Welcome to Year 1

Where learning is fuelled by creativity

What to expect in Year 1

Year 1 is a really exciting time for you and your child. Moving from Early Years into the first year of the National Curriculum can feel like a big step, but please don’t worry, some of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum may be carried on with your child as they move to Year 1.

Your child’s day will be more structured than it was in Early Years but we love storytelling, practical maths and exploring topics through our STAR learning.

We are very lucky that the Year 1 classrooms open out into a secure learning area. This means the children will be learning through play – exploring, discovering and plenty of role-play, both indoors and out.

There is a Year 1 statutory phonics screening test in June. This will identify if your child can read phonically decodable words. Your child will have a daily phonics session to teach them how to blend to read and segment to spell.

What we’re learning : 2023-2024!

Curriculum map 2023-2024


Learning Letter Year 1 Autumn 2023

Year 1 Launchpads 2023-2024

Writing 2023-2024

Year 1 – Writing

Art 2023-2024

Year 1 Artists

Year 1 Art Skills

Year 1 Art Progression


Science 2023-2024

Year 1 Chemistry-Everyday materials

Year 1 Biology-Animals, including humans

Year 1 Biology-Plants

Year 1 Biology-Seasonal Changes

PSHE – 2023-2024

DT 2023-2024


Year 1 – DT

Computing 2023-2024

Year 1 – computing

Geography 2023-2024

Year 1 – How are the weather patterns different in each season?

Year 1 – How do I use a map to explore TMS?

Year 1 – What is it like in the UK?

Year 1:2 Map skills and knowledge

Homelearning - how to support your child at home

STAR learning at home

Your child will be given a STAR learning homework grid at the start of each term, with a range of project-based learning activities for your child to do at home. This is to give all children the opportunity to shine and get excited by learning, in whichever area their strengths are. You can help as much or as little as you like – even grannies and grandads can get involved!

Homelearning grids 2023-2024

Homelearning Year 1 Autumn 1 2023

Homelearning Year 1 Autumn 2023 Phonics / Spelling



Reading at home with your child is so important. It helps them to develop their learning in lots of areas. We expect you to hear your child read aloud every night. You may not always have time to read the whole book (we completely understand home life is busy – we are parents too) but just a few pages a day can increase your child’s confidence and get them into the routine of practising and applying their phonic knowledge.

Sometimes your child may want to read a book from home. As long as they are reading, that’s fantastic. Most children this age really love to read new and familiar stories as well as comic books and magazines. Please make sure you fill in the online reading record so that we can celebrate progress together!


In Year 1, as well as phonics, we learn a number of common exception words. Download this list to practice at home: Year 1 common exception words (words which cannot be sounded out).


The end of year 1 expectation is to be able to;

  • count forwards and backwards to 100,
  • recognise 1 more/1 less,
  • recognise odd and even numbers,
  • count in 2, 5 and 10
  • and know their number bonds to 10 (pairs of numbers that make 10) and then to 20.

You can help your child in a variety of ways. The most powerful way will be through discrete and fun activities such as counting out the cutlery for dinner. Disguise the learning! Whilst in the car read a number from a number plate and ask your child to find 1 more and 1 less.

Most importantly…

Try to keep any home learning light, and don’t push it if they seem tired or reluctant. The most important thing is to talk with your child about their learning and enjoy seeing the enthusiasm on their face.