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Year 1 Curriculum


In RE we look at the life of Jesus and how we can use his message in our lives today. We look at the importance of prayer and the different ways we can talk to God. We also have lots of opportunities to write and share our own prayers including taking our class prayer bag home to share with our families and contributing to our school ‘Good news’ book. Creation is an important focus for us; we look at God’s world closely to identify the different things around us that he made. In school and through our worship we learn about the celebrations and special occasions that are so important to our faith, church and parish. We also explore the people, celebrations and festivals that are intrinsic to the Buddhist faith. We attend mass regularly and also lead mass on several occasions throughout the academic year.


Throughout the year the pupils will be given the opportunity to explore in depth a wide variety of texts. As writers, they will look at features of non-fiction texts and use these features when writing independently. In fiction they will look closely at fantasy, adventure and fairy tales focussing on traditional story language. They will learn how to compose individual sentences orally and then write them down using correct punctuation. They will also have plenty of opportunities to work on individual letter formation and establish good handwriting habits.

Their reading will progress through the use of both independent and guided reading sessions. As readers, they will be encouraged to make observations about the text and answer questions to clarify understanding. Phonics is a major focus in Year 1; the children will be broadening their knowledge of the graphemes and phonemes used in words and the alternate ways to pronounce them. Pupils will also be completing a Phonics Screening Check towards the end of the school year to monitor their phonetic progress. More information will be given about this closer to the time.


As mathematicians, pupils will continue to develop their knowledge of numbers, shape, space and measure. They will work on developing confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value. They will begin to record number sentences using both addition and subtraction and explore the different vocabulary involved in these concepts. The pupils will become familiar with money identifying the different coins and working out how to make different amounts. Our measures work will consist of telling the time to the hour and half hour, comparing and measuring length, capacity and mass. We will explore ways of collecting data and how to present it in a variety of ways. We will also work with 2D and 3D shapes, learning their names and describing their properties. Pupils will be taught to describe position, direction and movement, including whole, half, quarter and three-quarter turns. There will be lots of opportunities to apply their mathematics to a variety of problems and reason mathematically.


During Computing this year we will be developing our skills in word processing, researching using the internet, drawing and finding graphics, sound recording, data handling, video recording and simulations. We will also be looking at algorithms and debugging. We will practise all of these skills by:

* using programmable toys

* illustrating an e-book.

* finding images using the internet

* filming the children making healthy sandwiches

* producing a talking book

* creating an electronic card


The Entertainers

During this theme we will be provided with a challenge right from the beginning. After visiting a local Toy Shop, we will be then be able to design and create our own toy using a range of materials and tools. As historians we will look at and make comparisons between characteristics of modern toys and toys from the past. Our grandparents will visit us during the term to tell us all about the toys and games they used to play when they were our age. As travellers we will learn to name and locate countries in the UK and identify their capital cities. We will explore our local area by taking our Teddy Bears for a walk. In our DT sessions we will be exploring different types of puppets. We will then become inventors and design and make our own.

Take a walk on the wild side

Throughout this theme we will become wildlife explorers just like Sir David Attenbourough. As geographers Geography lessons we will learn to locate the world’s continents, including Africa, oceans on the map, ready for our walk on the wild side . We will journey to a Safari and learn about endangered animals and Safari life. We will identify similarities and differences in physical features of Africa and our locality (weather, climate, land, animals, etc.). As musicians we will listen to African tunes and ‘have a go’ at designing and making African drum. We will experiment with pattern and colour when looking at the Tinga Tinga art and develop our printing skills.

Dungeons and dragons

During this theme we will become historians and look at castles thinking about why they were built. We will look at the different ways a castle was defended, as well as venture inside a castle to see what rooms they had, what jobs people did and what they considered entertainment. This understanding will be further explored during our visit to Warwick Castle. We will plot castles on a map of England, revisiting the UK’s countries and capital cities at the same time. We will explore coats of arms designing our own, thinking carefully about what our personal strengths are. British values will be explored through rules and rights and why these are so important. The DT part of our theme looks at different mechanisms resulting in creating our own 3D castle with using drawbridge, portcullis etc.


During the year the pupils are given many opportunities to become scientists through our Theme work. As scientists pupils will explore the world around us, answer scientific questions and raise their own. In the ‘Animals, including humans’ unit of work children will learn to identify and name a variety of common animals including fish, reptiles, birds and mammals. Throughout this unit pupils will also have an opportunity to identify, name and label body parts looking closely at our skeleton. They will explore the five main senses, investigating how we taste, hear, smell, see and touch through practical experiments. In ‘Plants’ the children will learn to identify and name a variety of common wild and garden plants and describe the basic structure of flowering plants, including trees. ‘Everyday materials’ sees the pupils learning about a variety of everyday materials, including wood, plastic, glass, metal, water and rock, and describing the simple propertied of different materials. In the ‘Seasonal changes’ the pupils will observe changes across the four seasons and look at weather patterns in the UK locality.


Multi-skills is an important focus in Year 1 as it develops the children’s core skills in balance, agility and co-ordination. The pupils will use apparatus to perform rolls, balances and jumps and they will focus on travelling using different parts of their body both on and off the apparatus. Our games lessons will focus on throwing, catching and bat and ball skills. Dance units of work will encourage the pupils to think creatively when moving to music.


Exploring sounds, duration, pulse, rhythm, instruments and symbols are all key elements of the Year 1 music curriculum. The pupils will experience all of these using a range of instruments as well as vocal and body sounds. The class will participate in group singing where they will enjoy learning a range of songs to perform to others.