Y1 Curriculum Information

Term: Summer 2018

Home Learning:

Home learning is sent home every Wednesday to be returned for marking on a Monday. Children have a home learning folder. The folder will be sent home with either a writing or science 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 Mondays 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 summer term are;

Topic 7 (Holidays and Holydays): In this topic we will begin by talking about what Holidays and Holydays are and why we have them. Children will be able to reflect upon holidays and holydays that they have experienced and things that happen on those days. During this topic we will be focusing on Ascension and Pentecost day and discuss why these days are special and how they make people feel.

Islam: During this topic we will be learning about what Islam is and discussing the fact that people believe different things and this is OK. In Year 1 we will be focusing on the stories of Muhammad and talking about why he is important for Muslim people.

Topic 8 (Being Sorry): We will begin by looking at different Bible stories that have the message about forgiveness and being sorry. We will also be discussing times when we have had to say sorry for something we have done and what it means to others when we do say sorry.

Topic 9 (Neighbours): We will begin this topic by talking about our neighbours who live near us. We will think about what makes people are neighbours and what we do for them. We will then move on to thinking about our neighbours around the world and things we can do to help them even if we don’t know them and have never met them before.

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 summer term we will be focusing on:


Fiction unit: Once Upon a Time: In this unit, the children will look at a range of fairy tale stories. They will become familiar with the structure of stories and the typical endings and characters you find in fairy tale books. The pupils will have a chance to plan and write their own fairy tale stories as well as learn to describe characters and settings in detail.

Fantastic Voyages: In this unit, the children read will read two stories by Simon Bartram, Man on the Moon and Dougal’s Deep-Sea Diary. They look at the settings of the two stories, building their vocabulary, and use imaginative role play to explore the characters. They use the stories’ structures (a day-in-the-life and a diary) to retell the stories, and write alternative tales about the characters, diary entries, postcards and longer narratives, revising the use of ‘and’ to join sentences.

Storytellers: In this unit the children are introduced to a traditional tale from ancient India, The Best of Friends. Activities involve selecting words to describe the characters vividly, identifying good storytelling techniques and exploring strategies for remembering a sequence of events. The children then compose and rehearse their own retellings of the story.

Non-fiction – Top jobs: In this unit, the children explore the Big Question: What’s the best job? They read an interactive eBook, finding information and using drama to explore different roles. They explore new vocabulary and create a fact file.


Our grammar focus will be on sentence punctuation and the purpose of it.



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

During the summer term we will be focusing on:

  • Use 100 squares and number lines to determine how many more/less
  • Investigating and continuing number patterns e.g . 31,30,28,__,__,25
  • Solving word problems involving addition and subtraction
  • Making equal groups of objects
  • Telling time to the hour and half hour.
  • Using words next, before and after
  • Estimating and comparing time
  • Money (recognising coins and notes)
  • Measuring - finding and comparing volume and capacity and mass
  • Measuring – describe volume using half and quarter


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


During the summer term our first topic is ‘Edible Plants’. We will start by talking about what edible means and identifying edible plants that the children know. We will then plant our own edible plants such as cress, potatoes and tomatoes and we will care for these to help them grow. We will have the opportunity to try a variety of different edible plants and also look at the life cycle of some of these.


In summer 2 our topic will be ‘Everyday materials’. We will be learning to identify and name a variety of everyday materials. We will think about why objects are made of particular materials and explain why each of the materials has been chosen. We will also be making close observational drawings of a selection of objects & use scientific vocabulary to describe them. We will then look at sorting materials by different criteria. We will investigate magnets and what they do and predict what materials will stick to them.


Use these links to help support your child’s learning;






Here is some key vocab for the topic that you can go through at home with your child. The focus should be on meaning rather than spelling.


Plants: Edible, root, stem, leaf, petals, bud, deciduous, evergreen, trunk, branch, seed, suitable, healthy


Materials: hard, smooth, bumpy, soft, leather, wool, plastic, metal, rubber, identify, sort, group, classify, record, compare


Topic: History & Geography

In summer 1 we will be focusing on history where our topic is travel and transport. During this topic we will be learning about different modes of transport as well as exploring how transport has changed and developed over time. We encourage parents to start discussing with their children the transport they use to get to school and point out different modes of transport you may see on your way to school. To support this topic we will be going to the transport museum in May.


In summer 2 we will move on to geography in our topic called ‘our school and local area’. We will start by looking at maps of our local area and using geographical language to describe it. We will think about what we like and dislike about our local area. We will learn about different types of housing around Muswell Hill and link this to doing some cross curricular work on the three little pigs’ homes.

How to support your child at home:

Please take the time to walk around your local area with your child and discuss local landmarks, likes and dislikes and points of interest.


Art and DT:

In summer 1 our topic is ‘how can I make a moving picture?’ which links to our history topic as we will be making moving vehicles. We will begin by investigating different moving pictures, looking at the materials which are most effective. We will then go on to planning and making our own pictures.

In summer 2 we will be learning about construction, with our focus question being ‘can we design a set of chairs for the three bears?’ We will begin by looking at different kinds of chairs and their purposes. Children will discuss what materials are used to make chairs and what type of chair they think each of the three bears would like and why. All children will then have the opportunity to design and make their own chair for one of the three bears.



In summer 1, our ICT topic is ‘Algorithms’. Children will begin by learning what an algorithm is before moving on to giving each other instructions to follow. Children will then use a computer programme to learn how to give a sequence of instruction for something to follow.


To learn about algorithms please see the link below:



In summer 2 we will be moving on to a topic called ‘2simple City’ where children will engage in on-screen activities including visiting the doctor, going to the cafe or doing the recycling. Children will learn more about each area by completing activities and watching real life videos that children can relate to real life experiences.


We will also be continuing to learn 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.

Links to support at home:





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



Special Events:

Wednesday 25th April 9:00 – 9:25 am: Phonics workshop for parents. Please come along to learn more about the Y1 phonics screening that your child will be doing in June and how you can support your child at home.




Tuesday 8th May – Y1 trip to the Transport Museum: this trip will support our learning for both our History and our DT topics for this half term.


Early June (Date to be confirmed) – Year 1 Phonics screening test.