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What to expect in Year One” main thoughts from Parent in Partnership Workshop held on 22nd November .

01 January 2018


Since 2014, the expectation and standards for children in the national curriculum have greatly changed. The content of what children are expected to learn in line with the UK national curriculum has become ever more challenging and extensive in years 1 - 6. The transition in to year one can be difficult for any child making the transition from the early years curriculum but especially so for many children in our school who are quite new to English.

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The learning concept in reception is different than that in year one. The core areas of the early years curriculum include physical development, personal, social and emotional development and communication and language. Teachers place a great deal of emphasis on promoting independence and in supporting our youngest children to be able to express themselves and develop a love of learning through their own child-initiated learning both within and outside of the classroom.

As the children progress to year one, there is a greater focus on the child's abilities in maths, English and topic (science, art and DT, history, geography) and the grades that are given termly will reflect their academic ability. This curriculum moves away from a more child-led to adult-led style of learning.

So just how can we, as an international school, adapt to meet the needs of our children who are coping with a new and rigorous curriculum as well as (for many children) learning English alongside their own native language? Listed below are a mix of reminders as well as some tips to help you better understand how you can support us to make this transition more smoothly

  • Don't put too much pressure on your child to do extra work at home. 
  • When they are given homework, allow them to do it independently.
  • READ, READ, READ. It is a known fact that excellent readers are also excellent writers. Encourage regular reading and use facilities available from school such as bug club.
  • Communicate with the class teacher as much as possible to better understand the progress your child is making.
  • For those of you who have children with Mr Marc, you will know that singing is the key to learning English more quickly so sing lots of songs at home and practice, practice, practice.
  • Bring your child to school for 09:00. Phonic lessons start at 09:00 and often children miss these due to a late start.
  • Remember that they are only 5 and 6 years old!!
  • Download phonic apps on the ipad or phone for children to play and practice.
  • Read signs and labels everywhere to reinforce learning of lists, captions, labels and to widen vocabulary.
  • Keep a daily diary.
  • Encourage your children to write stories at home, they do this a lot in year one and this is an opportunity for you to see them progress also.

Above all else, if in doubt, ask a teacher or someone for advice on supporting your child at home.