Year 1 Information for parents
Parents asked for more information regarding how we assess the children and what the terms Emerging, expected and exceeding mean for each year group.
Emerging— Yet to be secure in the end of year expectations.
Expected—Secure in the majority of the end of year expectations.
Exceeding—Secure in all the end of year expectations and is able to use and apply their knowledge and skills confidently.
Each child is assessed in terms of how well (emerging, expected or exceeding) they have achieved in all of the objectives for each subject.
English in Year 1
Reading in Year 1:
• be able to use their phonic knowledge to read words
• know all the 40+ phonemes (sounds) and know which letters or groups of letters correspond to them
• read words with -s, -es, -ing, -ed, -er and -est endings
• read a range of poems, stories and non-fiction
• be able to re-tell stories that they know
• correct their own inaccurate reading
Writing in Year 1:
• learn to spell words containing each of the 40+ phonemes already taught (read our parents’ guide to Year 1 spelling for a more detailed explanation)
• learn to write the days of the week
• learn to add suffixes, word endings (such as -s, -es, -ing, -ed, -er and -est) and also learn about the prefix un-
• form all lower case and upper case letters, plus the digits 0 to 9
• join clauses in a sentence using the word ‘and’
• punctuate sentences using capitals, full stops, question marks and exclamation marks
• sequence stories to form short narratives
• discuss what they have written with others
Maths in Year 1
Year 1 maths:
Number and place value
• Counting up to 100 forwards and backwards
• Reading and writing numbers up to 100
• Reading and writing numbers up to 20 in words
• Counting on and back in twos, fives and tens
• Using a number line to put numbers in the correct order
• Recognising patterns in numbers
• Recognising odd and even numbers
• Estimating amounts of objects and then counting to check
• Learning simple addition and subtraction
• Recognising mathematical words and symbols
• Using money – paying and giving change
• Learning which pairs of numbers add up to 20 (number bonds)
• Doubling and halving
• Finding a quarter of a quantity
• Working out multiplication and division questions using objects to group or share out
• Telling the time to the hour and half hour
• Putting the days of the week and months of the year in order
• Measuring length, weight and capacity and comparing these measurements
• Recognising, naming and describing common 2D and 3D shapes
• Using shapes to make patterns, models and pictures
• Describing whole, half, quarter and three-quarter turns
Science in Year 1
In Year 1 science, children develop their working scientifically skills by using the following methods, processes and skills:
• asking simple questions (for example, what would happen if I didn’t give a plant water? What would happen if I tried to bend some plastic?).
• observing closely, using simple equipment.
• performing simple tests
• identifying and classifying.
• using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions.
• gathering and recording data to help in answering questions.
Year 1 science topics
Children will learn about the following subjects:
• identify and name a variety of common plants.
• identify and describe the structure of flowering plants.
Animals, including humans
• identify and name common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.
• identify and name animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.
• compare the structure of different animals.
• Identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body and say which part is associated with each sense.
• identify and name a variety of everyday materials including wood, plastic, glass, metal, water and rock.
• describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials.
• compare and group materials.
• observe changes across the four seasons.
• observe and describe weather and day length associated with the seasons.