Year 1

Year 1 Curriculum Overview - Autumn Term


Year 1 children will be reading stories from familiar settings. They will be sequencing the main events in these stories, taking part in drama activities and creating their own imaginary characters to describe. They will be developing their early writing skills by recording their own sentences to retell stories in familiar settings. The children will be focussing upon the theme of the beach and discussing how we can take better care of our coastal areas.  In poetry, we will collect interesting vocabulary linked to Bonfire night and Fireworks to create our own poems.

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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.  Each Read Write Inc programme meets the higher expectations of the National Curriculum and uses effective assessment to accelerate every child's progress and prepare them for the new National Curriculum Tests. The children will continue with the RWI Phonics Programme throughout their time in Key Stage 1.



They will be able to count accurately and confidently to 20 to begin. They will rehearse counting to 50 to develop further number recognition. The children will complete addition and subtraction calculations using the symbols +, - and =. They will understand the terms ‘more than’ and ‘less than’ and will be encouraged to begin to work these out mentally. The children will complete work on 2D shapes, creating patterns, naming common shapes and describing their features. They will learn key number facts including number bonds and doubles up to 10.

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Topic work


In our History topic the children will be taught that events in the past are important. The children will study the life of a significant historical person; they will understand who Guy Fawkes was and the events leading up to the Gun Powder Plot.


In Geography we will look at a range of hot and cold places around the world. The children will identify each country in the United Kingdom and all of the seven continents on the world map. They will consider different weather conditions and how this impacts upon everyday life in specific countries. The children will use iPads and non-fiction books to conduct research into both hot and cold countries.



In Science the children will learn about the Season of Autumn. They will look at Scientific features including weather, temperature and observable changes in the local area. They will extend their investigation skills through developing a line of inquiry, making observations and becoming familiar with Scientific vocabulary through the study of ‘Materials’.




This term the topic is ‘Christian Lifestyles’ The children will celebrate individuality and uniqueness. Children will learn that there are good traits in everyone. They will listen to Christian stories.



This term in PSHCE the children will focus upon communicating their feelings to others, recognising how others show feelings and how to respond.  They will also talk about how their behaviour affects other people and what is fair and unfair, kind and unkind, as well as what is right and wrong.


Design & Technology


Children will design and make their own winter coat for Barnaby Bear. They will consider suitable materials and colours to keep Barnaby warm during the Winter months. The children will need to pay close attention to their choice of patterns and shapes to ensure that the coat is symmetrical.



The children will explore the use of colour, pattern and shape inspired by Wassily Kadinsky. Children will be introduced to the colour wheel and will explore mixing primary colours. The children will create a range of large scale pieces using natural materials found in the school environment in the style of Andy Goldsworthy. The children will be encouraged to consider their choice of materials, composition and colour to create their own fantastic art work.




The children will be using a software package called Hector’s World  which relates to  e-Safety.  The children will have the opportunity to use iPads to research information on topics studied throughout the term.  The children will become familiar using the school systems and logging on using their own passwords.  This includes the programme School 360.




The children will develop rhythm and pulse through action songs.  They will practise singing with expression and learn to hold their own part in a round.  The children will use Charanga to explore their singing and rhythmic skills as well as using musical instruments to support their understanding of rhythm and pulse.  




This term the pupils will be developing their abilities through multi-skills lessons.  They will learn about why we need to exercise and how to take care of our bodies when doing exercises. 


Outdoor PE kit: trainers, jumper, joggers, spare socks.

Indoor PE kit: sandshoes, shoes, T-shirt.


Please can full indoor and outdoor PE kits be brought into school every Monday and taken home every Friday.


Reading Rollercoaster and Maths mountain


These reward schemes allow children to earn certificates while developing their reading and mental maths skills.  To progress along the Reading Rollercoaster, the pupils must hand in signed reading records twice weekly.  Progression up the Maths Mountain will be based upon a weekly mental maths test.



Reading books will be changed twice a week in Year 1. 

At Shanklea, we read primarily from the Oxford Reading Tree home reading scheme.  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.

In the Summer term Year 1 will continue to bring home ‘Nonsense Words’ in their Alien Word Book to help prepare them as their phonics screening approaches in June


English and Maths Homework

Children will be receiving weekly English and Maths homework. This will consist of a written activity and an online activity. This will be alternated every week.

As part of this homework, children will be given the opportunity to choose a book from their class’s reading area which they would like to read.


Children will receive weekly spellings including a combination of high frequency words and phonic words. Children are expected to practise these words in preparation for a spelling test during the week.