Year 1

Welcome to Year 1.  Besides learning to read and write, count, add and take away, we enjoy learning all about ourselves and exploring the world around us with our 5 senses. But above all we love being creative. We like making and constructing things such as puppets, shakers, animal dioramas and collages. When the weather is nice we enjoy learning and playing on our terrace and using our sand and water tray. We even grow our own vegetables and plants!

Year 1 is a very important year as the children move from a play based to a more structured curriculum.  To ease the transition the children continue learning through play based activities and a topic approach in the first term and gradually move onto more structured tasks over the year.

I try to develop the children’s independence and confidence by allowing the children to structure their own learning through weekly challenges by choosing from a range of activities, including creative, construction, role play, ICT or imaginative, small world play. I believe that this way the children are more engaged in their learning and it allows for their creativity to flourish.




Speaking and Listening: Pupils talk about matters of personal interest, listen to others and reply appropriately. They speak audibly and can make themselves understood to children and adults. They can extend their vocabulary and provide more detail, in order to clarify meaning when talking about their ideas, something that has happened to them or something they have seen or heard.

Reading: Pupils recognise familiar words in simple settings, sometimes with support. They use their knowledge of letters and sounds to read words and to understand them when reading aloud, sometimes with support. They can talk about the things they like or dislike, about poems, stories and non-fiction that they read.

Writing: Pupils’ writing communicates meaning through simple words and phrases. In their reading or their writing, pupils are aware of how full stops and capital letters are used.

Handwriting: Letters are usually clearly shaped and correctly orientated.


Number: Counting; combining sets; number patterns; number problems; number bonds; subtraction facts; difference; addition facts; number facts within 20; doubling.

Shape: Recognising and naming 2D and 3D shapes; drawing 2D shapes.

Measure: Approximating lengths; using rulers; estimating and measuring capacity; balancing weight.

Handling Data: Collecting information; using diagrams.


Ourselves; Light and Dark; Pushes and Pulls; Sound and Hearing; Sorting and Using Materials; Plants.



The Local Area (including maps and aerial views).

Geographical phenomena: Volcanoes; Rivers, Seas & Oceans; Deserts; Rainforests & Jungle; Weather.



Physical Education (PE)

Games: Ball familiarisation; striking and fielding skills.

Gymnastics: Balance; partner work; sequencing; safety.

Dance: BBC Let’s Move programme; music and movement.

Athletics: Running; skipping; hopping; jumping; throwing for distance / height.

Information Technology (IT)

Assembling text; using a word bank; labelling and classifying; representing information graphically; understanding instructions.


Singing: A large variety of songs aimed at developing musicality; creativity; sensitivity and improving skills in rhythm; counting; language and co-ordination.

Listening and responding: A range of recorded music.

Performing: Percussion instruments in various structured situations.

Information for parents

Children should keep a named pair of boots at school for when it is wet. They should also bring to school on Mondays, and take home on Fridays, a sports bag containing T-shirt, shorts, gym shoes (scarpette di ginnastica), trainers and (in winter) a tracksuit.

Children should also have a New School bookbag. This can be purchased from the school office.