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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1 at Samuel Lucas

The first year of Key Stage 1 (KS1). There are 2 classes in Year 1, and both have direct access to the KS1 playground.

Hazel Class

Miss Rigg is the class teacher in Hazel class.

Birch Class

Miss Rogers are the class teachers in Birch class.

Year 1 Summer Term 2021

Summer Term 2

The PSHE & RSE theme for the Summer Term 2 is “Changing Me”. In Year 1, our weekly sessions will include revisiting and extending on previous years learning:

  • Life cycles – understand that changes happen as we grow
  • Know that changes are OK and that sometimes they will happen whether we want them to or not
  • Know that growing up is natural and that everybody grows at different rates
  • Boys’ and Girls’ Bodies – respect of our bodies and understand which parts are private
  • Know some ways to cope with changes Every lesson has a social and emotional development learning intention which focusses on either how we communicate or our feelings.

Vocabulary will include: changes, life cycle, baby, adulthood, grown up, mature, male, female, vagina, penis, testicles, vulva, anus, feelings, emotions, anxious, worried, exited and coping.

Sumer Term 1

In PSHE & RSE theme for the Summer Term 1 is “Relationships”. In Year 1, our weekly sessions include:

  • Knowing how to make friends and solving friendship problems
  • Helping others feel part of a group
  • Respecting others and knowing how to help when others feel upset
  • What makes a good relationship

Every lesson has a social and emotional development learning intention which focusses on either how we communicate or our feelings.

Vocabulary will include: friends, friendship, qualities, caring, sharing kind, greeting, touch, texture, community, self believe and proud.

Year 1 Spring Term 2021

Spring Term 1

In PSHE & RSE theme for the Spring Term 1 is “Dreams and Goals”. In Year 1, our weekly sessions include:

  • setting ourselves simple goals and working out how to achieve them,
  • tackling new challenges and identifying and overcoming obstacles which make it difficult to achieve them and finally,
  • practising describing how we feel and how we celebrate when we succeed in a new challenge.

Every lesson has a social and emotional development learning intention which focusses on either how we communicate or our feelings.

Vocabulary will include: motivate, challenging, positive attitude, celebrate, persevere and resilience.

Year 1 Autumn Term 2020

Autumn Term 2

In PSHE & RSE theme for the Autumn Term 2 is “Celebrating Difference”. In Year 1, our weekly sessions include:

  • Accepting that everyone is different
  • Include others when working and playing
  • What bullying is
  • Know who to talk to if unhappy or being bullied
  • How to make new friends
  • Know how to give and receive compliments.

Every lesson has a social and emotional development learning intention which focusses on either how we communicate or our feelings.

Vocabulary will include: same as, similar, different from, difference, bullying, bullying behaviour, deliberate, on purpose, unfair, bully, bullied, included, celebration and unique.

Autumn Term 1

Welcome to your new classrooms Hazel and Birch. Our theme this term is called Autumn Adventures.

During English we will follow the theme of adventures by exploring the adventure story, ‘Peter Pan’. We will be discovering this story through lots of activities and different written outcomes. We will also spend time reading and performing poetry. We will be trying very hard to master a perfect pencil grip and practising perfecting our letter formation.

Alongside our English unit on Peter Pan we will be developing our DT skills by learning about sliders and levers. We will use our newly learnt skills to design and make our own pop-up Peter Pan book.

In Maths we will continue to develop our understanding of number by focusing on place value, addition and subtraction. We will also look at the properties of shapes in Geometry.

As part of our work around this theme, we will be looking at Autumn, weather and the other seasons during Science. As well as learning about the seasons we will be using our science skills to explore different everyday materials.

In Computing lessons, children will be introduced to Purple Mash our online learning platform. Through this platform children will learn about online safety, basic computing skills and communication and networks.

In PE we are developing our running and jumping skills. They will be focusing on learning and exploring lots of different types of jumping and running.

In RE, we will be learning about Beliefs and Practices by focusing on how different religions at celebrate the fruitfulness of the Earth.

In PSHE we are thinking about ‘being me in my world’ and ‘celebrating differences’.

We are very much looking forward to the exciting term ahead!

Miss Rigg & Mrs Rogers

Year 1 Spring Term 2020

This term, our topic in Year 1 is called Amazing Places and Spaces in the UK. In our theme we will be exploring the United Kingdom and the countries within it. We will learn about each country’s flag, capital city, national flower, physical/human landmarks and its saint.

Linked to our English, we will be writing our own non-chronological reports, reciting and creating poems, writing instructions and writing our very own stories.

In Maths we will continue developing our understanding of numbers to 50 and the related addition and subtraction facts. We will also start to explore different types of measurement such as length and height, time and mass.

