Year 1 Curriculum Information

Term: Spring 2023

Home Learning: 

  • It is expected that children are reading daily at home for approximately 10 minutes.
  • Rapid maths recall targets will be sent home each week, explaining what you and your child should work on. These targets are designed to be learnt by rote, so that the children can recall these numbers facts at speed, enabling them to be even better mathematicians. We will test the children each week in class and new targets will be sent out once your child has mastered their current ones. These tests are times, to ensure that children do learn them by heart, rather than working them out.
  • Children will have a weekly spelling test which will support their learning in phonics and with high frequency words.   


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

Each child will have their own workbook which is made of different chapters (see below). At the end of each chapter there will be a REVIEW lesson. Your child will bring home a blank copy of this to complete as homework. You will be able to see which parts of the chapter they have understood confidently, and the areas of the chapter they may need more support and practise.

During the this term  we will be learning about: .


Shapes and Patterns

This chapter looks at different types of 2D shapes and some basic 3D shapes. It covers the properties of basic 2D shapes and some solid shapes. Pupils will learn to group shapes according to different criteria. This will also lead to recognising, describing and continuing a pattern, as well as generalising patterns. Pupils will learn properties associated with basic shapes through the shapes themselves but also through the use of non-examples.

Height and Length

This chapter covers the basics of length. Pupils will compare lengths and describe whether something is taller, shorter or longer. They will learn how to measure two objects for comparison using items and body parts, before moving on to measuring using a ruler.

Numbers to 40

In this chapter, pupils will be exploring numbers to 40 in a variety of ways. The beginning of the chapter focuses on counting to 40 in different ways and writing numbers to 40. As the sequence progresses, pupils are comparing numbers and looking at number patterns. This chapter will consolidate pupils' previous work with numbers to 20 and prepare them for Chapter 15, Numbers to 100.


In Year 1, we use Rocket Phonics.  Children start this scheme in Early Years Foundation Stage and then progress on to more complex phonemes and graphemes. The children have their own workbooks, which they fill in each day.

Children read twice a week in school, during small guided reading sessions. We use the corresponding high quality Rocket Phonics reading books. Children also take home two Rocket Phonics reading books a week.

It is really important that children are exposed to a variety of books and to support this we read aloud daily to the children in class. Please could parents support their child by reading aloud to them each day at home so they are exposed to a rich vocabulary of language.  


Spellings are set once a week on the Spelling Shed website.

At OLM we use the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) Power of Reading scheme to teach English.

This term we will be using the texts 'The Adventures of the Egg Box Dragon'



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 Autumn term are;

Topic 4: Special People

Topic 5: Meals

Topic 6: Change

Throughout the course of the year, we will  look at the different elements of Catholic Social Teaching (CST). Each month we look at a different value and discuss what each one means and make a class book:

September- We are Called to Live as Family and Community

October- Rights and Responsibilities

November- Promotion of Peace

December- No CST- focus on dventA

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 


Wider Curriculum 


Our topic is Everyday Materials.  We will be investigating what materials are used to make everyday things e.g. metal, plastic, wood, stone, paper, fabric



Our topic this term is Toys from the Past. We will be learning how toys have changed from years ago to the present day.



 We will begin our unit of work on Programming using Bee-Bots. Children will learn to input instructions to make the Bee-Bot move in the direction they want and navigate their way around a map. 

Key vocabulary: forwards, backwards, left, right, turn, start, stop, delete.

Online Safety lessons will be taught at least once per half term.


 PE Days:
Y1W PE days are Wednesday and Friday.
Y1Y PE days are Monday and Wednesday.
Children should wear their PE kits on these days.

Please do not put your child in trainers with laces if they are unable to tie their laces themselves. 

PE topics to be covered this term include Maypole dancing, cricket and athletics.

Design and Technology:

Designing and making Puppets

The skills they will learn are:

  • Learning the importance of a clear design criteria.
  • Including individual preferences and requirements in a design.
  • How to join different pieces of fabric.



Focus: Memory Development-Singing (mi-so) All singing at same time. Chants/rhymes.  Control & match pitch - Stop/start/loud/quiet. Steady Beats/Pulse.  ‘Boom Chicka Boom’    Call & Response Many pretty trees around the world-rhythms of childhood

Listening Teaching-stories, origins, traditions, history, social context


1oo books to read in Y1

Recommended reading

The Cat in the Hat- Dr Seuss

The Tiger Who Came to Tea- Judith Kerr

 Hairy Maclary- Lynley Dodd

The Large Family Collection- Jill Murphy

Charlie and Lola- Lauren Child

The Smartest Giant in Town- Julia Donaldson

The Gruffalo’s Child- Julia Donaldson

The Gigantic Turnip- Aleksei Tolstoy

The Whisperer- Nick Butterworth

Mrs Armitage on Wheels- Quentin Blake

The Trouble with Jack- Shirley Hughes

My Friend Bear- Jez Alborough

Avocado Baby- John Burningham

A Bear Called Paddington- Michael Bond

Funnybones- Allan Ahlberg

The Jolly Postman- Allan Ahlberg

Mister Magnolia- Quentin Blake

Katie Morag Series- Mairi Hedderwick

Frog and Toad are Friends- Arnold Lobel

The Princess and the Pea- Minnie Grey

Amazing Grace- Mary Hoffman

Don’t Forget the Bacon- Pat Hutchins

Emperor of Absurdia- Chris Riddell

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs- Jon Scieszka