Year One Curriculum

The move from the Foundation Stage to Year 1 is usually relatively smooth, as the children are already familiar with the class teachers. Taking into account the individual children's maturity and ability they will be provided with a range of learning experiences, which continue to build upon and develop the academic and social foundation established in Reception.

The children will work in class, group and individual situations and they will be encouraged to become more independent in both academic and non-academic areas. Their development will be closely monitored and individually assessed in order to identify the next steps in their learning.


By the end of the year our aim is that the children:


  • Write simple sentences joined with connectives.
  • Write simple stories with ideas that follow on from each other
  • Complete simple comprehension tasks
  • Have an understanding of simple grammar – especially full stops and capital letters


  • Can hold their pencils correctly and use an appropriate size of letters.
  • Can form their letters correctly and use ascenders and descenders correctly
  • Are able to join up their handwriting when asked to


  • Spell Year 1 common exception words as outlined in the national curriculum 
  • Spell words using the phoneme /blend of the week at school and at home


Reading is a high priority in Year 1.  Children will be reading in school in a variety of ways including during daily phonics sessions, comprehension activities and as part of literacy sessions.  We also aim to read with children individually three times a week.  It is really helpful if you can make a note, in the reading record, of when your child reads at home and to which page. The children take responsibility each morning for changing their reading book from the appropriate reading level boxes.


By the end of the year our aim is that the children can:

  • Read and write numbers to 100
  • Add/subtract confidently using number lines
  • Add/subtract mentally
  • Can count in 2's, 3's, 5's and 10's
  • Understand the concept of 1 more and 1 less
  • Understand the concept of 10 more and 10 less

Have an understanding of:

  • Tens and units and how to partition two digit numbers
  • Fractions – halves, quarters of shapes and numbers
  • Time – o'clock, half past, quarter past, quarter to
  • Money – coin recognition, making values, working out change
  • Making and interpreting bar charts and pictograms
  • Weight, volume and capacity
  • Measuring length using standard and non-standard units

Each of these areas will be revisited during the year.

Science, Geography, History, Art, D.T and Computing are taught through our termly topics.

Through Year 1 the children will be focusing on:

Children Like Us | PDF
Carnival of the Animals | PDF
Marvellous Minibeasts | PDF
    If you have any books, objects or pictures that are related to any of these topics and you would like to share them with us, we would be delighted to see them but please do remember to name them clearly.

During the week your child will continue to take Swimming, Spanish, Music, P.E and Games with specialist teachers. Individual music lessons normally start in Year 2.

Extra swimming and tennis lessons are available after school if required through our Activities Department, visit the Swim School & Holiday Activities area of this site to find out more.

More information may be found in the ‘Parents' Handbook’ available to download on the Parents & Pupils page.

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