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Chickerell Primary Academy


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Year 1

Spring Term 2024


This term our topic is called 'Bright Lights, Big City'.  We will be learning all about London and famous London landmarks.  We will also be learning about a historical event - The Great Fire of London.  In DT we will be designing and making moving vehicles with working wheels and axles.  In Science we are learning all about the seasons and the different weather we can experience through the year.  We will be learning how to measure temperature, wind and precipitation.  In Art we will make making weather motifs and printing from our collagraphs.  Be sure to keep an eye out on SeeSaw for all these exciting projects.



*Phonics Screening*

In June the children will undertake the Phonics Screening Check. It is a statutory reading check designed to assess if the children have reached the age appropriate standard of decoding by the end of Year 1. The check consists of 40 words; 20 nonsense words and 20 real words. The words gradually get more difficult; from simple sounds to more complex sounds and longer words. Phonics is part of our everyday teaching and learning and the children will have worked on similar activities throughout the school year so this will be familiar to them. To support your child at home please practise their sound recognition with them. If you scroll down and click our Phonics icon, you will be able to view and use some activities to support at home. Some of these activities will also be shared on Seesaw.



Please remember to wear PE kit to school on a Thursday


Year 1 Team

Miss Chappell

Miss Waller


Mrs Ford

Mrs Goodhew

Mrs Mcgrath

Mrs Kershaw

Mrs Rider

Mrs Hannam




*Our New Curriculum*



As of October 2021,we have begun to use 'Cornerstones' curriculum throughout the school so that we can ensure a solid progressions of skills and knowledge acquisition in the foundation subjects, Science and English particularly.


What is the Cornerstones Curriculum? 

The Cornerstones Curriculum is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the 2014 primary national curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations. It is based on a child-centred pedagogy called The Four Cornerstones and is delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) and Knowledge Rich Projects (KRPs), which provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of children’s learning. We believe children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination and apply their learning to engaging contexts. Our curriculum provides many learning challenges throughout the academic year that require children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively. Cornerstones also provide a rigorous skills and knowledge framework that outlines the end of year expectations in all subjects. These skills and knowledge are tied to activities and are age-related .