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Year 1

In Year 1 we continue to provide children with a broad and balanced curriculum that allows for creative thinking and the development of independent skills. We aim to teach this through a range of fun and exciting activities which underpin the learning of the key skills across the curriculum. 

Year Group Information

Class 1D

Teacher & Year Group Lead: Mr Dowd 

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Gavin 

PE/Field: Monday & Tuesday

Music: Tuesday (am) 


Class 1LC

Teacher: Miss Cooper & Ms Moreland 

Teaching Assisstants: Mrs Wilkinson,            Miss Godfrey & Mrs Hughes 

PE/Field: Monday & Tuesday

Music: Tuesday (am)

Class 1C

Teacher: Mrs Crookes

Teaching Assisstans: Mrs Wilkinson &           Mrs Partington 

PE/Field: Monday & Tuesday

Music: Tuesday (am) 




Over the Rainbow (Autumn 1)

Quality Text: Katie and the Sunflowers

In the first half of the Autumn term we follow the topic 'Over the Rainbow'. During this topic we look at ourselves, we learn about different artists such as Vincent Van Gogh, observe and describe the ever changing weather patterns and learn about the human body!

You Can't Catch Me! (Autumn 2)

Quality text: The Gingerbread Man

In this Theme, the children follow the fairytale story of the gingerbread man and develop their understanding of a healthy lifestyle, the five senses, looking at the benefits of healthy eating and where food comes from. 

On Safari (Spring 1)

Quality Text: Giraffes Can't Dance! 

To start off the Spring term, our Theme 'On Safari ' takes us through the jungle, as the children explore the different types of animals from around the world. Children will compare Southport to an African village while looking at the physical and human features. 

Around the World in 30 Days (Spring 2)

Quality Text:  Emma Jane's Aeroplane

During this Theme, the children will explore countries around the world, while we compare and contrast the different countries and identify them on a map. The children will learn all about the 'Wright' brothers and learn all about the first aeroplane flight. 


Shhh! Dont wake the Giant! (Summer 1)

Quality Text: Jack and the Beanstalk

To start off the summer term, the children learn about Jack and the Beanstalk.  The children use their creative skills in various ways throughout this theme and learn to identify different plants and trees. Year 1 will be starting Tennis as part of their PE sessions during this half term.

TBC (Summer 2)

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Home Tasks 

In Year 1, we expect children to read at home with an adult most nights or whenever possible and for this to be recorded in their reading diaries. Reading books will be changed frequently. 

We aim to provide children with a range of homework activities to prepare for or consolidate their classroom learning.  Homework will be given out on Thursday to be finished by the following Tuesday unless otherwise instructed. 

Spelling books will be sent home on a Friday and we ask for your child to learn these spellings to consolidate their learning in letters and sounds each week. This will start after October half term. 


Theme links:

Maths links:

Apps and maths games on websites are a good way of developing rapid recall of number facts. We want the children to be fluent in their understanding of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We also want them to be able to reason, explain their ideas and solve problems.

This website has a lot of games, including number bonds, ordering, place value, addition and subtraction.

There are some great apps too. Some are free, and some cost a small amount, but are worth it. 


Math Bingo

This one develops children’s addition and subtraction skills. They may need to use concrete resources like counters to work out the answers to begin with, but with encouragement help them to count on using fingers or a number track. Knowing that addition can be done in any order and remembering facts help with this game. You can also increase the difficulty rating too.



This is a free app and has such a range of great activities! It is a super app with a great virtual teacher to guide the children through the tasks which cover everything from basic number work to sequences, position and direction, fractions, shapes, mathematical language, division and more! The initial app is free, but it is worth paying for the full package. 

Numberjacks – Addition Facts up to 10

This app is one of several Numberjacks apps perfect for younger

 children. It provides a good collection of basic addition activities: get to

 a target number in small steps of your choice, calculate addition

 sums against the clock and inverses of addition to 10.  


Pirate Treasure Hunt

This is a free app providing a variety of problem solving opportunities for the children. As you help Pirate Jack to find the hidden treasure you take part in mathematical and literacy based tasks: shapes, spelling, addition sums, sequencing, and time problems, etc.  

Mental Maths is all about the ability to jump from one calculation to another and adapt to this at speed.  This is a well designed app with a

range of useful features – starter questions, practise sessions and progress tests which become increasingly harder with continued progression

Maths Skill Builders Bundle (UK)

This is my personal favourite. It allows children to build new skills and gives them challenges to complete, where they can see their progress. Here are some screenshots.