Spring Topic 2019
Our new topic in Year 1 is ‘Once upon a Time’
We follow a planned course throughout Year 1.
Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons
At Lymington Infant School we work in a close partnership with parents in teaching pupils to read. Parents are encouraged to read to their children daily and also spend time listening to their children read to them. We believe that a great deal of being a successful reader is the ability to discuss what has been read and use the knowledge to continually build a greater understanding of the world around them.
In school we try to immerse the pupils in a rich diet of wonderful literature and develop within them the desire and confidence to become successful readers. To support this pupils are taught a variety of skills and are given support and time to practise these.
The skills are:
- handling books and understanding how they work
- developing a bank of words that they recognise (key word walls)
- learning phonics (Whole school follow the government approved scheme Letters and Sounds and in Foundation they also use Song of Sounds)
- comprehension skills to develop understanding of the text
All these skills are practised in a variety of ways- individual reading, group reading, shared reading, partner reading to name but a few. We use a wide range of different reading schemes: Oxford Reading Tree, Rigby Star, Story Worlds, Red Rocket Readers, Treetops, Discovery World and Pearson Phonics Bug to name but a few. The children are also encouraged to read other literature appropriate to their age.
We also try to instil in the pupils a love of reading and the benefits of having ‘a book as a friend’. For more information on how to support your child with reading see the videos and handouts from our English Workshop.
Rapid recall of maths facts frees up the working memory to focus on problem solving and learning new skills. Children who are not fluent in the basic facts often get confused about new processes because they are spending too much time trying to do basic calculations. Maths anxiety often comes into play when a child does not have mastery over these basic facts.
We will be working on these maths facts with your child in school, but to help your child progress we would recommend working through the eight Maths Mountains at home. You may wish to play games and use practical objects to build your child’s confidence, however please remember they will need to be able to recall the facts quickly without working them out to progress onto the next mountain. When memorizing facts, two short sessions a few hours apart are far more helpful than one long session. Fact review can be done with flash cards, written problems, computer games and/or simple question and answer sessions. Just a few minutes a day of regular review will go a long way towards building fact fluency.
For any further advice please see the handouts from our Maths Workshop.
Wild Wood Forest School at Lymington Infants
Our Year 1 children have the exciting opportunity to work with the Forest Schools programme. The philosophy of Forest School is to provide young children with an education which encourages appreciation of the natural world and a responsibility for its conservation as well as supporting the development of each child’s self esteem, confidence and social skills.