Year One Overview
Head of Primary – Mrs J. McKinnon
Phase 1 Leader – Mrs J. Shepherd
Year 1 Teachers – Mrs V. Latcham and Miss F. Bradley
Year 1 Teaching Assistants - Miss L. Fewings and Mrs J. Knowles
Teaching and Learning
In Year 1, the children will begin learning the National Curriculum. The National Curriculum covers a wide range of topics and enrichment opportunities. Throughout the year, children will be taught the subjects; maths, English, phonics, science, history, geography, art, music, religious education (RE), physical education (PE), computing, design technology and physical, social and health education (PSHE).
During the first term in Year 1, aspects of continuous provision from Reception are reflected in and around the Year 1 classrooms. This ensures a smooth transition into Year 1 for the children. Typical areas of continuous provision you might see in a Year 1 classroom are phonics, maths, writing, role play, construction and a creative workshop. Through these areas, aspects of the National Curriculum can be taught. Having these aspects of provision allows children in Year 1 to embed skills taught independently and take ownership of their own learning. When the children are ready, they will move to whole class teaching but will still have opportunities to access the provision depending on the skills being taught.
At the bottom of the page, you will find further information in our ‘Long Term Plan’. This details which topics children will learn about throughout the year. Each half term, you will also receive a ‘Medium Term Plan’ detailing areas of learning and any key information you need to know.
In Year 1, children take part in two P.E. sessions a week. This is a statutory requirement and is an important part of school life for your child. At Armfield, P.E. is taught by our P.E. specialists from the secondary school. Throughout the year, your child will acquire a range of P.E. skills such as dance, fielding, gymnastics and games. Sometimes, extra P.E. sessions may run from time to time over the year, therefore your child’s P.E. kit should remain in school where possible.
In Year 1, children are invited to take part in extra-curricular clubs after school. This works on a first come first serve basis, however we endeavour to make sure every child is given the opportunity to attend their ‘first choice’ club throughout the year. Currently, we have the following clubs available to join; cooking club, choir, multi-skills, mindfulness and French.
In school, we have a positive approach to behaviour and follow a structure, which has five components. These are a ‘rainbow’ where everybody starts at the beginning of every day, followed by a ‘sunshine’ and a ‘pot of gold’. At Armfield, children are encouraged to reach the ‘pot of gold’ for good learning behaviours such as ‘perseverance’ and ‘teamwork’ amongst many others. For any unwanted behaviours, children are given one verbal warning. If the unwanted behaviour persists, they will then move onto the ‘white cloud’. If they continue, they move to the ‘thundercloud’ where an appropriate sanction for this behaviour will be given and where necessary a member of the Senior Leadership is notified and becomes involved.
To reward children for positive behaviours in school we use ‘ClassDojo’. Throughout the year, your child will continue to build up their points from Reception, which have been carried over into Year 1. They will receive certificates for their efforts, which will be celebrated at an awards assembly each Friday. You as a parent can also share information through ‘ClassDojo’ as well as message the teacher directly about any concerns or queries you may have. Armfield staff also use ‘ClassDojo’ to inform parents of upcoming events, news and daily activities. You can download the app to your phone, to receive regular notifications from your class teachers.
Phonics teaching is a key aspect of your child’s learning in Year 1. In Year 1, children will continue to learn the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme of study. Phonics is taught daily and in small groups. The groups reflect the phase of teaching your child is on. The end of year expectation is for every child to be secure at Phase 5 phonics. In June, Year 1 children will take the National Phonics Screening Test. This test consists of twenty ‘real’ words and twenty ‘nonsense’ words. This is delivered on a one to one basis and is to establish an end of year phonics score.
Reading is a vital life skill that underpins all learning. Reading is the key to understanding subjects such as maths, science and history as well as everyday signs and environmental print. It is crucial that school and home work together to develop and foster a love of reading. At Armfield, we not only want children to have a love of reading but to help the children to understand the important function reading has in everyday life. In Year 1, the children will be provided with a home-school reading book and record where they will be expected to read daily at home.
The reading books sent home will be 95% fluent to the children whilst exposing them to a range of new and unfamiliar words that will support the development of their writing. In class, teachers will model expression and intonation in their reading through shared, guided and whole class reading sessions. After reading the book, the teachers will ask different questions about what they have read to help improve their comprehension skills. At school, children can choose from a range of reading schemes including Rising Stars, Story Sparks, Reading Champions, Big Cat, Project X, Oxford Reading Tree and Infact. We also have a lovely selection of book banded picture books for the children to choose from too.