Year 1

Curriculum Overview for Year 1

 

Please click the button below for a termly overview of the curriculum topics that will be covered in Year 1.


Curriculum Information for Parents

The table below provides a more detailed overview of the curriculum, the specific topics to be covered, as well as practical ideas to help support your child’s learning at home.

SPRING TERM
SUBJECT  OVERVIEW OF LEARNING  IDEAS FOR LEARNING AT HOME 
MATHS

Time: Tell the time to the hour and half past the hour and draw the hands on a clock face to show these times. Recognise and use language relating to dates, including days of the week, weeks, months and years. Compare, describe and solve practical problems for time [for example, quicker, slower, earlier, later] and measure and begin to record time (hours, minutes, seconds) Sequence events in chronological order using language [for example, before and after, next, first, today, yesterday, tomorrow, morning, afternoon and evening.

Place Value: Count to 100 forwards and backwards, beginning with 0 or 1, or from any number. Count, read and write numbers from 1-100 in numerals and 1-20 in words. Identify and represent numbers using objects and pictorial representations. Given a number, identify 1 more or 1 less.

Addition and Subtraction: Add and subtract one digit and two digit numbers to 20, including zero. Read, write and interpret mathematical statements involving +, – and = signs. Solve one step problems that involve addition and subtraction

Measures: Compare, describe and solve practical problems for: lengths and heights for example, long/short, longer/shorter, tall/short, double/half. Measure and begin to record lengths and heights.

Multiplication and Division: Count in multiples of twos, fives and tens. Solve one step problems involving multiplication and division. Use sharing circles to divide and arrays to multiply.

Fractions: Recognise, find and name a half as one of two equal parts of an object, shape or quantity. Recognise, find and name a quarter as one of four equal parts of an object, shape or quantity.

Can your child practise counting up to and across 100, forwards and backwards? Your child could use number songs to help them. Here are a few songs that the children are enjoying:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TgLtF3PMOc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v82X6XhsQhs

Can your child recognise numbers up to 100 in their environment? You could help your child to practise writing numbers up to 100 – could they use bath crayons or write them in sand?

You could help your child to practise telling the time to the hour and half past the hour. Can they recognise the hour and minute hand?

ENGLISH

This term will start with all year groups taking part in a whole school writing project. This is a lovely opportunity for the children to work with others across the school. They will join together with other children from each year group to listen to and learn one of our classic nursery rhymes. Back in class, the children will share each other’s nursery rhymes and then each class will produce writing about them based on different genres. In Year 1, the children will be retelling their nursery rhymes as a story. At the end of the project, the children will meet again in their mixed groups to share their work.

Our next text will be ’Lost and Found’ by Oliver Jeffers. A heart-warming story about a sad, lonely penguin who appears at the door of a young boy. The boy decides he must be lost, so sets off to find his home. The boy asks the Lost and Found Office, some birds, and even his rubber duck, but no one knows where the penguin belongs. Then he reads that penguins are from the South Pole. Together they set out across the sea to the South Pole, but when they get there the boy discovers that sometimes what you’re looking for is right in front of you all along. After reading, sharing and discussing the story, the children will be creating a found poster and writing the next part of the story in the form of a comic strip. They will also be looking at the features of non-chronological reports and, following some research, they will write their own in the form of a poster about the author, Oliver Jeffers, and a report about penguins.

In addition, the children will continue to improve and extend their grammar and writing skills by writing recounts about their weekend news and will also continue to consolidate and extend their phonic knowledge.

Please ensure that your child reads regularly at home, at least 3 times a week is a minimum requirement. We encourage your child to read their own books from home as well as their school reading book. Reading the same book a few times will also help your child to develop their fluency and understanding of books. All reading should be recorded in your child’s reading record to help us monitor progress. Your child will get the chance to change their book every Friday and they will get a book worm (jelly sweet) if they have been reading at home.

Perhaps your child could practise writing sentences using their spelling words. Can they remember finger spaces, capital letters and full stops? Can they improve their sentence using adjectives and conjunctions?

SCIENCE

Seasonal Changes: Throughout the year the children will be observing, recording and asking and answering questions about the changing seasons. They will learn the names of the seasons, know when they change and the differences in weather, temperature and daylight length. They will create a weather chart and recognise that we need different clothes for the different seasons.

Amazing Animals: The children will be learning all about some of our most common birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and invertebrates. They will learn names and compare the similarities and differences between animals by labelling them, finding out about their diets and grouping them into carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.

