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Phoenix Infant Academy

Year 1

Vision and Aims

Having spent the latter half of working with our Reception teachers The purpose of Year One at Phoenix Infant Academy is to help children successfully transition from play-based learning in Reception, to the more formal setting of Key Stage One.  Our aim is to ensure all children remain happy, confident and are equipped with the knowledge and skills to be successful lifelong learners.

By the end of Year One, our aim is that all pupils will:

  • Write full sentences to form short narratives
  • Use capital letters, full stops, question marks and exclamation marks
  • Apply phonic knowledge accurately and read all common exception words
  • Read and write numbers to at least 100
  • Solve simple addition and subtraction problems
  • Develop resilience and persist in tasks they find challenging
  • Show independence and build positive relationships with others


Class Structure

In Year One, we have four classes:

  • 1-Red
  • 1-Yellow
  • 1-Blue
  • 1-Green

Each class has a class teacher and a teaching assistant.



In all areas of the curriculum, we build on skills that are developed in Reception, as well as learning new ones.


Reading and Writing

We follow Read Write Inc for phonics and reading.  We teach writing through the Talk for Writing process.  We also teach extended writing through topic.


Mastery Maths

We follow the Rising Stars scheme and have a mastery approach to mathematics where we ensure that children are secure at a given skill before they move on to the next. We ensure concepts are mastered by using the concrete-pictorial-abstract (CPA) approach. 


Creative Curriculum

Our Creative Curriculum encompasses areas such as History, Geography and Art and Design. It’s a knowledge and skills based curriculum with a creative edge and is based on a theme.

Please see the topic themes that the children will be enjoying throughout the year and  click on the links in the table below to find out more about the skills we'll be teaching the children this half term as well as what we focussed on last half term for your reference:


Topic Name

Curriculum Maps Learning Logs

Autumn 1


Autumn 1 - Superheroes Year 1 Home Learning Log (Autumn 1)

Autumn 2

Moon Zoom!

Autumn 2 - Moon Zoom! Year 1 Home Learning Log (Autumn 2)

Spring 1

Dinosaur Planet

Spring 1 - Dinosaur Planet Year 1 Home Learning Log (Spring 1)

Spring 2

The Enchanted Woodland

Spring 2 - The Enchanted Woodland Year 1 Home Learning Log (Spring 2)

Summer 1

Paws, Claws and Whiskers

Summer 1 - Paws, Claws and Whiskers Year 1 Home Learning Log (Summer 1)

Summer 2

Bright Lights, Big City

Summer 2 - Bright Lights, Big City Year 1 Home Learning Log (Summer 2)


Home Learning

We know that a child’s parents are their first and most important teachers, and we want to work in partnership with you to ensure your child is successful.  We endeavour to provide home learning opportunities for the children that are engaging, giving parents the chance to be an integral part in their child's education. Please click on the link below for the current half term's 'Home Learning Log.' If you have any questions regarding this please contact your child's class teacher who will be more than happy to help.

In addition to this, Year One children are issued with 2 reading books to take home each week. We expect every child to read for 5/10 minutes each day alongside an adult and for a comment/signature to be recorded daily in their yellow reading records.  

The children also take home spellings every Friday. They are assessed in class the following Friday. The spellings consolidate sounds learnt as part of their Read Write Inc phonics, as well as common exception words.