Hello from Mrs Bloom!
Parents, carers and children welcome to the page for Class 1!
My name is Mrs Bloom and I am the Year 1 teacher here at St. John the Baptist School. It is an honour to spend my days with your children. I love exploring the woodland area, going on bear hunts, helping the Smartest Giant in Town and making owl toast. My main aim is to encourage and support your child to reach their full potential and develop a love of learning. We are all discovering new things everyday! I love to have parent helpers in class. Please come and see me if your would like to hear readers or support with learning in class. It would be great to have you.
Spellings - Every week children will be given spellings to learn on a Friday and tested on them the following Friday. Every term I will send out a menu homework sheet. Please try to get as many of these tasks completed and returned for specified date. I love looking at all the fabulous work. These tasks are intended to be purposeful, fun and interactive.
Reading - Where possible it would be great for children to read to an adult every day in order to develop their reading, writing and comprehension ability. Please record this in your child's organiser. Please also leave me any messages in the organiser, I will pick them up when I hear your child read. In Foundation class, Year 1 and Year 2, all children are regularly assessed in their reading progress. We use a variety of methods to do this including teacher assessment, guided reading and book banding assessment texts. The reading assessment will determine a particular colour band and children will choose those colour books to read. Children will be reminded to change their books on Mondays and Thursday but they are certainly able to change it on other days if they need to.The reading assessment comprises of reading and answering questions. Understanding texts is as important as the skill of reading and so, we would encourage those who listen to children read to ask children questions and discuss what has been read also.
Year 1 Phonic Screening
In the Summer term, children will be undertaking a phonic screening of 40 words containing phonemes that they are expected to know. Children will read words that are real words and nonsense (pseudo-words). The pass rate varies each year but is roughly around 36 out of 40. Therefore, it is extremely important to help your child by listening to them read and practising revision support sent home. Here is an example of a previous phonic screening:
Letters and sounds website for phonics resources.
BUG Club online reading scheme
Key word lists
The following document shows the key words the average year 1 child should be able to read and spell by now.