Year One

Our Year 1 provision is the start of an amazing journey through Key Stage 1. It builds on the firm foundations laid in our Early Years setting, prepares pupils for their journey through school and in becoming lifelong learners.

Pupils engage in a range of topics which inspire and engage them in rich learning opportunities. Pupil talk is a high priority and staff work hard to plan lessons that hold speaking and listening at the heart. This supports vocabulary acquisition and enables all pupils to achieve their very best.

During Autumn Term, children talk about their real life experiences at the seaside. Role-playing situations such as how to travel to the seaside, what you might do on holiday and familiar stories, such as The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch, gives pupils an opportunity to explore language in preparation for writing. This topic also gives pupils a chance to travel back in time to the Victorian era and make comparisons about what life was like long ago, compared to their lives today. To introduce the topic, pupils enjoy the famous Punch and Judy show and the topic comes to a close with a seaside day celebration!

As the year moves towards the winter months, Year 1 seek out their party outfits for the exciting topic, ‘Let’s Party!’ During this half term, children develop their understanding of different cultural festivals such as Diwali and Christmas. It supports our whole school ethos to value everyone around us and gives pupils an opportunity to share first hand experiences. It is great to hear our ‘adults of the future’, telling their friends and teachers about the finer details of how Diwali and Christmas is celebrated in their homes.

Our next topic continues to celebrate and build on pupils’ first hand experiences about toys. This is a great opportunity to get both boys and girls inspired and is a real joy to be a part of! The ‘Lost Toys’ topic builds on previous work on the Victorian era and helps pupils to develop a real understanding of what life was like before iPads, PlayStations and computers!

After taking a trip back in time, children blast in to the future for, ‘The Aliens are coming!’ Children enjoy exploring a range of tools to design and make their very own alien. Reading and vocabulary continues to be a high priority, as pupils share a variety of stories with an alien theme. This culminates with pupils being young authors and writing their own story to share with friends and family.

In the summer term the topic ‘Metamorphosis' sees the children crawling amongst minibeasts! This topic gives pupils the opportunity to observe minibeasts in a local park and watch the amazing transformation throughout the life cycle of a butterfly. The children explore the outdoor environment supporting both geography and science outcomes.

The year draws to a close with the topic, 'Rumble in the Jungle’. The children develop their understanding of herbivores, carnivores and omnivores and go searching for them at the zoo! Children plant their own sunflower seeds and observe them over time, watching them grow into beautiful sunflowers. This topic lays the foundations for the Earth Shakers topic when moving into Year 2.

Reading is an important lifelong skill which supports pupils in everything they do. During the summer term, Year 1 pupils will complete their phonics screening check. Pupils will work hard throughout the year to build confidence in recognising and reading sounds in words. During the check pupils will read 40 real or nonsense words. Further information and a parent meeting will be held during the Spring Term to discuss the phonic screening check.