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Year 1 Curriculum

Year 1 Curriculum

Class Teacher - Mrs L Todd

Teaching Assistants

  - Mrs N Farmery


Autumn Term 2019


As was the case in Foundation Stage, phonics will continue to be a major focus in Year 1.  Children will be taught in a range of ways, ensuring that learning is engaging and suited to your child’s individual needs.

The children already know that we will be looking at the story ‘Elmer’. We will be labelling pictures and composing simple sentences.  The children will also use ‘Talk for Writing’ to help them recount the story. In the second half of term we will be writing lists and describing characters.


The children’s maths lessons will begin with learning about place value, further developing your child’s understanding of number.  In the second half term they will be combining numbers as they explore ‘addition and subtraction’.

Foundation Subjects

In Geography, the children will be learning about the differences between the geographical features of a jungle and a town.  During the second half term, the children will explore the four countries of the United Kingdom, learning about maps, flags and capital cities.

History will feature a ‘mini project’ about Guy Fawkes and the history of Bonfire night.

Science will broaden the children’s learning about the Jungle as we explore in more detail the types of animals that live there. We will be looking at the meaning of new words including: herbivore, carnivore and omnivore, as we investigate animal eating habits.  In the second half term, our focus shifts to the seasons we experience in the United Kingdom.


We will be using our English story of ‘Elmer’ to help the children consider ‘What makes me special?’  Through art and discussion, we will talk about similarities and differences between ourselves and others.


In this subject we will link directly to R.E in the first half term, followed by ‘making choices’ in the second half term.


The children will learn the basic skills needed to log on and off and to use the computer safely and respectfully whilst we access phonics and maths games.  We will move onto using Paint and Word programmes in the second half term.


In Art we will focus on painting and collage across the term using the ‘Jungle’ and U.K as themes to explore creatively.

Design and Technology

Throughout our DT work we will be dyeing materials and sewing.


In Music we will be learning songs by heart, including ‘Down in the Jungle’ and ‘Elephants have Wrinkles’. We will enjoy singing and dancing together.


Our P.E day is Friday.  Please ensure that children have a full P.E kit in class.  It is important that a warm kit (sweatshirt and joggers) is also included so that we can take some P.E sessions outside.  It is also important that your child has a pair of trainers as plimsolls are not suitable for outside use.  May I also remind you to remove your child’s earrings on Fridays (unless your child is able to do this themselves.) This is for the health and safety of your child.  Long hair must also be tied back.


Homework for Year 1 is a spelling programme, with letter formation for those who need it.  The homework will be sent home on Friday and due back by the following Wednesday.


Please remember to sign your child’s reading book every time you read so that the children can earn their reading certificates.  This can be a read with any adult or older child.

Sharing Library Box

We have a small library outside Year 1 and EYFS.  Our aim is to develop the children’s love of reading through a range of books.  Please support your child in sharing these books at home and encourage them to exchange them for another when ready.  Please make use of this facility.


Year 1 Curriculum Map 2019 - 2020