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.
Our Year One Curriculum
We use the National Curriculum in order to plan and design a sequential curriculum in all areas of learning. Our Year One curriculum is ambitious and builds upon the knowledge, vocabulary and skills taught in the Early Years.
The teaching of early reading skills and the teaching of phonics is prioritised in Year One. The children have daily phonics lessons following the Little Wandle scheme. 
Mathematics is taught daily and we follow the White Rose scheme. We also have extra mathematical fluency lessons across the week to build up children's knowledge of key number facts such as number bonds and doubles.

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 below. 
Our Year One curriculum is enriched with exciting experiences and our Year One  children can look forward to having  visitors into school, going to Knowsley Safari park, Liverpool and Ness Gardens.

End of Year Expectations 

At the end of Year One  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 continue 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 ‘Our Children’ 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.

The Reading Model at BHHIS


Your child will read the same decodable book in school from our reading scheme in school at least four times per week with an adult. The children read in groups, led by a trained adult. Each day has a specific focus. 

Daily Focus -

Day 1 – Decoding and Prediction

Day 2- Fluency 

Day 3 – Fluency and Prosody

Day 4 -Comprehension


Within each session there is a specific structure that all staff follow throughout the school.



Focus 1: Grapheme Phoneme Correspondence

Focus 2: Use flash cards to read tricky and fully decodable words.

Focus 3: Teach the children to read the tricky words in the text

Focus 4: The trained adult with the group models the skill that we are practising.


The phonetically decodable  book will be sent home with your child on a Thursday after they have read it in school with our staff. Please read with your child as frequently as possible to build up their fluency.

Children who are not making expected progress in their reading take part in "Keep Up" sessions with adults in school.

The children also have the opportunity to choose ‘Reading for Pleasure Books’. These books are to be shared and enjoyed with an adult at home. 

Children are encouraged to read 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 add a raffle ticket into the 'Reading Raffle'. At the end of each half-term a ticket will be drawn from each class in a special assembly to win a prize.