Y1 Curriculum Information

Term: Spring 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 MyMaths website which you should all have login details for. Home learning will be either a Maths or English task. Tasks are designed to support the learning taking place in class. Please work with your child to complete the activities, but please don’t do it for them! In Year 1, we always remind the children to try their best even if they might make mistakes.

We will test the children on their Rapid Recall targets and spellings each week.


PE Days:
Y1H PE days are Tuesdays and Fridays.
Y1W PE days are Wednesdays and Fridays.
Children are allowed to 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 Spring term are;

Topic 4 (Special People): In this topic we will begin by talking about the special people in our lives and what makes them special to us. We will then move on to learning about the special people at mass and why Jesus is a special person for the parish family.

Topic 5 (Meals): In this topic we begin by talking about special meals that we have with family and friends. We will then talk about the ‘special meal’ that we have at mass before focusing on the story of the Last Supper.

Link to support learning at home about the last supper:


Topic 6 (Change):  In this topic we begin by talking about things that change in our lives before moving on to learning about the main events that happen during Lent. For example; Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

Link to support learning at home about the Good Friday:



Throughout the year, OLM focuses on 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

Please ask your child what we have discussed.



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.  


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 The Adventures of Egg Box Dragon by Richard Adams. During the work on this text we will be making links to History learning about Toys from the past and Art and DT by making our own moving egg box dragon toy.

We will then move on to a new text called The Storm Whale by Benji Davies. During the work on this text we will make links to ICT by creating our own fact books on the computer about whales.

In Spring 2 we will finish our learning around The Storm Whale. We will then move on to a book called Hummingbird by Nicola Davies. Children will find out facts about hummingbirds and makes Geography links by using maps to locate countries and continents which contain the natural habitats of hummingbirds. Hummingbird is illustrated Jane Ray. Children will be able to investigate Jane Ray’s illustrative techniques and experiment with watercolors.

Our grammar focus will be on sentence punctuation and the purpose of it.



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 focusing on

  • Addition and subtraction to 20 by counting on, making 10, adding ones, counting back, subtracting ones, subtracting from 10 and all the associated addition and subtraction facts.  
  • Shapes and Patterns  - we will be looking at the properties of both 2D and some solid shapes. 
  •  Length and Height - we will compare lengths and describe whether something is taller, longer, shorter or higher and  learn how to fairly measure two items for comparison using items and body parts, before moving on to measuring using a ruler.


Wider Curriculum 


During the spring term our topic is Seasonal Change.

We will be learning about the four seasons and observing the changes that take place across the seasons.
We will also be studying the weather associated with the different seasons and thinking about how and why
the day length varies. 
During our lessons, we will make links with various artists who depict seasons in their
work, such as  'Autumn Leaves' by John Everett Millais.



During Spring we will be learning how to use Using Microsoft Word & then PowerPoint. We will link this to our English text ‘The Storm Whale’ by creating our own fact files about whales.

We will also be continuing our learning about the importance of e-safety and how to stay safe online. It is really important that you also talk to them about the importance of e-safety and what they would do if they were worried about anything they see.


Special Events:



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