Year 1 Curriculum Information

Term: Spring Term 2024


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: .



Addition and Subtraction within 20

 In this chapter, pupils will learn different ways to add and subtract numbers within 20. They will use their understanding of addition and subtraction to create fact families.

 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.

Addition and Subtraction Word Problems

This chapter provides a context for concepts previously taught in counting, addition and subtraction. It provides the foundations for the visual and proportional representation required for using bar modelling as the primary strategy for solving word problems. In this chapter, pupils will be reinforcing and contextually using number bonds and simple bars to represent word problems. In addition, they will be putting into practice concepts previously taught in number comparison, specifically looking at how many more or how many fewer/less.


 This is the first chapter on multiplication. Pupils will learn the foundations of equal groupings, repeated addition, arrays and doubling. By the end of the chapter, pupils will be able to apply that knowledge to solve word problems. Previous lessons using ten frames and visual linear organisation will prove useful in this chapter.


This is the first chapter on division. It is a short chapter with two main foci. Pupils will learn about taking a limited number of items and placing a predetermined number into groups to determine how many groups there will be. After this, pupils will be be given a number of items, but will need to figure out how many will go into each group by sharing equally


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 'The Adventures of Egg Box Dragon' and 'The Storm Whale'



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 Spring  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:


Autumn 1 - Care of Creation

Autumn 2 - Preferential Option for the Poor

Spring 1 - Solidarity and Peace

Spring 2 - Community and Participation

Summer 1 - Dignity of Workers

Summer 2 - Human Dignity 

Wider Curriculum 


Our topic is 

  Everyday Materials 

 Children will identify, classify and describe the everyday materials around them, such as wood, plastic, metal, glass and fabric.




Our topic this term is What is the weather like?

Children will name and locate the four countries on a map of the UK, identify the four seasons and observe and describe daily weather patterns


Toys from the Past



 We will begin our unit of work on Programming 

Technology around us

Moving a Robot

(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 dodgeball, hockey and dance.


Our topic is Painting and Mixed Media :Colour Splash

Pupils will learn  about primary and secondary colours, colour mixing techniques, and applying these skills in painting and printing


 Our topic is Puppets


Timbre and rhythmic patterns (Fairy tales)- Singing & chanting-Use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes

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