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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 thrilled to be joining Year 1 on their new learning journey! At this age, children are eager learners and make phenomenal progress throughout the school year. I am very excited about the range of topics we will cover as they will provide the children with lots of engaging and hands-on experiences, which ...
Miss Hassan

The summer term 

This term we will study the topic 'Childhood' where children learn words and phrases related to the passage of time. Year 1 will explore artefacts to help them understand childhood in the past and how childhood has changed over time. They will explore the six stages of life and explore timelines and family trees. Everyday life in the 1950s will be explored also, including shopping, transport, family life and childhood. Children will also learn about the significance of Queen Elizabeth II's coronation in 1953 by studying photographs and online sources. The children will use maps to explore how places have changed over time and highlight any similarities or differences between childhood today and childhood in the 1950s. At the end of the project, they will create knowledge organisers for children who are about to study the topic of childhood.

Our second topic is 'School Days' where the class will take part in a traditional Victorian class and will learn about the differences between schooling in the Victorian era and schooling today. They will learn about objects found in a Victorian classroom and how they were used. Year 1 will research Samuel Wilderspin, an important figure in the development of schooling for young children in the Victorian era, whose ideals are reflected in schooling today. The topic will conclude with learning to describe the passage of time through study of past, present and future tense vocabulary.

What the children say:

I like to play with my friends and I like to write sounds on the whiteboards in phonics (Winnie). I enjoy playing shape games on the whiteboard (Roland). I like to paint in school in art (Elisha). The teachers make me feel safe in school (Sophia).