Welcome to Year 1

The Key Stage One classes are found in the middle block and are named after South American countries. The two Year One classes are Chile and Brazil. Chile Class is taught by Mrs Pell and Mrs Willmott and Brazil Class is taught by Mrs Hanger. Both classes are well supported by a team of skilled teaching assistants who support children with their learning both inside and outside of the classroom.

The topics being covered in Year One this year are Rio de Vida, Superheroes, Moon Zoom, Dinosaur Planet, Enchanted Woodland and Paws, Claws and Whiskers. Our teaching revolves around a story telling curriculum, each half term a new story, related to the topic, is chosen. This story is used to enhance the children’s learning and maximise engagement across a range of subjects. Each term we send home a home learning menu, which features a range of exciting and engaging activities to be completed at home, these completed tasks can then be celebrated and displayed in school.

At Stephen Freeman School we believe that children learn a great deal through play, therefore Year One is a mixture of formal lessons and a play-based approach. Both Year One classes have a role play area, a construction zone, a cosy reading corner, a messy play space, as well as opportunities for children to independently develop their reading, writing and maths skills. We feel that this gives our children ownership over their learning and supports them in developing a range of social, emotional, behavioural and academic skills.

At the end of Year One all children complete the government Phonics Screening Test. Our results are increasing greatly year by year through fun and engaging daily phonics sessions and we are confident that this will continue to be the case as we aim for every child to leave KS1 with a solid phonic knowledge.

We pride ourselves on our positive relationships with parents and encourage parents to be involved in their children’s learning. Each term we plan an event, within school, that allows children to share their learning with their families, details of these events are sent out via Parentmail. We have an open door policy whereby parents can approach us with any questions or concerns. However, if you feel you may need longer than a few minutes with your child’s class teacher, we ask that you book an appointment for an appropriate time.