Year 1 Overview

Year 1

In Year 1, our curriculum and learning opportunities build on your experiences from Reception. We understand that it can feel like a big jump transitioning from an Early Year setting to a more traditional style school setting in Year 1 so we ensure that opportunities are embedded throughout the curriculum to allow children to explore and actively think.  The learning becomes more formal and your prior learning experiences will help you to continue to be motivated and enthusiastic learners. Your time in Year 1 will see you developing your reading and writing skills through daily phonics and English lessons and number skills through daily mathematics lessons: this will underpin your learning across all subjects.


In the autumn term, Year 1 children have the opportunity to learn about their local area and their own country through exploring the surrounding areas.  In history, they have the chance to learn about the journey of toys through time and even apply this learning by making their very own moving vehicle in Design and Technology! This is also the year where children begin their very special journey in computing identifying ways in which to get started on laptops and their very first experience of programming using the Beebots.


During the spring term, children have the opportunity to explore different countries within the United Kingdom and begin to learn about the similarities and differences of the weather and other physical features.  Another exciting topic children will learn about is caring people: this topic will teach children all about a range of famous people who cared for people and how they have influenced our lives today.  Children will take their very first steps into investigating materials and being scientists by carrying out investigations to compare materials. 


At the end of their Year 1 journey, children explore and develop their knowledge about the rest of the United Kingdom and Brittany in France, comparing and contrasting physical features and creating their very own map!  Children also have the chance to develop their history skills by learning about kings and queens during different periods of history and begin to explore what other religions, other than Christianity believe and follow. 

Autumn 2 - Designing and Making Gruffalo Crumble through instructions

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St Albans CE Academy

St Albans Close,
Wolverhampton WV11 2PF
Telephone: 01902 558825