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, and are located on the first floor of the main Victorian building, alongside the First Floor Hall.

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: Summer 2019

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 will also be developing the children’s writing skills using the fantastic book, ‘Mrs Armitage on Wheels
Maths: Early multiplication and division, making halves and quarters, counting to 100, telling the time, using money and volume and capacity
Science: We will be learning about seasonal changes
Topic: We will learn about the circus
RE: We will firstly be learning about God’s Creation
Computers: Using both PCs and iPads with Mr Carden
Art: 3D sculptures
PSHE: We will be creating a clown with moving parts
PE: MEND and athletics

Year 1 Diary Dates: Summer 2019

22nd June: Summer Fair
24th June: School closed for staff training
15th July: Parents Evening
19th July: School closes for Summer holidays

Year 1 team:

Class teacher:
  • Miss L. Roberts
Support staff:
  • Mrs. C. O’Dwyer

Other key roles:

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