Year 1: Burningham and Donaldson

Year 1: Burningham and Donaldson

Our Year 1 classes are named after two well-loved children’s authors, John Burningham and Julia Donaldson. They are located on the first floor of the main Victorian building, alongside the Year 2 classes.

In line with the requirements of the National Curriculum for Key Stage 1, Year 1 children are taught core subjects of English (Reading and Writing), Mathematics and Science as well as Foundation subjects of Art, ICT, Design and Technology, Music, History/Geography and PE. Each half term or term, a new topic is introduced that is linked to the objectives of the National Curriculum allowing the children the opportunity to take part in lessons of different subjects within the framework of the topic.

Pupils in Year 1 will continue with the Read Write Inc phonics programme to consolidate their reading skills. Each child is heard reading by an adult every week with one-to-one sessions focussing on all aspects of reading: fluency, expression and comprehension, as well as decoding skills. They take part in daily phonics lessons and are taught individual letters and sounds and how to blend sounds together as a strategy to further develop their reading. They also take home the relevant reading book to their phonics lesson and this information is recorded in their reading records.

Homework sent home focusses on handwriting and children are also given handwriting practise sheets to help develop their letter formations. Homework is also linked to the learning that is taking place in the classroom e.g: sentence writing, Maths, topic or Science.

Every Friday morning the children have the opportunity to share their home learning (show and tell) with the rest of the class. This provides them with the opportunity to receive feedback from their peers and the adults, whilst also developing their speaking and listening skills.

The Year 1 team are always happy to speak to parents regarding any issues, concerns or queries. To apply for a Year 1 place at Burdett-Coutts school, please contact the school office or click here for more information about our Admissions criteria.

Year 1 Curriculum Information: Spring 2018

The topics and curriculum areas we will be covering in Year 1 this half-term include:

English: The children will be continuing the Read Write Inc phonics. We are encouraging the children to try and think-write-check their sentences as they write. The children are beginning to extend their writing by using adjectives, conjunctions and their growing vocabulary. We have also introduced non-negotiables where sentences need capital letters to start and a punctuation mark to close.
Maths: Revisiting number names, formation, recognising and using the symbols for addition and subtraction, measure in a variety of formats, tell the time to the hour, 3D shapes along with lots of new vocabulary and recording methods.
Science: Everyday Materials –  investigating the names of materials we see and use regularly. Using words to describe them and finding out more about their properties and why they are used for that purpose.
Topic: Explorers including Ibn Battuta, Christopher Columbus, Neil Armstrong
RESikhism – discovering how Sikhs follow their religion
Computers: Using both PCs and iPads to create algorithms with Mr Carden
Art: Painting The Sea
PE: Indoor – gymnastics & MEND

Year 1 Diary Dates: Spring 2018

5th – 9th February: Science Week
2nd March: Class Assembly (9.15 and 9.30am)
26th – 2nd March: Book Week
1st March: World Book Day – dressing up!
15th March: Parents Evening

Year 1 team:

Class teacher:
  • Miss V. Talbot
Support staff:
  • Mrs. M. Tylee

Other key roles:

  • Mrs E. Camplin
Designated Child Protection & Safeguarding Officer:
  • Mrs R. Dyer
Deputy Designated Child Protection & Safeguarding Officer:
  • Mrs L. McMullan
Family Support Worker:
  • Mrs L. Deary