Portugal – Year 1

Mr E Hodges
Mrs S Tofts

Class list:

Adam, Roxanne, Mason, Michael, Oliver, Tyren, Haris, Oscar, Raniyah, Betsy, Bradley, Scarlett-Anne, Ashford, Yaseen, Andra-Maria, Teal, Zac, Jayden, Annabel, Ralphie, Arianna, Vindhya, Amari-Mai, Lewis, Iesha, Sophie, Cerys, Victor & Penny.


We have recently changed Ardley Hill Academy’s homework policy. Once a half term your child will get a new “bingo board” stuck in their books. The children can choose which activities they would like to do and can repeat some of their favourite activities. We would love to see what they get up to so do include photos, drawings, diary entries etc. Some of the entries are key skills such as reading regularly with your child at home.


Reading at home is hugely beneficial for your child and we reward them for doing this. It is really helpful to read with your child for as little as 10 minutes a day and they can then change their reading book. There is no pressure to change your book everyday as rereading the books and discussing the story or information is helpful for your child’s comprehension.
Children who read 10 times will get a prize so do make sure that you record the times you’ve read them in their reading record.
Below is the Year 1 statutory curriculum for reading and reading with your child at home will be really helpful in them achieving these strands.

Reading – word reading

Pupils should be taught to:

  • apply phonic knowledge and skills as the route to decode words
  • respond speedily with the correct sound to graphemes (letters or groups of letters) for all 40+ phonemes, including, where applicable, alternative sounds for graphemes
  • read accurately by blending sounds in unfamiliar words containing GPCs that have been taught
  • read common exception words, noting unusual correspondences between spelling and sound and where these occur in the word
  • read words containing taught GPCs and –s, –es, –ing, –ed, –er and –est endings
  • read other words of more than one syllable that contain taught GPCs
  • read words with contractions [for example, I’m, I’ll, we’ll], and understand that the apostrophe represents the omitted letter(s)
  • read books aloud, accurately, that are consistent with their developing phonic knowledge and that do not require them to use other strategies to work out words
  • reread these books to build up their fluency and confidence in word reading


Reading – comprehension

Pupils should be taught to:

  • develop pleasure in reading, motivation to read, vocabulary and understanding by:
    • listening to and discussing a wide range of poems, stories and non-fiction at a level beyond that at which they can read independently
    • being encouraged to link what they read or hear to their own experiences
    • becoming very familiar with key stories, fairy stories and traditional tales, retelling them and considering their particular characteristics
    • recognising and joining in with predictable phrases
    • learning to appreciate rhymes and poems, and to recite some by heart
    • discussing word meanings, linking new meanings to those already known
  • understand both the books they can already read accurately and fluently and those they listen to by:
    • drawing on what they already know or on background information and vocabulary provided by the teacher
    • checking that the text makes sense to them as they read, and correcting inaccurate reading
    • discussing the significance of the title and events
    • making inferences on the basis of what is being said and done
    • predicting what might happen on the basis of what has been read so far
  • participate in discussion about what is read to them, taking turns and listening to what others say
  • explain clearly their understanding of what is read to them


In year 1, we do a lot of practical, engaging activities in maths and use lots of resources to help us such as cubes and 100-squares.
Below is the Year 1 statutory curriculum for number work. As well as number work, we also learn to tell the time to the half-hour, learn 2D and 3D shapes and measuring using non-standard units.


Number – number and place value

Pupils should be taught to:

  • count to and across 100, forwards and backwards, beginning with 0 or 1, or from any given number
  • count, read and write numbers to 100 in numerals; count in multiples of 2s, 5s and 10s
  • given a number, identify 1 more and 1 less
  • identify and represent numbers using objects and pictorial representations including the number line, and use the language of: equal to, more than, less than (fewer), most, least
  • read and write numbers from 1 to 20 in numerals and words

Number – addition and subtraction

Pupils should be taught to:

  • read, write and interpret mathematical statements involving addition (+), subtraction (−) and equals (=) signs
  • represent and use number bonds and related subtraction facts within 20
  • add and subtract one-digit and two-digit numbers to 20, including 0
  • solve one-step problems that involve addition and subtraction, using concrete objects and pictorial representations, and missing number problems such as 7 = ? − 9


Number – multiplication and division

Pupils should be taught to:

  • solve one-step problems involving multiplication and division, by calculating the answer using concrete objects, pictorial representations and arrays with the support of the teacher

Number – fractions

Pupils should be taught to:

  • recognise, find and name a half as 1 of 2 equal parts of an object, shape or quantity
  • recognise, find and name a quarter as 1 of 4 equal parts of an object, shape or quantity


In year 1, we have 4 English skills lessons a week, where we practise writing for different purposes while developing our letter formation, spacing spelling, our knowledge of where capital letters should be used, use of basic punctuation and using various prefixes and suffixes.
Below is the Year 1 statutory curriculum for writing.


Pupils should be taught to:

  • sit correctly at a table, holding a pencil comfortably and correctly
  • begin to form lower-case letters in the correct direction, starting and finishing in the right place
  • form capital letters
  • form digits 0-9
  • understand which letters belong to which handwriting ‘families’ (ie letters that are formed in similar ways) and to practise these


Writing – transcription

Spelling – see English appendix 1

Pupils should be taught to:

  • spell:
    • words containing each of the 40+ phonemes already taught
    • common exception words
    • the days of the week
  • name the letters of the alphabet:
    • naming the letters of the alphabet in order
    • using letter names to distinguish between alternative spellings of the same sound
  • add prefixes and suffixes:
    • using the spelling rule for adding –s or –es as the plural marker for nouns and the third person singular marker for verbs
    • using the prefix un–
    • using –ing, –ed, –er and –est where no change is needed in the spelling of root words [for example, helping, helped, helper, eating, quicker, quickest]
  • apply simple spelling rules and guidance, as listed in English appendix 1
  • write from memory simple sentences dictated by the teacher that include words using the GPCs and common exception words taught so far

Writing – composition

Pupils should be taught to:

  • write sentences by:
    • saying out loud what they are going to write about
    • composing a sentence orally before writing it
    • sequencing sentences to form short narratives
    • re-reading what they have written to check that it makes sense
  • discuss what they have written with the teacher or other pupils
  • read their writing aloud, clearly enough to be heard by their peers and the teacher

Writing – vocabulary, grammar and punctuation

Pupils should be taught to:

  • develop their understanding of the concepts set out in English appendix 2by:
    • leaving spaces between words
    • joining words and joining clauses using ‘and’
    • beginning to punctuate sentences using a capital letter and a full stop, question mark or exclamation mark
    • using a capital letter for names of people, places, the days of the week, and the personal pronoun ‘I’
    • learning the grammar for year 1 in English appendix 2
  • use the grammatical terminology in English English appendix 2in discussing their writing


Year 1 Take a walk on the wild side Topic – Summer Term


In Portugal class we have P.E on Monday afternoons. Please ensure that your child wears the correct kit on Monday (all day). Details on the kit is available to find on the academy website.
We will be swimming in the second half of the summer half term. More information will be given nearer the time.