Materials: The children will be examining everyday objects and identifying what materials they are made from. They will look at the properties of different materials and group and compare materials based on these. They will be carrying out tests on a variety of materials and recording their results. They will also apply their knowledge about materials in their Design and Technology lessons when they build free-standing structures.

As we go through the year, perhaps you could take photos of your child which record the different clothing and activities associated with different seasons, as well as the changes in the weather and environment. It would be a lovely record to share these in class.

What animals are there in your family? Can your child talk confidently about them and how to care for them? Could they do some animal spotting in the garden or on a walk? Perhaps they could keep a record of all of the different animals they see and group them by their characteristics.

HISTORY

 

Our history topic this term keeps us very close to home – we will be learning about the history of Hurworth. Our main focus is on the changes that have taken place within living memory but we will also be finding out some facts from earlier in the village’s history. We will start with a walk through the village, comparing old and new buildings and with a talk from our friend, Mrs Adamson, who will share her memories of Hurworth and how it has changed in her lifetime. The children will ask questions about Hurworth past and present and use their own observations and research to help them find the answers. Do you have any photographs or news articles at home that show how Hurworth has changed in the last 80 or so years? If your family is from the village, perhaps grandparents or older family friends could talk to your child about what is different now from they were a child.
GEOGRAPHY

Our geography this term ties in with our history topic about Hurworth. Through our fieldwork we will take a closer look at what Hurworth looks like, what geographical features and landmarks there are, how it is similar or different to other places, and why someone might want to settle here. We will find out about maps and how things are represented on a map using symbols. We will learn where Hurworth is located in the UK and make a map of Hurworth using our own symbols. Can your child make their own map of a place they have visited? Can they spot geographical features and landmarks in different places they have visited?
DESIGN

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TECHNOLOGY

This term we will be applying our science knowledge about materials, our maths knowledge of measures and 2D and 3D shapes, and our observational and drawing skills to investigate, design and make free standing structures. We will be thinking about how to design and make purposeful and functional structures and different ways of making them stronger and more stable. The children will be given a design brief and evaluate their own and others’ finished products. Can your child build their own structure at home? Can they find ways to make their structure stronger?
ART

 

The artist Monet will be the inspiration for our art lessons this term. We will be finding out who he was and why he was famous. We will study and compare some of his landscape paintings and talk about is style (impressionist) and how he achieved it. We will also learn how to mix paints to create different colours and use different tools (including our fingers!) to create a painting of Hurworth in the style of Monet. We will also be learning how to create collages and will make our own stained glass windows after learning about them in our RE work.
RE

This term our first topic is what we can learn about Christianity from visiting a church. We will visit our local All Saints church and find out what the common features of a church are, who leads the service in a church and how people worship there. We will also be learning about the Christian story of Creation and the story of Easter. Can your child tell you about our class visit to the church? Can they tell you some of the features that they saw in the church?
PE

Gymnastics: To begin this term PE will link closely with our science topic of animals. The children will learn how to lift, carry and use different gymnastic apparatus safely. The children will learn to travel safely in different ways, at different speeds and levels. They will bounce, hopscotch, gallop, skip, tiptoe and run in different directions. They will learn to jump safely on the ground and onto and from equipment. They will learn to jump and roll into different shapes and will put contrasting movements together to make sequences that they remember, repeat and perform.

Dance: The children will be dancing on their own, with partners and in groups. They will experiment with dancing with objects and making shapes with their bodies. The children will develop their evaluation skills by evaluating their own work and providing feedback to their peers.

Please ensure that your child remembers to bring their PE kit every Monday. We will be outside in all weathers (within reason) so warm tracksuit, waterproof, hat and gloves are also needed as we head into winter.
PSHE

This term in PSHE the children will be learning how to identify and manage their own feelings and how they can help their friends to manage their feelings. They will be exploring what a community is and will be thinking about what we can do to help our community. They will also be learning about dental hygiene with a visit from our school nurse.

 

We will also be recapping how to wash our hands correctly and we will be discussing how not washing our hands correctly can lead to germs spreading.

Perhaps you could discuss what community is with your child. Can they tell you how they could help our community?

Can they tell you how to brush their teeth correctly?

Please remind your child how to wash their hands correctly.

MUSIC

The children will build on the range of songs learned last term, widening their repertoire to include more challenging songs.

They will practise following a conductor to sing louder/softer or to include solo or small group parts within a song. The children will begin to discuss songs using musical vocabulary, such as pitch and volume. They will continue to listen carefully to others when they perform, offering positive feedback on what they see/hear and will all have the opportunity to gain confidence when singing with the microphone. There will be a singing performance for parents at the end of the first half term – see diary dates for details.

