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Welcome To Year 1

Statement of Intent KS1

In Key Stage One we are passionate about supporting children to continue to develop their love of learning.  Our children’s wellbeing is at the centre of our curriculum, we understand that they need to feel safe, loved and secure within the environment in order to access a high level of learning. We teach topics in cross-curricular ways and are committed to providing hands on learning opportunities, enabling children to shape their own learning journey. We aim to foster children’s independence, resilience and perseverance and ensure that through our high quality provision they are able to consolidate and enhance a range of skills in all curriculum areas. Our inclusive approach enables us to foster our children’s curiosity and imagination as well as their academic achievement.

Helping My Child To Learn At Home

Year 1 Phonics Presentation

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Outdoor Learning

This term we have really enjoyed our outdoor learning. We learnt all about The Gunpowder Plot and celebrated on Bonfire Night with toasted marshmallows around the fire in the Hive and sparklers in the playground. We made sure that we all knew how to keep safe on Bonfire Night.

We enjoyed a wonderful Autumn walk to Curtis Wood. The weather was perfect, a little chilly but sunny and bright. We played in the woods and collected a range of things that had fallen to the ground. We picked some interesting leaves, some pine cones, acorns and noticed which trees were deciduous and which were evergreen. We worked together and collected different shaped and coloured leaves to help us with our learning the following week. From our collections we read the story ‘Leaf Man’ by Lois Ehlert and created our very own leaf people. During our Dark Night experience, we stayed later at school to see how things would change when dusk fell and it got dark outside.

We had some snacks and chose which topping we would prefer on our toast, we had some veggie sticks and a few crisps. As a treat, we were also allowed some hot chocolate!  As the night became darker we went outside to explore the playground, the Wildlife area and the Hive. In the playground we enjoyed exploring the night sky using an App which showed us constellations and where the planets were, we also enjoyed some music and made glow stick bracelets. In the Wildlife area we used our torches and noticed how different the space is in the dark, some of us even saw a badger! In the Hive Mrs Stroud helped us to make s’mores around the fire, they were delicious! We had a great time!

Christmas Celebrations

This term our theme has been Let’s Celebrate. Over the past few weeks we have been looking at Christmas celebration. We have talked together about how different families celebrate at Christmas time and traditions around the world. We loved learning the songs and our lines for the Nativity and were so proud when we watched our performances back. We have developed new skills and our creativity through the range of Christmas crafts that we have been involved in to take home and share.  We learnt how important it is to be accurate when weighing out ingredients for cooking when we made gingerbread men. They tasted delicious!


In Art this term we have been developing our knowledge of colour mixing. We learnt which are primary and which are secondary colours. We also explored and experimented with different colours to find out which primary colours make which secondary colours. We applied the skills that we had learnt to create our own beautiful Christmas pictures.



This term, during COOL Time, we have loved exploring our new classrooms and all of the exciting things to do in year one. We have especially enjoyed role playing celebrating a birthday party, looking after our patients at the doctor’s surgery and being jungle explorers. We have continued our own learning by practising our handwriting and cutting skills when exploring the art trolley and we have problem solved using a range of maths resources to find one more or one less and practising our careful counting. We have also loved spending time in our class gardens telling stories, writing and building using construction toys.

Marvelous Me

This term our first topic has been Marvellous me! As part of this topic the children have enjoyed learning about their new class animals (Rabbits, Moles and Owls) and creating lots of Artwork around these animals.

Wherever possible, we have tried to link our learning to our Marvellous Me topic.

 In Geography we have thought about where we live and our local area of Herne.

In Computing, the children have practised their mouse control and used a paint program to create pictures of themselves and write their names.

In Science, the children have learnt about different parts of the human body and labelled them. It has been a fantastic start to the new academic year and we look forward to sharing more of our topic work with you as the year progresses.


Well, it is definitely true to say that the children in Year 1 love books and stories! Whether it is settling down in our cosy and inviting book areas in our classrooms or enjoying browsing in our wonderful library the children’s love of books is evident for all to see. Each day in class the children vote for their choice of story which is then shared at some point during the day. We have also celebrated the amazing Roald Dahl with all of the children participating in a selection of exciting activities as well as focussing on a range of environmentally themed books, both fiction and non-fiction, as part of our recent ‘Go Green’ week.

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