Willenhall Community Primary School

Year 1


In year 1 we encourage and support children to develop independence and nurture a positive attitude to learning. The children will experience a range of fun and engaging learning activities.

There are two Year 1 classes, each class is supported by 2 teaching assistants. Every morning children have a Literacy and Numeracy lesson. Children are taught phonics three times a week, where we continue to follow the successful Read Write Inc programme.

In the afternoons, children are taught Science, RE, Additional Literacy and PSHE through the Connected Curriculum. Each term they also have Humanities week where they learn History and Geography topics. One morning per week, the children take part in art and PE by specialist teachers. They also have a weekly music session.

The children read at least twice a week with the teaching assistant. Children are provided with a piece of fruit each day as a healthy snack and you have the option of buying milk or orange juice and a biscuit for your child, by arrangement with the school.

Letters to parents

Letters that have been circulated to parents are available for you to view and download here.

Times of a school day

These are the times that apply to a year 1 pupil’s school day.

08:45school gates open
08:55children may enter classrooms
10:45-11:00morning break
15:00end of school

Morning routine

Wait with your child in the area outside your child’s classroom. A member of staff will greet your child and assist them once inside.


Please click here for our expectations of punctuality with arrival & collection of your child.


Miss Kirsty Woollaston1A - class teacher
Mr Ben Steer1 alpha - class teacher

PE (Physical Education)

There is a PE sessions once a week:

Friday morning - your child can wear a tracksuit to school on this day.

Throughout the year your child will also receive additional PE sessions. You will be informed when these start to take place. On these days - please bring a PE kit to school - shorts, t-shirt, pumps, socks. Please also label your child’s clothes with their name and class as children often misplace their things.


There is home reading at least three times a week. Please sign the reading diary to indicate you have heard your child read.

There will also be regular practice of maths targets. Targets will be updated once achieved in school.

Please bring reading book and homework folder to school every day.

Curriculum information


  • Autumn: In the Autumn Term, children in year 1 have a focus on handwriting. This is to ensure that letters are formed correctly, are the correct size and sit on the line. Children can then begin to construct sentences which both themselves and adults can read. The children work with Traditional Tales to begin to sequence sentences which form short narrative.
  • Spring: In the Spring Term, children begin to use a key idea from a text to generate their own short narratives. A strong focus is still directed towards handwriting alongside the accurate use of capital letters, full stops and Finger spaces. Children also begin to use 'and' in sentences to allow them to create more detailed descriptions. The children continue to use fiction texts and explore how to apply their writing skills to produce some non-fiction reports.
  • Summer: During the summer term children consolidate their handwriting and sentence skills used in the previous terms. A heavy focus is placed on accurate spelling and the children are expected to apply their phonic knowledge consistently to support this. During the summer term the children begin to explore their local community in humanities which allows them to use question marks and exclamation marks accurately in their writing.


The following strands will be covered across the three terms:

  • Number and place value, addition / subtraction, 2D and 3D shapes, measurement, multiplication / division and fractions

Times tables will also be practised on a daily basis alongside the above units.

For more information about the strands please click the National Curriculum link at the bottom of this page.

Humanities (Geography and History)

  • Autumn: Geography - pupils will use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the geography of the school and its grounds as well as the key human and physical features of its surrounding environment. They will also be able to use simple compass directions
  • Spring: First half will focus on History and the changes within living memory relating to toys and play.
    Second half will also focus on History but this time The Victorians and Queen Victoria, focusing more on her achievements.
  • Summer: First half term will focus on Geography - ‘Beyond our School’. pupils will use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the key human and physical features of their surrounding environment.
    Second half of term will be a History focus - ‘The life of Florence Nightingale’. Pupils will learn about the achievements of Florence Nightingale and her contribution to national achievements.


  • Autumn: pupils will be looking at On-Line Safety and learning how to keep information private. They will also think about what to do if something concerns children when on-line. Pupils will also use ‘2Create’ to produce a multi-media story based around an English topic
  • Spring: pupils will have the opportunity to find out about different technologies around them. They will use the multi-media tool ‘Explain Everything’ to show their findings
  • Summer: pupils will be introduced to programming and have the opportunity to use ‘2Go’. This allows pupils to control different objects on a screen using a range of instructions

Other Information

Children can bring a bottle of water each day (no juice please) and can refill them in school when required. Please label the water bottles.

We are happy to talk to you however first thing in the morning is not always he best time to catch us. We are always available after school - let us know and we will arrange an appointment.

When sending any money to school please place it in a sealed envelope labelled with the child’s name, class, amount enclosed and purpose and hand it to the member of staff at the door in the morning. We are not able to take money from you at the end of the day. Alternatively you can take it to the school’s main reception.

If you have any concerns please raise them in the first instance with your child’s teacher or teaching assistant. Should you need to escalate the issue please call the school to arrange an appointment with Lorraine Knowles (Deputy Head) first and then Caroline Kiely (Head).


The national curriculum

Key stage 1 and 2
(Gov.uk - Childcare and parenting)


National curriculum in England

primary curriculum (key stages 1 and 2)
200+ page framework document

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