Y1 Curriculum Information

Term: Spring 2019

Home Learning:

Home learning is sent home every Wednesday to be returned for marking on a Monday. The children will be given rapid recall maths targets which they should be regularly practising at home, they will be tested on these every Monday morning. Homework will either be English, science or a My Maths task. Tasks are designed to support the learning taking place in class. Please work with your child to complete the activities, but please don’t do it for them! In Year 1, we always remind the children to try their best even if they might make mistakes.


PE Days:

Both classes have PE on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Children must have a full PE kit. Please make sure all items are labelled. Please spend time with your children getting them to practise changing their clothes on their own as this will help them when having to change quickly in class.



We follow the ‘Come and See’ scheme of work. Each topic usually lasts for four weeks. We begin each topic by exploring what each topic means to us before moving on to how it relates to religion. During the year we also learn about other faiths. At OLM we focus on Judaism and Islam. This is a brilliant way to teach respect for our community as a whole, regardless of cultures and beliefs.


The topics we will be covering in the spring term are;

Topic 4 (Special People): In this topic we are looking at the different special people in our lives and then going on to look at the different special people we see in church and the roles they carry out.  

Topic 5 (Meals): We will begin by talking about our experiences of special meals, such as birthday parties, Christmas, First Communion or Baptism celebration. We will then go on to looking at the story of The Last Supper.


Topic 6 (Change):  In this topic we will be preparing the children for Easter by looking at Lent as an opportunity for change.


Throughout the year, OLM focuses on different elements of Catholic Social Teaching (CST). Each month we look at a different value and discuss what each one means:

September- We are Called to Live as Family and Community

October- Rights and Responsibilities

November- Promotion of Peace

December- No CST- focus on Advent

January- Solidarity

February- An Option for the Poor and Vulnerable

March- The Dignity of the Human Person

April- No CST- focus on Lent

May- The Dignity and Rights of Workers

June- We are Called to Stewardship

July- Recap

Please ask your child what we have discussed.



In Year 1, we follow the principle of 'Letters and Sounds: Principles and Practice of High Quality Phonics' published by the Department of Education.

The Collins Big Cat Reading scheme is used throughout the school to support our teaching of reading. A variety of other schemes support this including Oxford Reading Tree, Jelly and Bean and Oxford Project X.


At OLM we use the Wordsmith scheme. This scheme focuses on a variety of different texts.

During the autumn term we will be focusing on:

The children will enjoy listening to a range of poetry as they work towards becoming ‘poetry stars’. They will come up with new vocabulary and sound effects and use real and invented words to describe what they feel - linking it all to their own experiences. They will construct sentences to describe how things feel and sound. They will experiment with sound and rhythm to recite a poem as a group. We will end the first half term with a performance for our buddies in Year 6.

Non-Fiction: The children will be reading an interactive eBook called Who Lives Here? Linking the text to their own experiences. They use maps to recall the sequence and ask questions about events in the eBook. They learn about different uses for capital letters and use these in their writing.



At OLM we use the Maths No Problem scheme. This scheme focuses on mastery of different mathematical concepts.

During the spring term we will be focusing on:

  • Numbers to 20
  • To count numbers to 20 accurately - forward and backward.
  • To count similar objects up to 20 with accuracy and fluency.
  • To write all numbers to 20 with numerals and in words.
  • To understand what zero represents and use it when counting.
  • To compare different sets of objects and say which one has fewer, more or is equal.
  • To order numbers to 20 and know which number is greater or is lesser in value.
  • Addition and subtraction number sentences within 20.
  • Shape – to recognise a range of 2D and 3D shapes and describe their properties.


Wider Curriculum (science, history, geography, art/DT)

Spring 1 science and geography:

This half term we will fully immerse ourselves in the topic of seasonal change. The children will be learning to name the seasons and will investigate the changes that occur between seasons. In geography they will become meteorologists as they study the weather between seasons and its effects.

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Spring 2 science:

In spring 2 we will begin to look at plants. The children will learn to identify and name a variety of common wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees. They will also learn about the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants, including trees.

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Spring 2 history:

In this fun topic linked to art in spring 2, the children will study changes in living memory in relation to toys and books. One book we will look at is ‘Winnie the Pooh’.

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Art and DT:

In Spring 1 our topic is printing, with our focus question; How can we print a seasonal change picture? We will start by looking at different seasonal change pictures by famous artists and will compare the colours used for each season. We will then go on to create our own seasonal pictures, but with each week we will be exploring new methods of printing. We will start by creating our own printing template and then progress to experimenting with different printing tools. For example, we will use fruit, vegetables, sponges and even our own hands and fingers. This topic is heavily linked to both our science topic ‘Seasons’ and our geography topic ‘Meteorologists’ which will help the children to have a clear understanding of what a seasonal picture should include.


In Spring 2 we will be learning about Puppets, with our focus question; How can I make a hand puppet?  The children will start the topic by looking at a range of puppets and discussing their own experiences, for example, where might they have seen a puppet before? Year 1 will then explore the different types of hand puppets and understand how they are made. This topic will lead to each child designing and creating their own puppet. At the end of this topic we will invite parents to a puppet workshop to help support the children to create their puppet. It is a great opportunity for parents to participate in their children’s learning. This topic will also link well to our history topic of ‘toys and books’.


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During Spring 1 we will be learning about ‘word processing’. We will learn to type using a keyboard and the pupils will be working towards typing a story by the end of the topic. As well as this, pupils will be learning to save and retrieve their work, to edit their typing and to be able to use symbols on a keyboard too. This will help each child basic typing and word processing skills.

In Spring 2 we will be learning about handling data. We will begin by looking at simple graphs on the computer and understand what the graphs mean. We will start with simple sorting activities and will progress to using a simple pictogram or painting program to create simple graphs. This again is a basic introduction to how we can store information on our computers and how we can easily update or edit this information.

We will also be learning about the importance of e-safety and how to stay safe online. We will talk to the children about websites that they use at home and how they can stay safe online. We do this in a fun way for children using videos called Hectors World. It is really important that you also talk to them about the importance of e-safety and what they would do if they were worried about anything they see.

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In the autumn term children will be taking part in weekly PE sessions with Tommy focusing on team sports. They will also have weekly PE lessons with their class teachers where they will be focusing on dance.  




Children will be taking part in music lessons with Mrs Edwards where children will learn about the key concepts of music. They will join in with learning new songs and use musical instruments.



Special Events:

Monday 14th January 9 am KS1 Phonics workshop for parents

Monday 4th February 9 am - KS1 Maths No Problem workshop for parents

Friday 15th February – Team Captain Charity Day

Week beginning 25th March – Parent consultations