Dunchurch Infant School & Nursery

Welcome to Year 1

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

  • Home sweet home
  • The toy museum
  • The swinging sixties
  • Dungeons and dragons
  • I’m alive!
  • The great fire of London

The children will have the opportunity to take part in several school trips relevant to the national curriculum subjects taught within these topics, such as a visit to a castle and a visit to The Rugby Art Gallery and Museum to stitch their own rugby ball. We also seek to bring visitors into school to allow the children to deepen their learning experiences such as the chance to explore toys from the past and visitors of a certain age to explore the differences between life today and life in a different time period.



During year 1 we build on the children’s word reading skills and throughout the year begin to focus on the comprehension side to reading using retrieval and inference skills. The children will be heard read individually once every fortnight by either a teacher or a teaching assistant. Their reading diary will have a comment written in and we ask that you also write in the diary when you hear your child read. The children will have three books at a time in their book bag and they can change them once they have read all three books. Children will also take part in guided reading sessions every week with a teacher or a teaching assistant, the children’s reading diary will be stamped to show when this has taken place.


Phonics/SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar)

Throughout the year the children will participate in daily phonics lessons, based on phase five phonics which consists mainly of vowel digraphs, split digraphs and trigraphs. The children are also taught how to read and spell words containing the suffixes ing, ed, est and er. The prefix un is also taught. As part of some phonics lessons, the children will be taught 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 school year, the children will take part in a statutory phonics test. This test is completed on an individual basis and lasts for around 10 minutes.



The children will be applying the above skills in their day-to-day writing, based on our topics. They will learn to write stories, non-fiction texts and simple poems. A large focus will be on the appropriate use of punctuation such as capital letters, full stops, question marks and exclamation marks. The children will also be taught how to use adjectives within their writing. In year 1, a printed handwriting style is used with a focus on appropriate letter sizing and formation, writing orientated on the line correctly and differentiation between lower and upper case letters.



The children will complete lots of practical maths activities using a range of concrete resources along with pictorial representations and written questions. They will learn how to solve questions involving addition and subtraction using mental methods, the number line and the hundred square. In the summer term, the children will also learn how to use arrays to solve multiplication and division questions. Work is also carried out in relation to fractions, space, shape and measures. The children will take part in a range of problem solving activities where they can demonstrate their understanding of maths skills.


PE (Physical Education)

The children have two sessions of PE a week.  This year the children will have their lessons on a Wednesday and a Thursday. Please ensure that your child has a named PE bag on their peg containing a PE kit consisting of a white t-shirt, dark coloured shorts and pumps. We often complete PE sessions outside and the children can bring in a jumper, jogging bottoms and trainers to wear in these sessions if they wish to do so. Please ensure that earrings are either removed or covered up on PE days.


Please feel free to contact us at any time if you have any questions or concerns. Our doors are always open!