Year 1 Curriculum Information

Term: Autumn 2022

Home Learning: 

  • It is expected that children are reading daily at home for approximately 10 minutes.
  • 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.
  • 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: 

Number and place value: Numbers to 10

To be able to count numbers to 10 accurately – forward and backward.

To be able to count similar objects up to 10 with accuracy and fluency.

To be able to write all numbers to 10 with numerals and in words; to count only objects of the same name in a group.

To be able to understand what zero represents and use it when counting.

To be able to compare different sets of objects and say which one has fewer, more or is equal.

To be able to order numbers to 10 and know which number is greater or is lesser in value.

To compare numbers using the terms ‘1 more’ and ‘1 less’.

Addition and subtraction

To understand that a number is made up of other numbers; to find as many ways possible to construct a number.

To use number bonds for storytelling (making number stories).

Number Bonds - to be able to add two different numbers within 10. Pupils will become familiar with the different vocabulary associated with addition.

To add by counting on.

To complete number sentences and gain an understanding of inverse operations.

To be able to make addition stories using correct vocabulary.

To be able to solve addition problems through pictures.

To understand that subtraction can be done by crossing out or taking away.

Subtract by Using Number Bonds - To be able to subtract using number bonds.

To be able to solve a subtraction equation by counting back, using a number line as support.

Making Subtraction Stories  - To be able to make subtraction sentences.

To be able to solve picture problems involving subtraction.

To solve word problems in the context of addition and subtraction and to find the corresponding number families.

Geometry – position and direction

To learn the appropriate positional language (ordinal numbers) for up to 10 positions.

To be able to name the positions in a queue.

To be able to name positions, including left and right.

Number and place value: Numbers to 20

To count numbers up to 20. The key strategy is to begin by making 10.

To recognise, read and write numbers up to 20 in words and numerals.

To use the terms ‘greater than’ or ‘less than’ to compare numbers within 20.

To be able to arrange numbers up to 20 in ascending and descending order.

To look for patterns with numbers up to 20, focusing on one more and one less than a number.

 Addition and subtraction within 20

To learn to add by counting on from the largest number.

To add to numbers by first making 10 and then adding on the remainder.

To add by separating the ones and ten. This enables pupils to add the sum of the ones to the ten.

To learn how to subtract by counting back from the largest number.

To learn how to subtract by subtracting from only the ones column.


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 using 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 

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 be observing the changes across the four seasons. We will revisit the topic regularly and visit the woods to explore how the seasons change throughout the duration of the year and the weather associated with each one. We will look closely at how the day length varies.



Our topic this term is Super Cities. We will learn the four capital cities of the United Kingdom and contrast these with the seaside.



 We will begin our unit of work on Programming using Bee-Bots. Children will learn to input instructions to make the Bee-Bot move in the direction they want and navigate their way around a map. 

Key vocabulary: forwards, backwards, left, right, turn, start, stop, delete.

Online Safety lessons will be taught at least once per half term.


 PE Days:
Y1W PE days are Wednesday and Friday.
Y1Y PE days are Monday 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:

Constructing Windmills - Inspired by the song, ‘Mouse in a windmill’, the children will design and construct a windmill for a client (mouse) to live in. They will explore various types of windmill, how they work and their key features.

The skills they will learn are:

  • Learning the importance of a clear design criteria.
  • Including individual preferences and requirements in a design.
  • Making stable structures from card, tape and glue.
  • Learning how to turn 2D nets into 3D structures.
  • Following instructions to cut and assemble the supporting structure of a windmill.
  • Making functioning turbines and axles which are assembled into a main supporting structure.

Key words: axle, bridge, design, design criteria, model, net, packaging, structure, template, unstable, stable, strong, weak



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