Year 1 CURRICULUM
To help ensure that the children settle well into Year 1 after their year in Foundation, many routines are kept the same. For example, the self-registration system (when children put their name card into a basket to indicate what they are doing for lunch) and the carousel activities (when children complete a different activity every day when they arrive at school. The curriculum offered in Year 1 continues to be played-based like the Foundation Stage Curriculum and provides children with a smooth transition from their experiences in their first year at school. Learning continues to take place both in the classroom as well as outside, where staff observe the children at play and support their learning where appropriate. To encourage the children’s natural curiosity, they are encouraged to learn more about the world around them by asking questions and to find out answers by talking to others. Visitors are invited into school from time to time, so that the children can learn more about other people’s memories, knowledge and areas of expertise. For example, the children wanted to find out more about pets and so a group of children visited the local vet’s surgery. Many parents also brought in their pets to show us and provide the children with first hand experience of a range of different animals.
As the year progresses, there is an expectation that children will be able to listen to the teacher for longer periods than they did in their Foundation year. However, lessons are made as active as possible to ensure that all children are engaged. Teaching sessions are about 20 minutes long and based on maths, English, topic or RE. There are teaching sessions each day with a follow-up activity. Activities take place outside or inside and are always practical so that they are fun. There are many ongoing activities for the children to choose from and they are encouraged to be independent in accessing resources needed. The children go outside in all weathers. Please send suitable clothing- named wellies, waterproof coats or trousers. The children play in water or are involved in digging, so get messy!
After February half-term, children are set into ability groups for English and maths and are taught by other Year 1 teachers. These lessons are more traditional than the first part of the year with a greater amount of whole class teaching.
Year 1 is the first year of the National Curriculum. All children in Year 1 follow the National Curriculum. The National Curriculum is made up of the core subjects: English, Science and Mathematics. It also includes the Foundation subjects: Art & Design, Computing, Design Technology, Geography, History, Music and PE. A language does not have to be taught until Key Stage 2 (when the children are at the Junior School). However, the children are exposed to French and Spanish through action songs.
Subjects are often taught through "Enquiry-based Learning"- the children pick the topic they want to study eg. pets, trains, buildings. From that, they think about questions to ask and choose one question to work on as a group. They have to then become the expert in the answer by finding out about it. The children can ask parents and visitors for help as well as find out information through books or the Internet. Children then use this information to feed back to the whole class. The children engage in a rich cross curriculum and creative range of activities via the topics chosen by the children.
Click on the links below to find out what your child is being taught each half-term:
Autumn Term (1) Curriculum Overview
Here are the details of the new National Curriculum –
English: National Curriculum for English
Click here to read about English Expectations for Year 1 Children
Phonics is delivered following the Read Write Inc programme. We hold a reading workshop to help parents to understand how we teach phonics and this helps them to teach their child to read in partnership with us. Our main school reading scheme is the Oxford Reading Tree (ORT)- these books are about a family of characters called Mum, Dad, Biff, Chip, Kipper and Floppy the dog. For free interactive ORT reading books visit http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/reading-owl/find-a-book/library-page. You will simply need to register by logging in and creating a password to be able to enjoy them with your child. Get reading!
In June, all Y1 children participate in the national Phonics Check. Click on the link to find out more: Phonics Check - Information for Parents.
Children can, and are expected to, change their home reading book every day. They do this themselves by choosing another book from their colour box. This is different from Foundation when books are changed twice weekly under the direction of the teacher.
Children are taught to read in school through weekly "guided reading" lessons when they are organised into small ability-based groups. Follow the link below to find out more:
Children are taught the basic skills of writing in ability groups and use these writing skills in all other areas of the curriculum.
Every week the children have taught lessons on maths and complete a follow-up activity after it. Mental maths sessions which are 20 minutes long, take place every day after lunchtime. These sessions are very practical (eg. scoring points in a game using chalk boards). Sessions are not worksheet based. Children receive maths homework every two or three weeks which will sometimes be a practical activity.
