Y1 Curriculum Information

Term: Autumn 2020

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:

Both classes have PE on Tuesdays with coach Tommy. 
Y1H also have PE on a Friday morning. 
Children do not wear their PE kit but they should wear their trainers/plimsolls on these days. 


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): In this topic we will start by talking about the different types of families and how every family is different. Children will listen to the psalms that tell us about God’s love and care and what we can learn about God’s love in the Bible. We will also learn about Jesus family and things that he did when he was growing up.

Judaism: In our other faiths topic we will be focusing on learning about the story of the family of Abraham. Children will learn about Abraham and then recall facts that they can remember.

Topic 2 (Belonging): We will be looking at what it means to belong to different groups. We will act out the story of Jesus and the children and we will learn about the signs and symbols of Baptism.

Topic 3 (Waiting):  In this topic we will be learning about the season of Advent. We will talk about Advent being a time of waiting and the signs and symbols of Advent. We will also learn about and retell the story of the Annunciation.


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.


At OLM we use the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) Power of Reading scheme.


To begin with we will be using the text 'Here We Are' by Oliver Jeffers across the school to settle the children back. This is a beautiful picture book written by Jeffers for his newborn son. There are lots of writing opportunities for the children with links across curriculum areas. The other texts we will be studying are Claude in the City by Alex T. Smith and The Diary of a Killer Cat by Anne Fine. 



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 autumn term we will be focusing on:

  • Numbers to 10
  • to count numbers to 10 accurately - forward and backward.
  • to count similar objects up to 10 with accuracy and fluency.
  • to write all numbers to 10 with numerals and in words.
  • to understand what zero represents and use it when counting.
  • to compare different sets of objects and say which one has fewer, more or is equal.
  • to order numbers to 10 and know which number is greater or is lesser in value.
  • Number bonds

-To understand that a number is made up of other numbers.

-To understand a number can be made by adding two smaller numbers.

-To use number bonds to tell stories.

  • Addition and subtraction number sentence within 10.
  • Positioning (e.g First, second, third etc written in numerals and words).


Wider Curriculum (science, history, geography, art/DT)


During the autumn term our topic is animals including humans. We will start by looking at recognising and labelling parts of the body and discovering our different senses of hearing, sight, taste, touch and smell. We will then move on to looking at pets and how we care for them. If you have any pets at home you can talk to your child about the things your pet needs and who provides these things.

In Autumn 2 we will be identifying and labelling a variety of common animals such as fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. We will also learn what carnivores, herbivores and omnivores are.

Use these links to help support your child’s learning;



Topic: History & Geography

In Autumn 1 we will be focusing on geography in our topic called ‘Super Cities’. During this topic we will learn about the countries and capitals of the UK. We will look at key geographical vocabulary and learn important skills such as using maps, atlases and globes. We will then make comparisons between cities and the seaside. We will be using our English text 'Claude in the City' to make cross curricular links. 

In Autumn 2 we will move on to History where our topic is ‘Medical: Mary Seacole & Florence Nightingale’ During this topic we will be learning about famous nurses from the past and comparing them. The nurses we will focus on are Mary Seacole, Florence Nightingale and Edith Cavell. We will talk about why they are special and what they are famous for. We will talk about and describe the qualities needed to be a nurse and then have an opportunity to practice some first aid skills.


How to support your child at home:

Why not visit the Florence Nightingale museum if you get the chance!





Art and DT:

In Autumn 1 our topic is drawing, with our focus question; How do you feel in this picture? We will start by looking at ourselves and the emotions that we show through our facial expressions. We will use different media to create drawings and discuss the differences before moving on to looking at portraits and talking about why artists paint portraits. We will link our work to our history topic and children will have the opportunity to show the skills they have learnt when drawing a portrait of Mary Seacole.

In Autumn 2 we will be learning about Sculptures, with our focus question; What’s that creepy crawly creature? This topic links nicely to our science topic on Animals including humans and children will get to create their own creepy crawly sculpture. We will begin by going on a mini beast hunt to see what creepy crawlies we can find. We will then explore a range of materials such as clay, dough or plasticine and what we can do with them. For example cutting, rolling and coiling. Children will then have the opportunity to add texture using tools and make different kinds of shapes.


How to support your child at home:




During Autumn 1 we will be learning about Beebots. We will learn that machines and devices can be controlled by a sequence of actions. Using Beebots the children will be able to give a set of instructions and see how they move. We will then discuss the things that have worked and the things that didn’t any find solutions. We will be linking this topic to maths where we will be using directional language to give instructions to each other as well as devices.

In Autumn 2 we will be learning about online stories. We will begin by exploring talking books and discuss how it is different from a traditional book. We will then use a computer programme called 2 create a story to create our own stories linked to our wider curriculum work. Through this children will learn that that ICT can be used to combine images, text and sounds

We will also be learning about the importance of e-safety and how to stay safe online. We will talk to the children about websites that they use at home and how they can stay safe online. We do this in a fun way for children using videos called Hectors World. 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.

Links to support at home;




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