Welcome to Year one!

Year one marks the transition from play based learning in Reception to a more formal learning environment. We endeavour to provide hands on, practical experiences to both support and challenge the children. Children are actively involved in a range of memorable learning experiences which promote creativity, independence and enjoyment. Children should become confident in developing their written ideas, with a focus on writing sentences with capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.

In Year One we work especially hard on developing the children’s phonological knowledge in preparation for the phonics screening check. The phonics screening check is a short assessment of phonic decoding that is designed to confirm whether children have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard. It will identify those who need extra help to improve their decoding skills. The check consists of 20 real words and 20 pseudo-words that a child reads aloud to the teacher. School will report the children’s score on their end of year school report.

We provide a variety of educational visits during the school year which include a trip to Twycross Zoo and Aston Hall to further enrich the children’s curriculum.

Autumn Term

We start off in year one reading some traditional tales and learning to sequence their events. Children begin to use story language and expression when telling stories and begin to write some simple labels, speech bubbles and sentences about the stories they have learnt. They learn about the story’s settings, characters and plot and they use role play and practical activities like bread making and making character masks to immerse themselves in the stories. In the second half of the Autumn term, we start to read and write recounts and diaries through the History topic of The Great Fire of London. A visit from the Fire Brigade and a trip to Aston Hall along with lots of practical activities, fully engage the children in this topic and children learn what it was like to experience this event and about how things have changed now.

Spring Term

We begin the Spring term learning about weather and seasons through poetry. Children will listen to, learn and recite poems before writing their own simple poems. They will make observations of different weather in the United Kingdom and compare it to weather around the world.  After Easter, children will read books by the brilliant Julia Donaldson and immerse themselves in her world of fantastic characters and amazing adventures. Children will also learn to identify and classify living things and learn about the human body and their senses.

Summer Term

In the Summer term, we will read some cumulative stories, such as the Giant Turnip and The Ginger Bread man. These stories build on a pattern and involve lots of repetition so children can join in and write their own.  We also begin to learn to identify and observe plants and what they need to grow using our forest school’s area and beautiful grounds. In the last term, we go on safari and learn about world continents and oceans and compare a location in the UK with an African country. The children will be writing information texts linked to this Geography topic and looking at atlases, maps and compass directions.