Welcome to Key Stage One

Welcome to our phase page. Here you will find information about school life for children who are in Year One or Two and in one of the following classes: Meerkats, Raccoons or Koalas.


Children in Key Stage One focus on:

  • Developing their independence in all areas of school life;
  • Learning how to read (decode), building on their learning from Foundation Stage;
  • hands on learning and exploring new concepts for themselves and
  • A love for learning.


These years are important for your child as they learn the fundamental learning blocks they need before moving on into Key Stage Two.

How can we improve our local environment?

Our Important Person- Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is a multi-award-winning writer and broadcaster known for his uncompromising commitment to seasonal, ethically produced food and his concern for the environment.


In Maths this half term we will be looking at a variety of different areas such as: position and direction, time , weight , capacity, mass and temperature. Children will learn through lots of practical experience using equipment and then will have more time to explore and enhance their learning through reasoning and problem solving questions.

Position and Direction- describing movement and turns.

Time- slower and faster time intervals, O'clock, half past, quarter to , quarter past and 5 minute intervals.


Weight- Comparing mass, measuring in grams and kg.

Capacity- Comparing volume , measuring in millilitres and litres.


In English this half term we will write a character description, part of a story where Michael meets a new character and an explanation text.

Victor's Vocabulary

Our focus words this half term are heroic, mysterious, mischievous, nuisance, astonished and distress.


Firstly, we will be looking at climate change and what this means. We will then conduct an experiment linked to this where pupils will create two environments. One of these environments will have a house an a ice cube in an open tray and the other will have the same but with a piece of clingfilm over it. Pupils will predict what will happen in each of these environments and then test it.

After that, we will have a lesson focussing on Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.


For our Art work this half term, we will focus on Vincent Van Gogh and Sunflowers. We will also read Camille and The Sunflowers as our linked text. We will focus on using pattern, texture, line , shape and form.


In Geography we will be using simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the geography of our school and its grounds.

We will also look at the key human and physical features of its surrounding environment.


This half term we have two focusses :

1) Why is technology used in the wider world?

2) Can we create, organise, store and manipulate and retrieve digital content.


Our focus this half term In PSHE will be our physical health and wellbeing and family and friends.

Physical health and wellbeing- where pupils will be looking at what keeps us healthy.

Friends and family- where pupils will think about their impact of their behaviours on others.


The children will get chance to take part in a block of Music called 'Our Land' where they will sing songs, give their opinions on these songs, explore and recognise how sounds can be organised and will perform simple patterns.


In RE this half term we will be looking at how and why we care for others? We will look at different religious stories and we will think of our own ways to show that we care about others.

Does Chocolate grow on Trees?

Drink Your Chocolate | Market Hall Foods


We are going to be continuing to develop all of our maths skills, Especially our number recognition and number formation!

How to Understand Fractions - wikiHow


We will be focusing on shape, space and measure. Looking at 2D and 3D shapes and their properties. 

We will learn about fractions, find halves, wholes, quarters and thirds of shapes and amounts. We will consolidate this learning by applying this knowledge to problem solving questions.  



During this half term we will be linking our writing to our new topic and we will read a  variety of fiction and non-fiction texts about      chocolate.  Some of the books that we will read are:

  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  • Chocolate Mouse for a Greedy Goose by Julia Donaldson
  • Love Monster and The Last Chocolate by Rachel Bright
  • Hansel and Gretel by Anthony Browne


             Charlie and the Chocolate Factory x 6 - Scholastic Shop        Love Monster and the Last Chocolate: Amazon.co.uk: Bright, Rachel:  9780374346904: Books        Chocolate Mousse for Greedy Goose: (Illustrated edition) by Julia Donaldson  | WHSmith        Hansel and Gretel : Browne, Anthony: Amazon.co.uk: Books



Chocolate is something we all know and love, but do you know where chocolate first came from and who discovered it? In this topic we will be studying the history of chocolate and how it has changed over the years. 

