Magical Maths

This week the children had to make their own stepping stones, they had to get from one side of the hall to the other.

After a successful stepping stone path was created the children had to identify and represent numbers, using digits as well as showing the value of each number, using objects.

Rainy Tuesday!

A great first day back for Year 1 beach combing at Sandilands beach. The day started off warm and rainy however this did not put the children off playing in the sand, making sandcastles and digging holes.

After being covered in sand the children we really well behaved whilst listening the Skegness RNLI Lifeguard team. They informed us about beach safety and what we should do if we were unlucky enough to fall or get swept out to sea.

Here is a link to the RNLI’s ‘Respect the Water’ campaign:

Once we returned to school the children participated in a smelly beach sorting activity as well as showing me their artistic flare when drawing beach hut scenes.

Phonics Support

Here are some useful links to support your child with phonics and reading in Year 1:

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So, what exactly is phonics?
Words are made up from small units of sound called phonemes. Phonics teaches children to be able to listen carefully and identify the phonemes that make up each word. This helps children to learn to read words and to spell words
In phonics lessons children are taught three main things:
They are taught GPCs. This stands for grapheme phoneme correspondences. This simply means that they are taught all the phonemes in the English language and ways of writing them down. These sounds are taught in a particular order. The first sounds to be taught are s, a, t, p.
Children are taught to be able to blend. This is when children say the sounds that make up a word and are able to merge the sounds together until they can hear what the word is. This skill is vital in learning to read.
Children are also taught to segment. This is the opposite of blending. Children are able to say a word and then break it up into the phonemes that make it up. This skill is vital in being able to spell words.