Science: National Curriculum for Science
A lot of our Science work is done outdoors. The children experience different types of weather in the different seasons. They plants seeds and observe them growing and flowering in our raised beds. In the autumn we collect the seeds from them. The children will ask questions about the things they observe and we encourage them to try and test things out e.g. after collecting seeds some children will ask , ‘what will happen if I plant them ?’ They are encouraged to plant the seeds and observe what happens. We have science enhancement boxes outside so that the children can readily get whatever they need to make observations e.g. magnifying glasses. The children record their observations in a variety of ways.
Science is done in a creative way in our school.
This means that we encourage the children to learn about science through other subject areas e.g. we use songs to help us remember facts about the different parts of a plant.
Children have the opportunity to work on a Tinkering Table. The Tinkering Table is where children can safely take apart broken electrical items. The children are taught how to use tools e.g. screw driver safely. They are encouraged to think about how the item has been made and what it is made of.
Asking and answering questions about science
Children find out more for themselves about a given science topic by looking in books, looking on the internet. The children bring in books about a given topic from home to share with their class. There may be a child in the class who is a bit of an expert on a given science topic, so they will be asked to help others to learn more about it. We also encourage parents to talk to a class or group of children if they have an expertise. For example, a grandad who is a builder came to talk to the children about how to make and use mortar to build a wall. We also have people from the community visiting our school e. g. gardeners from Langland's Garden Centre.
Each year we have a science themed week e.g. in 2014 we had a space themed week. A mobile planetarium came into school. The children were taught by a space scientist from York University about the different planets. The week was at the same time as the Rosetta landing so another scientist visited us and answer the children’s questions about the Rosetta and he told the children more about the importance of the mission.
Computing: National Curriculum for Computing
To meet the requirements of the National Curriculum children are taught the three aspects of Computing:
1. computer science
2. information technology
3. digital literacy
Children have weekly lessons to introduce a new task or skill, and are given opportunities to use technology in other areas of the curriculum, such as English, Maths and History. Examples of tasks include activities to support the understanding of algorithms;programming a Beebot; using the internet to find things out; making a simple programme using 2Code; creating a poster with text and images; how to use the internet safely.
All children are given a user name and password to access Purple Mash at home. This gives them the opportunity to repeat or continue some of the tasks they have been doing at school. If they save their work they are able to access it again and show us what they have achieved. Purple Mash is accessed via our school website- simply click on “Purple Mash” to enter your child’s password.
History: National Curriculum for History
Children find out about the past through their enquiry-based learning. We encourage children to be curious to find out more about the past and to ask and answer questions by weighing up the evidence. Children begin to understand when past events happened and are introduced to historical vocabulary.
Geography: National Curriculum for Geography
Children find out about the world and its people through their enquiry-based learning. Children develop knowledge about Market Weighton, the UK and the world. They are introduced to geographical vocabulary and basic geographical skills such as first-hand observation to study the environment around them.
Art & Design: National Curriculum for Art and Design
Through our Art and Design curriculum, we aim to teach children to:
1. Create – to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
2. Communicate – to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
3. Develop a wide range of art and design techniques using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
4. Appreciate the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, making links with their own work.
We believe that Art and design stimulates creativity and imagination. It enables children to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes. We believe that the appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts enriches all our lives. At our school, all pupils are taught Art and Design at a level appropriate to their needs and abilities using a variety of teaching and learning styles.
Music at our school is exciting and lively. It is an integral part of school life. A visitor walking around school may well hear singing or music coming from any classroom at any time, as we like to use music to support all our areas of learning. We use songs, chants and rhymes to re-inforce our maths work, literacy learning and science ideas. New songs are taught which link specifically with a class topic.
