In Year 1, children make the transition from play based learning in Foundation Stage to more structured, independent learning in Year 1. Children continue to have access to many of the valuable learning resources used in Foundation Stage, including the outdoor classroom, as we aim to make learning as hands on and practical as possible.
We value the importance of children having a positive attitude towards their learning. Children are encouraged to become confident and resilient learning who appreciate and become excited by learning that offers challenge.
Phonics & Reading:
In Year 1 we deliver a daily synthetic phonics session. We use the Letters and Sounds document for our planning. There are six overlapping phases, in Year 1 we build on the learning covered during phases 1 – 4 in Foundation and work on phase 5.
Phonics screening check
Throughout the year pupils develop their literacy skills through a variety of engaging topics. Pupils are taught and encouraged to become more confident at applying their reading, writing, and communication skills for different purposes. Literacy lessons provide many opportunities for children to express their ideas through speaking and listening activities. Drama is often used to explore a topic and allow children the opportunity to take on different roles.
Below is a list of the topics and themes covered in our year group
- Writing labels, lists, and captions.
- Reading and writing stories with familiar settings.
- Rhyme and rhythm.
- Reading and writing stories from a different culture.
- Writing instructions.
Once upon a time
- Traditional tales and fairy stories.
- Reading and writing recounts.
Where the Wild Things Are
- Stories with imaginative settings.
- Fictional recounts.
Under the Sea
- Reading and writing information texts.
- Poems on a theme.
In Year 1 we enjoy lots of practical activities to use and apply our learning in maths. Here are the different strands of learning and some of the key objectives we work towards achieving.
Number and Place Value
- Children extend their use of counting numbers to at least 100.
- They develop recognition of patterns in the number system including odd and even numbers and counting in ones, twos, fives, and tens.
- They begin to use place value to understand the relative size of numbers and to order two-digit numbers.
Addition and Subtraction
- In Year 1 mathematical symbols (+, - and =) are used to record addition and subtraction calculations.
- Children become confident at recalling number bonds for 10 (for example, 6+4, 3+7).
- Through practise of addition and subtraction, children learn number facts for numbers up to 20.
Multiplication and Division
- Through practical activities, the concepts of multiplication and division are introduced in Year 1.
- Children begin to recognise the symbols x and ÷.
- Children learn to identify halves and quarters by solving practical problems.
- The idea of halves and quarters to the concept of sharing and grouping numbers.
- Rulers, weighing scales, and jugs are all used to measure objects using common standard units of measurement.
- Children practise comparing length, weight, volume, and time using words such as longer/shorter, heavier than/light than, more/less, and quicker/slower.
- They begin to recognise and use language relating to dates, including days of the week, weeks,
- months and years
- Children are taught to tell the time to the hour and half past the hour.
Properties of Shape
- Children become familiar with a range of common 2D and 3D shapes.
- They learn to recognise these shapes in different orientations, sizes, and contexts.
Position and direction
- Children continue learning how to use positional language accurately, for example by describing if an object is opposite, next to in front of or behind another.
- Through practical activities they explore the difference between half, quarter and three-quarter turns using a clockwise direction.