"The secret of education lies in respecting the pupil." Emmerson

Year One

As our children move from Reception to Year One they will be familiar with their new teacher and their new classroom. In the summer term in Reception, they spend time with their new teacher, sometimes in Reception and sometimes in Year One, chatting and listening to stories. On 'moving-up day', children spend a whole afternoon with their Year One class, taking part in a variety of activities which involve communicating with each other and getting to know their new classroom. Any new arrivals into Year One will be invited on this day and warmly welcomed into the group.

Creating Confident, Independent Learners

Year One is a vital stepping stone on the way to independent learning. For a Year One pupil, the day becomes more structured as they follow a traditional timetable with subjects that begin and end with the bell. The children sit at tables and are addressed as a class. Whereas in Reception, the children had a great deal of free choice and were invited in small groups to learn and create with the teacher, in Year One they work in larger groups, as a class and independently. By Year Two, the children are able to work with confidence as independent learners.

There is a great deal of focus on independence and the children are encouraged and rewarded as they learn new skills which enable them to do things for themselves.

Getting Organised

When the children enter the classroom at 8:30am, they learn to unpack in an efficient and organised manner:

Reading folder to the reading box
Homework to the homework box
Fruit, snack and water in their tray
Hat, scarf and gloves/sunhat and sun cream in their tray
Coat and PE kit on their peg

The children take great delight in putting things in the right place and then encouraging their friends to do likewise! At the end of the day, they are responsible (under close supervision!) for packing away their belongings and making sure they have everything they need for Homework.


In Year One, homework is designed to help pupils to:

  • Reinforce key concepts
  • Process and solidify new information
  • Provide time for extra practice of skills
  • Reflect on how much they've learned

English homework is set on a Monday and maths on a Wednesday; it should take no longer than 20 minutes. Spellings will be sent home each week on a Monday and reading books will come home each night. In our Infant School, pupils should read aloud to an adult every night.

Good Manners

The children are reminded and encouraged at all times about the importance of being kind and courteous to each other and to members of staff. They wish each other a 'Good Morning' and a 'Good Afternoon', they open doors for each other, they address members of staff by name at all times and they remember to say 'Please' and 'Thank you'.


In Year One, children are placed into House teams and work as a team to collect house points.

House points are awarded for a variety of reasons from good work, to kindness, to good behaviour and manners, to greater independence ie. being able to zip up a coat independently. House Points are collated weekly and are added to the Junior School totals - a special treat is awarded to the winning House at the end of each term!

The Timetable

In Key Stage One (age 5-7 years) the children are taught through 12 subject areas. The majority of these subjects are taught in their classroom by their class teacher but some subjects introduce the children to a specialist classroom and a specialist teacher.


In Year One, we help the children to become confident with a pencil in their hand. They draw, create patterns, focus on accuracy, build strength and write for a wide variety of reasons, reacting to different stimuli. We also focus on improving their confidence and ability to share their thoughts and ideas with the rest of the class.

  • They speak and listen for a wide range of purposes in different contexts. For example, after a holiday the children will pair up and tell each other about their holiday. The pair will then present their partner’s holiday to the rest of the class.
  • They focus on reading comprehension –from decoding (reading) and encoding (spelling) to engaging with and responding to a variety of texts.
  • They write for a range of purposes on paper and on screen.
  • They revise for and sit weekly spelling tests.
  • They read. All pupils read aloud to an adult four times a week and this is reinforced by reading to an adult at home each night.
  • Handwriting and presentation. The children are encouraged to present their work in a set way and to pay close attention to pencil grip and the formation of their letters.

Year One pupils are assessed formally and informally on a weekly and termly basis. This assessment is the basis for the level that is awarded at the end of the year.


The children develop their maths skills through plenty of hands on learning and interactive fun. When they complete a book or a set of activities, there is a celebratory song and dance from the class and teacher to reward the child for their hard work!

The main skills covered in Year One are:

  • Using and applying mathematics
  • Counting and understanding number
  • Knowing and using number facts
  • Calculating
  • Understanding shape
  • Measuring
  • Handling data

The pupils are assessed in Maths in the following ways:

  • Class teacher assessments through marking work and observations.
  • Assessment booklets with targets to achieve.
  • Formal assessment tests at the end of each term.

