Sacriston Academy main school

Year 1

Phonics is an important topic in Year 1. Children take part in phonics learning each day following the Read Write Inc programme. They learn tricky words, spelling rules and how to sound out and blend to aid them with their reading and writing. In the summer term, each child’s phonic knowledge is statutorily assessed.

In English lessons, children are learning to read and write more complex sentences. They are taught basic grammar and punctuation, along with how to use exciting vocabulary in our work – along with daily handwriting sessions to improve handwriting.

In maths, children will count forwards and backwards up to 100 and in steps of 2, 5 and 10. Number bonds to 10 are reinforced and children are introduced to numbers bonds to 20. Addition and subtraction have been a strong focus and we are consolidating our knowledge of place value. We revisited 2D shapes and have enjoyed learning the names of the 3D shapes cube, cuboid, pyramid and sphere, and are beginning to describe their properties. Children take part in lots of hands on activities in maths where they learn to discuss and solve problems in an enjoyable, familiar and practical contexts.

What their teacher says:

I’m excited to be working with a fantastic group of Year 1 students in the newly formed Sacriston Academy. Their enthusiasm for learning and improving is inspiring and reminds me of exactly why I love to teach.
Mrs Clues

What their teacher says:

I love working with our children as seeing them grow and develop each day provides rewards that are offered in no other career. I strive to provide an environment which encourages every child to flourish.
Mrs Taylor

What's happening this term?

Moon Zoom

We are very excited about our topic ‘Moon Zoom’ this half term as we travel through space to learn about the Solar System. We’ll investigate an alien crash site, make a missing poster and try to find the aliens who have landed. Where could they be? We’ll make models of the Solar System and design and make our own spaceships and space buggies. 

Books and photographs will help us to learn about the first lunar landing and the astronauts who venture into space. We will develop our creative skills by using clay to make models of aliens and compose space sounds using musical instruments. We will also explore satellite images, investigate rockets and use ICT to communicate our ideas and present our work. It will be out of this world!


In RE we will be learning about the Islamic festival ‘Milad un Nabi’. We will look at the importance of birthday celebrations and why babies are so special. We will learn the story of Muhammad and Khadijah, looking at the difference between right and wrong. We will also  look at Islamic art and sacred places along with learning the importance of respecting other peoples beliefs.


This term in PE we will be working with a specialist cricket coach to develop our throwing and catching and team work skills.  

What the children say:

“I like playing in our new garden centre, learning about plants and flowers”. - Sophie “I enjoy learning to write about stories we have read”. - Jacob “I like working in our construction area, building my own models” - Roman