Year 1

Autumn Term overview – Year 1

A brief overview of the curriculum areas

 Read, Write Inc. phonics 

Read Write Inc. provides a structured and systematic approach to teaching reading. It is used by more than a quarter of the UK's primary schools and is designed to create fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers. The children will be continuing with their Read Write Inc. programme on a daily basis. The children will recap over their previous learning of the different sets of sounds and then build upon this to develop their ability of segmenting and blending of words. The children will also continue to consolidate their reading of alien words using the sounds they’ve been taught. This is to support children with segmenting and blending with accuracy and to develop confidence in their reading. 


Reading books will be changed once a week, where the children will receive 1 book a week. Books will go out on a Monday and the children will be required to bring their Reading Records in on a Friday to be changed the following Monday. At Shanklea, we read primarily from the Oxford Reading Tree home reading scheme but also Read Write Inc storybooks that are linked to the phonic level that the children are currently at. All children in KS1 read books from the Oxford Reading Tree programme but we recommend that children also read a variety and breadth of different text types at home in order to continue their learning. Across this term, the children will be studying: stories from familiar settings, information texts, and traditional tales. Each topic will be based around a specific text fiction or non-fiction text. In guided reading, the children will be exploring a wide selection of texts in order to develop their fluency skills, their confidence with reading and pace, as well as their inference skills. 

Reading Rollercoaster 

The Reading Rollercoaster will begin in the Autumn Term.  To progress and move on the rollercoaster, the children will need to get at least two signed entries in their Reading Record per week to enable them to achieve the different certificates throughout the year. The children are encouraged to bring in their reading records every Friday to allow them to gain as many points on the Reading Rollercoaster.


Year 1

During Year 1, the children will build on work from the Early Years Foundation Stage. The children will have a mixture of different themed books which their learning will be based around. Through these texts the children will  learn how to read and spell unfamiliar words using the phonic knowledge and skills that they have already learnt, which they will develop further in Read, Write Inc lessons and guided reading sessions. The children will practise sitting correctly at a table, holding a pencil comfortably and correctly, beginning to form lower-case letters in the correct direction, starting and finishing in the right place.  The children will say out loud what they are going to write about, composing a sentence orally before writing it and sequencing sentences to form short narratives. They will learn to spell the days of the week and name the letters of the alphabet in order.  

Pupils entering Year 1 who have not yet met the early learning goals for Literacy will continue to follow the school’s curriculum for the Early Years Foundation Stage to develop their word reading, spelling and language skills. However, these pupils will follow the KS1 programme of study in terms of the books they listen to and discuss, so that they develop their vocabulary and understanding of grammar, as well as their knowledge more generally across the curriculum.


Year 1 

The children at the start of the term will be focusing on number work. Children will be counting forwards and backwards in steps of 1 from any given number. They will be concentrating on writing words in numbers as well as the formation of each number. Place value will be embedded in number lessons so children become more familiar with numerical value and number patterns/sequences. They will be encouraged to use vocabulary relating to addition and subtraction as well as the terms more and less. They will use pictoral representations to show calculations as well as using different physical equipment such as multilink cubes and deins.

Maths Mountain

The children will be taking part in a weekly mental maths assessment. From the progress that he children make with these assessments they can achieve different certificates throughout the year. - resources - busy things


The topic for this term is Space and through this topic the children will be looking at significant individuals such as Neil Armstrong and Tim Peake. They will understand the difference between the past and the present and why Neil Armstrong life achievements was so significant. The children will look in detail at the main events of his life and compare them to the present day and achievements that have happened within their living memory.

The children will also have some time in this term to focus on Remembrance and the significance of this. The children will begin to learn about what life was like during these times for the soldiers and their families. The children will also learn about the importance of the poppy and what each poppy represents.


The children will be learning all about the area that they live in. They will understand where Cramlington is within the United Kingdom and the world’s continents. The children will also look into the human and physical features of their local area and the amenities that are available to the area. They will have the opportunities to use maps and ariel photos to identify places that they know.


The children will begin the term by looking at the seasons of the year. They will look at the different weathers in each season and look at similarities and differences that can happen. They will also look around the world and compare the seasons with the UK. The children will also look at the length of the day in the UK and how that can change throughout the year. Although the topic of seasons is taught at the start of the year, it will be revisited throughout the year as the seasons change.

We will also be focusing on ‘Everyday Materials’. Children will learn the names of different materials and be able to identify the material from an object. They will look into the properties of material and what they are suitable for.

All children will gain opportunities to ask simple questions and find out different ways to answer questions using observations that they have made and then record their information down in different formats. They will also have opportunities to take part in different experiments to help their understanding of these topics.


We will begin the term learning all about Christianity, focusing on the lifestyle of a

Christian. We will look at what it means to be a Christian as well as diversity within

Christianity. We will then move onto Advent, what this means for Christians and how it

is celebrated. Following on from this, we will compare how this time of year looks in

different religions and look for similarities and differences. We will make comparisons

between Christianity, Judaism and Islam.

Design & Technology

In Design and Technology, the children will be designing a new space badge for an astronaut going into space linked to their study of Space and Neil Armstrong and Time Peake. They will design their logo based around observations and research of other space missions. They will then create their own space badge by using felt and material. The children will sew their badge together using different joining stiches. Once finished the children will evaluate their badge and compare it to some of the mission badges that they researched.


In Art the children will be studying the American artist ‘James Rizzi’. They will be focusing on the shape and colours of buildings and using Rizzi’s art work as a stimulus to produce works of art using different mediums and techniques.

During the term, we will be looking at Remembrance Day and the significance of the poppy. The children will create a clay poppy based upon their observations of the shape, textures and colours of the red Flander’s field Poppy.


The children will be introduced to the chrome books. The children will learn all about how to log on to the computers using their own username and password. They will also be shown the software that is used in school called Purple Mash. They will be shown all the different tools that are available in Purple Mash and what they can do. The children will be given opportunities to create their own avatars on Purple Mash as well as on School 360. During these times we will also be talking to the children about Online Safety and why we create Avatars instead of having our own photos on the screen as well as keeping personal information private.  


During the Autumn term the children in year 1 will continue to develop their multi

Skills. This will also be linked in with using time, how many can they do within the time set, can they improve their score with practise. They will use both their indoor and outdoor PE sessions to develop their skills when working with a partner and in small groups. We will also be developing our gymnastic skills, linking travelling in different ways with using the apparatus, and developing balances, rolls and jumps


The children will be looking at the topic of ‘Me and My Relationships’. During this topic the children will be focusing on classroom rules and why we need them, understanding feelings including thinking about them as well as what they feel in different scenarios. The children will also look at friendships and what makes a good friend.


The children will be learning all about the differences between pulse, rhythm and pitch. They will be focusing on a unit of work called ‘Hey You!’ It is written in an Old-School Hip Hop style for children to learn about and to learn how to rap and enjoy it in its original form. As well as learning to sing, play, improvise and compose with this song, children will listen and appraise other Old-School Hip Hop tunes.