Woodthorpe Church of England Primary School

Learning & Growing Together To Be The Best We Can Be

Welcome to Class 1

Mrs Walsh and Miss Lonergan


In our class we have Reception and Year 1 Children. Our learning journey is as exciting and memorable as possible, following the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage One Curriculum.  Each day, we do Phonics (following Read, Write Inc), Mathematics and English and in the afternoons, we teach all other subjects- usually 2 in an afternoon. Our Year 1 children work closely with the Year 1 children in Class 2 and follow the same Key Stage One Curriculum as them. We have such a fun, busy school day and put the children at the heart of our learning, with plenty of opportunities for learning through play.

We will share daily and weekly updates of learning, through photos, video and other captured moments on Class Dojo. You can also contact us via this app. 

Please see the different curriculums below for EYFS and Year 1.


In the Early Years (EYFS) at Woodthorpe, we plan our curriculum based around the Early Years Foundation Stage framework. This describes the seven areas of learning and development which “must be implemented through planned, purposeful play.” The framework describes three characteristics of effective teaching and learning;

  • Playing and Exploring
  • Active Learning
  • Thinking Critically

These principles provide the bedrock to our curriculum planning. The Early Years Foundation framework is split into two key areas of learning: the prime areas and the specific areas.

EYFS-  https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/988004/Development_Matters.pdf 

Year 1-  Please click on the link below to access Programmes of Study by Subject for the Key Stage 1 curriculum.  In class 1, the Year 1's will follow the Year 1 curriculum as well as accessing continuous provision to enhance learning. 

National curriculum - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)


Our EYFS Topics and learning for the year-

Let's Explore

Autumn Term 1

Let's Explore

Marvellous Machines

Autumn Term 2

Marvellous Machines

Long Ago

Spring Term 1

Long Ago

Ready Steady Grow

Spring Term 2

Ready, Steady, Grow

Animal Safari

Summer Term 1

Animal Safari

On the Beach

Summer Term 2

On the Beach

This project teaches children about the environments that they share with others, including their homes, school and places in the local community.

Key Texts:

Owl Babies- Martin Waddell

Lost and Found- Oliver Jeffers

The leaf man- Lois Ehlert

We're Going on a Bear Hunt- Michael Rosen

Whatever Next- Jill Murphy
















This interest-led project teaches children about the technology that is part of their daily lives and how machines help us. The project gives children the opportunity to build and create marvellous machines.

Key Texts:

Stick Man- Julia Donaldson

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Rosie Revere Engineer

You can’t call an elephant in an emergency? Patricia Cleveland Peck

Trip writing and Christmas letters- Emergency services museum

Christmas Story











This project teaches children about how they have grown and changed since they were babies and how life in the past was different from today.

Key Texts:

Jack and the Beanstalk

The Smartest Giant in town- Julia Donaldson

The Tiger who came to Tea by Judith Kerr

Coming to England- Floella Benjamin


Little Red Riding Hood
















This project teaches children about food and farming and explores themes, including where food comes from, what plants and animals need to grow and survive and what constitutes a healthy lifestyle.

Key Texts:

The extraordinary Gardener by Sam Boughton

Handa’s Surprise by Eileen Brown

The enormous turnip

Olivers vegetables by Vivian French

The very hungry caterpillar by Eric Carle




This project teaches children about the animals that live around the world, how to look after animals and the importance of caring for our local and global environments.

Key Texts:

Little Red and the Very Hungry Lions- Alex T Smith

The Lion Inside by Rachel Bright

Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell

A first book of animals by Nicola Davies

Greedy Zebra by Mwenye Hadithi.














This project teaches children about the plants and animals that live at the seaside. It also explores holidays in the past and the importance of keeping safe in the Sun.

Key Texts:

Clem and Crab by Fiona Lumbers

Somebody swallowed Stanley by Sarah Roberts

The Sea saw by Tom Percival

Come away from the water, Shirley- John Burningham

Up and down by Oliver Jeffers













Our Year 1 Topics and learning for the year-



Autumn Term – Childhood History

Bright Lights, Big City

Spring Term – Bright Lights, Big City


School Days

Summer Term – School Days


Autumn 2023 Term

Please follow the links to the knowledge organisers for our subjects during this topic below:










Spring 2024 Term

Please follow the links to the knowledge organisers for our subjects during this topic below:
















Summer 2024 Term

Please follow the links to the knowledge organisers for our subjects during this topic below:











Useful Documents and links
(please always check the website before a child uses it)

Throughout KS1 children will be exposed to a wide variety of fiction/non-fiction books, poems and rhymes. Have a look at some of the books/stories and poems we listen to and learn all about on our Core Book List.

By the end of Year 2, the children will need to know all of the Year 1 and 2 Statutory Spellings. You can support them with spelling and phonics using the following websites:

Other useful websites that could be useful to learn at home with your child could include:


While every attempt has been made to ensure the suggested websites are child-friendly and safe, please tell a member of staff if you have any e-safety concerns regarding these suggestions.