Y1 Curriculum Information

Autumn Term 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 My Maths website which you will all be given log in details for. Home learning will be either a Maths or English task. Tasks are designed to support the learning taking place in class.

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.

Your child will also be given Times Table Rock Star  log in details, to support the learning of timetables.

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. 


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

Through this topic, we will explore the following themes:

  • What does the word ‘family’ mean to you?
  • What people do you associate with ‘family’?
  • What joys and sorrows do you remember of family life?


Topic 2 - Belonging

Through this topic, we will explore the following themes:

  • What experiences of belonging can you recall in the family, at work or in leisure time?
  • Are these good experiences? Are there any difficulties?
  • What difference does ‘belonging’ make in your life?

 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




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 begin by using the text 'Where is my Hat?' 



At OLM we use the Maths No Problem scheme. This scheme focuses on mastery of different mathematical concepts

During the Autumn term  we will be learning about


Numbers to 10 

In this chapter, pupils will be exploring numbers to 10. They will be counting using one-to-one correspondence and using ten frames to represent numbers. They will then be writing numbers using both numerals and words.


Number Bonds 

In this chapter, pupils will be exploring different ways of making numbers using number bond diagrams. 


Addition within 10

In this chapter, pupils will come across different ways of adding to 10. They will encounter the part–whole diagram and begin to lay the foundations of the inverse of addition


 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


Wider Curriculum 


 Our topic is Animals including humans.

We will identify and name a variety of common animals, knowing whether they are herbivore, carnivore or omnivore. Name and describe parts of the body and describe the senses




Our topic is 'Super Cities' in which we will learning the four capitals of the United Kingdom and comparing cities to the seaside.



We will learn how to use the mouse and develop our keyboard skills.

We will also learn about simple programming and begin some work on coding.

 We spent time regularly learning and revisiting online safety procedures.







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