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Year 1

Year 1 children


As children move through Reception, they will be supported to become Ready for Year 1 and the Primary National Curriculum. 


At Corfe Castle Primary, our Year 1 children continue in the Ladybird class for Year 1 to support their transition. There is still opportunity for play-based learning through the Continuous Provision of learning, whilst there is an expectation on children to be involved in more adult led learning and completing tasks.




Here is a general overview of the Year 1 Curriculum: 




Where are we aiming to be by the end of Year 1? 

All children learn and develop at different rates and it is our role as teachers to shape the learning to meet their age, stage and needs. By the end of Year 1 children meeting the Age- Related Expectations should be able to:



  • Read for pleasure and relate reading to own experiences 
  • Re-read to correct
  • Re-tell with considerable accuracy 
  • Discuss significance of title and events 
  • Make simple predictions on basis of what has been read 
  • Read with pace and expression, i.e. pause at full stops and raise voice for a question 
  • Know difference between fiction and non-fiction texts
  • Learn some simple rhymes and poems by heart 
  • Read Phase 4 and Phase 5 tricky words 
  • Be secure at Phase 5 phonics

Speaking and Listening 

  • Talk clearly and loudly enough to be understood by others 
  • Listen attentively to others and respond appropriately
  • Take turns when speaking without interrupting others 




  • Write sentences that start with a capital letter and end with a full stop 
  • Use ‘and’ to join ideas 
  • In writing, show evidence of full stops, question marks or exclamation marks 
  • Use capital letters for names of people, places and days of the week, and the personal pronoun ‘I’ 
  • Write clearly sequenced sentences 
  • Correct formation of capital and lower case – starting and finishing in the right place 
  • Correct formation of digits 




  • Words using Phase 5 phonemes 
  • Tricky words from Phase 4 and Phase 5 
  • The days of the week 



  • Count to and across 100, forwards and backwards from any number 
  • Read and write numbers to 20 in digits and words
  • Read and write numbers to 100 in digits 
  • Say 1 more and1 less than numbers to 100 
  • Count in multiples of 1, 2, 5 and 10 
  • Know bonds to 10 by heart 
  • Use bonds and subtraction facts to 20 
  • Add and subtract 1 digit and 2 digit numbers to 20, including zero 
  • Add any three 1-digit numbers with a total up to 20 
  • Solve simple multiplication and division with apparatus  
  • Recognise half and quarter of an object, shape or quantity 
  • Sequence events in order 
  • Know months of the year in order 
  • Use language of day, week, month and year 
  • Know o’clock and half past using analogue clock 
  • Recognise and name common 2D shapes, e.g. square, rectangle, circle and triangle 
  • Recognise and name common 3D shapes, e.g. cube, cuboid, sphere and pyramid • Describe whole, half, quarter and three quarter turns 


Phonics Screening Check


The phonics screening check is a quick and easy check of your child's phonics knowledge. It helps the school confirm whether your child has made the expected progress. The national phonics screening check was introduced in 2012 to all Year 1 pupils in the country.




How can I help my child?

There are a number of things that parents can do to support early reading skill development.


Let your child see you enjoying reading yourself – they are influenced by you and what you value!

Immerse your child in a love of reading: share books and magazines with your child, take them to the library to choose books and read to them.


Make time for your child to read school books to you regularly – encourage them by pointing to the words and ask them about the story they are reading.


Help your child to practise reading key words and sounds when these are sent.


Communicate with your child’s teacher through their Home/School reading.


Make up nonsense (alien) words for names of toys or things around them.


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