Homework and assessments
In Year 1, children continue with individual reading books as they progress through the colour bands and increase their phonological skills. “Tricky Words” to learn how to spell through ‘Look, Cover, Write Check’ practise are sent home alongside weekly spellings for the children to recognise and learn how to spell, plus phonics practise.
Children will receive weekly Maths homework, based on problem-solving and reasoning activities completed in school from that week to reinforce their learning. As with reading, the Maths activities should be completed with adult support to engage the children and promote the best learning.
Each half-term, we embark on a new topic and a list of suggested homework activities to explore these topics further is shared with parents/carers. Children are asked to complete at least one of these ideas over the 6 week period, based on their interest, which we usually share during our topic celebrations during ‘Stay and Play’ at the end of the half term. This is intended to offer the children choice in their preferred style of learning, whether it be academic, practical, experimental or creative.
In Year 1 children take one formal external assessment, called the Phonics Screening Check. The Phonics Screening Check is a short, simple assessment to make sure that all pupils have learned phonic decoding to an appropriate standard by the age of 6. The check comprises a list of 40 words and non-words (made up words) which each child will read one-to-one with a teacher. All year 1 pupils in maintained schools, academies and free schools must complete the check. This national screening check is designed to help teachers identify the children who need extra help so they can receive the support they need to improve their reading skills. These children will then be able to retake the check in Year 2. Our nursery children begin learning about phonics about half way through their nursery year, and are well practised when they take the screening check.