Humanities (History and Geography)

Year One begin their formal introduction to the subject of History by looking at their own families, understanding the different generations and starting to think about how their life is different from that of a grandparent or even a great-grandparent as a child. This leads into one of the children’s favourite events of the year: Grandparents Day! The children create a family museum in their classroom and invite their parents and grandparents in for a guided tour. They then serve tea and cakes to their families! Year One moves on to study three more topics which are close to their hearts: their toys, their homes and their holidays. They look at these topics from an historical and a geographical point of view (with emphasis on comparison between Then and Now and Here and There) and delve even deeper by going on a linked school trip (eg Fleetwood Toy Museum) and by Locality studies.

Religious Education (R.E.)

In RE the children look at the Community in which they live and discuss the concept of Belonging. We teach awareness, understanding and tolerance of the faiths that can make up a community. The children are encouraged to share the faith and practice that is important to them. In Year One, the children focus on the topic of New Life.

Art and Design

Art is taught by our specialist Art teacher in the Art and Design Studio

The children are guided through the following disciplines under the expert tuition of our Art Teacher, Miss Jewitt:


They enjoy visiting the art studio and seeing the work of the older children is a source of great inspiration to them!

Design & Technology (D.T.)

The children love to create things which they can see on display and take home to show their parents. In the Autumn term, the children research playgrounds and make their own playground-inspired moving model. In the Spring term, they create moving pictures and in the Summer term, they focus on healthy eating and design and create their own soup or fruit kebab.

Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHEE)

Year One enjoy regular circle time when any issues from the week can be brought up and discussed in an open and friendly manner. This is a vital component in the children’s personal and social development. Whilst paying close attention to the following topics:

  • Making a positive contribution
  • Relationships
  • Making choices
  • Healthy lifestyles
  • Keeping safe & staying safe

PSHEE is always kept relevant to the child, the group and the week in which it is taking place.


Science is taught in the Science Laboratory or our nature reserve: Highfield Haven

The children are taught to take a hands-on approach to their study of Science and to ask the question "Why?". Their naturally inquisitive minds and lively imaginations always make for some very interesting lessons! The children are excited to visit the Science Laboratory and can be found in there researching pushes and pulls by creating ramps for their cars and comparing the texture and effect of different surfaces, or studying a variety of leaves, collected from Highfield Haven, under the microscope. In Year One, pupils study the following topics in Science:

  • Ourselves
  • Pushes and Pulls
  • Sorting and Using Materials
  • Light, Dark and Colour
  • Growing Plants: Investigating Plant Life

Information & Communication Technology 

Our Year Ones look very grown-up and surprisingly 'at-home' in the ICT Suite with Ms Eccles. They show just how ready and able they are to be accessing this high level of Communication Technology. The following topics are covered in Year One:


Introduction to modelling
Using a word bank


Information around us
Labelling and classifying


Representing information graphically: pictograms
Understanding instructions


Music is taught in the Music Room by one of our specialist music teachers:


Exploring sounds
Exploring duration


Exploring pulse and rhythm
Exploring pitch


Exploring instruments and symbols
Exploring timbre, tempo and dynamics


French is taught by a specialist French teacher and native speaker, Mrs Morrice

The emphasis is on speaking the language with confidence and enjoyment. The children learn the following:

Greetings / names – revision
Numbers to 20
Classroom instructions
Days of the week
Body parts
Revision of pets and animals
Revision of greetings and presentations
Colours (linked to fruits) and preferences

Physical Education (P.E.)

Our specialist teacher, Mrs Parsons, teaches PE in the Sports Hall or on the Sports Field.

In Year One, the length of the PE lesson is affected by how quickly the children can get themselves dressed and undressed. They quickly learn speed and the importance of tidiness so that there are no missing socks later! The children love their PE and games lessons with Mrs Parsons and enjoy making the most of all the space in the Sports Hall to let off steam and to get fit and healthy bodies. They focus on dance, gymnastics and a variety of games which help with their general fitness, hand/eye coordination, balance, team-work and ball skills.

See our extra-curricular activities page for all the activities that are available to a Year One pupil!

On Friday, Year One enjoy a rousing rendition of their "It’s The Weekend!" song to celebrate how hard they have worked in the week!

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Very grateful for fab teachers!! Thank you for all you’re doing, you’re doing a great job x

Thank you to all the teachers and staff. What a great start to our new normal. We’re very lucky to have the most amazing teachers! 🌟 💯 Aiming high at school and at home 👏🏼

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