The Phonics Screening Check will take place in June 2020 and is meant to show how well your child can use the phonics skills they’ve learned up to the end of Year 1, (and to identify students who need extra phonics help).
The checks consist of 40 words and non-words that your child will be asked to read one-on-one with a teacher. Non-words (or nonsense words, or pseudo words) are a collection of letters that will follow phonics rules your child has been taught, but don’t mean anything – your child will need to read these with the correct sounds to show that they understand the phonics rules behind them.
The 40 words and non-words (we call these alien words) are divided into two sections – one with simple word structures of three or four letters, and one with more complex word structures of five or six letters. The teacher administering the check with your child will give them a few practice words to read first – including some non-words – so they understand more about what they have to do. Each of the non-words is presented with a picture of a monster / alien, as if the word were their name (and so your child doesn’t think the word is a mistake because it doesn’t make sense!).
Examples of Alien words that children will be expected to sound out and blend:
Today in English we pretended to be Beegu writing a postcard to mum and dad all about our time on planet Earth.
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PE is on Fridays for Year 1, but please ensure that correct PE kit is in school all the time, in case we feel like some extra 'brain-boosting' exercise on a different day.
The Mathletics and Reading Eggs homework programs are still ongoing; this is Northwood School's homework policy and is a compulsory requirement.
Log in, practise some Maths and Reading every week and have fun with it!
Please see the year 1 team if you have problems with logging in.
Children should be reading daily at home with an adult, please sign your child's reading record so that we know they have been listened to at home and we can change their books.
This week in Maths we are learning to tell the time to the hour and half past the hour. Year 1 had fun showing different times on a clock face.
We have enjoyed making models of Beegu this week as part of our DT topic to make models using different materials. We have been looking at different techniques, learning how to cut, roll and coil materials such as salt dough.
Over the past few weeks year 1 have enjoyed completing lots of different practical activities to help find and recall number bonds to 10.
This week in Maths we have been learning the names of common 3D and 2D shapes, we are now able to talk about the properties of common shapes, counting the number of faces, edges and vertices.
Our Power of Reading text for this half term will be Beegu. A fantastic story about a small lonely alien who was not supposed to be here. Beegu had crash landed on planet Earth.
Today was Stay and Learn. It is Black History Month every year in October and this week is Black History week at Northwood School. Each class has focussed on a significant individual from the past, we have found out about their achievements and contributions to British society. Year 1 have been learning about Mary Seacole as a black role model in History.
Did you know?
Mary Jane Seacole was a British-Jamaican business woman and nurse who set up the "British Hotel" behind the lines during the Crimean War. She described this as "a mess-table and comfortable quarters for sick and recovering officers", and provided aid for wounded servicemen on the battlefield. Coming from a tradition of Jamaican and West African "doctresses", Seacole used herbal remedies to nurse soldiers back to health. She was later awarded the Jamaican Order of Merit in 1991. In 2004 she was voted the greatest black Briton.
Year 1 visited Hall Place to take part in a workshop about Toys and Games in the past. We had lots of fun playing with old toys such as the cup and ball, whip and top and skittles. We noted that toys from the past were made of wood unlike those we play with today.
Our Power of Reading text for this half term will be Traction Man. We will have lots of fun reading about the adventures of Traction Man, designing a new suit for Traction Man and retelling parts of the story.
Welcome children and parents to the 2019/2020 Year 1 page.
Well another year has begun, it’s time to see our lovely new class of year ones flourish into fantastic learners!
We are all super excited. We have lots of fun activities planned over the year and will be reading some amazing Power of Reading books such as Traction Man, Beegu and many more .
The children in year one have already begun their learning journeys by starting their topic work in science; learning about themselves . Year 1 have also made a fantastic start in Maths, being able to read and write their numbers 0-20.
Keep checking back to our class page to see all the exciting learning the Year 1's get up
The Year One team x
Below are some links to some educational websites which you can access at home. If you do not have internet access at home, visit your local library. You can also borrow a reading book or two whilst you are there.