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Holgate Primary and Nursery

Holgate Primary and Nursery

Year 1

Welcome to Year 1

Key Days in Year 1 are: 

  • PE days will be updated following the wider reopening of school. If your child is currently attending school, please speak to the adults leading their bubble about PE days. 

Learning in Year 1 

Please note that for the majority of our children, all learning is currently taking place online. Please visit our Remote Learning pages for more information about our school's remote learning offer and contact the year group team for more specific support. 

Leaving F2 behind and moving into Year 1 is a big step for all children. We aim to make the transition into Year 1 a smooth one.  Year 1 children's day may seem a little more structure than in was in F2 as they will sit at tables, but they will still be learning a variety of different ways. Although they will have left the EYFS behind at the end of F2,  some goals may be carried on with them as they move into Year 1. Year 1 is the first year of the National Curriculum.

Like all year groups, Year 1 has government statutory schemes of learning to follow. The children will be assessed throughout and at the end of the year to see if they have reached the expected standard. All children are supported and are given extra support and guidance if needed.

English (Writing, Reading and Phonics)

  • Phonics is a big part of Year 1. The children will continue to expand on their knowledge of phonics. They will have daily phonics sessions, just like they did in F2. These are fun, pacy sessions which involve games and tasks. They will learn tricky words, spelling rules and how to sound out and blend to aid them with their reading and writing. By the end of the year, children will know all of the phonics up to Phase 5. At the end of Year 1, the children will complete a Phonics Screening Check. For more information about our phonics progression, please visit our Phonics page. *Please note for the academic year 2020-2021 there will be no Phonics Screening check. 
  • In their English sessions, children will use quality texts to develop their understanding of writing. They will produce extended written outcomes. We encourage the children to explore a wider range of texts and stories. For more information on our English curriculum, visit our Curriculum page. 
  • Please view our Reading Spine for Year 1 - In Year 1, the texts in our Reading Spine are used to supplement the children's 'reading diet' and will not all be used as taught texts.

Maths

Maths sessions happen daily with plenty of hands-on activities. Year 1 children will count with objects and work in groups to explore shapes and pattern. As they are now confidently using numbers over 20, they will begin to explore more problem-based maths including, adding and subtracting. Number bonds will also be reinforced. They will learn to count forwards, backwards, in 2s, 5s, 10s, 20s, and they will double and halve. 

If you want to see how Year 1 at Holgate are taught to apply different calculation techniques in maths, click here to view videos support guides. 

The Wider Curriculum

We teach our wider curriculum through a mix of discreet (stand-alone) sessions and those taught through the curriculum vehicle. For more information on our Curriculum Offer, please visit our Curriculum pages.  

During the school closures, we know that your children will be spending more time online, is important to make sure your child remains safe online - look through our guide for ways to support your child's online safety. 

If your child is struggling to make sense of the current situation, sharing our social story or one of these ebooks may help: