Cuckoo Lane, Doncaster, South Yorkshire DN7 6QE
Tel: 01302 840200 (Lower) 01302 842164 (upper)

Travis St Lawrence CE Primary School

Year One

A warm and smiley welcome to Year 1! We have  two year one classes  who love to learn through exploring, play and challenge. Mrs Gill teaches in 1G and Mrs Charlesworth in 1C.  Our year group teaching assistants are Mrs Baker and Mrs Sharpe. 

Year 1 is a transition Year as the children move from Foundation 2 and the Early Years Curriculum into Key stage 1 where the National Curriculum is taught. A variety of approaches to learning are used in Year 1 to deliver the curriculum and the children experience a combination of play based learning experiences as well as more structured lessons as they build up their stamina for learning.

First hand experiences are important in Year 1 and wherever possible the children are provided with practical experiences that support their learning and development and opportunities to talk about and explain their thinking. Whether that is during maths lessons using equipment to show their understanding, singing rhymes that help maths recall or dramas and role play in English.


In Year 1, the children begin the year with the topic about themselves entitled ‘Who do you think you are?’ They will develop confidence in a wide range of activities including lots of opportunities to develop speaking and listening, storytelling. In science they will take part in lots of practical activities that enhance learning through science investigations, exploring their senses and finding out just how amazing their bodies are.

They will learn about changes over time and their own personal history.

During the second half of the autumn term they reflect on the Christmas story and the importance of the symbols of light that appear throughout this story. The Year 1 children lead a Christingle Service for the lower school and share their understanding and message of the Christingle.


In spring, during the topic called ‘Who put the Great into Great Britain’? the children will find out about different types of transport and, linking this learning to geography, will learn about our local area, and where we live in relation to the rest of the country. They find out about the parts of the United Kingdom, it’s capital cities and landmarks that are associated with them.


The summer term provides the opportunity for the children to develop their understanding of plants and animals in a science based topic entitled Where the wild things are!  Finally, in summer term 2 they learn about life under and around the sea, with the children taking part in an Educational trip to ‘The Deep’ in Hull. We use our imaginations to create settings, characters and stories about wild creatures and pirates.

Year 1 is a fun year where we encourage children to develop their independence and a love of learning through first hand practical experiences.




Please try to read with your child at least three times a week and record it on the Boom Reader app. This can be the school banded book or a book from home. It is important to check that, as well as becoming more fluent, the children understand what they are reading, especially as they begin to read longer and more complex books. This can be done by discussing the book afterwards, or during reading. Talk about the characters, setting or main events. Encourage children to develop empathy by focusing on characters' emotions and motivations. 

It is important that your child has their reading book in school every day so that adults within school can also read with them. In school it is our aim that each child reads with a school adult once a week and we ask that at home reading is valued and a high priority too. Regular reading is rewarded each term and weekly reads are displayed on our reading race tracks in the class rooms.

We encourage a love for reading and aim for our children to be lifelong readers. The children are encouraged to read and enjoy the books in our book area within the school day. Children are welcome to bring their own reading book from home as long as it is of an appropriate level for them to read and enjoy independently. Children will be able to change their reading books each week. 


During Year one we focus particularly on reading and spelling the common exception words for Year 1 set out in the curriculum. These can be found below. Children are assessed on spelling these words termly and we encourage you practise spelling them at home once children can read them.

Spellings are best worked on little and often: 5 or 10 minutes every day is more beneficial than one long session. It is also very helpful if you can encourage your child to apply the spellings in context by writing a few sentences using these words and, of course, using new or unfamiliar words in conversation.


Home Learning

Children will bring home Read Write Inc phonics booklets for their home learning to help with sound recognition and phonics fluency. Please practise reading at least 3 times each week. The following website may also be useful in providing materials for reading.


Please focus on Set 2 and 3 sounds.

Useful Links       (phonic games)  (resources) (games)


Take a look below at all the songs the children love - they help us to learn :)


Take a look at our Long Term Plan