Cherry class

Cherry are taught by Mrs Jo Barnes and supported by Mrs Davis and Mrs Doney. We aim to make the transition into Year 1 a smooth one. With our new building the children are already familiar with the setting and this has really helped our transition this year. The children will still be learning through play, they will still be exploring, discovering and making plenty of use of their outside area. Your child’s day may be a little more structured than it was in Reception, but they will still also be learning in a variety of ways; while moving, exploring outdoors, in groups, on the carpet or walking around the school!

Your child will have left the EYFS behind in reception, although some goals may be carried on with them as they move into Year 1. This will be their first year of the National Curriculum. Like all year groups, Year 1 has government statutory schemes of learning to follow. The children will be assessed at the end of the year to see if they have reached the expected standard. All children are supported in order to achieve this and are given extra support and guidance if needed.

There is a Year 1 phonics screening test in June, which helps your child’s teacher to identify if your child is secure in sounding out and blending graphemes. It also detects if they can read phonically decodable words. Don’t be worried about this test. Your child’s teacher will be assessing your child daily and will have identified any areas they need to focus on well before the test date.

How you can help - Carry on reading

Reading at home with your child is so important. It helps them to develop their learning in lots of areas. You may not always have time to read the whole book (schools understand home life is busy — lots of teachers are parents too) but just a few pages a day can increase their confidence and get them into the routine of practising and applying their phonic knowledge. Sometimes parents say 'Oh my child wanted to read a book from home'. As long as they are reading, that’s fantastic. Most children this age really love to read new and familiar stories.