Welcome to Year 1!

Welcome to Year 1 and to the beginning of Key Stage 1. In Year, the children experience so many exciting learning opportunities through the curriculum subjects of Phonics, Reading, Writing, Maths, Art, DT, Computing, History, Geography, RE, PE, PSHE and Science. Topics are linked to these subjects to provide a relevant, cross-curricular approach to the children’s learning, catering for all learners


At Knaphill Lower School, children join Year One following the familiar daily routines and free flow learning they have enjoyed in the EYFS. Activities are set up to support learning objectives and allow children to explore and learn through hands on experiences whilst teaching staff support, question and challenge children’s learning. Mornings typically involve fun practical Maths and interactive English lessons followed by foundation subject in the afternoons.

Continuous Provision

Year One sees the children learning in a more structured way whilst building on the learning experiences in EYFS. Lessons provide increasingly challenging and valuable learning opportunities, enabling children to revisit and embed skills and knowledge whilst continuing to strengthen the effective learning behaviours they had when they left Reception. Lesson inputs last 10 minutes where the focus is on recapping prior knowledge and then modelling the skills that children will be developing in their choosing time. Children then choose or are directed to an area of learning to learn independently, collaboratively or with adult support. The activities and resources in each area allow children to meet the learning objectives taken from the national curriculum. Practical learning is recorded and shared on Tapestry and written or recorded learning is evidenced in children’s books.

The outdoor classroom, including the Woodland Enclave, is still of great importance and will be used as often as possible to enhance learning. In order to promote an active and healthy lifestyle, the children partake in two P.E. lessons a week, as well as having the opportunity to be involved in extra-curricular sporting activities.


On the days the children have PE, they will need to come to school dressed in their PE kits.

  • · Squirrel Class – Tuesday and Friday
  • · Rabbit Class – Monday and Tuesday
  • · Hedgehog Class – Tuesday and Thursday

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