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Year 1

Welcome to the Launchpad - Year 1

The Launchpad is made up of foundation Stage two and year one. We have designed the structure of the Launchpad to provide children with opportunities to lead their own learning and follow their individual curiosities balanced with structured teacher-led activities. We recognise that children’s development at this age is not linear but more like a web with many aspects to it. It is with this understanding of child development  in mind that we have a shared ethos across the two year groups. This helps the children as they move from foundation to year one to experience a smooth transition. Although the structure of the environment and the philosophical ethos and understanding of child development now is unified across the Launchpad, the curriculum content and expectations differ. The foundation curriculum is based on the EYFS profile and in year one it is based on the KS1 curriculum and year one outcomes. Our vision for all children across the Launchpad  is aspirational and, as we move through the year, the children will be prepared for their transition into the next year group. 


During  year one, children work on the KS1 curriculum. The children are expected to meet the year one outcomes by the end of the year. They are taught the following subjects:




Portraits - use of pencils for self portraits linked to the topic all about their bodies. Children look at different artists and draw self-portraits of themselves. 

Printing and Collage - castle pictures using drawing, block printing and collages.

Land art - leaf compositions and observational drawings linked to geography.




Pupils use Purple Mash to learn about online safety, grouping and sorting, pictograms, following instructions and algorithms, programming Beebots, animated stories, coding, spreadsheets and the uses of different technology. 




Freestanding Structures - as part of the geography topic in autumn term, pupils design and create freestanding structures linked to the local area, Handsworth. The children design something new to add into Handsworth. This also links in well with the local history topic about shops in Handsworth. 

Mechanisms - sliders and levers. This is linked to our space topic. The children will design and make their own space pictures using levers and sliders, pivot points and moving pictures, learning about different mechanisms.

Food Technology - preparing fruit and vegetables. Pupils design and make a fruit salad; learning is linked to the science topic of the body and senses.



Every classroom strives to create and uphold a strong writing culture. Throughout Y1, children are developing their skills in transcription, oral rehearsal of sentences, and sequencing their ideas. We develop their confidence in discussing and sharing their ideas with their peers and with staff.

Genres covered in Y1 writing may include: traditional tales, letters, instructions, setting and character descriptions, poetry and recounts.


Click here for the programmes of study for English




We introduce the children to the basic concept of geography and the world in which we live through these topics:

What is the geography of where I live?  Pupils look at the human and physical features of the local area of Handsworth.

Why do we love being beside the seaside so much? Pupils look at Cleethorpes and distinguish the similarities/differences between rural, urban and coastal areas. 

How does the weather affect our lives? Pupils look at different types of weather and compare climates across the world. 


We also look at significant places in the United Kingdom and places that are important to the children.




We begin by developing the children’s understanding of history by learning about changes within the local area linked to shops and other developments that have happened in Handsworth. 

We then move on to learn about a range of significant individuals; Mary Seacole, Mary Anne Rawson, William Wilberforce, Queen Victoria, Neil Armstrong and a range of others linked to the termly topics.




Click here for the programmes of study for mathematics. 




Confident use of Foundation Stage vocabulary - yes and no, greetings for answering the register, please and thank you;
Numbers 1, 2, 3; using Mr, Mrs, Miss

Focus on oracy - children encounter more rhymes and stories and learn a little about Spain itself e.g. its weather, customs, traditions and food.





The children learn about rhythm and pulse in which they have the opportunity to listen to a range of Reggae and Hip Hop music.  They learn about composing and performing simple pieces of music using their bodies and a range of instruments. 

Pupils also work towards a fabulous Christmas Performance to parents/carers each year to showcase their singing and percussion skills. 




Children develop their gymnastic skills exploring different ways of travelling over and under apparatus, making stretching and curling shapes with their bodies, balancing and taking weight on different body parts, jumping, balancing and linking movements together. In addition to this, children learn to play a variety of playground games, team games and outdoor games skills each half term.


Aut 1Aut 2Spr 1Spr 2Sum 1Sum 2
Fundamentals  Gymnastics       Athletics    Team Building   

  Striking and   


Ball SkillsNet and WallDanceYoga

Sending and






Mental Wellbeing (Health and Wellbeing) – pupils learn about recognising and managing their feelings.

Online Safety – pupils learn about sharing personal information, online protection, consent, stranger danger, bias and the digital media.

Physical Health (Health and Wellbeing) - pupils learn about life routines, healthy eating and hygiene.

Friendship (Relationships) - pupils learn about different types of friendships, anti-bullying, stereotypes and keeping and maintaining friendships healthy.

Family (Relationships) - pupils learn about different types of families and what makes a family, relationships within families and family diversity.

Living in wider world (Community) – pupils learn about the make-up of their community, belonging, how to help others, prejudice and finances.



We follow the Discovery RE scheme of work for RE.  Y2 focus on:

Religion: Christianity (the creation story, Christmas, Jesus as a friend and Palm Sunday)

Religion: Judaism (Shabbat and Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur)




Seasonal change

Everyday Materials


Animals Including Humans


Click here for the programmes of study for Science.