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Corpus Christi Primary School

Corpus Christi Primary School

KS1 - Year 1

Welcome to our Year 1 class page ...

In Year 1 we have focused lessons daily which include; phonics, literacy, maths and RE as well as lots of opportunities to learn through play. PE and Spanish lessons are weekly. As in Reception, the children are given time in the provision areas to complete challenges and initiate their own learning through play. 

We will be exploring two fantastic topics this term. In the first half term, children will study Land Ahoy! followed by Bright Lights, Big City in the second half of the term. We link and incorporate our 17 Sustainable Development Goals into our work.

RE will follow the 'Come and See' approach in which the Catechism of the Catholic Church addresses the search for meaning in life, God’s initiative in Revelation who comes to meet us and our response of faith.  This pattern guides the structure of the programme and informs the process of each topic, opened up through; Explore, Reveal and Respond.


We invite you into the Year 1 class every Wednesday morning from 8:45 to read with your child. This session is a great opportunity to find out about your child's favourite story and to become familiar with the ORT reading scheme we use. The session will end at 9:30.
Please make sure that your children bring their book bags to school every day.


We follow the Read, Write Inc scheme in small focused groups. Read Write Inc. sessions are held at 9.00am daily. During the phonics sessions children learn new sounds with corresponding pictures. The children practice segmenting and blending words and writing them. Children move through the coloured books and learn more sounds as they go.


During maths in Year 1 we take a ‘small steps’ approach to make sure that the children fully embed the Year 1 curriculum. We use the Inspire Maths books, alongside lots of practical activities. There are also lots of opportunities for children to develop their skills independently within our maths area.


Autumn 1 – Land Ahoy!

Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum! Arrr... me hearties, – it’s a sailor’s life for me!

Get your sea legs on, it’s time to sail the salty seas. Navigate, investigate and explore the world – just like local hero Captain Cook.

Thar’s land ahead, me buckos! Let’s get t’ship t’port.

Maths – Numbers to 10, Shape and Length

Science – Investigating Materials

RE – Beginnings and Signs and Symbols (Baptism)


Autumn 2 – Bright Lights, Big City

What do you know about England's capital city? Let's find out all about London, including its history, transport and famous landmarks.

Are you ready for the bright lights of the big city? Hop in a black cab and…enjoy the ride!

Maths – Number bonds to 10 , Addition/Subtraction within 10, Ordinal Numbers

Science –Autumn and Winter Weather

RE –Judaism,  Advent


Spring 1 – Muck, Mess and Mixtures

Let’s get messy! Muck and mess is good! In fact, it’s megamarvellous!

Dive in and get your hands and feet all sticky and covered in paint. Play with liquids, squish some dough and check out the slushiest and mushiest foods.

We will also be using this topic to explore India, in particular the Holi festival.

Maths – Numbers to 20, Addition/Subtraction within 20, Mass

Science – Animals including Humans

RE – Books (Local Church) Giving Thanks (Eucharist), and Hinduism


Spring 2 – Wriggle and Crawl

Grab your coat and pooter – we’re going out and about on a minibeast hunt!

Sweep your nets in puddles and ponds and lift up logs to see who’s home.

On your belly, legs at the ready, it’s time to wriggle and crawl!

During this topic we will be  going on a visit to Butterfly World at Preston Park. We will also be receiving a visit from ZooLab.

Maths – Numbers to 40, Mental Calculations, Multipication

Science – Spring and Summer Weather

RE –Lent/ Easter


Summer 1 – Street Detectives

This way or that way? Where should we go? Up to the local shops or down to the playing fields? Let’s learn about our local community, looking at houses old and new and finding out how our streets have changed since our mums and dads were young. Perhaps your granny or grandpa went to your school or maybe they worked in the baker’s shop?

Ready to roll, Street Detectives? Get your clipboards and cameras… it’s time to start investigating!

Maths – Division, Time, Money

Science – Plants

RE – Pentecost


Summer 2 – Towers, Tunnels and Turrets

See the castle ahead? Get ready to invade its mighty walls! Shoot a projectile with an archer’s aim! Head across the drawbridge, over the moat and up to the top of the tower...

Then dig deep, deep down making burrows and tunnels, just like the animals who live underground.

Maths – Numbers to 100, Money (2), Fractions

Science – Materials and Working Scientifically 

RE – Reconciliation, Treasures (Our World)

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