Year 1

Curriculum Overview Year 1


Welcome to Year 1

Our curriculum topics at a glance:


Autumn Spring Summer
Autumn 1:Humans- senses, body parts and internal organsAutumn 2:Light and light festivals-Seasonal changes Spring 1:Animals and their habitatsSpring 2:Plants Summer 1:MaterialsSummer 2:Seasonal changesThe Queen



Autumn Term




One of the priorities in Autumn 1 is to settle the children into their new routine, getting them accustomed to a structured day and encouraging them to work independently.

In year 1 we follow a very structured day which consists of:

Daily Supported Reading

RML- phonics work



Other curriculum areas- Science, humanities, PE, PSHE, ICT, PE, Art, D&T and Music


For topic work children will focus on labelling parts of the body and investigating with their senses. They will learn about some of the internal organs and their functions.

Autumn 1 Topic web

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Light and Light Festivals


Pupils will learn about different light sources and investigate the concepts of translucent, transparent and opaque. They will learn about seasonal changes, linking this to the concepts of ‘light’ and ‘dark’.  This topic is cross curricular with RE where we will be focussing on light festivals.


During the Autumn term we place a great deal of emphasis on developing speaking and listening skills. Children will take part in discussions, role-play, performances and participate actively in discussions.

For reading, children will practise phonetically decoding words, learn common words and share and discuss common poems. For writing, children will be encouraged to sound out simple words independently using their phonic knowledge, composing sentences orally before attempting to write them.

The year 1 curriculum for maths in the Autumn term requires children to begin to count up to 100 in 1’s, 5’s and 10’s. Children will learn how to read write and order numbers to 20, identify one more and less and learn number bonds to 10.


Spring Term


 Animals & their habitats


This is cross curricular with Geographical habitats. Children will be writing non-chronological reports, comparing the habitats of animals that live in cold environments and animals that live in hot environments.



For this topic we focus on labelling the main parts of a plant. Children look at plants in the local environment and have the opportunity to grow their own seeds.  This topic ties in with the literacy genre – traditional stories, where we will be looking at stories such as ‘Jack & the Beanstalk’ and ‘The Enormous Turnip.’



During the spring term children will focus on the use of contextual cues when reading, answering simple text related questions in as much detail as possible.

In terms of writing, children will be focussing on writing their own sentences, leaving finger spaces and attempting to use capital letters and full stops. They will be encouraged to discuss and read aloud to their peers or teachers.

Spring term maths- will include working on addition and subtraction and comparing and ordering larger numbers. They will complete work on position and direction and measures.




Summer Term




This term we will be investigating materials, thinking about the properties of common objects, how to describe materials and what different materials are used for. This is cross curricular with the Design and Technology topic- ‘Homes and shelters.’




The Queen

Here, children will be looking at life in Victorian times and comparing it with modern day life.


Summer term literacy will focus on children re-telling familiar stories, reciting some poems by heart and reading with more confidence and fluency.

Children will be expected to be developing their writing skills, using more interesting vocabulary and sequencing sentences to form short narratives.

For maths, children will be working on mental addition and subtraction, algebra and understanding simple fractions.


Throughout the year, children will also work on measuring length, weight, capacity and time, using non-standard and moving onto standard units of measurement.


In year 1 we keep the children engaged and motivated by providing them with a range of stimulating, visual and practical resources. We teach children how to be confident and independent learners.  Keeping healthy is vital.  We cover aspects of healthy eating in PSHE and we follow a varied PE curriculum.  Children need to have their PE kits in school at all times.

In Year 1 we will be holding a range of parent workshops to enable you to support your child at home. Year 1 is a crucial stage in your child’s learning journey.  We look forward to working alongside parents in helping your child achieve their full potential.






Key points:


Please ensure your child arrives on time 8.50am for a prompt start.


At home times, please may parents stand away from the doors, behind the fence to ensure children are dismissed safely.


Please let the office know if another adult will be collecting your child. We do not allow children to go with other siblings in school.


Let the office know immediately of any dietary, medical need or changes in contact details.


Children need to bring book bags to school every day.


Homework is issued every Friday. It will consist of some spellings to learn, mental maths task, a daily reading task and termly project work.  Reading books are changed once a week.


Children do not need rucksacks or large bags in Year 1 and they are not allowed to wear jewellery other than small stud ear-rings.