In Year 1 the children are encouraged to become independent learners and thinkers. Children are expected to be active in their learning, be responsible for their belongings and make the right behavioural choices.
In Key Stage 1 we build on the learning of the Early Years Foundation Stage, to ensure that the children experience a smooth transition into Year 1. The Year 1 curriculum builds upon and extends the experiences that children have had in Reception. Learning through play continues to be an important part of the school day, and the children are gradually eased into more formal learning as the year goes on so that they remain motivated, enthused and independent learners. We make our lessons practical and engaging throughout the Key Stage. Years 1 and 2 work closely together to deliver the National Curriculum for Key Stage 1. We have a thematic-based approach and make creative cross-curricular links through this theme.
Reading and Homework
Weekly homework is set in Maths and our pupils are expected to read at least three times a week as part of our Reading Challenge. Weekly spellings are also sent home.
These are our topics for this year: –
Autumn – All about me and Celebrating Me
Spring – Polar Explorers and Islands
Summer – Castles and Under the Water.
Through these themes children learn skills in Science, Geography, History, Art, Design Technology and Computing. We also teach Music, PSHE, R.E., and P.E. We enrich our curriculum provision with educational trips and visitors linked to our theme.
Children have daily lessons in Mathematics and English in order to learn key skills, facts and concepts.
The key areas covered in Maths are:
- Number and Place value
- Addition and subtraction
- Multiplication and division
- Properties of shape
- Position and direction.
The genres covered in English are:
• Labels, Lists and Captions
• Information Texts