In Year 1, we encourage and support pupils to develop independence and nurture a positive attitude to learning. Pupils will experience a range of fun and engaging learning activities.

There are two Year 1 classes, each class is supported by 2 Teaching Assistants. Every morning pupils have a literacy and numeracy lesson. Pupils are also taught phonics 4 times a week, where we continue to follow the successful Read Write Inc programme.

In the afternoons, pupils are taught humanities, science and PSHE. Each term they also have humanities launch day where pupils are immersed in a new topic. One morning per week, pupils are taught art, computing and RE by specialist teachers. They also have weekly music and PE sessions.

We encourage a love of reading and pupils spend some time each afternoon developing their fluency. During these sessions pupils 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: School gates open
  • 8:55 : pupils enter classrooms for registration via St James Lane gate by the crossing patrol
  • 10:45-11:00: Morning break
  • 12:00 – 13:00: Lunch
  • 15:25: End of school

Morning routine

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 pupils 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 is a PE sessions once a week:

Friday afternoon – your child can wear a tracksuit to school on this day.

Throughout the year your child will also receive additional PE sessions. You will be informed when these start to take place. On these days – please bring a PE kit to school – shorts, t-shirt, pumps, socks. Please also label your child’s clothes with their name and class as pupils often misplace their things.


To promote progress, we encourage you to read with your child at least 4 times a week. Please sign the reading diary to indicate you have heard your child read.

A piece of English and Maths homework will be sent home every Friday and we expect it to be returned by the following Thursday. For pupils who like a challenge we can send home an optional maths task to be completed!

Curriculum information


  • Autumn: In the Autumn Term, pupils 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. Pupils can then begin to construct sentences which both themselves and adults can read. Pupils work with picture books to begin to sequence sentences which make sense.
  • Spring: In the Spring Term, pupils begin to use a key idea from a text 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. Pupils also begin to use ‘and’ in sentences to allow them to create more detailed descriptions. Alongside this, pupils will be encouraged to use question and exclamation marks in their writing. Pupils will use non-fiction and fiction texts and explore how to form short narratives.
  • Summer: During the summer term pupils consolidate their handwriting and sentence skills used in the previous terms. A heavy focus is placed on accurate spelling and pupils are expected to apply their phonic knowledge consistently to support this. They will consolidate their literacy skills in preparation for the demands of year 2. Pupils also have the opportunity to use short videos and films to explore their creativity in writing.


Pupils will follow the Maths – No Problem scheme of work, which follows the requirements of the 2014 English National Curriculum. The Maths – No Problem Scheme was assessed by the DfE’s expert panel, which judged that it met the core criteria for a high-quality scheme to support teaching for mastery. As a result, the Maths – No Problem Primary Series is the only recommended textbook for schools.

  • Autumn: In the Autumn Term, pupils in year 1 will use numbers up to 20 and learn how to manipulate them in many ways, including number bonds, addition and subtraction. Pupils will also begin to explore length and height.
  • Spring: In the Spring Term, pupils begin to manipulate numbers up to 40 and apply their skills to solve missing number and word problems. Shape and position will also be covered during the spring term.
  • Summer: During the summer term pupils will explore ways to multiply and divide. We also cover fractions, time, money, volume and capacity. In the summer term pupils will work with numbers up to 100, consolidating the skills learned in the autumn and spring.

Number bonds will also be practised on a daily basis alongside the above units. Pupils 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.

Humanities (Geography and History)

  • Autumn: Humanities- pupils will begin to develop basic skills in humanities and use vocabulary linked to the topic. They will focus on History and the changes within living memory relating to toys and play. Pupils will use a range of sources to find out about toys from the past. The children also look at the topic of weather and create their own weather reports,
  • Spring: During the spring pupils will look at The Victorians and Queen Victoria. This is an opportunity for pupils to apply their history skills to a new context. They will also take a close look at a significant person from the Victorian times – Florence Nightingale.
  • Summer: Geography – pupils 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. During the second half term we begin to look ‘Beyond our School’. Pupils will use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the key human and physical features of their surrounding environment in a new context. This will include a traffic survey and an analysis of significant features of Willenhall.


  • Autumn: Pupils 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 pupils when on-line. Pupils will also use ‘2Create’ to produce a multi-media story based around an English topic
  • Spring: Pupils will have the opportunity to find out about different technologies around them. They will use the multi-media tool ‘Explain Everything’ to show their findings
  • Summer: Pupils will be introduced to programming and have the opportunity to use ‘2Go’. This allows pupils to control different objects on a screen using a range of instructions

Other Information

Pupils 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 he best time to catch us. We are always available after school – let us know and we will arrange an appointment.

We encourage pupils 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.

If you have any concerns please raise them in the first instance with your child’s teacher or teaching assistant. Should you need to escalate the issue please call the school to arrange an appointment with James Gale (Deputy Head) first and then Lorraine Knowles (Headteacher).

The national curriculum

Key stage 1 and 2
( – Childcare and parenting)

National curriculum in England

primary curriculum (key stages 1 and 2)