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Gladstone Primary Academy

Welcome to Year 1

Year One is the first year in Key Stage One and is where the children are first introduced to the National Curriculum. Children in Year One are five and six years old. Year One is based on the Gladstone Street site and their classrooms face the main playground. 

We currently have three year one classes: 

1B - Ms Brand 
1M - Miss McMurray
1W - Mr Wilson - Year Group Leader

There are other adults who support the learning in Year One. They are Mrs Kippen, Mrs Bibi and Ms Hussain. At different times during the year, other adults may support the children’s learning such as sports coaches or specialist teachers.

All classes are mixed ability. For most of the week, the children learn alongside their class teacher. However, they are mixed across the year group for their daily phonics lesson (Read, Write, Inc)

A Typical Day

An example of the day in Year One is:

8:35 The gates open and children can come straight into class to choose their lunch and complete early morning activities.
8:45 Morning Registration. At this time the gate is closed. 
8:55 Read, Write, Inc (phonics)
10:15 Playtime
10:30 Guided reading 
11:00 Mathematics
11:50 Lunchtime
12:50 Afternoon Registration and theme learning
2:50 End of school day for Year One

Home Learning 

Reading at home is really important. An adult or older sibling should spend 10 to 15 minutes everyday reading and talking about the book with your child.

We also send some learning based on the work your child has been doing in class.

The Curriculum 

During Year One, children build on the learning developed in the Reception classes, moving from the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum into the National curriculum for Key Stage One.


  • Sound and blend unfamiliar printed words quickly and accurately using the phonic knowledge and skills that they have already learnt
  • Continue to recognise and read new letter patterns
  • Read words that do not follow the letter pattern rules - we call these ‘common exception words’
  • Develop a love of reading and broaden their vocabulary by listening to and talking about a wide range of high-quality books


  • Learn to spell words using their phonic knowledge hear, say and write the sounds in the words they know
  • Develop the physical skills needed for handwriting
  • Learn how to organise their ideas in writing


  • Develop confidence and fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value
  • Use practical resources and drawings to add, subtract, multiply and divide
  • Recognise, draw and compare shapes
  • Use measures to compare and describe quantities such as length, mass, capacity, time and money

The rest of the curriculum is taught through different topics, following the Cornerstones Curriculum. In Year One these themes are:

Autumn 1

The Enchanted Woodland

Spring 1

Moon Zoom!

Summer 1

Paws, Claws and Whiskers

Autumn 2

Bright Lights, Big City

Spring 2

Splendid skys

Summer 2

Memory box.

During our themes children will be learning about: science, computing, PSHE, music, RE, PE, history, geography and art or design technology, as well as consolidating their reading, writing and mathematical skills.

For Religious Education (RE) we follow the Peterborough Agreed Syllabus; and for Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) we follow the Cambridgeshire Syllabus.

Tests and Examinations

In Year One children are regularly assessed to help teachers decide what the children need to learn next.

In June the children undertake the phonics screening. This assesses the children’s phonic awareness. This involves segmenting, blending and reading 40 words - 20 real words and 20 ‘pseudo’ (not real) words.

Other Useful Information

School meals in Key Stage One are free and we would encourage all our children to stay and have a hot meal. Children can choose when to have their lunch and enjoy the opportunity of eating with their friends or family members from other classes. Lunch time supervisors and members of our support staff are available at lunchtime to support the children when eating or outside on the playground.

We encourage children to drink water regularly throughout the day. We would like all children to bring their own water bottle (with a sports cap) into school every day. Please only fill the bottle with plain water, as flavoured water contains high levels of sugar and is not allowed in the classroom. Please name your child's water bottle.

Very young children lose their clothes and belongings and do not easily recognise what belongs to them.  Please could all uniform be labelled with your child’s name and class so that staff can easily identify who items belong to.

PE kit should be in school from Monday to Friday in a named bag and should include:

  • T-shirt
  • Shorts or jogging bottoms
  • Trainers
  • Sweatshirt / jumper (in cold weather)

We hope your child or children enjoy their learning in Year One. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask a member of the Year One Team.