As scientists, we will be focusing on materials and their properties. We will be developing our prediction, observation and investigation skills to identify and classify materials.

In Computing we will continue to develop our understanding of Online Safety. We will also be learning how to use the internet to search for images. We will use this skill to help us create our very own PowerPoint presentations.

In RE we are looking at identity and belonging as well as beliefs and practices of different religions including Easter. We will also explore how different communities welcome new life.

Our PE focus will be dance this term where we will be learning how to develop ideas and choreograph sequences. With Mr Smith it will be focusing on target games.

In PSHE & RSE theme for the first Spring Term is “Dreams and Goals”. In Year 1, our weekly sessions include:

  • setting ourselves simple goals and working out how to achieve them,
  • tackling new challenges and identifying and overcoming obstacles which make it difficult to achieve them and finally,
  • practising describing how we feel and how we celebrate when we succeed in a new challenge.

Every lesson has a social and emotional development learning intention which focusses on either how we communicate or our feelings.

Vocabulary will include: motivate, challenging, positive attitude, celebrate, persevere and resilience.

In PSHE & RSE our theme for the second Spring Term is “Healthy Me”.  In Year 1, our weekly sessions include:

  • Knowing the difference between being healthy and unhealthy and knowing some ways to keep healthy
  • Knowing how to keep myself clean and healthy and understand how germs cause disease or illness
  • Knowing that medicines can help if we feel poorly and knowing how to use them safely
  • Knowing how to keep safe when crossing the road

Every lesson has a social and emotional development learning intention which focusses on either how we communicate or our feelings.

Vocabulary for this half term: healthy, unhealthy, balanced, exercise, sleep, choices, keeping clean, body parts, toiletry items (e.g. toothbrush, shampoo, soap), hygienic, safe, safety, medicines, trust, Green Cross Code, eyes, ears, look, listen, wait

Year 1 Autumn Term 2019

In English we will be learning to use labels and captions. We will be trying very hard to master a perfect pencil grip and practising our pre-cursive letter formation. We will also spend time reading and performing poetry.

In Maths we will continue to develop our understanding of number by focusing on place value, addition and subtraction. We will also look at the properties of shapes in Geometry.

In Science we will be focusing on animals including humans. As part of this, we will learn about our bodies and classifying animals.

In Computing we will be learning some basic computer skills such as how to use the laptops safely.

Our theme this term is called ‘Let’s Remember’. In our theme we will be exploring our local war memorial and investigating how and why we remember those who fought in the wars. We will also use our art skills to make our own remembrance poppies.

In PE we are developing our gymnastics skills and practising different ways to move with our bodies through dance using different media such as ribbons, sound and stories to encourage different types of movements.

We look forward to a fun filled Autumn Term with Year 1!

Core Subjects

Click on a tab below to read detailed information about how and what is taught in English and maths for Year 1 children. For an overview of the other subjects taught please view the Year 1 Curriculum Overview document.

Year 1 English

Approach

In English lessons, children are taught speaking, listening, reading and writing skills through studying a variety of styles of writing (genres).  Teachers follow the Teaching Sequence for Writing, which means that children will firstly be taught to read and understand the text, then practise the skills of the style of writing (including grammar) and apply into their own writing.

The Primary National Curriculum statements will be taught through the modules below.

Y1 English Coverage

The Year 1 English curriculum consists of the following modules.

 Term OneTerm TwoTerm Three
NarrativeStories with predictable phrasingContemporary fiction – Stories reflecting children’s own experienceTraditional Tales
Fairy Tales
Non-fictionLabels, lists and captions
Recount
Report
Instructions
Report
Explanations
PoetryVocabulary building
Structure – Rhyming Couplets
Vocabulary building
Structure – Rhyming Couplets
Vocabulary building
Take one poet – poetry appreciation

Curriculum Content

Speaking and Listening

The children will become more familiar with and confident in using language in a greater variety of situations.  They will, for example:

  • Listen to and discuss a wide range of books and poems
  • Recognise and join in with predictable phrases
  • Learn some rhymes and poems to recite by heart
  • Discuss the meaning of words and extend vocabulary
  • Join in with discussions and explain their understanding
  • Change their speaking when taking on a role of a character during play

Reading

This part of the curriculum is broken down into ‘word reading’ and ‘comprehension’.

In Year 1, pupils continue to learn to read words using phonics as well as learning to recognise words that cannot easily be sounded out e.g. once.  At Samuel Lucas we use ‘Letters and Sounds’ to teach phonics.  Our reading schemes to support this are: Bug Club – online,  Phonics Bug – Pearson publishers, Oxford Reading Tree – phonics, Dandelion Readers, Yellow Door.

