Year One Zone

Welcome to Year One, where we have lots of fun!

The curriculum:

In Year One we always start the year by building on the skills the children have learnt whilst in Reception. We endeavour to make the children’s transition from the Foundation Stage into KS1 as smooth, fun and educationally stimulating as possible.

We teach our lessons through engaging and child friendly topics where the children develop their knowledge, understanding and skills in a range of ways to suit all learning styles. The subjects we teach through topics are; Science, History, Geography, Art, Design Technology and Computing.

Our English lessons link to our topics and through these lessons we develop the children’s reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, through both guided and independent activities.

We operate a 2 year rolling programme of topics which are shared with Year 2, so your child will cover all of the topics shown below, but which topics they cover in each year group will depend upon where in the cycle we are:

Our topics (shared with Year 2) are…

Cycle A

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Forest Schools




RE Week!

 Healthy Me

RE Week!

 Happy Days

RE Week!

Cycle B

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term


Marvellous Machines

Fire of London

Once Upon A Time

Islands & Pirates

Great Outdoors

RE Week!

RE Week!

RE Week!


We teach the following lessons discretely as it is not always possible to link these directly to our topics:

Maths, Music, RE, PSHE, PE and Handwriting.


We also teach phonics as a discrete lesson to help the children become secure with the letter names and sounds, enabling them to progress with their reading and spelling. Please see a copy of the letter names and sounds which we teach and test the children on, so you can help them at home too.

The Phonics Test:

Across the country, at the end of Year One children undertake a phonics test.  This includes some nonsense words and some real words.  Click here to find examples of the types of words that might be used. 


We aim to hear every child read individually at least once a week; this will be with either the class teacher or the teaching assistant. Nearly every week the children will have a guided reading session in a group as well.

We believe regular reading at home helps boost children’s confidence and enables them to consolidate and develop their reading skills further. Each class therefore has a reading buddy named ‘Baby Basil’ who goes home with children who read at home at least twice a week. The children absolutely love Baby Basil and he has had lots of fun at home with them!

The children also take home 6 keywords to learn to read and we test them on these words once a week. Please see a copy of the full 100 keywords which we teach and test the children on so you can help them to read and spell these at home too.


We are a very friendly team and will be happy to help you and your child in any way we can. If you have any concerns or questions, please come and speak to us straight away and we will make sure we arrange a convenient time to meet with you.

Useful Websites: – particularly good for maths games - interactive phonics games (phases 2-5) - English, maths and science activities - an amazing source of information to support all topics!


PLEASE NOTE:  These are links to external sites and we cannot be responsible for any changes in their content, or the adverts that may appear on them.