Year 1

The purpose of Year One at Black Horse Hill Infant school is to help children successfully transition from play-based learning in Foundation 2, to the more formal setting of Key Stage One. Our aim is to ensure all children remain happy and confident and are equipped with the knowledge and skills to be creative, compassionate and confident learners.

There are children in Foundation 2 who by the end the year are already accessing aspects of the Year 1 curriculum. There will also be children who will need to continue with aspects of the Foundation Stage curriculum into Year 1. The curriculum is tailored to the individual needs of your child.

Our aim is to have a smooth transition to support the personal, social and emotional development, learning and future success of every child. We maximise opportunities for continued learning by keeping many of the physical aspects and arrangements of Foundation Stage into Year 1.

Through our PSHE scheme Jigsaw we promote resilience and mindfulness. The children develop an understanding of different cultures, relationships, themselves and celebrating differences.

There are two classes in Year 1:
1DH – Mr Hamm and Mrs Underwood
1CY – Mr Young and Mrs Myers

Our Year One Curriculum
We use the National Curriculum in order to plan and design a sequential curriculum in all areas of learning. We plan themed topics that engage the children and are relevant to their own lives. Planning across the curriculum in Year 1 will provide opportunities for children to undertake a variety of learning tasks. More challenge is built into child-initiated and independent tasks. During the transition period, we build in aspects of Maths and English from the National Curriculum into Foundation Stage planning.

The teaching of early reading skills and the teaching of phonics is prioritised and reading and phonics skills are built on from the Foundation Stage.

We plan topics of learning that will excite and motivate the children. The children learn a wide range of vocabulary in each of the subject areas which is progressive and can be found in the Knowledge Organisers.

Each of these topics is sequential and has a golden thread that runs through them. 

For example when learning about fire-fighters the children begin to understand the importance of community and develop an awareness of their local community. During a study in the summer term all about birds the children learn all about their local area and the local environment. When learning about different houses and homes we focus on the fact that not everybody has a home.

We gradually extend the periods of time for which focused adult-initiated learning is expected. Overall we have many interesting, fun topics in all curriculum areas for your child to discover new talents and enjoy. Our curriculum is enriched with visits to school from visitors e.g. fire-fighters, scientists, creepy crawlies and trips out to Ness Gardens and Liverpool.

End of Year Expectations 

At the end of year 1 we aim that pupils will be achieving the end of year expectations that are outlined on the school website.

The children will also complete a statutory phonics assessment called the ‘Phonics Screening’ in June. During this screening your child is required to read 40 words. Some are real words and some are pseudo words. They are required to sound and blend these words. The results of the Phonics Screening will be sent home with your child’s end of year report.

Home Learning

We know that a child’s parents are their first and most important teachers, and we want to work in partnership with you to ensure your child is as successful as they can be. We endeavour to provide home learning opportunities for the children that are motivating, giving parents the chance to be an integral part of their child’s education.

Children will have homework set online each Friday to be returned to school on the following Wednesday. The homework is available online in the ‘Homework’ section on the School Website.  If you have any questions regarding this, please contact your child’s class teacher who will be more than happy to help.



In addition to this, Year One children will continue with the Bug Club Reading Scheme. Children can access their Bug Club Account online. They also have the opportunity to choose ‘Home Reading Books’ that are Book Banded in sets.

Children are encouraged to read for 5/10 minutes each day alongside an adult and for a comment/signature to be recorded daily in their reading records. When a comment has been made your child will be able to move their character along the ‘Class Reading Race’. When they complete the race they can choose a prize from the class prize box.