As well as being able to read words, children need to understand what they read and develop a life-long love of reading.  They will learn to do this through carefully structured activities using a wide range of high-quality books. They are encouraged to:

  • Make links between their own experiences and the story
  • Check that they understand what they are reading
  • Talk about the title and the main events
  • Predict what might happen before they read it
  • Join in with predictable phrases

We are able to provide you with lists of age appropriate texts to support the learning :

Stories with predictable phrasing

  • My Granny Went To Market : A round – the – world counting rhyme – Stella Blackstone
  • We All Went On Safari : A Counting Journey through Tanzania – Laurie Krebs and Julia Cairns
  • Handa’s Hen – Eileen Browne
  • One Smiling Grandma: Caribbean Counting Book – Ann Marie Linden and Lynne Russell
  • This Is the Tree – Miriam Moss
  • Unfortunately – Alan Durant and Simon Rickerty
  • Monkey and Me – Emily Gravett
  • We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – Michael Rosen
  • We’re Going on a Lion Hunt – David Axtell
  • Over on the Farm – Christopher Gunson

Contemporary fiction – stories reflecting children’s own experience

  • Naughty Bus – Jan and Jerry Oke
  • Do You Know What Grandad Did? – Brian Smith
  • Mr Davies and the Baby – Charlotte Voake
  • I Don’t Want To (and others) – Bel Mooney
  • Something Special – Nicola Moon
  • The Most Obedient Dog In The World –  Anita Jeram
  • Nothing – Mick Inkpen
  • Tales of Trotter Street (and others ) – Shirley Hughes
  • Dogger – Shirley Hughes
  • Amazing Grace – Mary Hoffman
  • Clever Sticks – Bernard Ashley
  • Bens Baby – Michael Foreman

Traditional Tales and fairy tales

  • Once Upon a Time – Nick Sharratt
  • The Three Billy Goats Gruff – Nick Sharratt and Stephen Tucker
  • The Teddy Robber – Ian Beck
  • The Ugly Duckling – Ian Beck
  • Twice Upon a Time Series – Rose Impey
  • The Great Big Enormous Turnip – Alexei Tolstoy and Helen Oxenbury
  • The Tiger Child: A folk tale from India –  Joanna Troughton

Writing

In Year 1 children develop their writing through the following areas:

Spelling:

  • Spell words using phonics
  • Learn commonly used whole words that are difficult to sound out
  • Spell the days of the week
  • Begin to look at patterns and rules

Handwriting:

  • Hold a pencil correctly
  • Form letters and digits correctly and confidently
  • Leave spaces between words

Composition:

  • Speak in whole sentences
  • Write sequences of sentences
  • Re-read and check for sense
  • Develop a wide vocabulary
  • Use capital letters, full stops, question marks and exclamation marks
  • Join sentences with ‘and’

Year 1 Maths

Working mathematically

By the end of year 1, children begin to solve simple problems involving addition and subtraction in familiar contexts such as going shopping, using a range of hands-on equipment, symbols, images and pictures. They begin to use what they know to tackle problems that are more complex and provide simple reasons for their opinions.

Number

Counting and understanding numbers

Children will identify and represent numbers using objects, pictures and models, such as the number line, and use ‘equal to, more than, less than (fewer), most and least.’ Children will accurately count numbers to, and across, 100 forwards and backwards from any given number with increasing understanding. They count, read, write and order numbers in numerals up to 100 and from 1 to 20 in words. When given a number, they can identify one more and one less. They can count in multiples of twos, fives and tens.

Calculating

Children will understand known addition and subtraction facts within 20, including zero. They will demonstrate an understanding of multiplication and division through grouping and sharing using hands-on resources, pictorial representations and arrays (2, 5 and 10). They understand doubling and halving small quantities.

Fractions

Through play and hands-on resources, children will find and name half and one quarter of objects, shapes and quantities.

Measurement

Children will begin to measure using non-standard units (finger widths, blocks etc.) moving to standard units of measure (e.g. cm) using tools such as a ruler, weighing scales and containers. They will begin to record and compare measurements such as lengths and heights, mass and weight, capacity and volume using language such as long / short; heavy / light; full / half-full / empty. They will tell the time to the hour, half past the hour and be able to sequence events in chronological order using precise language (for example, before and after, next, first, today etc.). Children will recognise and know the value of different denominations of coins and notes.

Geometry

Children will recognise and name common 2-D shapes, e.g. rectangles (including squares), circles and triangles, and 3-D shapes, e.g. cuboids (including cubes, pyramids and spheres) in different orientations and sizes. They will describe position, direction and movement, including whole, half and three quarter turns.

Statistics

In preparation for year 2, children will begin to compare, sort and classify information, including through cross curricular links e.g. science – sorting materials into groups according to their properties. They will also begin to construct simple pictograms and tables.

Year 1 Learning Blog