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 Ms Campbell.


We are situated in the KS1 end of the school next to 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 Hook and supported by Mrs Scott.


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 Davies.



We are located at the start of the KS1 area as the first classroom after the small hall. The children access the classroom in the morning via the KS2 gate, across the KS2 playground, into the KS1 playground, and in through the outside door.


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 -

             Mrs Serantes-McCormack -

Faraday - Mrs Hook -

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

Thursday 9th May - Warburtons workshop

Friday 10th May - Warburtons workshop

Friday 17th May - Wildwood trip

Tuesday 21st May - Faraday Class assembly

Monday 10th June - Phonics Screening week starts

Tuesday 11th June - Darwin Class assembly

Tuesday 18th June - Goodall Class assembly



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 1 is 'Then and Now'.  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.


Now and Then topic. Our visit to Kent Life. We experienced how people lived in the past. It was a great day!

Here we are using different techniques to make a clay tea light holder.  First we rolled the clay into a ball.  Next we pushed our thumb into the ball of clay and then squeezed the clay to form a pot.  After that we used different tools to make patterns in the side of our pot. Finally we left them to dry before painting them bright colours. 

It is time to start sowing seeds in the allotment.  Year 1 are responsible for growing brassicas this crop rotation so we have sown broccoli, spinach and kohl rabi so far.  We hope to sow and grow more in term 5.

In maths we have been exploring measure. First we used non-standard measure such as cubes, books and pens to measure the length of different objects around the classroom. Then we used standard measure and learnt how to correctly use a ruler to measure to the nearest centimetre (cm).  We had to make sure that the ruler was at zero on the cm side, NOT at the end of the ruler otherwise the measurement was wrong!

Animation Day 2018

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General information

Reading books are changed on a Tuesday 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.


The Reading Books in KS1 are an amalgamation of different reading schemes, for example; Oxford Reading Tree, Treetops, Rigby Stars and Floppy's Phonics.  These Reading Books are scheduled to be changed on a Tuesday and Friday and generally three 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 Friday 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 which they are happy to talk about.  This could be a toy, picture or photo, however it is always nice to have topic related items bought in.


A letter will be sent home at the beginning of each term highlighting when it is your child's turn.  If however you need a reminder, please feel free to ask your class teacher.

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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Term 1 - Then and Now

Our Topic this term is ‘Then and Now’ with a focus on toys form the past and heroes, for example; Police, Firefighters, Doctors, Lifeguards, Vets, Soldiers etc. The children will be reading a range of fiction and non-fiction texts as well as developing their research skills to learn about different heroes now and in the past.  If you have any items, photos or books that could be brought in and shared, or you are a ‘real life hero’ and would like to share your role with the children, please contact your class teacher to arrange a convenient time to come and talk to the children.


Design and Technology - making puppets including exploring materials, cutting and sticking skills

Computing - filming puppet show

RE - Christianity

PSHE - friendship, rules and routines

History - toys and jobs from the past  

Science – seasonal change

PE - one indoor and one outdoor activity from the following: infant agility, football, gymnastics, kwik cricket, tag rugby, tri-golf, tennis, rounders, athletics and dance


Term 2 - Monsters and Aliens

In the lead up to Christmas preparations, our Topic will be 'Monsters and Aliens' where we will be exploring space through English including stories and information text.


Art - colour and printing techniques including repeat patterns and symmetry

Computing - modelling and simulations, communicating and collaborating on-line

RE - Christianity

PSHE - living the wider world, mental health and well-being

Geography -  location knowledge within the UK

History - chronological understanding, knowledge and understanding and enquiry

Science – properties of material

PE - one indoor and one outdoor activity from the following: infant agility, football, gymnastics, kwik cricket, tag rugby, tri-golf, tennis, rounders, athletics and dance


Term 3 and 4 - Stories and Animation

Our Topic for terms 3 and 4 is ‘Stories and Animation’. This will run throughout our English lessons as well with a focus on traditional tales such as Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Billy Goats Gruff.


Art - texture including exploring and weaving materials, form including using tools and manipulating materials

Design and Technology - researching, designing, making, then evaluating a pop-up book and a get away car

Computing - filming an animation using an APP on the iPads

RE - Hinduism and Christianity

PSHE - emotions, well-being

Geography - research skills to develop location knowledge as well as human and physical geography

Science - plants and seasonal change

PE - one indoor and one outdoor activity from the following: infant agility, football, gymnastics, kwik cricket, tag rugby, tri-golf, tennis, rounders, athletics and dance


Term 5 - Creatures

The term 5 Topic is 'Creatures'.  We will be exploring dinosaurs as well as pets, farm and wild animals through non-fiction and fictional texts in English.


Art - texture including tearing, scrunching and layering of different materials

Design and Technology - researching, designing and making sandwiches

Computing - using the internet safely 

RE - Hinduism

PSHE - safety, relationships and mental health

Science - animals including humans

PE - one indoor and one outdoor activity from the following: infant agility, football, gymnastics, kwik cricket, tag rugby, tri-golf, tennis, rounders, athletics and dance


Term 6 - Our Local Area

The final Topic of the year is 'Our Local Area'.  We shall be focusing on the historical and geographical features of Kings Hill and the surrounding area.



History - chronological understanding, knowledge and understanding of the past, interpretation including the recount of details from the past and investigate a local area

Geography - geographical skills and fieldwork, human and physical geography, place knowledge

Computing - programming and controlling, using technology

RE - Hinduism

PSHE - safety, relationships and mental health

Science - plants and seasonal change

PE - one indoor and one outdoor activity from the following: infant agility, football, gymnastics, kwik cricket, tag rugby, tri-golf, tennis, rounders, athletics and dance


In the second two terms of Year 1 we will be building on the mathematical knowledge from terms 1 and 2. We will be moving onto representational drawings and written numbers up to 20, but continue to use practical learning using manipulatives such as; numicon, multilink and objects as and when required.


The areas we will be covering up to Easter are;




Place Value:

  • Count to fifty, forwards and backwards, beginning with 0 or 1, from any given number
  • Count, read and write numbers to fifty 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
  • Multiples of 2s, 5s and 10s


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. Add by counting on and making 10.
  • 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.



In English for terms 3 and 4 we will be continuing to develop our independent sentence writing. This will be applied across the curriculum as well as during our English tasks.  We will looking at; traditional tales, for example, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, non-fiction text, poems and writing a letter, for example, from the Troll to the Billy Goats Gruff.  The poetic features that we will focus on are onomatopoeia and alliteration.


By the end of the term we would expect the children to:


  •          think of their own sentence
  •     repeat the sentence out loud
  •     count the number of words in their sentence
  •     hold a pencil correctly
  •     use their phonic sounds to spell
  •     check they have written the correct number of words for their sentence
  •     formed their letters the right way round
  •     are beginning to use cursive letters
  •     are using finger-spaces
  •     use capital letters more consistently
  •     use full-stops more consistently
  •     can retell a familiar story through action, words and writing
  •     spell common exception words (CEW's) correctly in sentences
  • begin to use adjectives to add detail



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 will be class based initially and will revisit sounds learnt in Early Years Foundation Stage before moving on to subsequent sounds.


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.