History of Chocolate - TED-Ed Diagram | Quizlet

 The History of Chocolate | Current Digest Magazine



This half term we will be celebrating science week! In our science sessions we will be looking at different seasons during science week. We will also investigate how states can change by looking at how and why chocolate melts.

Melting chocolate on Make a GIF


Design and Technology

In this topic, we will be developing our cooking skills! We know that chocolate is not usually a very healthy food, but can the children think of a way to use chocolate in their cooking to make a snack



We are going to get creative by designing our own chocolate bar packaging,. The children will develop their own logo, theme and design. They will then apply their design to a net shape and fold it into real 3D packaging!

 Candela Chocolate Packaging Looks Good Enough To Eat - AterietAteriet |  Food Culture


In our religious education sessions, we will look at how people of different religions celebrate life. In particular, we will be looking at the Easter story and why we celebrate Easter. 


 Wishing You a Safe & Happy Easter



What lives at the bottom of the deep blue sea?

Go Under The Sea With These 11 Best Virtual Ocean Adventures     I found Heaven under the Sea - The Edge Magazine     Life Under The Sea, Under Attack | Earthjustice

During this half term the children will learn about the deep blue sea. Have a look below to find out more ...


We will start the half term with a trip to The Deep in Hull. Find out more about The Deep here..

The Deep (aquarium) - Wikipedia   https://www.thedeep.co.uk/


Throughout this half-term we will be looking at a variety of books such as: The Snail and the Whale, Tiddler and Monty the Manatee. The children will write a recount about their trip to the deep and we will be writing our own stories based off stories that are familiar to them.


Tiddler : Donaldson, Julia, Scheffler, Axel: Amazon.co.uk: Books      The Snail and the Whale : Donaldson, Julia, Scheffler, Axel: Amazon.co.uk:  Books    Monty the Manatee: A book about kindness and anti-bullying (Sea School  Stories 1) eBook : Pritchard, Natalie, Merheb, Natalie: Amazon.co.uk: Books



This half term children will be continuing work on division.  Please help your child to practise counting in steps of 2,5 and 10 at home.  (If your child can already do this try counting in 3s too!) Towards the end of the half term we will also be exploring some statistics and measurement.



In Science, we will be identifying and naming common animals, looking at what a herbivore, carnivore and omnivore is, looking at animals and their off spring and will be describing what animals need for survival.




We will be thinking about physical and human features. The children will look at the difference between human and physical features, identify physical features of a UK destination and we will compare an environment based on the physical and human features.

Nonsuch Primary School - Owls


MUSIC- Water

Children will learn new songs, dances, how to keep to the beat of the music and they will use different instruments to play for each song.  We may even be able to create our own seaside inspired music compositions.



In Art, we will be exploring the work of a Japanese artist Hokusai.  We will use his piece of Art called ‘The Great Wave’. We will use a variety technique to form a piece of work based of this.


 The Great Wave off Kanagawa - Wikipedia


The children will learn about algorithms and how these can be used and will create an under the sea game.



In PSHE, we will look at what makes us special, our responsibilities, co-operative learning and how we are all the same and how we are different.

Key Stage One Harvest Festival Assembly

Here is Meerkats, Raccoons and Koalas Harvest assembly. We hope you enjoy. 

Why do people celebrate with fireworks?

In Autumn 2, our topic is all about fireworks. We will look at Guy Fawkes and why he was important in the Gunpowder Plot. We will also look at a variety of books to support our topics e.g. Sparks in the sky, Hovis the Hedgehog, A walk in London and The Gunpowder Plot.


This half term we will continue to develop our understanding of number with a focus also on addition and subtraction. The children will look at using a variety of strategies but will mainly focus on the part, part whole model and number lines.

We will begin looking at money and it's value. Please help your child at home by getting them to look at different coins, talk about their value and getting your child to make different values.

