St Mary's Church of England (Voluntary Controlled) Infant School

St Mary's C of E Infant School


Year 1


Year 1

Welcome to Year 1

Our teachers in Year One are Mrs Trickey and Ms Chow and our Teaching Assistants are Mrs Crathern and Mrs Dolata.

Our priority is to ensure the children experience a smooth transition from the Foundation stage into Key Stage One. The Year One curriculum builds upon the learning experiences and knowledge that the children have gained in the reception class.

The Curriculum

Our curriculum is carefully designed for children to progress whilst linking their learning. When children are able to connect their learning it leads to fully embedded knowledge.


In Year One we have a new topic for each term. The main topic is known as a ‘Driver Topic’ and forms the foundations for the learning over the term with other subjects ('Companion Projects') complimenting this.

Please have a look at the attached 'Knowledge Organiser' for each topic. This gives you a useful overview of learning. 

Main Driver topics

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term


This project teaches children about everyday life and families today, including comparisons with childhood in the 1950s, using artefacts and a range of different sources.

Bright Lights, Big City

This project teaches children about the physical and human characteristics of the United Kingdom, including a detailed exploration of the characteristics and features of the capital city, London.

School Days

This project teaches children about their own school and locality, both today and in the past. They compare schooling in the Victorian era to their experiences today.

Childhood Knowledge Organiser

Bright Lights Big City Knowledge Organiser

School Days Knowledge Organiser

Companion Topics for Spring Term


Design and Technology Project 

Rain and Sunrays

Art and Design Project

Seasonal Changes

Science Project


This project teaches children about wheels, axles and chassis and how they work together to make a vehicle move.

This project teaches children about collagraph printing, including how to develop a motif to make single and repeated prints.

This project teaches children about the seasons, seasonal changes and typical seasonal weather and events. They learn about measuring the weather and the role of a meteorologist. Children begin to learn about the science of day and night and recognise that the seasons have varying day lengths in the UK.
Seasonal Changes Knowledge Organiser

The emphasis of our teaching is to engage and enthuse the children in learning and allow them to gain the knowledge needed on which to hook future learning. We pride ourselves on our supportive and nurturing environment which allows the children to feel confident in their learning, ask questions and challenge ideas.


We teach a spelling/phonic/reading lesson every day. We follow a scheme called ‘Sounds Write’.  This is a structured teaching programme which teaches the letters and letter patterns associated with sounds. The children practise both blending and segmenting the sounds in words. These are key skills in reading, writing and spelling.

We teach writing composition skills through a scheme called ‘Talk for Writing’. This involves the children learning and internalising texts, in order to identify transferable ideas and structures. Texts are explored through drama, reading and writing activities.

Key skills that are taught and embedded in year one are;

- Oral rehearsal of what they want to write.

- Writing simple sentences with a capital letter and full stop.

- Using a capital letters for names and the beginning of sentences.

- Starting to extend sentences using 'and'.

- Starting to use adjectives to add interest to their ideas.

As well as sharing class texts, the children also learn reading skills through reading with the class teacher both in a group and 1:1.

Please refer to our English page for ideas of how to support your child with reading at home.



Maths is taught every day at St Mary's. The emphasis is on developing the children’s fluency in maths skills through practise and then applying these skills in order to solve problems. We believe that the use of concrete apparatus and pictures is essential to the children developing a strong ‘number sense’. Number sense refers to a child’s ability to understand what numbers mean and is essential in their mathematical development. Language and symbols are also an important part of the curriculum, as together with pictures and concrete experience they are integral to a child’s understanding of maths.

Learning is shared through whole class teaching, group activities and class discussions. Learning is also explored through open ended tasks and investigations. It is then reflected upon in terms of what the children’s next steps in their learning might be.

We are keen to set ‘open ended’ challenges for the children, in order to help them take their learning on themselves and apply their mathematical knowledge, ensuring mastery and depth as well as breadth of learning.

The Year One Maths Curriculum

We teach in 'small steps' which builds on previous knowledge, ensuring that knowledge is fully embedded. Below are more details on the children's 'steps' through their Year One learning. 

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Autumn Term Small Steps Spring Small Steps Summer Small Steps

Maths Knowledge Organisers for Year One

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term

Addition and Subtraction Knowledge Organiser


Number and Place Value to 10 Knowledge Organiser

Number and Place Value to 20 Knowledge Organiser


Addition and Subtraction to 20 Knowledge Organiser


Number and Place Value to 50 Knowledge Organiser


Please refer to our Maths page for further information about your child’s maths learning.