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Year 1

Welcome to Year One!

Children begin the National Curriculum In Year One.  At Priory Rise School, we offer a rich and varied curriculum that allows all children to gain key skills and knowledge through learning in a subject specific manner - whilst exploring a range of topics.  Each half-term teaching and learning, where applicable, is linked through a thematic approach.  An example of this, is our topic of ‘Past and Present’ in Autumn 1, where links are made through:

  • English by learning all about our Year One authors.
  • Science by comparing how we have changed from a baby to now and exploring our senses.
  • Comparing classrooms and toys from the past in History.
  • Through DT by designing and creating a moving toy.
  • With an enrichment opportunity to take part in a Toy Making Workshop, where the children get to explore many toys from the past.




Little Wandle Phonics is taught daily in Year One.  Children build upon their Phase 2,3 and 4 knowledge from the Foundation Stage moving onto Phase 5 sounds with focus on developing greater fluency and automaticity in the application of phonics to reading and writing.  The children take the Phonics Screening Check in June, please click the link for more information.

English is taught 4 times a week giving children ample opportunity to practice writing in a range of genres by exploring a range of high quality texts. Alongside this, Guided Reading is taught daily to develop fluency and comprehension.  VIPERS are used to support children in understanding different aspects of reading.  Click the link below for details on how to support your child with reading by asking VIPERS style questions.






Mathematics is taught every day.  Mathematics themes in Year One include:

  • Place value
  • Addition and subtraction
  • Shape
  • Length and height
  • Mass and volume
  • Multiplication and division
  • Fractions
  • Position and direction
  • Money and time. 

In Year 1 we introduce new concepts as well as revisiting and building on the skills and knowledge that children have already.  Below is the current approach to teaching mathematics at Priory Rise and the written methods we teach. 




PE Days

Please ensure your child comes to school in their full Priory Rise PE kit on the following days:

McKee – Monday and Tuesday
Murphy – Tuesday and Wednesday
Jeffers – Monday and Tuesday


Library Days

Please send your child’s library book back to school so they can choose another from the range of wonderful stories available in our school Library. 

McKee – Friday
Murphy – Friday
Jeffers – Wednesday


Supporting Your Child At Home

In Year One, we work in partnership with you to provide the best opportunities and support for your children.  Children should continue to have regular, support with their reading at home.  Ideally, it is best that your child reads daily for up to 20 minutes, you can use our VIPERS linked above to support this as well.  As well as reading their school books, your child would also benefit from reading a range of other age appropriate stories/informational texts.



From Autumn 2 your child will also receive reading tasks on the Google Classroom learning platform, where they can continue to develop comprehension and inference skills.  In addition to this, MyMaths is used to help develop fluency in maths.  The activities set by the teacher on MyMaths will be closely linked to your child's learning in school.






If you gave any queries or questions, please contact the Year One teaching team at: