Year 1

Welcome to Year 1 and the first year of the Infants! During this year, the children will embark on a range exciting topics.


You will see from our IPC overview (below) that during Year 1, the children will discover all about:  Brainwaves - how we learn; a day in the life; what’s it made of; time travellers; say cheese; green fingers; hooray, let’s go on holiday and animals, including super humans.


During our topic on animals, including super humans, the children will take part in an exciting trip to the British Wildlife Centre during the summer term.  Earlier on in the year, Year 2 welcome a very special visitor to Atwood who teaches them all about African drumming.


In science, the children will develop their scientific skills and knowledge within the following areas:  Seasonal changes throughout the year; everyday materials; plants; and animals, including humans. The children will also use our outdoor environment to observe and support their understanding of the world around them.


In music, the children will learn about rhythmic patterns and partake in group singing comprising simple songs and rhymes with a small range of pitch.  They will play un-tuned percussion to explore sounds, identifying high and low (pitch), fast and slow (tempo), loud and soft in music (dynamics). Our children will explore pulse, pitch, rhythm and musical memory using The Jolly Music scheme and the ‘Sing Chair’ for solo singing which builds confidence and enjoyment of singing


In Year 1, the children will also deepen their mathematical knowledge and broaden their skills in writing and reading, whilst also broadening their phonological knowledge on a daily basis.


During the summer term 2019, children in Year 1 will take part in the government’s phonic screening check. This screening check is administered by Atwood staff.  Each child’s raw score is compared to that of the national average in order to determine whether or not each child has reached the ‘expected standard’ in phonics in Year 1.  For those children who do not reach the expected standard, an enhanced programme of phonics learning will take place during Year 2, and those children will re-take the screen in the summer term of Year 2. Teacher assessments will also be used to build up a picture of your child’s learning and achievements.


Our staff actively encourage a more independent and resilient approach to learning during Year 1. This will support the development of their team-work and collaboration skills.


Curriculum Guidance

Year 1 Curriculum Overview

Click here for an overview of all the topics covered in Year 1.


Year 1 Autumn Newsletter 2019

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