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Primary one curriculum overview

Primary One


General Information

  • Please make sure names are on all items of uniform
  • P.E. gear can be worn on Friday for P.E. lessons.
  • Parent interviews will take place around mid-term (February) but the door is always open!!!
  • No home-work is given at weekends (Sounds, Maths or Literacy Mon-Thurs)
  • Please sign home-work and reading record
  • Remember, we encourage healthy eating. Break can consist of milk/water, fruit/sandwich
  • Remember we stay until 2 p.m. starting Monday 15th September. Dinners cost £2.40 per day.


Topic Based Learning

(All curricular areas: Literacy, Numeracy, Learning Through Play, World Around Us, Music)

September: All about me

October: Nursery Rhymes

November: Day and Night

December: Christmas/Winter


Learning Areas


This is divided into three areas extending across all subject areas of the Revised Curriculum.

  1. Reading
  1. Writing
  1. Talking and Listening


Where do we begin in Primary 1?

Group Reading

ALL children need to

  • Hold copies of their own text
  • Turn pages by themselves
  • Move at their own pace with the guidance of the teacher



Groups are randomly selected at the beginning but groups will soon emerge that are working comfortably at the same level.

Children will get a reading book home when they are working confidently. This is for you to enjoy with your child.

(Reading books should be returned to the teacher every Friday)


How can you help?

Read any material at home with your child!


  • Familiar letters
  • Identify letter sounds
  • Words from their homework/reading book
  • Find little words inside big words e.g ‘at’ is in ‘that’



  • Good pencil grip
  • Practise mark making/writing with a wide variety of media
  • Correct letter formation



Following the Jolly Phonics programme.


Talking and Listening

Talking is not as much a problem as the listening!!!!



Pupils will develop confidence through practical, mental and written activities.

  • Sort, count, label sets within 10
  • Name, sort, create pictures and models with 2d shapes
  • Make simple graphs and read information from them


Using Mathematics

  • Use mathematical language in context
  • Begin to check their own work for accuracy


How Can We Help?

  • Count everyday objects
  • Name shapes
  • Spot shapes along the road on the way to school
  • Count certain colours of cars…………the list is endless!