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Year 1 - Curriculum

Dear Parents,

Below you will find the curriculum your child will be covering this Summer term (2023).  Not all subjects are taught each term but are covered throughout the year. As a result of this planner, you may be able to discuss the areas with your child or do research together.

Summer Term


  • Easter - In this unit the children will learn that Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus. They will also look at and create some important symbols of Easter. Children will discuss ways to share the message of Jesus’ resurrection both in school and at home.
    Following Jesus Today- Children will understand that they belong to the Church through Baptism and that this means being part of God’s family and a follower of Jesus. They will be able to describe signs of their belonging to the Church and ways in which they, and other members of the Church, follow Jesus and celebrate his life.

  • Pentecost - Children will understand that the Holy Spirit is God and that Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit when he went back to heaven. They will also be able to identify and explain some of the symbols associated with the Holy Spirit and used in celebrations of Pentecost.

  • Jesus - Healer and Teacher: Children will understand that Jesus taught people about God and how they should live through stories called parables, and that he performed miracles that healed people. They will learn some of the parables that Jesus told and will be able to explain what he is teaching us through them and we follow this examples of care today.


  • Sharing Jesus’ Life - Children will know the stories of the call of the disciples and some information about them. Stories such as: The Call of the Disciples and more detailed information about them. They will be able to explain how the disciples shared in the life of Jesus, how they share in the life of Jesus and what Jesus means to them.


  • Non-chronological Report - All About Tigers: Sub-headings/Headings, Factual information, Images and paragraph writing.
    Longer Narrative Text - Little Charlie - Using skills learnt from writing stories in Autumn and Spring term, the children will move onto longer narrative texts ensuring they can remember all the elements of the story whilst also including the correct narrative features.
    Poetry - Theme and Rhyming – Children will create their own rhyming poems looking at features such as: line breaks, repetition, rhythm, rhyming couplets.
  • Multiplication and Division - Children will use their skills of counting in 2’s, 5’s and tens to help them count in groups to work out multiplication problems. The children will also learn about grouping and sharing equally as a method of dividing.
    Fractions - Children will find a half and a quatre of a quantity before moving onto using specific terminology and fractional notations to represent ½ and a ¼.
  • Position and Direction - Year 1 will work on describing position and turn using words such as: ‘full’, ‘half’, ‘quartre’ and ‘three quartre’ using shapes and objects. After this, children build upon directional language ‘left’ and ‘right’ to assist with describing position.
  • Place Value (Within 100) - In this unit children will be counting forwards and backwards within 100, and use skills like partitioning numbers into tens and ones to help with comparison. They will also be able to order numbers within 100 and recognise one more and one less of any given number within 100.
  • Money - Children will be able to recognise coins and notes and understand the varying values of coins and notes and be able represent a value using coins and notes.
  • Time - Children will begin to sort and order events using terminology such as: ‘before’ and ‘after’ before moving onto time to the hour and half hour along with writing and comparing time.


  • Plants - This unit is an introduction to plants, how they grow, what function each part has, and which common plants grow around us. There is an emphasis on pupils learning to recognise and name common plants, children will identify plants and trees growing in the local area and also those that are common in England. In this unit pupils will learn about the key parts of a plant including the roots, stem, leaves and flower. They will investigate how seeds germinate and they will find out the conditions that seeds are unlikely to grow in, such as in the darkness or without moisture.


  • Materials and Magnets - This unit is an introduction to every day materials and their properties. In this unit pupils will learn to distinguish everyday objects from the material they are made from. They will recognise everyday materials such as wood, plastic, glass, metal and rock. They will become familiar with key vocabulary used to describe everyday materials, such as soft, hard, flexible, strong, opaque and transparent. They will compare and group together materials based on their properties. Pupils will reflect on magnetism as a force we cannot see, but that we can see things that happen because of it.


