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Year 1


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Our curriculum


We use a phonics programme called Read Write Inc. Children are assessed every 6 weeks and are given books to read that provide the appropriate challenge. In class, they are grouped in a way that helps to ensure they are learning well. The books they take home are read in class and it really helps if they also read them at home regularly.

A few things to note:

  • Lessons are taught by teachers and teaching assistants;
  • The adults change groups throughout the year;
  • Children may also change groups, depending on their progress.
  • Saying the sounds using ‘precise pronunication’ is important e.g. ‘ssss’ not ‘suh’ for s


Alongside reading phonics books, we also have a class literature spine. We use these for what we call ‘structured storytime’, where we read the story, non-fiction text or poem and think more deeply about the themes.

Our Literature Reading Spine:


We use a programme called Letterjoin for our handwriting. It’s really useful for parents and carers to see how children learn letter formation using the app or desktop website. Children can also practise using a tablet at home.


You can have a parent user manual as well. Just ask your teacher and we can give you a copy.

We encourage children to take care with their handwriting and use a simple motivation chart, which is stuck in the front of the writing books and teachers stamp each half-term. We have a special assembly each half-term to celebrate progress!


We teach spelling in Y1 primarily through the Read Write Inc. phonics programme.

During this time, children learn two key things in relation to spelling:

  1. To spell new or unfamiliar words using their phonic knowledge;

This can mean children spell words incorrectly but phonetically plausible e.g. peepl (people), majick (magic). This is ok and part of the learning process for most children! Most children tend to rely less on phonics to spell as they get older and read more.

  1. To correctly spell high frequency words that don’t necessarily follow a simple phonic pattern e.g. the, some, of  ‘off by heart'

In the Read Write Inc. books, these are the red words in the opening few pages.

We use Read Write Inc to help children practice the Y1&2 Common exception words. Your child will receive a list of their spelling words which will coincide with their reading colour group. We also use “Red Rhythms” to help the children learn these words. The words are spelt out with the letter names and in a rhythm to help these words stay within working memory. Children learn to spell new words and review past words every week.  

Throughout school, we want children to apply their spelling knowledge in their independent writing. However, we also don’t want worry about spelling to prevent them from writing fluently. We teach them to ‘dotty underline’ a word if they are unsure of the spelling and an adult can help them when they are free.

If you do any writing at home, try the same approach. If your child says, “How do you spell …?”, encourage them to say the sounds as they write, then dotty underline. Praise a good phonetic attempt and then correct them! 


In year 1 , the children use the Get Writing! books for most of their writing. These include opportunities for sentence writing, proofreading, spelling practise, using new vocabulary, grammar and punctuation practise and independent writing tasks.


We also use little blue books for spelling and phonic practise.

As the year progresses we start to use our A4 writing books (like the older children in Y2).


We also use a motivation chart stuck in the front of the books, focusing on handwriting and proofreading. Teachers stamp each half-term and we have a special assembly each half-term to celebrate progress!

If your child does any writing at home, get them to proof-read for punctuation. It’s a really important habit.


We use a maths scheme called White Rose Maths. Learning is blocked by topic and each lesson is broken down into small steps and led by the teacher using the interactive tools.

All children have a workbook for the independent phase of the lesson and each lesson  usually has 4 or 5 sections, which get progressively more challenging. Not all children complete each section every lesson, which is ok.

We also do something called a maths review, where we revise all the key knowledge that has been taught. If you would like a copy of this to work on at home, please ask your class teacher. Fluency in the maths review really helps.

We also do regulalar maths investigations , which is often open-ended and a good challenge for our more confident mathematicians!

This is the coverage timetable for the year with White Rose:

We also start to use an app called Numbots after Autumn half term. It’s an online maths journey that provides children with increasingly challenging problems. The teacher can track progress and identify misconceptions using the teacher dashboard.

We recommend using it at home. Your teacher will have provided you with a login/password. Please ask if you need a reminder!

Science, Geography, History Art & DT

We use the CUSP curriculum for these subjects and a useful resource that we have for parents and carers is what is called a knowledge organiser for each subject.

Essentially they show all the things the children are learning in each subject across the year. It’s really useful for a dinner time conversation! You could ask each other questions to test your child’s (and your) knowledge! Due to copyright , we can’t publish these on our website. However, you can get a pack from your class teacher or from the school office.


We follow the curriculum for our coding sessions. The teacher sets the coding challenge and the children use their iPads to go through a series of problems to solve. In year 1 we also learn about what technology is, online safety and how to use iPads for learning. 


As a Church of England school, Religious Education is a core subject that children study each week. Our curriculum is designed to enable pupils to gain an increasingly deep understanding of both Christianity and a range of global religions and world views. RE at St. Margaret’s allows children to engage with challenging questions of meaning and purpose raised by human experience. Children are encouraged to think critically and nurture an appreciation of and respect for the differences, similarities and changes within all the religions and world views studied. Lessons contain a variety of learning activities, including debate, group work and drama, as well as studying Biblical text. They are planned around a key learning question for each half-term.  


We have music with Mr Brown on Thursdays and some of us are in Rockband, which is on a Monday.


We have PE on Thursdays with Mr Park and Dance on Wednesdays with Mrs Burns. However, we are active every day, doing our playground runs every Wednesday and Friday morning and workouts in the hall with Mr Wilson.

The year on  a page

Our weekly timetable

*this is our normal routine, but sometimes timings may change

Our home learning guide

What is the plan for curricular and extracurricular enrichment?

Please note that this is not exhaustive. We often add in more enrichment opportunities throughout the year. These are ones we have planned already.

Important things to remember in Year 1

  • Book changing – your child gets a new book every 3/5 days depending on their colour group
  • Record reading at home in the Reading Record Book.
  • Only brief messages at drop-off. We want the teacher in class with the children once the bell has rung!
  • If you need to speak to the teacher for a bit longer, wait until pick-up, send an email via or arrange a meeting with the teacher.
  • Trainers everyday please, no hoop ear rings and keep long hair tied back.
  • Come and collect your child at pickup. We don’t want children running off because they think they can see their adult.


Year 1