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Year 1 is a fantastic year for learning, and it always amazes me how these little people leave the year being able to read and write. In order for the children to make the most progress we ask for your support in the following areas at home. 


Reading: please read every day with your children, just 5 or 10 minutes is enough. Record in their reading record each time you read (a simple comment such as read to page: x,  is fine) and comment when the book needs changing. We will aim to change the books three times a week. 


Handwriting / spelling: the children will be given a weekly homework, initially to practice letter formation. We follow Read Write Inc for our phonics scheme and each letter is accompanied by a rhyme to help them learn the formation. I will send a copy of the rhymes when I send the first handwriting sheet home. After half term the handwriting will change to spellings and the children will take part in a weekly spelling test. 


Maths: we follow a programme called Big Maths, this involves learning by heart a set of number facts each term. The children spend a week focusing on one fact and by the end of the term they should be able to recall all the facts. I will send a sheet of the facts home every week for the children to practice at home. The children will take part in a weekly test to track their progress. 


Bradley Bear: We are very lucky in Year 1 to have a giant panda called Bradley. Bradley is our reading bear and loves to listen to stories. Throughout the year different children will be chosen to take Bradley home for a few days at a time to make sure he always has someone to read him a bedtime story. When it is your child's turn please email me a few photos of Bradley enjoying the stories for our class book and encourage your child to complete the simple task of drawing a picture from Bradley's favourite story and writing a sentence about the story.