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Otters - Year 1

Welcome to Otters - Year 1


Use this page to find out about this year's learning across the curriculum 

Don't forgot to monitor our class dojo page for daily Learning updates and challenges.

We have designed the Year 1 curriculum to provide children with opportunities to lead their own learning and follow their individual curiosities balanced with structured teacher-led activities. We recognise that the prime areas of learning identified in the EYFS framework remain centrally important for children’s development beyond EYFS, and should receive priority attention to ensure strong foundations in development and learning. We continue to promote the characteristics of effective learning and recognise that these apply both in child initiated and adult-led learning. This helps the children as they move from EYFS to year one and provides a smooth transition. The curriculum content and continuous provision is planned using the national curriculum and year one outcomes. Our vision for all children is aspirational and, as we move through the year, the children will be prepared for their transition into year 2. 


During  Year 1, children work on the KS1 curriculum. The children are expected to meet the Year 1 outcomes by the end of the year. They are taught the following subjects:



In Year 1 we plan and teach using the white rose scheme of work. This scheme of learning is designed to support a mastery approach to teaching and learning and is consistent with the aims and objectives of the National Curriculum. The children have opportunities to build competency through concrete, pictorial and abstract approaches. The children have opportunities to revisit and consolidate prior learning and build upon this, using strategies to solve problems and mathematical language to explain our reasoning.



Novel Study 

In Year 1 our literacy is taught through 'Novel Study'. Each term we have a key novel which provides a stimulus for our literacy lessons. Throughout Year 1, children are developing their skills in transcription, oral rehearsal of sentences, and sequencing their ideas. We develop their confidence in discussing and sharing their ideas with their peers and with staff


Genres covered in Y1 writing may include: traditional tales, letters, instructions, setting and character descriptions, poetry and recounts.


This years novel study texts are...



      Autumn term                Spring term            Summer term 





In KS1 we teach Art using the PKC scheme of work. We cover the following units; 

Autumn term: Art and Design skills (1) 

Spring term: Formal elements of art (1)

Summer term: Landscaping using different materials (1) 




In KS1 we teach computing using the Purple Mash scheme of work. We cover the following units; 


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In KS1 we teach DT using the kapow scheme of work. We cover the following units; 


Autumn term: Mechanisms: moving story book 

Spring term: Constructing a windmill 

                       Textiles - puppet designing

Summer term: Mechanisms: wheels and axels 

                          Fruits and vegetables 




In KS1 we teach Geography using the PKC scheme of work. We cover the following units; 

Autumn term: Spatial sense 

Spring term: Constructing a windmill 

                       Textiles puppet designing 

Summer term: Mechanisms: wheels and axels 

                          Fruits and vegetables 



In KS1 we teach History using the PKC scheme of work. We cover the following units; 

Autumn term: Discovering history 

Spring term: Kings, queens and leaders 

Summer term: Parliament and Prime ministers 




In KS1 we teach music using the PKC scheme of work. We cover the following units; 

Autumn 1: Musical vocabulary (theme: under the sea) 

Autumn 2: Singing techniques (theme: Christmas) 

Spring:  Pulse and Rhythm (theme: all about me) 

Summer 1: Musical me

Summer 2: Myths and legends 



In KS1 we teach P.E using the imoves scheme of work. We cover the following units; 

Autumn 1: Fundamentals 1 & 2

Autumn 2:  Dance 

Spring 1: Gymnastics pilates 

Spring 2: Fundamentals 3, 4, 5

Summer 1: Fundamentals activities 1&2 

Summer 2: Dance yoga 




We follow the Wakefield Agreed Syllabus. We cover the following units; 

Autumn term: What does it mean to belong to a faith or community? 

Spring term: How and why do we celebrate sacred times?

Summer term: How should we care for others and the world and why does it matter?



In KS1 we teach science using the PKC curriculum. We cover the following units; 

Autumn term: Seasons and weather 

Spring term: The human body 

Summer term: plants 



PSHE Education is a planned programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives – now and in the future. As part of a whole-school approach, PSHE Education develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. We teach of PSHE curriculum through the Jigsaw Scheme of work. Jigsaw brings together PSHE Education, emotional literacy, mindfulness, social skills and spiritual development. A variety of teaching strategies are used and are mindful of each child’s preferred learning style. Jigsaw is designed as a whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same theme (Puzzle) at the same time. Each year the children repeat these units and build on their prior knowledge and skills. 

Autumn 1: Being me in my world 

Autumn 2:  Celebrating difference 

Spring 1: Dreams and Goals

Spring 2: Healthy me 

Summer 1: Relationships

Summer 2: Changing me 



Jigsaw provides a comprehensive PSHE Programme which covers all the requirements of the government guidance and outcomes, and more. The Relationships and Healthy Me Puzzles (units) cover most of the aspects in the guidance but these are enhanced, revisited and foundations built throughout the Jigsaw Programme. Jigsaw’s philosophy starts by building positive self-image, a sense of identity and a healthy relationship with self, and from that starting point helps children grow healthy relationships with others. Health Education in Jigsaw embraces not only physical health but has a strong focus on mental health and emotional literacy throughout, and empowers children to be aware of their own thoughts and feelings and know how to manage and regulate these e.g.using Calm Me (mindfulness techniques).


If you have concerns to queries in relation to the RSHE aspect of your child's education, please click the link to access the government document which details the required learning for children in the United Kingdom.


Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education guidance (


Have a look at our mapping grid to see how Jigsaw teaches the statutory RSE curriculum.


During the Summer term 2, the children have the opportunity to continue with their weekly Forest School sessions in the Forest School area.  This is an exciting way to learn in an outdoor setting and is proven to improve children’s confidence, self-esteem, and communication skills as well as them having lots of fun!  They develop skills in team work, using tools safely and learning about looking after our natural environment. During the session, the children will take part in a range of activities including den-building, wood craft, playing games and cooking on a campfire! 


What will my child need?

Forest School will happen in all weathers (unless it is VERY windy or icy). Please make sure your child has plenty of warm clothes including a jumper, gloves and a hat (sunhat in sunny weather). Lots of layers are more effective than a single thicker layer in terms of protecting from the cold.  Please make sure your child is suitably dressed to ensure they can fully enjoy the experience. 

A typical day in Otters class 


8:30 Arrive at school 

       Reading time & Registers 

8:50 Handwriting 

9:15 Read, write, inc 

10:15 Break time 

10:30 Novel study or Maths 

11:50 Speed sounds 

12:05 Lunch 

12:50 Novel study or Maths 

13:50 Foundation subjects 

14:50 Story 

15:00 Home time 


Our P.E days are..

Thursday - indoor P.E

Friday - Outdoor P.E