Year 1

Below is the information for our curriculum in Year 1.  If you would like to view the long term plan for the next year then please click here to Download the Year 1 Long Term Plan



Writing in Year 1 will focus the correct formation of letters and digits, composing sentences orally before writing them and then sequencing sentences using connectives. Children will learn to form letters in the correct direction and leave spaces between words.  Spellings will focus on days of the week, common words and using the spelling rule for pluralising words.



Throughout their time in Year 1, children will learn to read accurately by blending and recognising all the letter sounds.  They will become increasingly familiar with key stories, fairy stories and traditional tales as well as being able to retell them.

Learning to recite some rhymes and poems by heart will also be a focus.



Maths in Key Stage 1 primarily focuses on developing the confidence and mental fluency of pupils with whole numbers, counting and place value.  This will involve working with the numerals, words and the four operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  Much of the work will be practical and using representations.

In Key Stage 1, pupils will also learn to recognise, draw, describe, compare and sort different shapes and use the related vocabulary.

There will be a focus on using a range of measures to describe and compare different quantities such as length, mass, capacity/volume, time and money.

By the end of Year 2, it is expected that pupils know the number bonds to 20 as well as being precise in using and understanding place value.



During key stage 1 pupils will observe, explore and ask questions about living things,
materials and phenomena. They begin to work together to collect evidence to help them
answer questions and to link this to simple scientific ideas. They evaluate evidence and
consider whether tests or comparisons are fair. They use reference materials to find out
more about scientific ideas. They share their ideas and communicate them using
scientific language, drawings, charts and tables.

The science key stage 1 curriculum consists of:

  • Sc1 Scientific enquiry
  • Sc2 Life processes and living things
  • Sc3 Materials and their properties
  • Sc4 Physical processes
  • Breadth of study