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Ocker Hill Infant School

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Gospel Oak Road, Tipton, West Midlands, DY4 0DS


Year 1

There are two classes in Y1, Daffodil Class and Sunflower Class.

In order to help children adjust at the beginning of Year 1, there is a more play-based curriculum and opportunities for outdoor physical development.  As the children become ready to concentrate for longer we move to full Numeracy and Literacy lessons in the morning and these will be taught within the relevant frameworks and personalised for the learning for each child. 

We have moved to a more theme-based approach when teaching Science, the Foundation subjects, Religious Education and Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education. Children in Y1 will study topics such as Me, me, me which includes talking about ourselves, Homes & Houses, My school and the Imagination Zone.  See Yearly Topic Overview below at the bottom of the page.

A great emphasis is placed on the core subjects of English (Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing) and Mathematics.  Computing is new to the curriculum replacing ICT and is taught as a core skill and developed discretely through other areas of the curriculum.  All classes are linked to the Internet with a strict code of use and access.

In Year One; children have daily phonic sessions in set groups and the children are encouraged to follow the phases used with letters and sounds and phonics play activities. Also in Year 1; we embark on the Phonics Screeening where the children are tested on the phonemes that they have previously learnt. The link below gives you some government information about the screening. parents_phonic_info.pdf

As well as daily reading at home, homework will be set throughout each half term and as a project, research and skills practice; through the learning log and we ask that parents encourage their child to complete these tasks. 

 Your child's progress will be carefully monitored by his/her teacher.  We have a system of formal half-termly or termly assessments and reading ages are monitored twice a year.  These assessments and reviews will be shared with parents during consultation evenings.  However; You are also welcome to ask about your child’s progress at any time.

Teachers send home an outline of the curriculum areas each term. Children will also have a list of targets for your child to be working towards; these will enable parents to support the learning at home.  Please ask the class teacher if you would like further explanations of how you might help.

The children will be transitioned to Year 1 effectively and carefully enabling children to integrate easily into their new year group and into KS1.

The New Primary Curriculum for Year 1 is to include many more areas applicable to skills and understanding building on the children's interests and strengths. This is worked towards and children are effectively supported throughout their Year 1/ Key Stage 1 experience.


Topic Overview - website_thematic2 year 1 updated.pdf

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