Year 1

Welcome to Year 1

In Year 1, we aim to help children build on their independent learning from their time in Early Years by developing their key skills for reading, writing and maths. They have the opportunity to widen and explore new topics through hands on experiences. It is important in Year 1 that learning is not limited to the classroom. At the Willows we enjoy outdoor learning such as exploring the school ground and local areas. The children continue to learn practically while beginning to plan and record their learning in different ways. 

Have a look at our Year 1 highlights; there is so much more for us to share.

Year 1 are taught by Mrs Radford (Beech class) and Mrs Bennett (Pine class).

In Year 1 children are taught phonics daily and we follow the Letters and Sounds framework for phonics. For reading, we use a range of schemes banded by colour through which the children progress. More information can be found on our Phonics & Reading pages.

Please take a look at our curriculum maps below to find out what learning takes place in Year 1.

Mrs Bennett - Pine Class  

Class Novel

Traditional Stories – Usborne Collection

Stanley’s Christmas Adventure

The Cat who wanted to go home

The Boy who sailed the ocean in an armchair

Roald Dahl James and the Giant Peach

Literacy Texts

Goldilocks and the 3 Bears

One Snowy Night

The Jolly Christmas Postman

Range of topic based NF books

Lost and Found

Voices in the Park

The Day the Crayons Quit

Range of topic based NF books


Oliver’s Vegetable Patch

Jack and the Beanstalk

Range of topic based NF books

School Drop off and Pick up

Entrance: Main car park gate
Drop off: 8:35am
Pick up: 3:10pm

Main black car park gate will open at 8.30, 11.35 (Nursery only), 12.10 (Nursery only) and 3.05pm

Staff will open classroom doors to receive children at 8.35am and let them out at 3.10pm

Parents are asked to walk with their children through the main pedestrian gate at the front of the school and walk across the car park round to the wooden gate at the back of the new building.  The car park will be closed to all staff traffic/cars at 8.30am. No parents are allowed to drive into the school car park.

Y1 Parents will be allowed through these gates and onto the playground at the back of the new build to wait for the classroom doors to open at 8.35am

At the end of the day, parents will be allowed to wait on the playground outside the same door and the children will be released one by one to their named adult when the doors open at 3.10pm

What do I do if I have another child in another year group?

Drop your Y1 child off at this gate and then walk round through the side gate with your other children to wait with your elder child/ren. Children in KS2 can walk to their classrooms from the Y1 drop off point independently. Alternatively, if your other children are able to walk to their classrooms independently they can all be dropped off at the Nightingales gate. If you have younger children, then we recommend you drop them off first before your Y1 child.

Further Information

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