Year 1



Year 1 aims to build on the key skills already developed in Foundation Stage. We will promote the children’s independence for learning and creativity. We want to foster their imagination and creativity and encourage them to use their own ideas through investigation.




At Blackbrook St. Mary’s we follow the Read Write Inc. phonics programme which supports the children in early Reading and Writing skills. Children work in groups according to their specific needs and these groups are flexible according to children’s progress. Children’s progress is tracked regularly and lessons are personalised to meet the needs of all learners. At the end of Year One (usually around June) all children take part in a Phonics Screen which is set by the government. We will give further details of how children are prepared for this later in the year.




As well as the Phonics programme pupils are taught reading skills during Guided Reading lessons, and through cross-curricular activities. Pupils’ book band levels are checked regularly to ensure they are at the correct level. Children are also given 3-4 books to take home on a weekly basis. We encourage parents to read with their children for a short period everyday and fill in the Reading Through the Rainbow diary. Children can earn coloured certificates for every 25 home read sessions. The aim is to collect all the colours of the rainbow. Last year children who achieved this were given a treat at the end of the year!


Spelling and Grammar


The New National Curriculum places a heavy focus on spelling and grammar skills. We aim to support children through daily practise and weekly spelling tests. In year one children are taught how to punctuate sentences using capital letters, full stops/question marks/exclamation marks.




In Year One we are starting an exciting new maths scheme of work based on the Shanghai Approach. The scheme is called Maths Mastery and details can be found here:

The scheme gives children an opportunity to explore and consolidate maths knowledge in depth. The approach focuses on practical activities and problem solving skills. Children are also encouraged to develop key vocabulary in order to explain their strategies using mathematical language. Details of the programme of study can be found on the website (above).


Creative Curriculum Topics


We aim to teach as much curriculum content as possible through our topic themes, however, some subjects are taught discretely where this is not possible.

Subjects covered within the curriculum are:

English; Mathematics; Science; Computing; History; Geography; Music; Physical Education; Art and Design; Design Technology and Religious Education.

The new National Curriculum can be found here:

For additional information please see Year Group termly newsletters.

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