Year 1

Following the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum in Reception, children make the transition to Year 1 where they start the year with play-based learning. Following this, they begin to study subjects in the National Curriculum.


We use the Literacy Tree to deliver a rich, book based English curriculum that is in line with the National Curriculum objectives for English. . Each scheme has been carefully designed to enable children to progress through their current year. The lessons are tailored to meet the needs of each class and specific individuals to ensure that all children can access the learning and succeed in every lesson. Real books form the heart of the scheme to develop a life-long love of reading.

Guided Reading

As the year progresses and pupils have developed a secure grasp of phonics, using the Read Write Inc programme, guided reading is carried out daily, ensuring that children’s fluency, comprehension and decoding skills are being practised. During these sessions, teachers assess pupils’ knowledge, skills and understanding to monitor progress to ensure pupils are accessing text suitable for their ability.


Cursive handwriting (joined-up) is taught from Reception and is continued into Year 1. Our pupils are expected to write cursive in all books and handwriting practise is carried out at least 3 times a week. We use letter-Join as an online resource which promotes interactive activities for the children to learn from each other. Pupils practise letter formation in both upper and lower case and numbers.


We use White Rose Maths Mastery to deliver the Mathematics curriculum , with a focus on conceptual understanding (the use of concrete objects) and pictorial representations before moving on to abstract learning. Lessons will include practical learning using a range of resources such as Base 10, counting sticks and place value mats and will ensure pupils develop a strong foundation of skills, knowledge and understanding.

Some of the key skills that pupils will learn include: being able to count to and across 100, forwards and backwards, beginning with 0 or 1 or from any given number. They will also learn to count, read and write numbers to 100 in numerals and count in multiples of 2s, 5s and 10s. Pupils will also represent and use number bonds and related subtraction facts within 20.

Teachers use a guided practice approach to model practical and written methods before the pupils move on to partner practice. Through collaboration, pupils have the opportunity to model and practise key vocabulary, explain their reasoning and challenge one another before moving on to independent work.

International Primary Curriculum

Our pupils are taught in line with the expectations set out in the National Curriculum, through the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). This is a thematic curriculum which allows our pupils to engage in the Foundation subjects of History, Geography, Art, Design and Technology and Music, with an extra focus on internationalism and society.

The International Goals of the IPC support our pupils in seeing themselves as being a part of a global community and enables them to reflect on and consider the lives of children in other parts of the world.

We have high expectations of our pupils’ topic-based learning and promote the skills learnt in English within the IPC, whilst ensuring that the lessons are engaging, exciting, stimulating and relevant. The IPC provides a meaningful context for our pupils to learn about the world in which they live.