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Year 1

Vision and Aims

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


In all areas of the curriculum, we build on skills that are developed in Reception, as well as learning new ones.  Please click on the links to the left for more information on each subject area.  


Creative Topic

With a number of curriculum areas being taught in isolation with some links where naturally possible to the rest of the curriculum, the Creative topic subjects however are taught in an interwoven manner that is encompassed within a topic theme across KS1. The creative topic is always underpinned by high quality literature (taught through our Talk 4 Writing approach,) as our curriculum intent recognises that reading and vocabulary development is the gateway to success across the curriculum and a prosperous future.

The following subject areas are taught within the creative topics:‚Äč

  • History
  • Geography
  • Design and Technology
  • Art and Design
  • Music

Please click on the links in the table below for more information about each topic, including topic overviews and learning logs (home learning):


Topic Name

Topic Overview

Learning Logs

Autumn 1


Geography / Art and Design

Autumn 2


History / Design and Technology

Spring 1


History / Design and Technology

Spring 2


Geography / Art and Design 

Summer 1


History / Art and Design

Summer 2


Geography / Design and Technology


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 Monday. They are assessed in class on the Friday of the same week. The spellings consolidate sounds learnt as part of their Read Write Inc phonics, as well as common exception words.