Welcome to Year 1
Year 1 is an exciting and rewarding time as the children make the transition from Foundation Stage into Year 1. Our primary aim is to develop a safe and happy environment where your children will thrive. The children access continuous provision, both indoors and outside to continue to learn through play. This becomes more structured in Year 1 with challenges for the children to complete independently each week during their play, as well as guided group work with the adults. We have chosen this approach based on lots of research about children's engagement and brain development, as well as supporting their transition from FS2. You can read further information about learning through play in the documents below.
This year, the children will continue to access aspects of the EYFS curriculum during the autumn term, as they missed out on some learning due to COVID. We will particularly be focusing on the children applying their phonic knowledge (especially using digraphs) in their reading and writing. The children will also be taught the National Curriculum now that they are in Key Stage 1. We teach the knowledge and skills the children need through enquiries, or big questions. We carefully choose enquiries that will hopefully inspire and engage your children both at home and school – see our curriculum newsletters below.
Enquiries for 2020/21:
Term 1: After starting the term with a reconnect curriculum to support transition, and children's social, emotional and mental health, we will move on to 'Who helps who?' and 'What changes around me in autumn?'
Term 2: 'Where is my school' and 'What changes around me in winter?'
Term 3: 'What do artists do?' and 'What am I?'
Term 4: 'What changes around me in spring?' and 'What is my hat made of?'
Term 5: 'What grows near me?' and 'How do we move around?'
Term 6: 'How could we play in different ways?', 'What changes around me in summer?' and we will end the year discussing our aspirations and 'What might I do in the future?'
During a typical week in Year One, we will be authors and mathematicians during the morning sessions, with time to learn as a whole class as well as in small groups and through play. During the afternoon sessions we really explore our enquiries. We also have a dough disco session, take part in yoga, go for a welly walk and practise our speaking and listening at show and tell. Twice a week we are athletes in PE sessions and once a week we are engineers in the computer suite, where we use Purple Mash.
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