Year One

Below you'll find a sample plan for term one, to give a sense of what topics are covered.


  • Exploring settings through the book Knuffle Bunny.
  • Listening to and enjoying stories together.
  • Phonics.

Life skills

  • Getting on and falling out.
  • Feeling just right for learning.

Geography and history

  • What is history and what does a historian do?
  • Finding out about kings, queens and life in medieval times.
  • Learning about timelines.
  • Learning about the different features and purposes of castles.

Design technology and art

  • Design and make a castle with a lifting drawbridge.
  • Art twice weekly, covering a range of techniques, styles, and perspectives.


  • Materials and their properties.
  • Seasonal changes – Autumn.
  • Senses – what we can hear, see, smell and taste.
  • Our bodies.


  • Helping everyone find their inner musician – listening and appraising music.
  • Learning a rap.


  • Covering the basics, such as using a mouse, logging onto a computer.
  • Using the Purple Mash digital skills learning programme to develop coding techniques.


  • Place value within 10/20.
  • Addition and subtraction within 10.
  • Geometry – learning the names and properties of 2D and 3D shapes.

Physical Education

  • Twice weekly sessions, developing skills in a range of sports and physical movement.

Year 1 latest news


Feb 2023 update: Year One

Year one have been exploring and learning about seasonal changes. They went on a walk in our orchard to look for signs of winter.  In science, the children enjoyed exploring different materials and identifying what everyday objects are made from. They carried out an experiment 

Winter term update: Year 1

Year 1 have had a very busy term learning lots of new and interesting things. Our topic this term was Castles. Not only did the children design and build their very own castles, with battlements and a working drawbridge, they also learned about why and 

December update: nursery

It has been another fun packed few weeks in Reception. Our PSED has included visits from our Persona Doll, Nada. She has taught us about her family in Zanzibar and the different foods and traditions. Nada brought a selection of breads which we allthoroughly enjoyed