COMPUTING

 

The children will continue to develop their generic and text skills, learning how to use the delete/backspace key if they have made a mistake and print work using the Print icon. As always, we will be thinking about how to use technology safely and the children will learn about consent and permission and why this is important. They will continue to use search engines and alphabetical listings to find things quickly and effectively.  The children will also be learning about programmable toys and understand that a programmable toy can be controlled by inputting a sequence of instructions. Using Beebots, they will learn how to develop and record sequences of instructions as an algorithm and understand what we mean by debugging. Please encourage your child to be safe when online. Use apps that support their learning.

There are lots of amazing free apps and websites!

 

 

 

AUTUMN TERM
SUBJECT  OVERVIEW OF LEARNING  IDEAS FOR LEARNING AT HOME 
 

MATHS 

 

Place Value: Count to 20 and then 100, forwards and backwards, beginning with 0 or 1, or from any given number; count, read and write numbers to 20 and then 100 in numerals and to 20 in words and say 1 more or less than a number; Identify and represent numbers using objects and pictures including the number line; know and use the terms equal to, more than, less than (fewer), most, least. 

Addition and Subtraction: number bonds and related subtraction facts within 10; read, write and interpret mathematical statements involving addition (+), subtraction (-) and equals (=) signs; add and subtract one digit numbers to 10, including zero; solve one step + and – problems that involve addition and subtraction, using objects and pictures and solve missing number problems. 

Shape: recognise and create repeating patterns. 

Money: recognise and know the value of different denominations of coins and notes.  

Can your child recognise and read numbers up to 100 in everyday life? Your child could practise counting up to 100, forwards and backwards. Singing number songs will also help with number recognition. You could practise number bonds with your children – for example which two numbers add together to make 10. You could help your child practise their number formation – could they use chalk in the garden or bath crayons in the bath? Allow your child to experience using different denominations of money – for example they could count out the correct amount of money to buy some sweets. 
 

ENGLISH 

 

As the children begin their first term in Year 1, lots of our English work will be based on a book called ‘Meet the Twitches’ by Hayley Scott. The Twitches belong to a girl called Stevie and she loves playing with them. But guess what? These toy rabbits have a secret. They come alive when Stevie isn’t looking! This is a wonderfully colourful and beautifully illustrated chapter book that shows how even the scariest changes can soon bring wonderful adventures and exciting new beginnings. The children will be reading and discussing the story together; talking about the characters and events and linking them to their own experiences; and learning lots of interesting new vocabulary to use in their own writing. They will be writing descriptions of the characters and settings, writing a report about the adventures that the Twitches have; and planning and writing their own adventure story based on the characters from the book.  

The children will also begin reading and retelling traditional tales. They will be learning the story of Little Red Riding Hood by using actions and drawing pictures to sequence the main parts of the story. They will then be using story language to help them write their own version of Little Red Riding Hood. They will also be using adjectives to describe characters appearance and personality. 

They will also continue to consolidate and extend their phonic knowledge. 

Please ensure that your child reads regularly at home, at least 3 times a week is a minimum requirement. We encourage your child to read their own books from home as well as their school reading book. Reading the same book a few times will also help your child to develop their fluency and understanding of books. All reading should be recorded in your child’s reading record to help us monitor progress. Your child will get the chance to change their book every Friday and they will get a book worm (jelly sweet) if they have been reading at home. 

Perhaps your child could practise their letter formation (both lower case and capital letters) starting and finishing in the correct place. Can your child recognise letters and graphemes in everyday life?  

 

SCIENCE 

Seasonal Changes Throughout the year the children will be observing, recording and asking and answering questions about the changing seasons. They will learn the names of the seasons, know when they change and the differences in weather, temperature and daylight length. They will create a weather chart and recognise that we need different clothes for the different seasons. 

Who am I? This term the children will also be learning more about their bodies, their 5 senses and how we use all our senses to understand the world around us. They will learn to name more parts of the body with the help of Billy Bones the skeleton and know which part of the body is associated with which sense. They will carry out lots of interesting (and some quite disgusting!) investigations about their senses and use the information they collect to answer questions.  

 

As we go through the year, perhaps you could take photos of your child which record the different clothing and activities associated with different seasons, as well as the changes in the weather and environment. It would be a lovely record to share in class at the end of the year. 
 

HISTORY 

A good understanding of chronology and past, present and future is the first thing that the children will be getting to grips with this term. Linking with their science topic ‘Who Am I’, they will be thinking about the chronology of their own and other’s lives, creating a timeline to illustrate this. They will talk about people and events from the past and present and place objects and events onto a timeline. As we approach bonfire night, the children will be learning about the history behind this celebration. They will find out about who Guy Fawkes was, what we mean by the gunpowder plot and when and why this happened. They will learn more about how people lived at that time and compare this to present day lives. And of course, they will talk about how the gunpowder plot is remembered now, including how we can stay safe on bonfire night. 

