As the children begin their time at Year 1, we work hard to make the transition from Reception as seamless as possible by including learning through play, using the classroom and our own outside area before gradually introducing more formal academic learning.
Year 1 is an exciting year. Year 1 pupils learn in a warm, interactive and creative environment. The children work hard to extend their reading and writing skills that were formed in Reception and our curriculum is based around the Key Stage 1 National Curriculum. English and Mathematics is taught every day in the form of writing, comprehension and phonics. The children begin to write stories and poems using pre-cursive handwriting. They read regularly with the class teacher to ensure that they progress extremely well and comprehend all that they read. In Mathematics, the children work hard with addition and subtraction, ordering numbers and forming strategies that gives them a secure basis of mathematical understanding that they can take into Year 2.
Lessons are taught through a series of fun and interesting topics which include: ‘Houses and Homes’, ‘Toys’, ‘Castles’ and ‘Islands’. The children also benefit from school trips to the Weald and Downland Museum and Chertsey Museum in the Autumn Term. Windsor Castle in the Spring Term and Painshill Park in the Summer Term, which allows the children to extend and enhance their learning.
Most subjects, including English, Mathematics, Humanities and Science, are taught by the class teacher. The pupils then enjoy lessons from specialist teachers for French, Performing Arts, PE, Forest School and Music. These specialist teachers work hard to ensure their lessons are taught in a dynamic way that allow the children to foster a love of Languages, Arts and Sports.