Year 1 is a very exciting time for the children where they begin to use books to record their learning. The children are introduced to formal learning and soon become confident learners who can concentrate for extended periods through making sure the lessons are active and stimulating.
In year 1 every morning we learn maths, phonics, English and reading and in the afternoons we study our other subjects which include Science, History, Geography, Design Technology, Art, Music, ICT, P.E., R.E and PSHE.
We use Maths No Problem because we like to encourage children to solve problems and to explain their reasoning. In English we learn to write through ‘Talk For Writing’ where children become confident writers by first acting and rehearsing orally before putting pencil to paper. We practise phonics daily, following the Sounds Write programme linking it closely to our reading and writing.
Our Science curriculum is very practical; we use lots of cross curricular links and make the most of our extensive outdoor area. Throughout the year we observe the seasonal changes. Some examples are: we plant bulbs in the autumn to see them flower in the spring. We make ice art to explore winter weather. We take walks in the school grounds to observe seasonal changes.
Our History curriculum is taught through exploring old and new toys. We hire old toys from a local museum to enhance their understanding and the children love making their own old fashioned toys e.g. flip books and peg dolls.
Our Geography curriculum focuses on our local area and world geography. We learn to read maps and create our own. We learn about where we are in the world by comparing ourselves to a contrasting country.
In Year one we encourage parents and carers to read daily with their children and support their children by using our online learning platforms; Mathletics and Education City.