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 National Curriculum. There will also be children who will need to continue with aspects of the EYFS curriculum as they move 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 Gill
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 use Curriculum Maestro to plan the teaching of foundation subjects through 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 EYFS 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. 

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 for the Foundation Subjects. 

Each of these topics has a wide range of vocabulary. 
 
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 memorable experiences through visitors to school and trips to museums, safari parks, Ness Gardens 


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 '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.

 

 

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.

In addition to this, Year One children will continue with the Bug Club Reading Scheme. Children can access their Bug Club Account online.
 
 

Your child will read the same book in school from our Bug Club Reading Scheme in school 4x per week with an adult. The children read in groups and each day has a specific focus. The book they are reading will be

allocated on Bug Club on a Monday*. A hard copy of the book may also be sent home.

 

Daily Focus -

Day 1 – Decoding

Day 2- Fluency

Day 3 – Comprehension

Day 4 – Prosody (expression and taking note of punctuation Year 1 and Year 2)

 

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

 

Structure

Focus 1: Grapheme Phoneme Correspondence

Focus 2: Three/four specific words from the text on flash cards

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

Focus 4: Adult on Day 1 and 2 models reading by segmenting and blending the words on 1 or 2 pages

 

The Bug Club/Active Learn book will be allocated to your child on day 1 on line and hard copy of the book may also be sent home; please ensure that the book is in school every day otherwise it will affect the delivery of our reading model.

 

https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/login?c=0

 

Your child’s class teacher will give you your child’s username, password and school id for you to login in to Bug Club Active Learn.

 

*Due to copyright some titles are not available to allocate online so a hard copy of the book will be sent home

 

 
They also have the opportunity to choose ‘Reading for Pleasure Books’ that the children choose to share 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.