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Our Curriculum

Year 1

Meet the team

Miss Davenport, Miss Breckon, Mrs Dean, Miss Cole, Miss Paull, Mrs Ellis, Miss Hall, Ms Spenceley, Miss Vowles

Our Curriculum

Me, Myself and I

Our first topic (Autumn 1) is all about ourselves. We think about how we have changed since we were a baby and how things have changed since we were in Reception. We will be learning about what it means to care and who we care about. Through Geography exploration we learn more about our school grounds and how to map them. We will be learning about special celebrations and how these are often include special foods (yummy, yummy, birthday cake!). In Science we learn about our body parts.


In Autumn 2 (October half term to Christmas) and Summer 1 (Easter to May half term) is our footprints topic. In Science, we will be learning about materials and seasonal change. The children will test materials to see what jobs each material can do. Our topic during this time is Geography. The children will learn about hot and cold places and the equator. In R.E it is party time as we learn all about the celebrations of different religions and how different people celebrate the harvest. You, Me and PSHE has the essential learning of who our trusted adults are and what are good and bad secrets.   

Wild Things

In Spring we bring out our inner animals and go wild. During Science we learn to categorise animals and what they key features of the categories are.  Topic time is History, we learn about the animal lovers- David Attenborough and Jane Goodall. As we learn to love animals, we also learn about the need to look after our world to protect them. It is time to get messy as we complete Art projects to be like Stephen Brown and we learn to make moving animals in Design and Technology. In R.E we learn about special books including the Bible and Qur’an learning why they are important to Christians and Muslims.    

Bright Lights, Big City

In Summer 2 it is time to let books transport us to our capital city, London. In science we consolidate all of our material learning. During Geography, we immerse ourselves in Paddington books to learn all about the key landmarks of London, learning to plot these on a map. In History, we stay in London and learn all about what happened at the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. The children get creative in art becoming Leonid Afrenov to create colourful pictures of the London skyline and landmarks. In R.E we learn about some key stories from the Bible and the Qur’an .  

PE days

  • Indoor – Monday and Thursday
  • Please come to school in your PE kit on these days

Phonics Screening Check

All year one children will complete the phonics screening check. This is a government test. Find out more about the check here...

Phonics screening previous test materials are here..

Home learning expectations

It is expected that Year 2 children read every evening and an adult will sign their reading record, these will be checked weekly by their class teacher to ensure this.

Book bags need to be brought in daily as staff within the class will read with children at least once a week.

Maths Home Learning is set every Friday on class dojo. Please complete the learning and send a photograph to your teacher.

Look out for phonics videos on class dojo. This will support your child for the phonics screening check in June.

Read, Write, Inc. (RWI)

In Year 1 we spend lots of time learning phonics. We follow a scheme called Read, Write, Inc.

Find out more here...

We always use our pure sounds. They sound like this...

Read, Write, Inc Support

Useful links


Glossary of key vocabulary(pdf)

Created April 2022

Glossary of key vocabulary

red words(pdf)

Created April 2022

red words

useful websites(pdf)

Created April 2022

useful websites


Meadowfield Primary School is part of Red Kite Learning Trust, a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with company number 7523507, registered office address: Red Kite Office, Pannal Ash Road, Harrogate, HG2 9PH

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