Year 1 Curriculum
In Year 1 we work hard to build on the early foundations of learning. We encourage a love for learning. At the beginning of Year 1 we recognise the importance of providing children with a well-balanced transition from Early Years.
Throughout the year we cover a range of curriculum areas, these include:
Reading – We follow the Read Write Inc phonics from Ruth Miskin Literacy, which encompasses reading, spelling and writing appropriate to each child’s ability. Children will be able to apply skills in their literacy lessons when writing. Children will read weekly with the class teacher in their guided reading sessions.
Writing – In English we use the Read Write Inc phonics programme to develop children’s writing skills. Throughout the year we read stories linked to our topics. Children will develop their writing by practising:
- Creative writing
- Focusing on grammar
- Letter formation and joined-up handwriting
We encourage children to initially explore mathematical concepts in a practical and hands-on way. This gives children the freedom to discover new concepts independently. We apply taught concepts through problem-solving and discrete teaching. Some of the Year 1 Maths topics include:
- Place Value
- Addition and Subtraction
- Shape and Space
- Time and Money.
Throughout the year in Science we plan opportunities for children to take part in experiments, use their observational skills and record their findings. At St Michael’s we take advantage of our school grounds to support our teaching of Science. In Year 1 we focus on:
Throughout the school day the Christian Values are promoted. There is daily collective worship, meditation and weekly RE lessons. Children will listen and reflect on a variety of stories from the Bible. Some of the areas we explore are:
- The Christian Values
- The Nativity
- Creation Story
- Religious Festivals.
In Year 1 we plan opportunities for children to understand digital devices and use technology purposefully to create work linked to their learning. We focus on:
- Creating and debugging simple programs
- Developing basic word processing skills and keyboard typing using 2Type.
- Developing their understanding of algorithms.
In Year 1 we actively use our school grounds to plan weekly PE sessions. Areas that we focus on include:
- Dance/Music and movement sessions
- Taking part in team building activities.
Children will be given regular opportunities to paint and explore colours and textures. We focus on a range of Artists including Van Gogh and Monet. We plan art activities to other areas of the curriculum. We teach specific skills including sketching, sculpture and design and technology.
Topic lessons are cross-curricular and we focus on both History and Geography. In addition, our topics are linked across the whole curriculum e.g. books in English linked to Toys. In Year 1 we focus on:
- Houses and Homes
- Explorers – Polar Regions and Ernest Shackleton