'If children feel safe, they can take risks, ask questions, make mistakes, learn to trust, share their feelings and grow.' Alfie Kohn
Life in Year 1
Here we’ve made the big but exciting jump from Early Years to Key Stage One. We offer our children a blended approach of curriculum and continuous provision to start the year to support their transition.
Year 1 has plenty of enthralling topics for children to deepen their understanding of the world. These include the history of toys from the 1960s to now, a study of our local area and how we get to school, a painting unit inspired by Paul Klee, influential people such as Hatshepsut, Elizabeth I and Grace O’Malley, making moving mechanisms and a yearly study of seasonal change.
While the above takes place predominantly in the afternoons, our mornings are structured with daily Maths, English and Phonics. Phonics is a key element of Year 1 life, and we practise regularly to ensure all our children are equipped to decode and blend words. This prepares our children to read fluently as well as undertake the Phonics Screening Check towards the end of the academic year.