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Year 1

Welcome to Year One

Year One is where the National Curriculum begins. It is the start of Key Stage One.

In Year One we continue the great progress that your child will have made in the Early Years. We hope to further develop your child’s independence, confidence and communication skills alongside the Year One curriculum.  The children work in small groups with teachers and teaching assistants and many activities are project based. The children love to explore new themes each half term. We cover all aspects of the curriculum through these Imaginative Learning Projects.

The Year One timetable is jam-packed with new experiences and activities to build on the children's knowledge. We provide many opportunities for practical learning through exploration and investigation both inside and outside of the classroom. The children have access to a range of toys, games and equipment to compliment their learning and aid their skills in sharing and communication.

In Year One we develop the children's understanding of letters and sounds through daily practise to encourage independent reading and writing. The children also begin to learn how to join their letters in a cursive style.

We find children love being in Year One, especially when they find an alien space craft has crash landed in our school or they are preparing for a visit from The Queen!

Our Imaginative Learning Projects:




Can you remember being small? Being a baby and learning to crawl? Look back at family photos, find out about the days before you were born and then make a special box, a memory box, to keep special things…




CRASH! What’s that in the playground? Let’s go outside and take a look. Stand back everyone – it looks like a UFO has crash landed! Find out who might have landed by exploring and investigating the craft– would you like to be an astronaut?



Soft fur, sharp claws and twitching whiskers… what’s your favourite animal? One that meows? One that barks? Or maybe one that scurries or slithers? Find out how the elephant got his trunk and how the rhinoceros got his leathery skin.



Put on your best outfit because you’re invited to tea with the Queen. What do you know about England’s capital city? Let’s find out about London, its history, transport and famous landmarks. Step back in time and discover The Great Fire of London…



If you go down to the woods today you’re sure of a big surprise! Foxes and badgers, voles and mice, and beneath the leaves are tiny footprints… Let’s build a den or make a teeny tiny home for a woodland fairy!




Imagine floating high above land and sea on a bed of clouds, silently sweeping by on a billowing breeze. Back down to earth, let’s take a walk outdoors. But what should we wear? How do we know what the weather will be like today?