Year 1


Miss Bazeley
Mrs Savin
Ms Newbould
Mr Dawson (PM)

If you were unable to make it to our curriculum meeting, please click on the link to access the presentation used: Curriculum Presentation to Parents


As a school we follow ‘Talk for Writing’. Year 1 will be completing writing linked to narrative and focusing on sentence structure. We will be using the texts; Elmer, Room on the Broom, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and a range of instruction based text to support the writing of our own instructions linked to planting a seed.

Reading and Spelling 

Phonics will continue to be an important part of the daily timetable in Year 1. Whilst the children will be in groups for phonics, we will also provide many opportunities throughout the week to continue to practise our phonics and spelling skills during other lessons. Home reading books are matched closely to your child’s phonic level. 


We follow Power Maths at St James. The units we will be covering in the Summer Term are –  
Numbers to 50, then 100
Length and height
Weight and volume
Halves and Quarters
Position and direction

In addition to this, we do rapid recall daily that focus on a different statement each week based on what the children need to be able to recall quickly. They are tested on these every Friday. We will continue with 5 in 5 daily which recaps mental maths recall skills that pupils have been previously taught this year. 


Over the Summer Term children will be learning about plants in our ‘Plant Detective’ unit through a range of practical tasks and investigations children will identify and name a variety of common wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees and describe the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants, including trees. Following this unit pupils will end the year learning about animals. They will identify and name a variety of common animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores as well as naming a variety of common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.


In the Summer Term we begin with an Art and Design journey about landscapes. In this unit of work, pupils will use the artists John Sargent, Robert Seldon and Duncanson Monet as inspiration to develop their own landscape painting. Skills of colour washing and the use of watercolour will be taught and the children will extend their knowledge of colour through learning about warm and cool colours. Following this in History pupils will be will be completing a topic about kings and queens. During this unit of work pupils will learn about King John and Elizabeth II and their role and duties as the monarchy. Through their activities pupils will be identifying how the role of the monarchy has changed overtime. In Geography the pupils will be learning about the seasons within a year and how the weather changes. They will explore the effects this has on the environment and how the change in weather systems enables growth and change in the landscape. In Design Technology pupils will be learning about mechanisms through completing a project using wheels and axels. They will explore existing moving toys and develop, design and make a simple moving toy of their own. During our computing lessons Year One will be completing units of work about simple programming, coding and the use of technology outside of school. In P.E pupils will be learning the basic skills and game of tri golf. Pupils will learn how to hold and use a golf club, develop and practise skills of aim and also create their own simple tri golf courses to use in small groups. To finish the academic year children will be learning a variety of skills linked to athletic sports and we will also be holding our annual sports day event. In Religious studies Year One will be focusing on the faith of Islam. Pupils will listen to stories from the Prophet and identify the important teachings it delivers and the lessons that we can learn from them. For our Music lessons we use the Charanga music platform. The children will be using a variety of percussion instruments to explore rhythm and pulse to music as well as learning and performing songs. This terms song is titled ‘Your Imagination’ which is linked to a pop genre of music. To finish the Summer Term the pupils will explore a selection of classical music and the composers in our ‘Reflect, Rewind and Replay unit. 

How to help at home

Please read with your child daily if you can, if not at least 3 times a week. Please take time to help your child learn the spellings that are sent home weekly. 


Class Overview Document

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