Year 1

Year 1

We are very excited about the range of topics we will cover in Year 1 this year as they will provide the children with lots of engaging and hands-on experiences.

The engaging topics we study over the year enable the children to develop key knowledge and skills in all subjects through a cross-curricular, imaginative learning approach. 

In mathematics, we begin by cementing children's understanding of numbers in order to “catch up” where they left off in their Reception year. We aim to ensure children have an understanding of concrete number problems and build children towards using the ‘Maths No Problem’ method which enables children to become more confident in using maths as it follows the same pattern every day. The children are given the opportunity to explore maths questions using their resources, share with others and then try some questions for themselves. They are challenged daily with maths problems and being able to explain their answer using the correct vocabulary. Each lesson, a child is awarded with ‘Mathematician of the Day’ which they get very excited about!

English lessons 

take place daily and the children will learn to produce more detailed pieces of writing. We will place a heavy focus on the vocabulary children use, placing emphasis on “Wondrous Words” from our Book of the Week. They will learn to include - capital letters, full stops, finger spaces, neat handwriting and conjunctions. Children will become more confident in writing in different styles and checking their writing at the end of the lesson. Children are encouraged to use their RWI skills when spelling words in their writing and also when spelling unfamiliar words. Using exciting vocabulary is very important and we always collect a range of words that we can use in our writing each week.

Read Write Inc is our daily phonics program where the children work in small groups to practise their blending of sounds, reading of tricky words and spelling rules with the help of Fred Frog. They also use their knowledge of sounds and blending to read ‘nonsense’ words. We will further support children by providing extra Read, Write, Inc lessons on a one to one basis in order to aid children’s progress. As well as this, they are given the opportunity to use the weekly text to develop their comprehension skills.

What the teacher says:

I am very excited to be part of one of your special learning journeys. I have no doubt that you are all going to thrive and develop into talented, caring and kind individuals. You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
Miss Bedingfield

The spring term 

This half term children will look into our wonderful world and gain the essential skills and knowledge needed to be fantastic geographers in the Our Wonderful World topic. Children will look into maps and how we use them; creating and drawing their own along with using positional and direction language to describe different locations and features. They will carry out simple fieldwork to find out about the physical and human features around the local area. All of this knowledge will prepare them for going into Year 2 and the years beyond. 

After half term, Year 1 move onto their second topic, Bright lights, Big City, which is a fabulous topic that teaches children about the physical and human characteristics of the United Kingdom, including a detailed exploration of the characteristics and features of the capital city, London. We will be looking at significant individuals such as Queen Elizabeth II. Not only this, but children will also experience a royal tea party before looking into the famous London landmarks we are so lucky to have in our country.  This new knowledge will prepare them for future topics in Key Stage 2. 

What the children say:

I'm looking forward to playing in the yard with my friends and learning more new sounds in Read, Write Inc lessons (Luca). I'm excited to see my friends and new teacher (Maria)