Welcome to Year 1 - a very significant, transformational year when your child progresses from the Foundation Stage to Key Stage One of their primary education.
Year 1 commences with a transitional half term, when the children continue to work according to the Reception model, undergoing a combination of direct/focused teaching with a variety of free flow activities, during which they are able to move between their classrooms and the outside area in order to experience a range of open ended learning opportunities. They then progress to accessing the National Curriculum in the second half of the Autumn term, which encourages a greater degree of independence and creative thinking skills.
In this year group at Rise Park Infant School there is a high emphasis placed on the development of phonics within literacy tasks. Year 1 children are set for phonics sessions, so that all pupils receive dedicated teaching which is differentiated according to their individual level. All Year 1 pupils then undergo a short national phonics check in the summer term, the results of which are communicated to parents within their end of year school report.
Year 1 children are offered places in our extra-curricular enrichment activities, such as football, sports multiskills, art club, dance and peripatetic music lessons. They also attend educational visits which support their topic work, as well as working with visiting experts who are invited into school. These additional provisions encourage the whole development of every child, enabling them to pursue their individual interests and talents at an early age.
Year 1 participate in regular assemblies and performances for parents, such as Harvest Festival, Christmas Concerts and a Spring Assembly, all of which help to increase their maturity and self-confidence in preparation for their subsequent entry into Year 2.