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Dear Visitor,
Welcome to Year 1


Year 1 is an exciting year in which your children will embrace a new learning journey into a new curriculum. It is an important transitional year that equips children with the skills, determination and independence to flourish within their work. Support is given to the children as they progress from the play-based learning of Reception to the structured timetabled learning within Year 1. The Year 1 curriculum is very exciting, allowing for children to acquire the essential skills within a variety of topics and subjects. Learning within Year 1 is highly practical and topics are based on pupil interest. Children develop their skills for learning through hands on lessons, focused tasks, directed modeling and focused questioning. Year 1 encourages children to explore and investigate the world around them to develop their understanding and independent learning skills. The classroom is a safe and calm learning environment in which happy, motivated children can work with purpose in co-operation with others while growing independence.


The Year 1 Team


Our Year 1 teacher is Miss Evans. The team is completed with the fantastic learning support assistants, Miss Valentine, Miss Walker and Mrs Cohen. The team work very closely to ensure that our children are supported within a safe and enabling environment which provides them with the structure and opportunities for the best possible progress.




9:00 to 9:30 Assembly / Worship
9:30 to 10:25 Maths
10:25 to 10:35 Morning Break / Toast Time
10:35 to 11:00 Phonics
11:00 to 12:00 English
12:00 to 13:10 Lunch / Focused 1:1 Reading
13:10 to 13:30 Handwriting
13:30 to 14:20 Topic Session 1
14:20 to 14:30 Afternoon Break / Fruit Time
14:30 to 15:30 Topic Session 2




In Year 1, homework is occasionally set in order to consolidate classroom based learning, or for developing knowledge in anticipation of new learning. It provides opportunities for parents to work in partnership with school while seeing and understanding the expectations of the children. Homework is a wonderful way in which parents can see what their child is learning and extend their learning with new opportunities or experiences. The home-based learning (expected weekly) includes: 20 minutes daily reading (Monday to Friday) and spelling practice for the weekly spelling quiz.


What can parents do to help?


Supporting and keeping informed of your child’s learning is very important. We therefore recommend that you check in on Tapestry to see their learning journey regularly. Please ‘Like’ what you see and leave comments along with adding your own observations when home learning is linked to school topics and interests. Reading is a vital skill and is needed within all areas of children’s learning. Please ensure that your child is reading at home; fill in the reading record to show what they are achieving, struggling with and any additional comments. Reading dollars are awarded for reading at home: reading 4 times a week earns 4 dollars, 5 times a week earns 6 dollars, 6 times a week earns 8 dollars and 7 times a week earns 10 dollars. Children are given time to 'spend' their reading dollars in our 'Read-a-lot-a-licious' shop which has lots of amazing prizes, all priced differently, to encourage children to aim for a particular goal and be eager to read at home, developing a love of reading which is essential.


Topics, Trips and visits


The exciting new curriculum allows for teaching within the topics to be very effective. 


Autumn Term:



Please see our Topic Overviews for each term so far this year:

Autumn Term

The topics taught within the Spring term (1 and 2) will include: Superheroes and Space. 

Spring Term

The topics taught within the Spring term (1 and 2) will include: Growth and Green Fingers, as well as The Animal Kingdom. 

Summer Term

Finally the topics taught within the Summer term (1 and 2) include: Once upon a time and The Victorians 


PE in Year 1 is taught by Miss Evans on a Friday and by a Premier Sport Coach on a Wednesday. We request that your child has a full St John’s PE kit with them in school every day. Due to afterschool clubs and changes in timetables it is essential that a PE kit is in school, in case PE days need to be changed, so please return them if taken home.

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