  • Attack, Defend, Shoot
  • Run, Jump, Throw (Athletics)

Thematic Curriculum

(includes: History, Geography, ICT, Music, Art, D+T and PSHE)

(includes: History, Geography, ICT, Music, Art, D+T and PRE) 


  • Spatial Sense


  • Parliament


  • The children will use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes. Experiment with different instruments and use instruments to represent different things.


  • Children in Art
  • Investigating Sculpture


  • Relationships


  • Changing Me


  • Maths Missions
  • Spellings
  • Reading


Spellings are given out on a Monday and tested on a Friday.

Year 1 Class Blog

4th May

Welcome to Year 1’s takeover! Give us a like if you are joining us this afternoon.

Today during our Prayer and Liturgy, we were reflecting on our local communities and how we can support them in and outside of school.


We had SO much fun on the Reading Chair this week! We shared our favourite books with each other and had the wonderful experience of listening to Mary Middleton read our class book, ‘Danny the Champion of the World'


We have been joining Dan and Emily this week for ‘Open with Mary’ and have loved singing along with them. Give us a like if you enjoy a sing song too! #voicesofangels


We loved finding things in common with our classmates during our PRE lesson all about ‘Communities’. We reflected on how we can care for each other within our communities and help people within them.

Year 1 would like to know:
“What does being part of a community mean to you?”


Thank you for joining Year 1 for the takeover! We really love sharing what we have been up to with our followers.

2nd Mar

Welcome to Year 1’s twitter takeover! We have been super busy in school this week and can’t wait to show you what we’ve been up to

At the start of the week we began our new unit in English where we’ve been looking at ‘Stories from Other Cultures’. We are loving Handa’s Surprise! Here are some pictures of us role-playing the story


We are celebrating the season of Lent in school. This week we have been joining Dan and Emily virtually to think about how we can be more like Jesus during this special time. We especially like singing the songs!


We have been looking at the work of George Seurat this week and his use of Pointillism. We created some of our pictures using pointillism. We really enjoyed using all the bright colours.


Today we had lots of fun for World Book Day. We joined the rest of the school for an assembly, we created a whole school story and designed our own book covers! We all went to a lot of effort with our costumes and Miss Hall said we all looked great! #WorldBookDay2023 #bookworms


Thank you for joining us for our twitter takeover. Happy Thursday.



5th Jan

Welcome back to Twitter Takeover! Year 1 are excited to show you what we have been up to this week.

Earlier on this week we started our new unit on ‘Traditional Tales’ in English. We looked through some stories together to find some key features of this genre.


On Tuesday, we changed our altar cloth in the classroom as we are now learning all about the season of Christmas in school. We have really enjoyed writing about the Christmas Story today too! 🎄


In Maths, we are studying ‘Place Value to 20’. We have been looking at understanding 10 to help us with our numbers to 20. In our Mastering Number sessions, we have been using splitting and combining to help us with our numbers to 20 too!🧮📚


We also had our first trip down to Woodland Adventure! We really enjoyed roaming around and working together to tick off our scavenger hunt list! We thought about ways to care for our local environment and we agreed to make some nests. #naturelovers 🍂🪵🦆


Thank you for joining us for our takeover! We hope you enjoyed seeing what we have been up to.



Happy Thursday, welcome to Year 1’s Twitter takeover! We hope you enjoy seeing what we’ve been getting up to.

We were very lucky to have two year 6 children pop into year 1 this afternoon. They came to share their stories about The Hobbit which linked in with our current unit on fantasy stories.

We have loved learning about our class saint, St Francis of Assisi. Check out the photos of us role playing the life of St Francis!

This half term we have been celebrating the season of creation. We loved learning the ‘Laudato Si’ song and linked this to the Catholic Social Teachings of care for creation and common good.

We have been studying fantasy stories in English and are really enjoying the story ‘Where the Wild Things Are’. We love using actions to retell stories.

Thank you for joining us for our Year 1 twitter takeover!