Year 1: Galileo

Year 1: Galileo

Our Year 1 class is named after the esteemed scientist, Galileo Galilei and is located on the first floor of our 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: Autumn 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, ‘The Jolly Postman
Maths: Revisiting number names, formation, recognising and using the symbols for addition and subtraction
Science: ‘Animals, including humans’ – learning about body parts, different types of animals eg: reptiles, sorting animals by eating habits eg: omnivore
Topic: We will be starting to look at maps of the world
RE: We will be learning about the Creation story
Computers: Using both PCs and iPads to create algorithms
Art: Self portraits
PSHE: New Beginnings and Rights & Responsibilities
PE: Spatial Awareness games

Year 1 Diary Dates: Autumn 2019

Gallileo Class Assembly: 11th October

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