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Year 1

Welcome to the Year 1 page! 

On this page, you will be able to find out about all of the children's learning and gain an insight into what we are doing in class.

The Year 1 teachers are:

Miss Beardsley is the Phase Lead for Year 1 and 2

Mrs Ind and Mrs Taylor - Class 3 

Miss Kittle -  Class 4 

Mrs Cooper and Mrs Elliott also support the children's learning every day. 

Message from the Year 1 teachers: 

We are super excited for another EPIC term of learning in Year 1.  We are looking forward to teaching the children brand new sounds in ELS and we just know the Year 1 children cannot wait for this!  Keep being amazing Year 1 because we are so proud of how well you are all doing

Important Information: 

In Year 1, we recognise how important PE is as part of the curriculum.

Our PE lessons are as follows:

Indoor PE -  Tuesday

The children will need their PE kits in school for their PE lesson. This should consist of:

- blue, black or grey shorts/ bottoms

- a white or house coloured t shirt 

- pumps or trainers which the children can fasten themselves. 


We are really keen for the children to use Numbots - https://play.numbots.com/#/account/school-login/52740 

This website allows your child to practice and apply their understanding of number. It supports them with their maths learning in school. We recommend that your child uses their login at least three times a week.

Reading at home:

In Key stage 1, we value the importance of reading. We know that learning to read is a priceless, life-long skill that will unlock the whole curriculum for your child. Reading is important in all year groups but particularly in Year 1 as your children will sit their Phonics Screening Test in June. This assessment includes testing your child's phonics knowledge and how well they have progressed throughout the year.  

It is important that your child reads regularly at home to help them consolidate their sounds that they have been learning in school, develop their fluency and support their comprehension. It is really important that all children have their reading records and reading books in school each day. Within their reading record, it is really important that you record every time they read at home as this provides important communication between home and school. When your child reads at school, you will receive feedback in the reading record too. 

Continuous Provision in Year 1: 

We aim to prepare the children for their school life and beyond by making them enthusiastic readers, writers, mathematicians, scientists and so much more. While there is a change in curriculum from EYFS -> Year 1, continuous provision makes this transition less of a barrier for the children. We facilitate and build upon provision moving into Year 1 through a blend of teacher-led sessions, small group work, independent practice tasks and time for children to demonstrate and deepen their learning by accessing a range of activities in our continuous provision area. Eventually, we will move towards a more formal timetable in preparation for Year 2.

We have the following areas which are shared across the two classrooms:

  • Reading Garden
  • Creative Area
  • Maths Area and Numbots Station
  • Construction Zone
  • Storytelling Station
  • Phonics Area
  • Writing Corner
  • Fine-Motor Gym
  • Topic Table – relating to our focus in history/geography

We believe that continuous provision in Year 1 enables the children to explore and apply their recent learning, communicate confidently, think critically, while crucially building on their independence.

Year 1 Curriculum  


In Maths this term, we will be looking at some bigger numbers.  We will start by practising our addition and subtraction skills within 20.  We will continue using our ten frames and have the opportunity to spend more time using the number lines.  We will learn about how we can use our number bonds to 10 to help us to add bigger numbers.  After this, we will be learning about numbers to 50 and how a bigger number can be split into tens and ones.  Our ten frames will really help us with this because we have learnt all about the importance of the ten and what this looks like


In writing this term, we will start by looking at fables.  We are going to learn all about The Boy who Cried Wolf.  We will continue building on our sentence writing skills whilst learning about words with the suffix ‘ed’.  Our next unit will focus on the story of Supertato!

 ELS (Essential Letters and Sounds)


In Year 1, the children will continue on their ELS journey, helping all children to learn to read quickly.  During this first term, we will be reviewing the sounds that the children learnt in their Reception year and looking in particular at ay, ou, ie, ea, oy, ir, ue, aw, wh, ph, ew, oe.  We will use these sounds in real and alien words to help to develop the children’s blending skills.

We will also be encouraging the children to use their sounds that they are learning in their writing using this method:


Say it, stretch it, segment it, blend it, count the sounds, say the whole word.

In ELS, Year 1 will be introduced to the alternative sounds. Please look out for the flashcards that will be added to the children's previous sounds each Friday. The children will be reviewing phase 5 sounds in preparation for the phonics screening test that they will sit in June. 


For both Spring terms we will be learning all about materials in our Science lessons.  We will be learning about the difference between objects and materials.  We will be exploring what different objects are made from and describing simple physical properties of materials.  We will be scientists by using our observing skills and recording our findings and carrying out investigations about different materials and their purposes.

Throughout the year, we will also be looking at the seasons.


Our focus for History is Significant People with a focus on inventors.  Our enquiry question is:

How did Stephenson and the Wright Brothers change the world?

We will be learning all about George Stephenson and the Wright Brothers and why they are significant.  We will be looking at the Rocket and The Flyer as events beyond Living Memory.  We will explore how people used to travel and watch some videos about people trying to fly!  We will make our own decision as to who we think was most significant based on the historical sources we explore.


We are going to be using paint this term!  We are going to learn about primary colours and how to mix them to make secondary colours.  We will then use this knowledge to help us when painting pictures and printing.  For our final piece, we will use our new skills to paint plates in the style of Clarisse Cliff.


Our first unit of DT this year will be a textiles unit.  We will be focusing on making puppets.  We will learn how to join two pieces of material together, design a puppet, join our puppets two faces together and then decorate our puppets.


Our key question in RE this term is:

Who is Jewish and what are they like?

We will be learning about Judaism for both Spring Terms.


We will continue learning music with Charanga, focusing on rhythm in the way we walk and learning the Banana Rap.