Dunchurch Infant School & Nursery

Year 1

Welcome to Year 1!

Our curriculum is based around six cross-curricular topics, this year these are:

  • Animals

  • Colour Magic

  • Toys

  • Chocolate

  • Houses and Homes

  • Growing

These topics incorporate Literacy, Numeracy, Science, ICT and P.E. together with a selection of the remaining National Curriculum subjects depending on the topic focus please click here to see the National Curriculum Framework.

We also seek to bring visitors in to school to reinforce the children’s learning of the curriculum through these themes. Examples include Vets coming in to talk to children during our ‘Animals’ topic, a ‘Toy museum’ bringing toys from years gone by into school for children to play with during our ‘Toys’ theme, and the children taking part in a ‘Ministry of Chocolate’ workshop, learning about and making their own chocolate, We also hope to offer the children the option of at least one school trip before the end of the academic year.

Children will also have the opportunity to take part in a number of other activities as part of our ‘Over & Above’ programme. For year 1 children this will involve a trip to see ‘The Gruffalo’, working with a professional artist and having their own artwork displayed, learning a foreign language and having the opportunity to go to the National Indoor Athletics Grand Prix.

Throughout the year the children will participate in daily phonics lessons, based on Phase Five phonics (this consists mainly of vowel digraphs, split digraphs and trigraphs).  As part of some phonics lessons the children will be expected to read and spell real and nonsense words. This allows us to check the children’s ability to segment and blend words.  Towards the end of the year the children will take part in a statutory phonics test, which the planned phonics lessons will help to prepare the children for.

Children will have five reading books to take home each week.  They will be heard once a week by a teacher or teaching assistant on an individual basis.  Once a week they will also read with a group of children to a teacher or teaching assistant.  Children will change their own books, within whichever colour band they are on.  Parents should record in their child’s reading diary when they have read at home.

Where possible, Numeracy in Year 1 is focused on the topic and the children complete many activities practically, in order to provide stimulating, real life opportunities for the children to practice their maths skills.

Year 1 have two P.E sessions a week. Games and multiskills aspects of P.E will predominantly be taught outside, while other areas of P.E, such as gymnastics will be taught in the school hall.  For this reason, both indoor and outdoor kits need to be kept in school at all times. This year, Year 1 will be having their P.E. sessions on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

You can find more information about timings of the school day, lunch time arrangements and uniform, by clicking here.