At Park Hill, we teach Read Write Inc. which is a fantastic phonics and guided reading scheme, which has had a massive impact upon our children, with them being more able to make accelerated progress in Reading. This scheme focuses on the importance of Reading, with aspects of Writing and Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation. Reading is really the main focus of teaching in Year One. Please read with your child as many times a week as possible. The RWI book is a celebration of your child’s reading ability and the other home read books will need more support.
In Year One, we are focusing on the fundamentals of Maths, encouraging the children to be accurate counters and to use various methods to support them with their arithmetic. We are challenging children to master skills through the use of word problems and open ended questions, encouraging the use of problem solving and reasoning skills.
Our theme for Year One is Rule Britannia. In Autumn 1, we are learning about Paddington Bear, focusing on London. In Autumn 2, we are learning about The United Kingdom, where we will be able to name the countries of the UK, their capital cities and some facts about them. In Spring 1, we are learning about the Great Fire of London and the impact it has had on life today. In Spring 2, we are learning about the Monarchy and the impact these significant people have had on the country. In Summer 1, we are learning about Coventry’s local Geography and how this compares to somewhere like London. In Summer 2, we are learning about Eastern Green and will be using our Geographical investigation skills.
In Year 1, we focus on ‘working scientifically’, where we ask simple questions, observe experiences closely, perform simple tests, identify and classify, make predictions and record data. We also learn the names of common wild and garden plants, deciduous and evergreen trees and can describe the basic structure of a plant. We also learn about different common animals and their classifications and what they eat. We learn all about our bodies and senses. We also learn about different kinds of materials, learning what objects are made from and their physical properties. We also learn all about the different seasons of the year and how these differ.