Each class has a timetabled music session where children are taught to use their voices expressively and creatively, to play instruments, to listen to music and to create their own sounds and music. In addition, the whole year group meet every week for their "Big Sing" when all children and staff get together to share a range of fun action songs. These sessions are enjoyed by all taking part. At the end of each term, the whole school joins together for a combined "Big Sing" when we listen to and learn each others songs.
In Year 1, children are given opportunities to experiment with and create their own music and sounds as part of their enquiry-based learning, both inside the classroom and in the outdoor area.
PE: National Curriculum for PE
Year 1 – Class 6 have PE on Monday mornings or Wednesdays and Class 7 have PE on Wednesday or Thursday mornings. The children are taught by both specialist coaches (Fit4Fun) and class teachers. The school receives Sports Premium money from the government and how this money is spent can be accessed on our school website by clicking on this link.
Children participate in a wide range of events including: ‘The British Heart Foundation Big Skip’, 'The Sport Relief Mile’, Sports Day and after-school clubs. Children participate in physical activities to music after lunchtime registration known as "Activate"- we have English, French and Spanish language versions!
Design & Technology: National Curriculum for Design and Technology
Our Design and Technology curriculum allows children to apply knowledge and skills when designing and making products. We want children to have a clear idea of who they are designing and making products for and aim to address their needs, wants, interests or preferences.
Children are taught a particular Design and Technology skill and then given the opportunity to explore and develop their skills through ongoing provision and topic based activities. Skills taught include: Sliders and Levers, Wheels and Axels, Free Standing Structures, Templates and Joining, and Preparing Fruit and Vegetables.
We encourage children to work independently either as individuals, in pairs or as part of a group, taking increasing responsibility for their work. They learn to understand and apply the principle of nutrition and learn how to cook. Importantly, children establish appropriate hygienic and safe working techniques when using a range of tools and materials.
Religious Education: we follow the Local Authority Agreed Syllabus
RE is taught in accordance with the aims of the East Riding of Yorkshire Agreed Syllabus. It supports and strengthens what we aim to do in every aspect of school life, and reflects our caring ethos and the value we place on the development of the whole child. Children learn about different religions, cultures and beliefs, and then are given opportunities to reflect upon these in order to develop their own views religious and moral issues. Emphasis is placed on children asking questions and finding out for themselves at their own level. Christianity is taught as our main religion with Judaism and other major religions explored where appropriate. Parents of a pupil at a state school have the right to withdraw their child from RE lessons. Any parent who wishes this is requested to consult the Headteacher.
PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education):
This is a non-statutory subject. Our whole-school aims are:
1. To provide opportunities to turn knowledge into understanding
2. To provide opportunities to explore, clarify and if necessary challenge, their own and others’ values, attitudes, beliefs, rights and responsibilities.
3. To teach the skills and strategies they need in order to live healthy, safe, fulfilling, responsible and balanced lives.
PSHE is not limited to a subject taught in class. Assemblies, class circle time, Golden Rules, playground and lunchtime supervision and individual support link together to provide an environment where our children feel safe, valued and respected at all times.
Our Golden Rules are:
1. We are gentle- We don’t hurt others
2. We are kind and helpful- We don’t hurt anybody’s feelings
3. We listen- We don’t interrupt
4. We are honest- We don’t cover up the truth
5. We work hard- We don’t waste our time or others’ time
6. We look after property- We don’t waste or damage things
We need our children to understand themselves as people who are kind and helpful, honest, hard working, careful and good listeners. We want our school to be a place where everyone learns to “walk the talk”. These rules apply both inside and outside the classroom (eg at playtimes).
Children are invited to come back into school after 3.30pm on a Monday with an adult to tell their teacher about an achievement out of school. Parents have been sent a Magic Moment Sheet to fill in any achievements, however big or small eg. swimming badge, completed library challenge, tidied up own room. Please send these into school for us to share.
Children receive weekly homework, which will be based on English, phonics, maths or enquiry-based learning (topic work).