Y1 Curriculum Information

Term: Summer 2021

Home Learning:


Home learning is set every Wednesday to be submitted on a Monday. Children will complete home learning on Google Classroom or on the MyMaths website which you should all have login details for. Home learning will be either a Maths or English 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.

We will test the children on their Rapid Recall targets and spellings each week.


PE Days:
Y1H PE days are Tuesdays and Fridays.
Y1W PE days are Wednesdays and Fridays.
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. 


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 Holy days): In this topic we will be discussing what Holydays are and why we celebrate them. We will then look in detail at what happened on Pentecost Day and how we can feel the Holy Spirit around us.

Topic 8 (Being Sorry): In this topic we will be 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.

Topic 9 (Neighbours): In this topic we will be talking about our neighbours around the world and the things we can do to help them.   

We will also be learning about Isla this term. 

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.

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.  


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

This term we will begin by using the text Moth: An Evolution Story by Isabel Thomas and Daniel Egnéus. During the work on this text we will be making links with science as well as giving children the opportunityto explore non-fiction writing about moths and other animals that are known for adaptation. We will also do some poetry work, exploring settings, animals and emotions. Children will have ample opportunities to work on developing vocabulary, grammar and punctuation skills.

We will then move on to a new text Poems to Perform. This will be divided into two themes: ‘Rhythm and Sound’ and ‘Natural Wonders’. Children will have the opportunity to listen to poems, expressing interest and preferences and making choices for their own class anthologies on a preferred theme.

In Summer 2 we will start a new text called ‘A Necklace of Raindrops’ by Joan Aiken. During this text children will listen to a magical collection of stories enticing children to escape into worlds of weather altering necklaces, wish fulfilling mats, flying apple pies and giant marmalade colored cats. Children will have the opportunity to
•Write from the perspective of a character in a story.
• To respond to images in a powerful picture book.
• To consider what motivates the actions and choices of individuals in different situations.
• To use art as a stimulus for writing.

We will then have a biography unit about Elizabeth Anionwu, a former British nurse. In this topic will make links to our previous History nursing topic when we learnt about Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale

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 learning about

 Fractions: Focusing on halves and quarters.

Numbers to one hundred:  Identifying the tens and ones through the use of various mathematical materials. We will also be looking at number patterns and solving word problems.

Time : Telling the time, including o’clock, half past and quarter past. We will also be learning how to solve time word problems.

Money: Identifying coins and notes and comparing different amounts of money.

Volume and Capacity : Measuring and comparing different quantities, using a half and a quarter.

Mass : Comparing mass and finding the mass of different objects.

Space : Describing positions, describing movements and making turns.




Wider Curriculum 


During the summer term our topic is Plants.

We will be looking at edible and non edible plants. We will discover which part of the plant we are able to eat - root, stem, leaves, flower, fruit.

We will discover what plants need to grow and thrive and will be able to name all parts of a plant.



During the summer term our topic is Travel and Transport.

We will be looking at transport through  the ages and discover how individual forms have changed over time and look at significant inventions, which have helped transform transport.

We will be making time lines and will learn about the significance of the wheel. By the end of the unit, we will have designed and made our own 3 dimensional cars.


During Summer our topic will be Handling Data. This topic has strong maths links and children will be learning about pictograms and bar charts. They will then make their own pictograms and bar charts using a computer programme.

We will also be continuing our learning about the importance of  e-safety and how to stay safe online. 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.


Special Events:



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