Year 1

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Welcome to the first year group of Key Stage 1! We aim to build upon the knowledge and understanding that has been learnt in the Early Year Foundation Stage. We also ensure the classroom is welcoming, exciting and stimulating classroom as this is crucial to ensure that children settle quickly into their new learning environment. They will have access to a wide range of high quality experiences/resources that will challenge and extend their learning, whilst enhancing all 11 areas of the National Curriculum. We are passionate about child-led learning and the children will tackle a variety of creative tasks over the school day, independently and in focus groups.

At the beginning of Year 1, the day is run in a similar way to EYFS. Each day the children take part in a variety of formal teacher sessions on the carpet where key skills are taught, followed by a range of structured activities across different areas, including arts, craft and the foundation subjects. Some lessons will be structured as whole class teaching sessions, while others will be run as focus groups. The children will have a sense of autonomy in choosing their when they do their tasks over the day, with the expectation of completing them independently, where possible. The self-chosen activities are purposeful and open ended, offering limitless possibilities and endless interpretations. Phonics, Literacy and Maths are taught daily and your child will bring home phonics, spellings and reading homework after the first few weeks of term.

The afternoon mirrors the morning with a carpet input followed by independent and focus activities in which children are given the time to become absorbed in their own learning. We finish the day with circle times, celebration sessions, music or storytelling.

The children take part in a P.E. session once a week. Due to limited space in the current school building this either takes place in the sports hall next door or on the playground. There are many opportunities offered to the children to support our Creative Curriculum throughout the academic year such as topic celebrations and dressing up days, to name just a few.

Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.

Curriculum Topics for Year 1

Term Topic
Autumn 1 Whatever the Weather
Autumn 2 My Local Environment (Stratford-Upon-Avon) – Topic Map
Spring 1 Toy Story
Spring 2 Space – To Infinity and Beyond
Summer 1 Explorers
Summer 2 Dreams and Imagination


Year 1 Class Blog

Willows in the Wind!

This half term, in Science, Willow Class are learning about the weather and the four seasons through observations and experiments. We began by exploring rainfall. We used a rain gauge to measure the amount of rainfall in Meon Vale every day over a week. The following week, we took advantage of the sunshine to learn about shadows and day length. We drew around our shadows in the morning, at lunchtime and in the afternoon and watched our shadows move with the sun. Finally, we explored wind. We made our very own windsocks and observed the direction and strength of the wind in our playground. What wonderful weather watching!

One small step for man…

Over the last half term, Willows have been learning about Neil Armstrong and the Apollo 11 moon landing. First, we needed to understand why Neil Armstrong is so important in history – we focussed on the word ‘significant’ and what this means.

After carrying out research, we wrote fact files about Neil Armstrong, using skills we have developed in our English lessons to support our writing. From this we were then able to create chronological timelines of Armstrongs life, from his birth to his death. Other astronauts we have explored this half term include Mae Jemison, the first black lady to visit space, and Major Tim Peake, the first British man to go to the International Space Station. We have loved watching Story Time From Space videos were Tim Peake reads stories from the ISS.

The children were amazed when watching videos of the Apollo 11 take off from 1969. This inspired us to write interview questions to ask Neil Armstrong if were able to meet him. We loved acting out our interviews in front of the class. We now have lots of aspiring astronauts in Year 1!

Mother’s Day tiles

Willows have been keeping a secret… we have made Mother’s Day tiles! We started by learning about an English artist and sculptor called Barbara Hepworth. She used materials like stone, wood, and bronze to create her modern sculptures. We had a go at recreating some of her work using playdough.

Then we got to work exploring different ideas and learning techniques we could use on our tiles for Mother’s Day. Then we used a design sheet to plan out what we wanted our tiles to look like and what techniques and colours we would use. Once we had finished our designs, we had a go at making our own Mother’s Day tiles using playdough. This allowed us to practice making the right shapes using a similar medium to clay.

Finally, it was the big day, we were so excited to use our practical room to its full advantage. We used rolling pins to roll the clay flat and then used cutting tools to make a square shape for the tiles. Our design sheets helped us remember what we wanted our tiles to look like. We enjoyed using new tools to create patterns and extra clay to create a 3D effect. Once our tiles had dried, we were able to use paint to add the final touches. Our Mummy’s had the biggest smiles when we took them home on Friday which makes all our hard work worth it!