Year 1

A Day In Year 1 

Arriving in the morning 

The academy gates will open at 8:30am each morning and we ask that your parents/carers drop you  at the drop off point so you (and the other children!) can line up ready to be collected by your teacher. We ask that the office is informed if someone different will be picking you up in the afternoon. 

8.40am: Register and early morning work 

Each morning the children come in and put their coats and bags into their lockers and packed lunches onto the lunch trolley. They will then sit quietly and complete the early morning challenge, handwriting or reading to an adult at their desks whilst an adult calls the register to check if all the children are in the academy. You will also be asked what you are having for lunch.  

9 – 9.50 – English  

We focus our learning on a text. We will make predictions, learn new vocabulary, sequence events, use our inference and retrieve information from the texts.  

You will also get to do lots of writing! We focus on sentence structure and handwriting when we are writing, placing punctuation correctly and using our phonic knowledge to help us to spell. You will learn how to form your letters correctly and how to write sentences. – we are now following non cursive script for our handwriting. Please ask your adults to support your practise at home.  

9.50 – 10.30 Phonics- Little Wandle Scheme 

We spend some time each day helping you to learn your letter sounds and names. You will work in phase groups with an adult, and you may even take some work home to share with your families! It’s very important that you try your best to practice the letters and sounds and remember them as best as you can! 

We will be listening to you read, write and share words or sentences based on the sound of the day.  

On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays we will also be completing a reading task. On a Monday you will begin a new book with your group focussing on decoding. On Tuesday you will focus on prosody and vocabulary. On Wednesday you will focus on comprehension skills using the reading domains. You will then take this book home to read with your grownups. This book will be swapped on the following Wednesday. It is important that you practise reading this book every day with your grownups to help you build confidence and fluency within your reading.  

10.30– 10:45 Snack and break 

At break time the children are provided with a healthy snack and are prompted to have a drink and go to the toilet. Throughout the day the children have access to their water bottles (water only- NO SQUASH OR FIZZY DRINKS) which they need to take home and bring to the academy daily. We encourage the children to be as independent as possible, even when peeling fruit and refilling drinks! Please let the teacher and office know if you child has any allergies. Children have 15 minutes of outside play during the morning. 


10.45 – 11.40 Maths 

We start our Maths lessons by focussing on key maths skills and facts that the children need to learn. For example, doubling, number bonds and time. We practise counting forwards and back in 1s, 2s, 5s, and 10s daily.  We strive to make the lessons interactive and enjoyable with well thought out equipment used to aid learning this can all be found in our maths areas or in our resource tray/wallets. . 

Maths lessons are supported by the Maths Mastery scheme, where we focus on each objective using concrete, pictorial and abstract methods to deepen understanding. 

There are lots of things that you can do at home to help you with your maths, such as: 

  • Practising counting in 2s, 5s and 10s 
  • Knowing which number is bigger or smaller and what comes next and before etc. 
  • Sorting numbers into numerical order 
  • Talking about time using words such as morning, afternoon, today, tomorrow, next, last, after, front, back and start to tell the time to the nearest hour-  
  • Noticing maths in your local environment for example using money shopping with mum or dad! 

11:45 – 12:40pm: Lunchtime 

We sit in the hall and eat our lunch in class tables. It is important that you can eat your lunch independently so make sure you practice opening and cutting things yourself. There are adults to help you if you get really stuck. After we have eaten lunch, the children play on the playground or field. Although closely monitored, the children are given the opportunity to take part in unstructured play which encourages them to develop their own games and rules. We have opportunities during the week to use the variety of equipment on the playground too. 

12.45-2.45: Afternoon lesson 

During the afternoon, we take part in our foundation subjects – Music, ICT, PE, Science, History, Geography, Art/DT, Computing, RE and PHSE. Pupils are mostly taught by the class teacher but are also taught by other members of staff who can share their own subject expertise with the children. 

2.45 -3 Time to go home! 

After a busy day, it’s time for you to go home! We will independently collect our things for home and all sit on the carpet together for a story. We will then line up on the playground and wait for your parents/carers to pick you up. Once one of the academy adults sees your parent/carer you will be called to go home, please do not leave the line unless an adult has called you. Unfortunately, we can’t let you go home with a different adult unless we have been told that you are being picked up by someone different. 

Things to remember  

  • Reading nightly to support phonics application and progress, please write in your child’s reading log if you have listened to them read.  (5 minutes a night really helps) 
  • Learning with Parents is our online home learning programme which provides you with activities and ideas to  practise your learning at home.  
  • PE is on Mondays and Wednesdays – Please ensure that your child is wearing school uniform and brings  the correct PE uniform into the academy  on these day (please ensure that your child is confident in getting changed with independence.  
  • Named water bottles into the academy every day. (water only, no squash or fizzy drink)  


Here are some websites that may help your children with their learning: