Year 1 Curriculum Information

Term: Summer 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: .


Multiplication -

Pupils will learn the foundations of equal groupings, repeated addition, arrays and doubling

Division -

We will will learn about taking a limited number of items and placing a predetermined number into groups to determine how many groups there will be

Fractions - 

We will be learning about making halves and quarters before moving on to making the connection between fractions and division 

Numbers to 100 - 

We will begin by counting in tens and ones, followed by using number bonds to partition numbers.

Time - 

We will cover five main concepts: telling time to the hour and half hour; using terms such as 'next,' 'before' and 'after'; estimating durations of time and comparing time

Money -

We will learn to recognise the various coins and notes.

Volume -

We will explore describing volume using the terms 'half' and 'quarter'.

Mass - 

We will be comparing mass using terms such as 'heavy/heavier' and 'light/lighter', followed by finding mass using non-standard unit

Space - 

We will explore the important elements of position, movement and turns. 



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 reading and performing various poems and then exploring non  fiction through the text 'Moth'.



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 7 - Holidays and holydays

Topic 8: Being Sorry

Topic 9: Neighbours

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 Plants  We will learn to identify and name a variety of common wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees and to identify and describe the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants, including trees



Our topic this term is How am I making History. We will learn about ourselves, learn what is was like for children from the past before moving on to exploring ways that we can  make history.



 We will begin our unit of work on Creating Media


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:

Fruit and Vegetables 

We will learn how to - 

  • Describe fruits and vegetables and explain why they are a fruit or a vegetable.
  • Name a range of places that fruits and vegetables grow.
  • Describe basic characteristics of fruit and vegetables.
  • Prepare fruits and vegetables to make a smoothie.



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