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Year 1

St. Christopher


This year, the children’s learning will be more structured as they begin to follow the National Curriculum. The curriculum is subject based but we will continue to make links between the different subjects where possible.

Initially the children complete focused tasks in groups guided by an adult. In the early weeks they will still have opportunities for child initiated learning. Their learning will become more directed over time, and by the end of the year they are expected to complete some tasks independently without disturbing others.

St. David


In Year 1 the children’s writing is still phonics based. They are encouraged to sound out words they want to write using the sounds already taught. Words with tricky spellings (referred to as ‘red’ words in our Phonics programme, and as common exception words in the National Curriculum) are taught during the course of the year as the children become more proficient writers.

Common Exception words_Year 1

Curriculum Maps

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Booklist - Children should be encouraged to read as much as possible. Any book they want to read will provide practise in reading skills. In the first term we focus on fairy tales, so familiarity with these can be helpful to the children.

How to help your child in...

Reading - ensure that your child reads daily and write this in their Reading Record book. Check that they are using their phonics - cover pictures so that they have to sound out the words. Help them to identify and recognise the common exception words. As children build greater fluency, ask questions about story to check their understanding.

Writing - encourage the children to write about anything that interests them. Make sure they use their phonics to sound out the words they want to write. During year, they will learn more sounds and will experiment with different ways of spelling a sound. This is part of the learning process and need not be corrected every time. However it is important to encourage the correct spelling of common exception words.

Maths - counting in 1s to 100, bridging through 10s eg 29,30; 39,40,); counting in 2s, 5s and 10s; Counting on and counting back from any number; Telling the time to the nearest ¼ hour; Comparing measures using vocabulary such as heavier/ lighter, longer/ shorter, full/ empty; Recognising the values of coins and notes. Try to keep maths activities practical by using objects or drawings rather than formal calculations.


Year 1 Letters

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