Year 1

Welcome to the fun and exciting world of Year 1, where we take all the wonderful skills that the children have learnt in Early Years Foundation Stage and develop them as they start to experience the National Curriculum. We make learning as fun as possible, using a range of different teaching styles to make sure that all children are able to access new concepts and succeed in their learning. Year 1 promotes independence, responsibility and hard work - as well as lots of fun!!! Our aim is for the children to deepen their knowledge and understanding in a relaxed, exciting and engaging environment where we set them up to become enthusiastic, lifelong learners.


Year 1 is made up of three classes - Darwin, Faraday and Goodall.  Like all classes in The Discovery School, the classes were named after a famous scientist or inventor. Darwin Class is named after the infamous naturalist Charles Darwin who discovered the theory of evolution, Faraday Class is named after Michael Faraday, an inspirational scientist who studied electromagnetism, and Goodall Class is named after the world renowned scientist and conservationist Jane Goodall. Click on the images below to learn more about the namesake of our classes and what they are famous for.


Darwin Class

Darwin Class is taught by Mrs Coldwell and Mrs Scott.


We are situated in the KS1 end of the school opposite Goodall Class. The children access the classroom in the morning via the EYFS and KS1 gate, through the playground and in through the outside door.

Faraday Class

Faraday Class is taught by Mrs Dey and supported by Mrs Palmer.


We are located at the end of the KS1 area between Darwin and Newton class. The children access the classroom in the morning via the EYFS and KS1 gate, through the EYFS area, then in through the outside door.

Goodall Class

Goodall Class is taught by Mrs Latter (Monday - Wednesday), Mrs Chapman (Wednesday - Friday) and Mrs Scott. 


We are located in the KS1 end of the school opposite Darwin Class and the children come into the classroom via the EYFS and KS1 gate.


The communication between yourselves as parents and ourselves as teachers is paramount, so we thought it would be helpful if you knew when and how to liaise with us.  We have an open-door policy and will always find time to speak to you either after school or by appointment.  In the morning the children are encouraged to walk round to their classroom independently, therefore any messages can be left at the school office where it will then be passed onto the relevant teacher.  Messages can also be emailed, or non-urgent messages can be written in the yellow reading record book which is usually checked on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday.


Our email addresses are:

Darwin - Mrs Coldwell -

Faraday - Mrs Dey -

Goodall - Mrs Latter -

              Mrs Chapman -  (Please copy Mrs Latter and Mrs Chapman into emails)


Please note that class teachers will be unavailable after school on a Wednesday due to staff meetings, however, the teaching assistants will be more than happy to help you.

Mr Hipkiss, as Key Stage 1 leader, is also available should you wish to speak to him.  He can be found in Edison Class or email;

Dates For Your Diary

Wednesday 6th June - Science Museum Workshop

Friday 8th June - Non-uniform for exchange for a bottle (FODS)

Monday 11th June - Friday 15th June - Phonics Screening

Thursday 14th June - Woodland Walk

Monday 25th June - Inset Day

Tuesday 26th June - Walk around Kings Hill

Wednesday 27th June - Sports Day



UNIFORM - Please could we ask that uniform (especially) jumpers are named clearly.   In the past we've had lots of incidents of jumpers that have been lost or taken home by mistake because they were unnamed. 


'WHAT WE HAVE DONE' BOARD - We will endeavour to keep parents updated about what we have done in class each day via our message board displayed by the classroom door.


CLASS READERS - Our topic for term 3 and 4 is 'Stories and Animations'.  If there are any books or stories that the children enjoy at home then please send these in and we can share these during class story time.  Please name any books that are sent in.


Darwin Class

Using different methods to find the missing number for subtraction calculations.

World Book Day.

We came dressed as a character from a book.  Can you guess who we are?

Faraday Class

For Animation Day we used different modelling techniques and tools to create the characters in our traditional tale mini movies which were inspired by the artist Nick Park.  Click on the link below to watch our movies...

Goodall Class

Showing the place value (tens and ones) of each digit in 2-digit numbers.

World Book Day

We came dressed as a character from a book.  Can you guess who we are?

Our Nick Park inspired animations of a chosen traditional story. We used modelling techniques to make the characters and props out of plastercine.  Click on the link below for the videos.  Enjoy!

Animation Day 2018

Click here to see our animations


Year 1 information evening presentation
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Goodall Class Assembly.pptx
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General information

Reading books are changed on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday, therefore it is essential that your child’s yellow reading record book AND reading books are in school on these days. Please record in your child's yellow book that they have read even if it is just with a smiley face or a tick besides the date as we will be celebrating the children who have read every day on a Friday and will display their photos on the classroom door.  Please use these books to communicate with us at any point and do let us know if you feel your child is finding the books too easy/difficult so we can make any necessary changes.


Big Maths will take place every Friday so please continue encouraging this at home.


Spellings will be sent out termly.  The children will undertake a pre and post spelling test and the results will be sent home.  They will also undertake a weekly spelling test where they will be encouraged to beat their previous score.  This will be celebrated in class.


