Year 1

Welcome to Year 1 also known as Robins Class!

What are we learning about this term?


During terms 1 and 2 we focus on narrative text such as stories eg The three little pigs, Giraffes can’t dance and Mr Men stories. Reading and phonics is an integral part of English in Y1 - the children will have a daily phonics lesson in addition to an English lesson every day. As part of the new National Curriculum the children will also be taught specific spellings including days of the week. We begin the year by revising the correct letter formation in handwriting and practise this daily. When writing we focus on teaching the children basic writing skills including using finger spaces, capital letters, full stops and adjectives. The children will use these skills to write descriptions, stories, questions and letters.

Within terms 3 and 4 we read, retell and act out traditional stories eg Cinderella, Jack and the beanstalk and Snow White. We also focus on the author Julia Donaldson and look at stories with patterned language eg Room on a broom and Stickman. Writing opportunities will include creating an invitation to Cinderella’s ball and a Wanted poster. The children will learn about exclamation marks, joining words (such as because) and how to identify and create rhyming words.

Finally during terms 5 and 6 the children will be provided with cross curricular links within their English lessons. We look at Non-fiction texts about London and The Fire of London. The children will write fact pages and diary entries. Through stories such as Zog and We’re going on a dragon hunt the children can make links with our History topic of Castles. In comprehension activities the children will now be required read a text and to answer questions in full sentences. Grammar objectives will include learning plurals and contractions.


During terms 1 and 2 we build upon the basic number skills taught in reception. The children will begin to count, order, read and write numbers to 100 as well as begin to understand place value (tens and ones). The children will be introduced to addition and subtraction and will explore number bonds to 10. We will recognise and name common 2D and 3D shapes, sequence events in chronological order and compare and describe length.

Within terms 3 and 4 children will continue to work with numbers to 100 and will use their addition and subtraction skills to solve word problems. They will learn to count in 10s and 2s and will find half of an object or quantity. Using practical objects children will explore capacity and weight and will sort data using Venn diagrams. 

Finally, during term 5 and 6 the children will revisit and consolidate many of the skills already covered this year including rapid recall of number bonds to 10 and 20. They will also have the opportunity to solve problems involving money and time and will describe position and direction. 

Science & Other Topics


In Term 1, during Environmental week, we learn all about plants. The children plant their own radish seed and watch it grow. They learn about the names of parts of plants and trees and go on nature walks using their senses to explore the environment.

Term 2 Science focusses on Materials. The children are introduced to different materials and learn to describe them and explain their purposes. Investigations are completed to find out which materials would be best to wrap a present or make a raincoat.

Exploring our five senses is the main objective for Term 3 and 4 Science. The children will experience different tastes and smells and describe the textures of different materials. The different names of the parts of the eye will be taught and the children will draw and label an eye.

In Terms 5 and 6 the children will learn all about animals. They will learn how to identify mammals and look closely at how they move. Children will learn about carnivores, herbivores and omnivores and explain the features of each type of animals. Children will be encouraged to bring in photos of their pets and explain how they look after them.

Other Topics

1 – ‘How we used to live’ focuses on homes from the past. The children learn about chronology through ordering homes on a timeline. Similarities and differences will be learnt by comparing features of a Victorian home to a modern day house. The children will experience what it was like to live in a Victorian home by handling old fashioned household objects such as a carpet beater, oil lamp and wash board and become History detectives to investigate what each object does.

2 –‘ Knock knock, who’s there?’ is all about homes and materials. In Geography the children learn how to compare homes in other countries with our homes in England. In D.T we design and create a home for a fairy tale character and practise cutting, gluing and making skills.

3 - ‘A UK journey’ enables Y1 to learn about where is Stockwood in the UK and begin to understand how to locate places on a map and use an atlas. The children are taught the different parts of the UK. Barnaby bear takes us on exciting adventures around the UK so that we can learn about cities, the countryside and the coast.

4 –‘ Island life’ focusses on the life of Katie Morag who lives on and island in Scotland. The children listen to stories about her and identify differences between life there and in Stockwood.

5 – ‘Maybe it’s because I’m a Londoner’ teaches Y1 all about our capital city and about the famous landmarks we can find there. It also links to our History topic of The Great Fire of London where the children are taught about how the fire started and how it was finally put out. Through watching Magic Grandad episodes the children look into the lives of famous people such as Samuel Pepys and begin to learn about empathy.

6 - ‘We’re going on a dragon hunt’ is all about Castles. The children learn about life in a castle many years ago and very much enjoy our launch event of creating a Medieval banquet. A visit to Cardiff castle really brings the topic to life and gives the children the opportunity to dress up a knight, princess or even a jester! The children will learn about William the Conqueror and create their own version of the Bayeaux tapestry.

How can I help my child at home?

Helping your child with reading
Reading with your child is vital. Research shows that it's the single most important thing you can do to help your child's education. It's best to read little and often, so try to put aside some time for it every day.Think of ways to make reading fun - you want your child to learn how pleasurable books can be. Books aren't just about reading the words on the page, they can also present new ideas and topics for you and your child to discuss. Fill in the reading record daily and encourage your child to change their book as soon as they have finished reading it with you. If the children read at least three times per week and this has been recorded in their reading diary, they will be awarded a reading star at the end of the week.

Helping your child with maths
It's also important to show how we use maths skills in our everyday lives: point out the different shapes to be found around your home; take your child shopping and talk about the quantities of anything you buy; let your child handle money and work out how much things cost; practise counting objects. Try to do 5 minute intervals.

Here are some examples of our work...

Cooking - Making Cous Cous.
RE - Calming of the Storm.