In Year 1, the children make a transition from the EYFS curriculum to the National curriculum. Year 1 is a time when children develop their reading skills in terms of their fluency and their phonic knowledge. In June the children take the phonics screening check. This is a short, light-touch assessment which assesses the children’s reading (decoding) skills. The test helps to identify the children who may need extra help so that they are given support as they move through the school.
1PSABT: class teachers Amanda Bennett-Tomlin (Mon, Tues) and Patricia Scanlan (Wed, Thurs, Fri), supported by Holly Graham.
1ZH: class teacher Mrs Zoe Hurlock, supported by Emma Jones
Autumn Term 1 – Let’s Party! We start the year off in style with our topic Let’s Party! This is inspired by the book Boa’s Bad Birthday by Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross and lots of our learning will link back to the theme of parties through the term.
Autumn Term 2 – All About Pets
We will be reading a chapter book called ‘Olga da Polga’ by Michael Bond. It is about the adventures of a pet Guinea Pig. We will also be comparing fiction and non-fiction books and having first-hand experience of caring for a variety of pets on our school trip to Raystede.
Spring Term 3 – Giants! We will be basing a lot of our work on a book called Jim and the Beanstalk by Raymond Briggs. This takes a slightly different look at the traditional story of Jack and the Beanstalk.
Spring Term 4 – Long Ago and Far Away
This term the topic is all about Knights, Castles and tales of long ago. We will spend some time investigating non-fiction, becoming experts on knights and castles and using specialist vocabulary. After this we will look at fiction based in a castle setting. This topic will include a visit to Lewes Castle.
Summer Term 5 – Beside the Seaside This term we will be exploring a book called The Storm Whale by Benji Davies. We will also be learning about the history of the seaside.
Summer Term 6 – Under the Ocean
This term we are will be diving deep under the sea. Our Literacy lessons will be inspired by a short animation called ‘Something Fishy’ and the children will explore vocabulary and sentence building to write the words for it. This will be followed by some non-fiction work, preparing and following up on our trip to Eastbourne Beach.
The most important support that you can give your child this year is to hear them read for at least five minutes every day. Every child will have a reading record for your comments which should be kept in the book bags. Every term we will send home a Homework Menu which will give your child a choice of topic related activities to complete. Each term we will be sending home lists of required year 1 spellings for you to support your child to learn.
PE is on Monday and Thursday.