Laying the Foundations for Children to Thrive

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Grosvenor Road Primary School | Parkgate Drive | Swinton | Manchester | M27 5LN

Grosvenor Road Primary School

Year 1


In Year 1 we deliver a broad and balanced curriculum that enables all children to ‘be the best they can be’. The English and mathematics curriculum follows ‘mastery principals’: ensuring children have opportunities to embed learning before moving onto the next topic. The curriculum is inclusive and imaginative : stimulating young minds as well as preparing them for the modern world.


Literature lies at the heart of the school’s English curriculum: the children in Year 1 read and have read to them, many different texts from Britain and elsewhere. They encounter a range of characters, families and settings.



Children in Year 1 build on the number work the have developed in Reception. They become confident at counting and begin to complete addition and subtraction problems. They begin to solve a range of problems involving numbers to 100, shapes and measures. There is a strong focus on key facts and confident number sense.

The wider curriculum

The National Curriculum subjects are taught through topics, ensuring children become skilled in Science, Computing and the foundation subjects. The school is committed to developing an appreciation of visual and performance art alongside inspiring the next generation of historians and geographers. Throughout the curriculum the British values of: democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs are interwoven.

Foundation Subjects - The Big Ideas

We have designed a curriculum that builds links between topics within a subject, thus enabling our children to build up deep understanding of the disciplines within the curriculum subjects.

The Big Ideas is a systemic approach: ensuring that the curriculum model enables teachers to plan for, and for pupils to gain, sufficiently deep and meaningful LINKS across and between topics to create rich schema.

Please select the Big Ideas document in the left hand menu to see the Big Ideas across our Foundation Subjects.