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Growing Lifelong Learners

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Growing Lifelong Learners

Year 1

                                                Welcome to Year 1
My name is Mrs Beales and I teach Year 1 with the assistance of Miss Sawyer and Mrs Read.  If you have any questions then please call school or email me on heatherbeales@stonehill.herts.sch.uk.  I will try to answer them as soon as I can.

PE days for Year 1 are Tuesdays and Wednesdays, so please send your child into school dressed in their PE kit and trainers.  Don't forget a coat.

 

Paws and claws.

Soft fur, sharp claws and twitching whiskers. What’s your favourite animal? One that meows? One that barks? Or maybe one that scurries or slithers? From pets at home to animals in the zoo, let’s find out what animals like to eat and where they like to sleep. Do you know how to look after a rabbit? A cat? Or even a snake? Find out how the elephant got his trunk and how the rhinoceros got his leathery skin. Perhaps you know how the dog got his waggy tail? Can you make a food chain to show who eats who? Who is a herbivore and who is a carnivore? When a gaggle of mysterious pets arrive at the local pet shop, it’s up to you to take care of them. Feed them, clean them and discover their daily needs. After all that work, curl up and take a cat nap.

Animal drawing

Drawing skills.

Year 1 have been using their drawing skills for pictures of animals.

Drawing

 Year 1 have been using their drawing skills to create images of themselves   They have learnt to use shadow and light to draw their face.

An alien discovery

Autumnal art work

Using the influence of the artist Wassily Kandinsky, the children have created these autumnal trees using different skills with paper.

Read Write Inc & Phonics Teaching 
At Stonehill we use the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme to get children off to a flying start with their literacy. RWI is a method of learning centred round letter sounds and phonics, and we use it to aid children in their reading and writing.

Reading opens the door to learning. A child who reads a lot will become a good reader. A good reader will be able to read more challenging material. A child who reads challenging material is a child who will learn. The more a child learns, the more he or she will want to find out.

Using RWI, the children learn to read effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read. It also allows them to spell effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into composing what they write.

When using RWI to read the children will:

  • learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts
  • learn to read words using Fred Talk
  • read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out
  • show that they comprehend the stories by answering questions.

    When using RWI to write the children will:
  • learn to write the letters/letter groups which represent 44 sounds.
  • learn to write words by saying the sounds in Fred Talk
  • write simple sentences.

    Videos - Introducing Read Write Inc 

 

 

Read Write Inc. Phonics: an overview by Ruth Miskin

Ruth Miskin provides an overview of Read Write Inc. Phonics, a complete teaching programme for 5-7 year-olds who are learning to read and write.Find out more...

Supporting at home 

Using RWI, the children learn to read effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read. It also allows them to spell effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into composing what they write.

When using RWI to read the children will:
- learn that sounds are represented by written letters – to practice the sounds and how to pronounce them accurately use the videos below. 
The videos below model how the sounds are formed. Very different from when you may have been at school. Sounds are much shorter and lose the 'er' sound that you may have put at the end. E.g. 'M' is Mmmm, rather than 'M-err'

 

 

RWI Pure Sounds

I created this video with the YouTube Video Editor (http://www.youtube.com/editor)

RWI Set 2 Sounds

 learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts. Children will learn the simple speed sounds first and then move onto the complex speed sounds. (See below) 

  • learn how to blend sounds and read words using Fred Talk. Words that can be blended with the sounds that they have learnt are called Green Words.
  • Learn that some tricky words that cannot be sounded out easily – these are Red Words.
  • read fun and lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out and show that they comprehend the stories by answering questions and discussing the text​.
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