Later on in the term we will also look at multiplication and division. Focussing on the 2, 5 and 10 times tables.


Children will focus of a variety of styles of writing such as: poetry, diary writing, instructions and a letter.

Poetry- Children will create look at different poems, perform them, think about the language included in them, magpie ideas from other firework poems and then will create their own.

Diary writing- We will write a diary entry thinking about the events that Guy Fawkes experiences.

Instructions- As a link to our DT, the children will look at creating a set of instructions to make a pop up Christmas card. They will then use these instructions to see if they work.

Letter- Children will look at different items they would like for Christmas , what they would like to do over the Christmas period and who they would like to spend it with.

Victor's Vocabulary

Each week we will have a focus word that we will learn the definition for, write it in a sentence and draw a picture to show this word. Our words this term are: frantic, endless, ruined, possession, shivering, familiar, chaotic.


This term in ICT we will focus on logging on to the laptop using our personal logins and using purple mash to create a firework scene. 


As part of our History we will look at Guy Fawkes as our significant person and his involvement in the Gunpowder Plot. The children will think about the significant events and put these in order. We will also look at a comparison between life in the past and life now and plot the Gunpowder Plot on to our class timeline.

Guy Fawkes
Guy Fawkes


We will be looking at pop up cards that have been designed in the past, what has worked well and what have the been the challenging parts. We will then think about creating our own pop up Christmas cards. First the children will design these thinking about previous ones that have already been made. Next they will make these and finally, they will evaluate their product.


Children will listen to a variety of songs, think about the patterns in the songs and will perform these to the class. We will also be learning our Christmas songs for our Christmas performance.


This term in Geography,  we will look at seasonal changes and at geographic similarities and differences (this will mainly focus on England and Africa.

 Why do pirates wear eye patches?   

In this topic, we will be learning all about pirates! We will look at famous pirates such as Blackbeard and Grace O'Malley as well as exploring a range of pirate books including Night Pirates and The Pirates Next Door.


This half term children will concentrate on number work and focus on developing their basic number knowledge.  We will begin to explore addition and subtraction. Please help your children to practise counting in steps of 2,5 and 10 at home.  We will also focus on length, weight and mass. Towards the end of the half term we will also be exploring shape.


Throughout this half-term children will be looking at non-fiction and fiction books linked to our overall topic theme. They will write a character description about a fierce pirate and a setting description about a desert island!

They will be building a bank of vocabulary to use in a variety of different genres of writing.



Children will start the half term by looking at seasonal changes and the weather in Autumn. They will then move onto exploring a variety of materials and find the appropriate materials to make their pirate ships.


Design Technology

Linking with Science, the children will have opportunities to design and make their own pirate ship. Afterwards they will discuss what went well and how to make it better.


Firstly we will ensure that the children are confident with logging in and out of the laptops with independence. We will also focus on algorithms and how to use instructions within technology


We will be naming and locating the continents and oceans. We will also discuss capital cities around the world.



Our Learning Snapshots

Read Write Inc. Phonics are doing daily phonics lessons on Facebook and YouTube for children to watch at home.
The films will only be available at the times below:
  • Set 1 Speed Sounds at 9.30 am and again at 12.30 pm 
  • Set 2 Speed Sounds at 10.00 am and again at 1.00 pm 
  • Set 3 Speed Sounds at 10.30 am and again at 1.30 pm

If you are unsure which set your child is being taught please contact your class teacher. 

Curriculum Newsletters

 Autumn 1.pdfDownload
 Autumn 2 - Great Fire Newsletter.pdfDownload
 Spring 1 - Space KS1 Curriculum Letter.docDownload
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How else can you help at home?

  • Read to an adult every day for at least 10 minutes – books can be changed daily at school.
  • Complete homework activities as these are often practising skills learnt in class, especially in numeracy and spellings.
  • Talk to your children about their topic and encourage them to talk about their school day.