Reading Books are scheduled to be changed on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday and generally two books will be sent home each time.  This will enable you to share a book from home on a Sunday.  However, there may be the occasional time when books don’t get changed due to unexpected circumstances and we ask that you take this opportunity to share alternative texts.  Reading in Year 1 can take the form of anything and doesn’t always have to be a school book.  


You can read:

  • Menus

  • Road signs

  • Maps

  • Labels

  • Cards

  • Non-fiction books…to name but a few


It is important that children understand that reading words is everywhere…not just in their school books and should be enjoyable.  We ask that you write in your child’s book every night to record that they have read, even if just with a smiley face or tick beside the date.  We will be celebrating the children who read every night in school on a Wednesday.


Please feel free to use the yellow reading book as a point of contact and do let us know if the books are too easy/hard and we will listen to your child read in school and move them on if necessary.  Remember, if you are writing messages in here that the books are only changes three times a week and will not be checked on a Tuesday or Thursday so it is especially vital that messages are sent to the office on these days.

Show and Tell

Show and Tell in year 1 happens once a week on a Tuesday during class assembly. Each child will get one opportunity each term to bring something in and an updated timetable will be sent out at the start of every term.

You will have received a show and Tell timetable with the date of your child show and tell and their ‘group’ highlighted. They are welcome to bring in any show and tell, however it is always nice to have topic related items bought in.




Curriculum Information

This is an example timetable for Year 1.  Please note that lesson times are subject to change depending on what we are learning.

Year 1 Timetable.pdf
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Below is the Provision Plan for Year 1. Please bear in mind that this is a fluid document which is continually reviewed.

Year 1 Provision Plan webpage.pdf
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Our Topic for terms 3 and 4 is ‘Stories and Animation’. This will run throughout our English lessons as well.

  • Art - we will be using clay to make a basket for Little Red Riding Hood. In addition, we will also be making characters out of plasticine.
  • Design and Technology - we will be designing, making  and evaluating pop-up books.
  • Computing - we will be making an animation using an APP on the iPads.
  • RE - we will be continuing our learning about the Christian faith.
  • PSHE - we will be learning about how to regulate our emotions.
  • Geography - we will be developing our research skills and use atlases to locate the four countries in the UK.
  • Science - we will be exploring materials and their properties.



In terms 3 and 4 we will be covering the following areas: 



Place Value:

  • Count to fifty, forwards and backwards, beginning with 0 or 1, from any given number

  • Count, read and write numbers to 50 in numerals and words 

  • Given a number, identify one more or one less

  • Identify and represent numbers using objects and pictorial representations including the number line, and use the language of: equal to, more than, less than (fewer), most, least

  • Counting in multiples of 2, 5 and 10


Addition and Subtraction:

  • Represent and use number bonds and related subtraction facts within 20

  • Read, write and interpret mathematical statements involving addition (+), subtraction (-) and equals (=) signs

  • Add and subtract one-digit numbers to 20, including zero 

  • Solve one step problems that involve addition and subtraction, using concrete objects and pictorial representations and missing number problems


Measurement (Length and height, weight and volume):

  • To compare, describe and solve practical problems for length and height as well as mass and weight. 

  • To measure and begin to record length and height as well as mass and weight.
  • To use the language of long/short, longer/shorter, tall/short, double/half, heavy/light, heavier than/lighter than.


An example of how to represent a number in different ways




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In English this term our Topic will be ‘Stories and Animation'.


We will be learning the following stories:

  • Three Billy Goats Gruff
  • Three Little Pigs
  • Jack and the Beanstalk
  • Little Red Riding Hood

The children will be writing:

  • Stories
  • Poems
  • Recounts
  • Instructions
  • Character descriptions

We will be focusing on:

  • Phonics
  • Handwriting
  • Spelling
  • Punctuation (full stops, capital letters, question marks)
  • Using and to add detail
  • Using adjectives to add description

In addition, the children will have a 10 minute handwriting session each day where they will be taught how to form each letter cursively.  They will be encouraged to embed this into their writing throughout the subjects.


Phonics will happen every day which is now grouped within Year 1 in preparation for the Government Phonics Screening in June.


Common Exception Words are a set of words which do not follow a general spelling rule and are not phonetic.  To help the children learn these we will be dividing the list into different sets and sending a set home at the beginning of Term 1, 3 and 5.  These words should not be viewed as homework and should not be returned to school.  They should be used as a resource at home for yourselves and the children to familiarise themselves with and learn.


The children will also read in school once a week in Guided Reading with their class teacher when we will cover general word reading strategies, sounding out and comprehension.



Year 1 have PE twice a week. We have one session inside and one outside every week and PE days do often change around therefore it is essential that ALL children have the correct kit in school at all times.


Inside PE kit consists of a red t-shirt, blue shorts, socks and plimsolls.


Outside PE kit consists of a blue tracksuit (jogging bottoms and a jumper) socks and trainers. Earrings need to be removed or taped up for health and safety reasons. 


Please make sure all of these items of clothing are clearly named.


Without the correct PE kit, children will be unable to take part.


In term 3 we will have an external PE coach to lead one of the PE sessions a week.


If you have any questions or queries please do come and see us.

Thank you for your continued support.


The Year 1 Team.