 

Do you have any photographs, news articles, household objects or other artefacts at home that demonstrate changes within living memory that your child could share at school?  

Before going to any bonfires or firework displays this year, ask your child if they can remember what they have been taught about how to keep safe. 

 

GEOGRAPHY 

 

 

Some of our geography work this term links to our Seasonal Changes topic in science as we will be observing and recording daily weather patterns. The children will also be learning to identify the countries and capital cities of the UK and where they are in relation to their home town. 

 

Do you have family or friends that live in other parts of the UK? Perhaps your child could label a map of the UK with the countries and cities that they have visited or where family members and friends live. 

 

 

DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY 

 

 

 

The children will be learning all about slides and levers and how different mechanisms can produce different movements. After investigating a range of products that use slides and levers such as story books and greetings cards, they will make design and make their own Christmas cards using at least one of these mechanisms. Look out for your child’s card in their bags at the end of term – we are sure that it will take pride of place at home!  Do you have any examples of story books, cards or other products at home that use slides and levers? It would be great if the children could bring examples in to share with the class. 

 

 

RE 

 

The first big question for this term is why is Jesus special to Christians? The children will be talking about how Christians believe that Jesus was the son of God and they will read and discuss stories form the Bible that show how Jesus was a special and important person. They will learn about Christian values such as love, care, forgiveness and helping others, and about ways in which Christians show Jesus as special through symbols and images. As we approach Christmas, we will be asking why gifts are given at Christmas. The children will learn about the gospel story of the wise men visiting Jesus after his birth and the significance of the gifts they gave Jesus.  

 

Can your child tell you who Jesus is and why he is special and important person? Can your child tell you any bible stories they have learned? 

 

Can your child tell you about the Christmas story? Can they tell you why gifts are given at Christmas? 

 

PE 

 

In our PE lessons the children will be exploring throwing and catching. They will learn how to throw a ball/beanbag with accuracy, how to catch a ball/beanbag with some control and develop their awareness of space. The children will also be observing, describing and copying what others are doing and will be learning how to work collaboratively with a partner.  

The children will also be exploring creative play with an aim of creating their own outdoor games. The children will learn how to work collaboratively in a group. They will also develop their decision making, problem solving and thinking skills. With our gymnastics coach, the children will be practising controlling and performing a range of balances and jumps. 

Please ensure that your child remembers to bring their PE kit every Monday. We will be outside in all weathers (within reason) so warm tracksuit, waterproof, hat and gloves are also needed as we head into winter. 
 

PSHE 

 

As we begin the year the children will be creating our classroom rules and will be thinking about how to make our classroom a happy place to be. 

The children will also be discussing friendship and thinking about what makes a good friend. The children will be creating their own recipe for a perfect friend! 

During anti-bullying week the children will be discussing and developing their understanding of what bullying is. They will be thinking about how they can help their friends if they look upset or are playing alone during break times.  

Can your child talk about our classroom rules? Can your child practise being a great friend at home? Can they tell you how they are being a good friend? 

Find out more about anti-bullying week at: 

www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/anti-bullying-week 

 

 

MUSIC 

 

The children will learn a range of songs, chants and rhymes – singing with confidence and enjoyment. They will practise being able to stand still and sing sensitively or sing louder and with movement when appropriate and to listen carefully to others when they perform, offering positive feedback on what they see/hear. All children will have the opportunity to sing on the microphone. After half term, the children will be working towards their nativity performance and the whole school Christmas carol service. 

 

The KS1 nativity for parents will be on 12th December at 2:15pm. Please come along if you can. 

Our Christmas carol service at All Saint’s Church. Date and time is on the ‘Dates for your Diary’ or can be obtained from the school office. 

 

COMPUTING 

 

The children will be developing their generic and text skills learning how to print, save and retrieve work done on the computer and how to use the keyboard more proficiently, including using the return, shift, delete and backspace keys. As always, we will be thinking about how to use technology safely and the children will learn that they can go to exciting places online, but they need to follow certain rules to remain safe. They will learn how to use search engines and alphabetical listings to find things quickly and effectively.  The children will also be using the programme 2Publish+ to learn how to use painting tools to create and change images and will be creating their own illustrations for a story. 

 

Please encourage your child to be safe when online. Use apps that support their learning. There are lots of amazing free apps and websites!