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.




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. 



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?  



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. 


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. 





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. 







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. 





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? 




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. 



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: 





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. 




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!