Key Stage 1
Our daily routine.
Our daily routine is established in Autumn 1.
Every morning when the children come into class they are expected to put their reading book and diary away so that it can be changed (usually Monday, Wednesday and Friday). If the children have not put their book in the box or their diary is not signed to say a book has been completed, then books will not be changed. Each child then updates our class feelings chart and puts their name to show how they are feeling that day. They then complete their phonics booklet neatly and carefully. In the morning the teachers also hear daily readers.
We believe reading is very important at our school, particularly in KS1 and so every morning from 9.00 – 9.30 the children take part in reading or key skills activities. The teacher reads with a different group each day and signs reading diaries, so that you can see when they have had their Guided Reading session. Each session has a different focus, from practising reading strategies and using expression, to noticing the structure of the story or non-fiction text or answering questions on what they have read. The other children may be reading with another adult or may be working independently on spelling, handwriting or other reading activities.
Phonics is a systematic approach to learning to read, write and spell. This takes place every morning from 11.00-11.15. It usually has 4 parts to the lesson: Revisit and Review, Teach, Practise and Apply. During the year there are opportunities for parents to observe a typical Phonics session.
Every day at 1.00 the children take part in a 10 minute number session (except if it is PE or ICT) to practise number work completed during the week or year. We do this because we know we really need to improve our Number skills.
Literacy and Numeracy
Literacy and Numeracy are taught every day and usually take place in the mornings. In writing the children have personal targets that they try to complete and get ticked by the teacher. We try to do this three times before a beginning a new target.
How can you help at home?
Our families can support our learning by:
• encouraging your child to complete their daily phonics homework on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
• encouraging your child to complete their weekly homework which will be given out on Wednesday and is expected to be in on the following Monday or Tuesday at the latest.
• to read daily (little and often) and to sign reading diaries.
• to talk to pupils about their learning.
• to ask your child what the number of the week is.