesson in Year 1 and are periodically tested to assess their progress. If your child does not yet recognise some of the phonemes, they may be given sounds and words to practise at home. In the Summer term of Year 1 children take a phonics test and the result of this will be included in their end of year report. This test is carried out by a teacher that children are familiar with and we work hard to ensure that the experience is not a stressful one.
Click on the link below to watch our short phonics homework video guide for parents.
Daily Supported Reading (DSR)
In Reception and Year 1 we deliver the Daily Supported Reading (DSR) program. This is a scripted program that raises the quantity of successful independent reading accomplished by each child in Key stage 1. It also supports a coherent approach to the reading curriculum. DSR runs daily from 9.00am until 9.25am and children have the opportunity to work/read with a trained adult every single day. This sort of engagement with the adults has resulted in children making accelerated progress by the end of year one. Apart from learning to read, children are exposed to a variety of genres such as stories, recounts, information texts and play scripts. It is very important that your child is in school on time so that they do not miss this vital part of the curriculum.
You will be informed which days your child has PE lessons at the beginning of the Autumn term. Please make sure that your child wears their active uniform on these days so that they can fully take part in their PE lessons.
In year 1 reading books are changed weekly and homework is given on a Friday and should be returned by the following Friday.