Year 1


At Scotch Orchard Primary School we believe that a quality English curriculum should develop children’s love of reading, writing and discussion. We are passionate about ensuring all children become confident and enthusiastic readers and writers. We believe that phonics provides the foundations of learning to make the development into fluent reading and writing easier. Phonics at Scotch Orchard Primary School follows the Department of Education approved document “Letters and Sounds”. We also celebrate reading with our KS1 pupils by having Bedtime Stories sessions throughout the year.

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.

Reading books are organised on a book banding system ensuring the children read books appropriate to their level. Phonetically decodable books are carefully matched to each child’s phonic ability. Shared reading takes place within English lessons to provide enriching experiences through more challenging texts. Teachers also share stories with the class, displaying an enthusiasm for reading and setting a positive example as a reader. 


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
Computer ScienceSimple Coding   Self-image and IdentityAlgorithms   Online relationships and reputationDebugging   Privacy & Security
P.EAttack, Defend, Shoot!   Send & ReturnGymnastics   DanceRun, Jump, Throw   Hit, Catch, Run