Year 1

English & Phonics

At Scotch Orchard Primary School, we believe that all of our children can become fluent readers and writers. This is why we teach reading through ‘Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised’, which is a systematic and synthetic phonics programme. The Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised progression ensures children build on their growing knowledge of the alphabetic code, mastering phonics to read and spell as they move through school.

Click here to watch a video about Phonics at Scotch Orchard.

We have a book-led English curriculum with challenging and engaging texts used in all Key Stages. This includes fiction, non-fiction and poetry. In addition, throughout the school year the importance of reading is enhanced through World Book Day and book fairs to further enrich our English curriculum.

Little Wandle Information for Parents


At Scotch Orchard, we believe that every child should have access to high-quality maths education through a ‘teaching for mastery’ approach. The phrase ‘teaching for mastery’ describes the elements of classroom practice and school coherence that combine to give pupils the best chances of mastering Maths. Our aim is to develop confident mathematicians who acquire a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject.

We use ‘Power Maths’ to support us in ensuring children are proficient in their ability to fluently recall facts and prior knowledge, reason confidently and problem-solve independently. Children spend time becoming true masters of content: applying and justifying their knowledge in multiple ways.

Please click here for an overview for Year 1. 

Foundation Subjects

ScienceSeasonal ChangesEveryday MaterialsPlants   Animals, including Humans
HistoryWhy do we remember Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole?   Black History Month: Mary SeacoleHow have toys and washdays changed?How has the seaside changed in the past 100 years?   Local History Study: How was schooling in Lichfield changed in the past 100 years?
GeographyThe United Kingdom   Capital cities of the UKHuman & Physical Geography within the UKSeasonal and daily weather patterns in the UK
ComputingTechnology around us
Digital Painting
Moving a robot
Grouping data
Digital writing
Programming animation
P.EAttack, Defend, Shoot!   Send & ReturnGymnastics   DanceRun, Jump, Throw   Hit, Catch, Run
MusicSinging together
stories from the past
What does music tell us about the past
Music makes the world a better place
How does music help us understand our neighbours
What songs can we sing to help us through the day?
how does music help us to look after our planet?
Art and DTDrawing experimenting and observing
Mechanisms sliders and levers
Basic painting and printing techniques
Freestanding structures

Clay sculpture and collage
Food preparation