Year 1 Curriculum Information

Term: Autumn 2023

Home Learning: 

  • It is expected that children are reading daily at home for approximately 10 minutes.
  • Once the children are settled , we will be setting English or maths home learning activities on alternate weeks. Work will be set on Wednesdays and needs to be completed by Monday. Tasks will be set on Google Classroom, so please make sure you have joined.
  • 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: .


Numbers to 10

Pupils will learn to cont. recognise, compare and order numbers to 20.

Number Bonds 

Pupils will learn to make number bonds and use them to make number stories.


Addition within 10

 Pupils will learn to add using number bonds, add by counting on, complete number sentences and make addition stories.

Subtraction within 10

Pupils will learn to subtract by crossing out, by using number bonds, by counting back, make subtraction stories and solve picture problems


Pupils will learn to name positions, name left and right positions and name positions in queues.

Numbers to 20

Pupils will learn to count, write, compare and order numbers to 20.




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 the texts 'I want my Hat Back' and 'Claude in the City'.



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 1 - Families

Topic 2 - Belonging

Topic 3 - Waiting

Topic 4 - Special People


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 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 

 Seasonal change - we will observe changes across the four seasons and observe weather associated with the seasons and how the day length varies.






Our topic this term is What is it like here? 

Pupils will learn about their school and the school grounds using aerial photographs and maps.



 We will begin our unit of work on Computing Systems & Networks

Technology around us

(Teach computing)





Online Safety lessons will be taught at least once per half term and will focus on Media Balance & Wellbeing


 PE Days:
Y1W PE days are Wednesday and Thursday
Y1G 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 Maypole dancing, cricket and athletics.

Design and Technology:

Our topic is Make your mark

Pupils will learn to  explore lines, waves, make lines and experiment with media.



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