Combe Down Primary School

Combe DownChurch of England Primary School

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What we do in Year 1

Key Stage 1 is where children begin the next part of their exciting learning journey at Combe Down. In Year 1 the children begin to experience the National Curriculum. Across the Key Stage children are taught the core and curriculum subjects through Topics.

Toasting marshmallows at Forest School!

Toasting marshmallows

Year 1 is an important year as it sees the transition from Foundation Stage to Key Stage 1. In keeping with the ethos of the Foundation Stage, the first term in Year 1 follows a play-based approach to learning where the six areas of learning are covered. Children continue with a strong phonic approach to reading and writing, building on what they learned in Reception. As Year 1 progresses, the children are introduced gradually to the National Curriculum, but even here play-based learning is key to steering them towards independent learning. Throughout the year the children are assessed in literacy and numeracy by ongoing teacher assessments.

Trips and visits in Year 1

Across the Phase the children take part in educational visits, usually tied in with Topic themes. These may be in and around the local environment or further afield, but all will enrich their learning.  Year 1 go to Weston-super-Mare beach and Bristol Zoo.  As with other year groups, there are always opportunities for parents to help in class or to come in and share their expertise, which always adds a special something to the mix.

Beach at Weston-super-Mare

Enjoying the sunshine on Weston-super-Mare beach.