St Andrew's (Barnsbury) CofE Primary School

Coventry Class (Year 1)

Welcome to Coventry Class


We are proud to be called Coventry Class named after Coventry Cathedral in the north of England also known as St Michael's Cathedral.


Did you know the city has had three cathedrals in its history? The first was St. Mary's, a monastic building, only a few ruins of which remain. The second was St Michael’s; a 14th-century Gothic church later designated Cathedral, that remains a ruined shell after its bombing during the Second World War. The third is the new St Michael's Cathedral, built after the destruction of the former and a celebration of 20th-century architecture with its beautiful stain glass windows.


We have an exciting year of learning, our core subject of English will include classic and key texts of Handa’s Surprise, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, The Bear in the Cave and The Enormous Crocodile as well as an introduction to poetry. In maths, we will revise number and place value learning all about numbers up to 20. We will be practising our number formation, identification and representation of numbers and number bonds to 20, multiplication, measurement and geometry as well as exciting weekly maths investigations and problem solving.

In humanities, we will be looking at the weather and change of seasons. We termly fortnight studies in which the children will learn all about Islington, London, and discover the history of London, the Great Fire of London and the River Thames then onto the UK, Europe and beyond.  

Our science over the year, we will cover biology – animals including humans and plants, chemistry – everyday materials and physics with seasonal changes as well as our science fortnight, ‘Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds and Healthy Spirits’.

In Art, we will study abstract art learning about primary and secondary colours to create our own colour wheel as well as focussing on artists, Henri Matisse, David Hockney, Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Cezanne, Wassily Kandinsky, Jackson Pollock and Pablo Picasso.

Our PE focus over the year will cover multi-skill sports, dance, striking and fielding games and athletics.


During our important transition from Reception class to Year 1, we become more independent learners and experience lots of new things and gain vital skills for our time in primary school. We hope you enjoy looking our class page with photos of our learning and class information.



Maths is fun!


In Year 1, we use lots of concrete objects to support our learning and embed our knowledge into weekly investigations. We play lots of games, look at the value of numbers and have a lot of fun along the way!