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, Earhart 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, Earhart Class is named after Amelia Earhart, 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 is Mrs Ismail (Monday through to Thursday) and Mrs Latter (Friday) and our teaching assistant is Mrs Gray. Mrs Sturge will also be in our class on Wednesday mornings. 


We are situated in the KS1 end of the school next to Goodall Class.

Earhart Class is taught by Mrs Hook and her teaching assistant is Miss Campbell. 


We are located at the end of the KS1 area between Darwin and Newton class. 

Goodall Class is taught by Miss Laverick and her teaching assistant is Mrs Downing. Mrs Carter also supports in our class.

We are located at the start of the KS1 area as the first classroom after the small hall. 

Key Dates


Monday 20th September: Year 1 'Meet the teacher' session 

Please find the link to the recorded 'Meet the teacher' presentation below:


Monday 18th October: Dinosaur Workshop Day!


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. It is best email us any messages. If you feel that you need to speak with us in person, please email to arrange an appointment.

Our email addresses are:

Darwin - Mrs Ismail - 

             Mrs Latter - (Please copy both Darwin class teachers into your emails)

Earhart - Mrs Hook -

Goodall - Miss Laverick -      

Mrs Ismail is the Year 1 phase leader and Mrs Boulton is the Assistant Head for Key Stage One.
They are also available should you wish to speak to them.

Mrs Boulton can be found in Edison Class or email;

Please allow 48 hours for teacher to reply to emails. For all urgent messages or enquiries please call the school office on 01732847000.

General information


Reading Books

Reading books will be changed on Mondays and Thursdays, two school books will be sent home each time. Therefore it is essential that your child’s yellow reading record book AND reading books are in school every Monday and Thursday. Please record in your child's yellow book that they have read everyday even if it is just with a smiley face or a tick besides the date.

Please use the 'Bug Club' to allow your child to select books to read on any other days or you can read a book from home. These need to be recorded in the reading record too. 


We believe that learning to read and establishing a love of books is an essential part of being a literacy learner. Therefore we value the importance phonics has in the development of early reading and early writing.  In year 1 we deliver high quality daily phonics lessons using DfES 'Letters and Sounds' publication.  In phonics we want the children:

  • To develop a good knowledge of phonemes and graphemes.
  • To be able to blend phonemes to decode (read) a word.
  • To be able to segment and blend to be able to spell a word.
  • To be able to transfer the skills from phonics into everyday learning.
  • To be confident with segmenting and blending pseudo (alien/made up) words in preparation for the statutory Year One phonics screen.

For more information please visit our phonics page.


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  Friday and generally three books will be sent home each time.  This will enable you to share books from ‘Bug Club’ or from home over the weekend. 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. 



Our Homework

Please watch the Key Stage 1 Sway below to find out more about our Year 1 homework.

Go to this Sway


The curriculum at The Discovery School is an enquiry based one in which the children are encouraged to ask and answer questions about a topic.  

Through this enquiry based learning, the children will get the opportunities to experience a range of activities which will help to develop further their knowledge and skills of the wider world. 

 Year 1 Learning experience guarantees 2021 - 2022

Throughout the year the children in Year 1 will be trying to discover the answers to these 'Questions for Discovery':

Please find attached below our 'Web of Discovery' for term 1.

Term 1 - Digging for Dinosaurs - What were dinosaurs like? 

'Digging for Dinos' - Web of Discovery

Year 1 will start with a 'Digging for Dinosaurs' topic. Where the childrens’ learning with be based around all things dinosaur.

English - riddles and information text

Maths - place value, addition and subtraction and shape

Art - colour mixing

RE - Christianity

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

History - chronological understanding, knowledge and understanding and enquiry

Science – seasonal change and 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 2 - Amazing Africa - What is Africa like?

Amazing Africa Discovery Web

In the lead up to Christmas preparations, our Topic will be 'Amazing Africa'. We will be looking at celebrations, dance, climate and animals.

English - narrative stories, information texts and recounts

Maths - addition, subtraction and shape

Art - colour and printing techniques including repeat patterns and symmetry

Computing - using different programs on the iPads

RE - Christianity

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

History - key events (the gunpowder plot)

Science – properties of material and animals including humans

PE - football

Term 3 - Once upon a time...

Once Upon a Time - Web of Discovery

Our Topic for terms 3 ‘Once upon a time...’ where we will be looking at the features of traditional tales. This will run throughout our English lessons as well with a focus on traditional tales including as Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Billy Goats Gruff. 

English - traditional tales and innovated stories.

Maths - shape, place value within 20 and addition and subtraction within 20.

Art - repeating patterns and symmetry, printing techniques, manipulate malleable materials in a variety of ways (including rolling, carving and kneading) and studying different artists and their work.

Computing - to begin to understand the term algorithm as a set of instructions to control or command a program using the Bluebots and Purple Mash 2Go challenges.

RE - Judaism

PSHE - caring for living things, understanding we all have different strengths, healthy eating and physical activities and how to stay healthy.

Science - this terms topic is '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 4 - Charming Castles

Charming Castles - Web of Discovery

Our Topic for term 4 is  ‘Charming Castles’. We will be continuing to focus our learning around traditional tales while talking about the features of a castle. This term we will also be going on an exciting educational visit to Leeds Castle so that the children can see a castle in real life. 

English - Recounts, information text and letter writing

Maths - Place value within 20, addition and subtraction within 20 and place value within 50

Computing - To be able to make simple choices about which hardware is most appropriate to use and begin to
explain why and to begin to produce work using an iPad independently or collaboratively

Science - Seasonal changes,  completing our topic 'Animals including humans' and starting our 'Plant' topic. We also have 'Science week' this term. 

Please have a look at the 'Charming Castles' web of discovery to view our learning for this term in more detail.

Term 5 -
Memory Box

Memory Box - Web of Discovery

Our Topic for term 5 is  ‘Memory Box’.This term we will also be going on an exciting educational visit to Kent Life to learn about life in the past. 

English - Non chronological report, newspaper and letters, recount, balanced arguments

Maths - length and height, capacity, place value to 50

Science – seasonal change

Term 6 - The Sky's the Limit

The Sky's the Limit - Web of Discovery

The final Topic of the year is 'The Sky's the Limit'.  We will be looking at transport through time, studying the local area and learning about human and physical features.

Our learning question this term is: How has transport changed throughout time?

English - Fact files, newspaper reports, recounts, information text.

Maths - Multiplication and division, fractions, money and time. 

Science - Seasons and 'Animals including humans'. 


Earhart and Goodall class have PE on Tuesdays and Friday. Children should come into school in their school PE kit on these days. 

Darwin class have PE on Wednesdays and Friday. Children should come into school in their school PE kit on these days. 

They will also be having 'Forest School' sessions throughout the school year.


Useful Information


Year 1 Timetable for Goodall and Earhart:

Earhart and Goodall Class Timetable


Year 1 Timetable for Darwin:

Darwin Class Timetable


Year 1 Common Exception Words are attached here:

Year 1 Common Exception Words