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Mayfair – Year 1

Year 1 is a unique year of growth and productivity that transitions your child into key Stage 1.

We aim to ensure that within your child’s time spent in Year 1, they have the opportunity to be involved in a range of interesting and collaborative learning opportunities across the curriculum. We will also fully prepare your child for the Phonics Screening Check which normally takes place in June.

Teaching Team

Class Teacher – Mr Jones

Assistant Teacher – Mrs Bargery

Music Teacher – Mr Rob Benson

PE Teacher – Miss Shona Valentine

A Typical Day In Year 1:

Morning Challenge/Individual Reading: Each morning your child will have the opportunity to complete an activity to consolidate and extend your child’s prior learning across the curriculum, whilst enabling them to enhance their social and personal development through autonomously exploring a range of learning activities alongside their peers.

Phonics: Your children will receive a daily phonics lesson. At Grosvenor Park we follow the Read Write Inc. scheme. Read Write Inc. phonics teaches children to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension. The children learn to form each letter, spell correctly, and compose their ideas step-by-step. The children write every day, rehearsing out loud what they want to say. Before spelling the words using the graphemes and ‘tricky’ words they know. They practice handwriting every day: sitting at a table comfortably, they learn correct letter formation and how to join letters speedily and legibly. Children’s composition (ideas, vocabulary and grammar) is developed by drawing on their own experiences and talking about the stories they read.

Playtime / Snack

Mathematics: Mathematics across the school is supported by White Rose, a learning approach that is carefully crafted to inspire a genuine love of the subject.

Guided Reading: where children will take part in shared reading, then demonstrate their understanding of the text through questioning and discussion within a small group.

Lunch time / playtime

Collective Worship: an opportunity for the whole school to reflect and prepare for the day ahead rejoicing in cheerful songs and talking to God through prayer.

English: At Grosvenor Park Academy we follow the Read to Write scheme. The scheme delivers detailed units of work which centre on engaging, vocabulary-rich texts, a wealth of writing opportunities within and across the curriculum and they also signpost wider curriculum enrichment. Each half-term we will introduce the children to a new text ensuring your child has the chance to read a range of genres.

Wider Curriculum: Our wider curriculum is taught through our cross-curricular approach to learning. This incorporates  History, Geography, Religious Education, Science, Music, Art, Drama, and social, moral, spiritual and cultural learning (SMSC).

Story Time


Spring Term Overview

As readers… we will be looking at a range of fiction and non-fiction texts of different genres. We will focus on drawing inferences such as characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions and predicting what might happen next. The children will be practicing these skills in guided reading sessions.

As writers… in our first unit of work, we will be using a book called Paper Planes this will lead us to write a friendship narrative.

We will be having spelling lessons weekly and the children will be using the vocabulary of the day in school and at home. During year one the children will be expected to use the common exception words in their writing.

As mathematicians… we will be learning about the following areas of maths:

Place value, and Geometry.

Your children will have the opportunity to apply their skills across a range of mathematical areas and continue developing their mental maths skills. This will include learning of the number bonds to 20 and the 2’s, 5’s and 10’s.

Your child will have the opportunity to apply their skills across a range of mathematical areas and to continue developing their mental maths skills. This will include learning their 2’s, 5’s and 10’s times tables.

As scientists… We will learn about seasons and weather changes. Then in spring two we will be focusing on identifying different types of animals.

As artists… We will draw lines of different sizes and thickness. We will colour (own work) neatly following the lines. We will show pattern and texture by adding dots and lines. We will use a combination of shapes. We will include lines and texture.

As computer technicians… we will be using scratch to create simple programming.

As geographers… We will use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom and its countries, as well as the countries, continents and oceans studied.

As musicians… we will be listening to a wide variety of music related to rain forests. We will start to learn appropriate musical vocabulary and also use and understand our own emotions to appraise compositions.

As sports people… we will spend the term developing skills such as agility, balance, and coordination.

These sessions will be held by Ms Valentine and will always require correct PE kit. All PE kit needs to be clearly labelled with your child’s name PE is timetabled for Monday and Tuesday.

In Religious Education,

will be considering questions such as:

What did Jesus say about the Kingdom of God?

Why did Jonah change his mind?

How is the cross an important symbol for Christians?


Homework will be set each Wednesday on Google classroom. This will need to be submitted for marking and assessment by the following Wednesday.

Please aim to read with your child at least five times a week. It is important that you spend time listening to and reading to your child, asking them questions about what they have read.

We will also take the children to Grosvenor park for outdoor learning experiences and for the weekly Golden Mile.

Pupils should have a named water bottle in school for taking back home each day.

Please ensure all clothing is named.

Children may bring a healthy snack into school for morning playtime although fruit will be provided.

We look forward to working closely with you this year. If you have any queries or questions please do not hesitate to contact the school office to arrange an appointment.

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