Y1 Curriculum Information

Spring Term 2021


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 learning about:



Subtraction within 10

In this chapter, pupils will learn that subtraction equations can be done in three ways: by crossing out, by using number bonds and by counting back


In this chapter, pupils will gain an understanding of positional language, as well as directional language for left and right

Numbers to 20

In this chapter, we look at numbers up to 20 focusing in particular on numbers between 10 and 20. Pupils will be able count and write to 20, compare and order numbers, and see patterns within 20.

Addition and subtraction to 20

In this chapter pupils will learn different ways to add and subtract numbers within 20.

Shapes and patterns

This chapter looks at different types of 2-D shapes and some basic 3-D shapes. You will cover the properties of basic 2-D 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.



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.  

Each child will read twice a week with an adult in the classroom; once with the teacher and once with the teaching assistant. 


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 Storm Whale' and '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

Through this topic, we will explore the following themes:

  • Special people in our lives
  • Special people within the parish church
  • Jesus is the most special person in the parish


Topic 5 - Meals

Through this topic, we will explore the following themes:

  • Why we have special meals
  • What happens during Mass and why?
  • The importance of Holy communion

Topic 6 - Change

  • How we feel about acquiring and using new skills
  • Lent is an opportunity to change for the better
  • To recognise the stories of Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday 

 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:

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 



Wider Curriculum 


 Our topic is Plants.  We will be making links to our previous topic of animals and what we all have in common.  We will be learning to identify the different parts of a plant from the petals, stem, leaf, bulb, seed and root.  We will then go on to learn about a variety of common plants and trees.



Our topic is Toys from the past and present.  We will explore toys from the present day and make comparisons to toys from the past.



We will be using a variety of information technology this term and further our word processing skills.  We will incorporate these skills into other areas of the curriculum. 

We will spend time revisiting online safety procedures and learning how to be safe and responsible digital citizens.




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.   


PE Days:
Y1W PE days are Monday and Wednesday.
Y1D PE days are Tuesday 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 gymnastics and rugby.







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