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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 are taught computing using the NCCE Teach Computing scheme. This covers: recognising technology in school; choosing appropriate tools to create art and writing digitally; writing short algorithms to move a Bee-Bot/character on screen; sorting and grouping objects as data. 


Autumn 1 - Technology around us

Autumn 2 - Digital painting

Spring 1 - Moving a robot

Spring 2 - Grouping Data

Summer 1 - Digital writing

Summer 2 - Programming animations




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.

We use 'Helicopter Stories' in Y1, where children dictate their stories to an adult scribe. Later the same day, the whole class sit around a taped out stage and the stories are acted out. This encourages children to see themselves as storytellers and writers even before they can write fluently themselves which builds confidence. It also instils a love of stories and storytelling. 


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 and a range of others linked to the termly topics.



Areas of study include:

  • Number
    • Place value within 10, 20, 50 and 100
    • Addition and subtraction within 10 and 20
    • Multiplication and division
    • Fractions
  • Measurement
    • Length and height
    • Mass and volume
    • Money
    • Time
  • Geometry
    • Shape
    • Position and direction


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 the fundamentals of dance, yoga and athletics, together with the skills required to play a variety of team games.


Autumn 1 - Fundamentals; Yoga

Autumn 2 - Gymnastics; Team Building

Spring 1 - Ball Skills; Fitness

Spring 2 - Sending and Receiving; Dance

Summer 1 - Striking and Fielding; Net and Wall

Summer 2 - Athletics; Invasion




Mental Wellbeing (Health and Wellbeing) – pupils learn about recognising and managing their feelings. Pupils will also learn some basic first aid skills including how to safely get help in an emergency and understand how to feel confident in being able to help someone in an emergency. 


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.  

Anti-Racism – pupils learn to define racism, how to recognise racism in different situations, and how to deal with situations they may find themselves in.

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 and Understanding Christianity schemes of work for RE.  Y1 focus on:

Religion: Christianity (Creation - who made the world?; Incarnation - why does Christmas matter to Christians?; God - what do Christians believe God is like?; Salvation - why does Easter matter to Christians?)

Religion: Judaism (Shabbat - is Shabbat important to Jewish children?; Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur - are Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur important to Jewish children?)




Seasonal Change -  children look at how the weather changes across the seasons and note any other changes. 

Everyday Materials - children will get the opportunity to look at lots of different materials and talk about objects which are made from these.  They will learn to group materials by their properties and use key words to describe the properties.

Plants - children learn to name a variety of plants and trees and identify the differences between deciduous and evergreen trees.  They will also be able to describe the basic structure of a flowering plant and trees.

Animals Including Humans - children look at a range of different animals and identify if they are herbivores, carnivores or omnivores.  They also sort different animals by their features.  Children look at their own bodies and match the senses to which body part it relates to. 


Click here for the programmes of study for Science.



During the autumn term, the children have the opportunity to continue with their weekly Forest School sessions in the Enchanted Garden.  This is an exciting way to learn in an outdoor setting and is proven to improve children’s confidence, self-esteem, and communication skills as well as them having lots of fun!  They develop skills in team work, using tools safely and learning about looking after our natural environment. During the session, the children will take part in a range of activities including den-building, wood craft, playing games and cooking on a campfire! 


What will my child need?

Forest School will happen in all weathers (unless it is VERY windy or icy). School will provide wellies, waterproof trousers and jackets, however, please make sure your child has plenty of warm clothes including a jumper, gloves and a hat (sunhat in sunny weather). Lots of layers are more effective than a single thicker layer in terms of protecting from the cold.  Please make sure your child is suitably dressed to ensure they can fully enjoy the experience.