Year 1


Welcome to Year 1. We have 2 classes of 30 children; the Determined Dolphins and the Happy Hares. Our aim is to ensure that the children have high quality and engaging experiences that support their learning and development. We encourage our children to be independent thinkers and learners by providing them with opportunities to achieve their goals in a variety of activities. Our timetable is set out so that our children have time to work within groups as well as independently completing challenges.

Who’s Who?

Mrs Freeman (Key Stage Leader)

Determined Dolphins: Mrs Dumbuya (Teacher)

Happy Hares: Miss King (Teacher)

Mrs Rowland (HLTA)


What we will be learning this year?

Autumn 1: What makes a hero?

Our topic is ‘Superheroes’. In this topic we will be learning all about our senses and how we can use them to be super humans. We will also be meeting some of our real life heroes.  In RE, we will be learning all about Islam and will visit a local Mosque.


Autumn 2: What would you find in the woods?

Our topic is ‘Enchanted Woodland’. We will be learning about different plants and animals that you could find in a wood. We will also be reading the Gruffalo and going on a Gruffalo Hunt!

In Science, we will be looking at and sorting the different parts of different plants. We will also be learning about Christmas and hope to see Santa.


Spring 1: Who has paws, claws or whiskers?

Our topic is ‘Paws, Claws and Whiskers’.  We will be learning all about different animals and the different places they like to live. To start this topic, we will be visited by lots of different animals and we will have the opportunity to feel and look at. At the end of the topic, we are looking forward to visiting a zoo to see some of the animals that we have been learning about. During this topic we will also be learning about keeping ourselves healthy through exercise and eating well.


Spring 2: What happened to the dinosaurs?

Our topic is ‘Dinosaur Planet’. We will learn all about dinosaurs (how they looked and what they needed to help them survive). During this topic we will talk about how some things happened in the past. To end this topic, we will be visiting the huge dinosaurs at Drayton Manor and will then design and create our very own dinosaur.


Summer 1: Can you fly to space?

Oh no the aliens have landed.....!

Our topic is ‘Moon Zoom’. During this topic we will learn about different properties of materials and the job that astronauts do when they go into space. We will also look at images taken of the earth from space. In Design and Technology, we will be designing and then making our own space rockets.


Summer 2: What memories do you have?

Our topic is ‘Memory Box’. We will be learning about changes over time, family and community. We will be looking at local history, special memories, customs and traditions, and growing up. In English, we will be learning how to write a diary of days gone by. We will be making a special box, a memory box, to keep special things safe.

During this half term, we will also have transition days, where will be meeting our new teachers in preparation for the new academic year.

English and Maths

We will be developing our English and Maths skills alongside all of our themes.

Children will have lots of opportunities to write, read and perform. Children are given lots of opportunities to ‘talk’ so they can develop their language and communication skills. Children will be developing their reading and spelling skills in their daily Phonics sessions to help them with their Phonics Screening test in June. Quality texts are used in all lessons to help encourage to develop a ‘passion for reading’. Some of the books that we will be using are Beegu, The Gruffalo and Dinosaur Roar.

In Maths we will be continuing to improve our ‘maths in our head’ and our ‘maths with equipment’ skills. We will be learning about number, shape, measures and data handling.

How to help with Learning at Home

We value and encourage parents working alongside their children. Should we be able to, we will have many dates throughout the year where parents will be invited into class to work alongside their child. These workshops will be based on all areas of the curriculum.

  • Reading every night with your child, supporting them to sound out words. Please make sure children bring their book bag to school every day and keep it in their tray.
  • Helping your child with their homework. This will be based on what they have been learning in class.