Year 1

Autumn Term overview – Year 1

A brief overview of the curriculum areas


Year 1 children will be reading stories from Fantasy Lands. 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 listen to the Traditional Tale story of ‘The Little Red Hen’ and will re-tell the story in their own words. In poetry, we will collect interesting vocabulary linked to Bonfire night and Fireworks to create our own poems.



Children will 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.


Topic work


In our History topic the children will be taught that events in the past are important. They will understand why we commemorate Remembrance Day and the significance of wearing poppies. This will develop the children’s knowledge of significant events from the past allowing them to gain a deeper understanding of the concept of the past and present.



In Geography we will look at the local area of Cramlington. Children will know their home address, label a simple plan and identify local geographical features. This will allow the children to develop their sense of belonging within their local community. Children will also be taught how to stay safe in their community and who they should approach if they need help. The children will learn to read map symbols and begin to identify and label key features within their local town.



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 will provide the children with the opportunity to begin working scientifically.



Throughout this term in PHSE we will be covering E-Safety, Feelings, How I Respond, Opinions, Fair and Unfair, Co-operation, and Right and Wrong. This covers key concepts and skills that will support the children’s Moral, Social and Cultural education. British values will embedded throughout.



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 and discuss the morals and messages behind them.


Design & Technology

Children will design and make their own 3D poppy using a variety of materials and techniques. Children will begin to work autonomously and develop their problem solving skills to select appropriate materials to complete a 3D poppy.



The children will explore the use of colour, line and shape inspired by Piet Mondrian and Bart Van Der Lek. Children will work together to create a collaborative piece based on the topic buildings inspired by James Rizzi. Children will also create a scene to depict Remembrance Day in the style of Georgia O’Keefe.



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 Notebooks and iPads to research information on topics studied throughout the term.



Activities will be given each week, on a Friday, for English and Maths linked to our current learning.  Each week your child will be asked to complete a written/ recorded task and an online task.  This will be due in the following Wednesday each week.