Welcome to Year 1

Year 1 is the introduction to the National Curriculum but also builds on the goals and ethos of the Early Years Foundation Stage. It is a time when the children start to be aware and understand themselves as independent learners. They become more confident in all areas of school life and develop as individuals within a wider community. It is the first year that they wear full school uniform and take part as members of the School Parliament.

The children’s interest and pleasure in reading is developed as they begin learn to read confidently and independently. Pupils start to enjoy writing and see the value of it. They learn to communicate meaning in narrative and non-fiction texts and spell and punctuate correctly. In year 1 children learn to speak clearly, thinking about the needs of their listeners. They work in small groups and as a class, joining in discussions and making relevant points. This is particularly developed during their weekly Show and Tell sessions. They learn to use language in imaginative ways and express their ideas and feelings
when working in role, drama activities and assemblies.

The class develops their knowledge and understanding of mathematics through practical activity, exploration and discussion. They learn to count, read, write and order numbers. They develop a range of mental calculation skills and use these confidently in different settings.

During this year the class enjoy a creative curriculum which includes, History, Geography, Art, Design & Technology, RE, ICT and Science. The year also includes several trips to link with many areas of the curriculum, workshops and other activities to enrich their enjoyment of wider learning.

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