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St Joseph's Selly Oak

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School - Kings Norton, Birmingham

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Year 1 - Curriculum

Dear Parents,

Below you will find the curriculum your child will be covering this Spring 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.

Spring Term


  • Christmas - Develop knowledge and understanding of Christmas as a celebration of the birth of Jesus and understand the importance of this through the events that happened before and after, and the impact it had on the people involved.
  • Prayer – Understand that prayer is a special way of spending time with God and will be able to describe ways in which we pray. They will identify what they want to praise, thank and ask God for in prayer. They will write their own prayers and understand how objects/surroundings help us to pray.

  • Forgiveness – Understand that forgiveness is something that is given and received. They will be able to describe/discuss parables around this theme and discuss choices and consequences. They will be able to relate this to their own personal experiences.


  • In Literacy, the children have an opportunity to explore a range of texts linked to a certain genre. They will then study a base text of that genre and identify key features, retell and also explore innovating and creating their own version of that text.
  • Traditional Tales
  • On-going:
    Phonics/Spellings, Guided Reading, Grammar, Handwriting


  • Place Value (Within 20) - Count, read and write numbers to 20 in numerals. Identify and represent numbers in different ways. Use the language of equal to, more than, less than, most, least. Order, compare and identify one more and one less than a number.
  • Addition and Subtraction (Within 20) - Add and subtract one-digit and two-digit numbers to 20. Represent and use number bonds and related subtraction facts to 20.


  • Taking Care of the Earth - During this unit of work, children will learn that human activity can have an impact, both positive and negative, on the Earth. The children will look at the Earth’s natural resources, including fossil fuels such as oil and gas. They will study key issues such as, logging, recycling, pollution and their impact.


  • Gymnastics
  • Send and return

Thematic Curriculum

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

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. 

The UK

This unit will teach children the basic computer skills that they will need in order to be able to use a desktop or laptop computer. Children will learn how to use a computer mouse or a trackpad and how to switch on and shut down a computer. They will apply their mouse or trackpad skills by launching applications, manipulating windows and opening and saving files and folders. The children will then practise their clicking skills and learn how to drag objects, either using a mouse or trackpad.

Dream and goals - Steps and goals, achieve together, overcoming difficulties, celebrating success


  • Homework
  • Spellings
  • Maths Missions

Autumn Term



  • Sequence the story of creation, write prayers of thanks, recall the story of our class saint, St Francis of Assisi.

Families and celebrations

  • Talk about celebrations we have experienced, Mass as a celebration and celebrations in the life of Jesus.


  • Know the story of the birth of Jesus and why it is important.


Main topics

  • Recount
  • Writing character descriptions
  • Fantasy stories
  • Instructions


  • Phonics
  • Guided Reading
  • Handwriting
  • Grammar
  • Spellings


Place Value

  • Counting to 20, forwards and backwards and in multiples of 2 and 5.
  • Reading and writing numbers to 20 in numerals and words.
  • Representing numbers in different ways.

Addition and Subtraction

  • Represent and use number bonds to 20.
  • Read, write and interpret statements involving addition (+), subtraction (-) and equals (=) signs.
  • Solve one step problems involving addition and subtraction.


  • Recognise and name common 2D and 3D shapes.
  • Describe position, direction and movement.


Human Body - Senses

  • Talking about what our bodies can do and identifying different features.
  • Exploring eyes and sight, eyes and hearing, touch, taste and smell.
  • Understanding sensory impairment.


  • Identifying different types of animals and sorting and grouping them.
  • Keeping animals as pets, how to care for them and meet their needs.


Hit Catch Run


Thematic Curriculum

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

Geography (Autumn 1)

Our Common Home

  • Europe
  • Antarctica
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • North and South America
  • Australia

History (Autumn 2)


  • Clues from the past
  • The Ice Age
  • The Stone Age
  • The Bronze Age
  • The Iron Age
  • Mesopotamia


  • Colour
  • Line



  • Let the Children Come
  • Girls and Boys
  • Treat Others Well
  • Saying Sorry


  • Special and Safe
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Rewards/Feeling proud
  • Consequences
  • Same as & Different to
  • Bullying
  • Change and Loss




  • Reading
  • Spellings

Year 1 Class Blog

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!