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Year 1

Year One follows on closely from Reception to enable a comfortable and seamless progression of learning.

Year One classes have a maximum of 18 pupils, although more usually there will be fewer children than this. The class is supported by a class teacher and a shared assistant.

Children learn through a topic-based approach which encompasses a number of different subjects. Literacy, numeracy and phonics are taught daily to ensure a continuity of progress. These lessons are differentiated to ensure all children can be suitably supported and challenged according to their individual learning style and needs. Spelling patterns, handwriting and grammar are introduced and taught within separate sessions but are also reinforced in the context of the English lessons. We encourage children to begin to apply their understanding independently and to take ownership of their learning. We actively teach in a style that fosters reflective skills, empowering these young children to shape their future learning.

We understand that, at this age, children differ greatly as to their readiness to build upon the foundations laid during their Reception year. Children in Year One are encouraged to become more independent in all areas, such as lunchtimes where they have opportunities to decide who to sit with to develop their friendships across the year group.

Year One