In Year 1, we encourage and support children to develop independence and nurture a positive attitude to learning. Children will experience a range of fun and engaging learning activities.
There are two Year 1 classes, each class is supported by a Teaching Assistant. Every morning children have a literacy and numeracy lesson. Children are also taught phonics 5 times a week, where we continue to follow the successful Read Write Inc programme.
In the afternoons, children are taught History and Geography, Computing. Science, RE and PSHE. They also have weekly music and PE sessions.
We encourage a love of reading and children spend some time each morning developing their fluency. During these sessions, children will read to their teacher or TA.
Letters to parents
Letters that have been circulated to parents are available for you to view and download here.
Times of a school day
These are the times that apply to a Year 1 pupil’s school day.
- 08:45: Doors open, children enter classrooms for registration
- 08:55: Doors close for registration. If you arrive after this time, please enter through the office and sign in
- 10:45 – 11:00: Morning break
- 12:00 – 13:00: Lunch
- 15:25: End of school
Wait with your child in the area outside your child’s classroom. A member of staff will greet your child and assist them once inside. We encourage children to enter the main classroom door independently.
Please click here for our expectations of punctuality with arrival & collection of your child.
- Mrs Rowlands – 1A Class teacher
- Miss Archer – 1 Alpha Class teacher
PE (Physical Education)
There are two PE sessions a week, one on Monday and one on Friday.
On each of these days, your child can wear their PE kit to school.
To promote progress, we encourage you to read with your child at least 3 times a week. Please sign their reading diary to indicate you have heard your child read.
Homework will be sent home every Friday and we expect it to be returned by the following Thursday. Spellings will also be sent home on a Friday. Please practice these spellings at home as children will be tested on these on a Thursday.
- Autumn: In the Autumn Term, children in year 1 have a focus on handwriting. This is to ensure that letters are formed correctly, are the correct size and sit on the line. Children can then begin to construct sentences which both themselves and adults can read.
- Spring: In the Spring Term, children begin to generate their own short narratives. A strong focus is still directed towards handwriting alongside the accurate use of capital letters, full stops and finger spaces. Children also begin to use ‘and’ in sentences to allow them to create more detailed descriptions. Alongside this, children will be encouraged to use question and exclamation marks in their writing. Children will use non-fiction and fiction texts and explore how to form short narratives.
- Summer: During the summer term children consolidate their handwriting and sentence skills used in the previous terms. A focus is placed on spelling and children are expected to apply their phonic knowledge consistently to support this. They will consolidate their literacy skills in preparation for year 2.
Children will follow the White Rose scheme of work, which follows the requirements of the 2014 English National Curriculum.
- Autumn: In the Autumn Term, children in year 1 will use numbers to 10and learn how to manipulate them in many ways, including number bonds, addition and subtraction. Shape will also be covered during this term
- Spring: In the Spring Term, children begin to manipulate numbers up to 50 and apply their skills to solve missing number and word problems. Children will also begin to explore length and height as well as mass and volume.
- Summer: During the summer term children will explore ways to multiply and divide. We also cover fractions, time, money and position. In the summer term, children will work with numbers up to 100, consolidating the skills learned in the autumn and spring.
Number bonds will also be practiced alongside the above units. Children will also learn to count in 2s, 5s and 10s.
For more information about the strands please click the National Curriculum link at the bottom of this page.
History and Geography
- Autumn: Humanities- children will begin to develop basic skills in humanities and use vocabulary linked to the topic. Children will use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the geography of the school and its grounds. They also look at the key human and physical features of our surrounding environment. They will also be able to use simple compass directions to create a basic map. The children also look at the topic of Coventry transport and will develop their history knowledge, looking at the difference between past and present transport as well as looking at how transport is made.
- Spring: During the spring children will look at the topic of Toys Now and Then. This is an opportunity for children to apply their history skills to a new context. Children will use a range of sources to find out about toys from the past as well as comparing the changes in toys. Children will then look at the topic ‘The UK’. They will learn about the different countries in the UK and will use maps to locate them. They will then look at where Coventry is on a map.
- Summer: During the summer term, children will look at the topic Queens and Castles. They will learn about key figures such as Queen Victoria as well as looking at various castles and what they were used for.
- Autumn: Children will be looking at On-Line Safety and learning how to keep information private. They will also think about what to do if something concerns children when on-line. Children will be introduced to programming and have the opportunity to programme beebots.
- Spring: Children will use produce a digital front cover for a traditional tale. They will then be using iPads and search engines to research a topic.
- Summer: During the summer term, children will be continuing to develop their digital literacy skills and will be producing a multi-media book using apps and the internet. They will then use all of their skills to design and create a digital card for a celebration.
Children can bring a bottle of water each day (no juice please) and can refill them in school when required. Please clearly label the water bottles.
We are happy to talk to you however first thing in the morning is not always the best time to catch us. We are always available after school – let us know and we will arrange an appointment.
We encourage children to be responsible for their own possessions. We ask that all items of clothing are clearly labelled with your child’s name to support them in doing this.