Year 1

Welcome to Year 1!

We ensure a smooth transition from Reception, building on the key principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage and have extended continuous provision into Year 1 to create an enabling environment in which the children can explore and learn. We take a developmentally sensitive approach to teaching and learning which is rooted in research and an extensive knowledge of how young children learn. A carefully combined and balanced approach including whole class teaching, focus group ‘masterclasses’ and independent child-led learning enables us to deliver an exciting and rich curriculum whilst developing the ‘whole’ child in a holistic sense.  We are proud of the levels of independence, resilience, creativity, problem solving skills and the collaborative approach to learning constantly displayed by our Year 1 children.

Our cross-curricular topics are carefully thought out to inspire the children and ensure curriculum knowledge and skills are taught. They can be subject to change to best suit the needs of the children.

This year we will be exploring learning through these questions:

Autumn 1: What makes me special? Where shall we go?

Autumn 2: Can you hear a roar?

Spring 1: Could you live on the Moon?

Spring 2: Are iPads more fun than my Grandparents old toys?

Summer 1: Could I be a King or Queen one day?

Summer 2: Shall we go to the circus?


Please find below our knowledge organiser for the autumn term:

Year 1 Knowledge organiser – Can you hear a roar


Will be sent out on a Thursday and due in the following Wednesday.

Reading: To use both the online reading Bug Club system and school reading books to read at least five times per week.

Phonics: To play the phonics activity sent out in the reading pack to consolidate the sounds learnt at school.

Maths: To play Numbots online to build speed and accuracy with number skills.

Spelling: We will be sending home weekly spellings via Tapestry that will be assessed at various times

Meet the Team

Welcome to Year One (Key Stage 1).
There are 3 classes in Year One; Berry, Acorn and Catkins.

Team Leader Mrs R Moore
Teachers Mrs L O'Connor (Berry)
Mrs K Walton (Catkin)
Mrs K Jones (Catkin)
Mrs A Sahota (Acorn)
Teaching Assistants Mrs J Milligan (Berry)
Miss S Pattenden (Catkin)
Mrs S Amad (Acorn)

What We Have Been Up To

Here you will find all the exciting things we have been up to recently.

Year 1

Learning through play in action… ‘Discovery Time’

This half term our topic question has been ‘Where shall we go?’

This Geography based topic has led us to find out about different types of transport including trains, buses and aeroplanes and how far we can travel.  We have learnt to name, locate and identify characteristics of the four countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom and its surrounding seas. We have looked at aerial photos and read maps including real maps from pilots and train drivers. Through key texts, we have looked at features of a town, village and city. The children have found out about hot and cold countries and started to learn the differences. The children have written letters to post home about where they would like to go and at the end the half term we all went on a virtual aeroplane experience!


In Art we have been exploring painting and mixing primary colours to create secondary colours and using these skills to paint our own self-portraits.


In Maths we have been learning about number and place value.


In Computing we have been learning how to be safe online and logging in independently to create our own avatars

Forest Schools

In Forest Schools and for Science we have been looking at seasonal changes and creating natural art.