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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 Autumn term (2020).  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.

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
• Writing character descriptions
• Writing labels, lists and captions
• Writing stories with familiar settings
• Poems
• Fantasy stories
• Instructions

• Phonics
• Guided Reading
• Handwriting
• Grammar
• Spellings (Autumn Term 2)


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.


• Develop coordination and confidence when moving and changing direction.
• Explore and use different skills in isolation and in combination to create short routines.
• Develop coordination and rhythm and experiment with different movements.
• Copy, innovate and perform short dance routines individually and with friends.

Thematic Curriculum

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

• Identify and experiment with primary, secondary, warm and cool colours.
• Explore tints, shades and using different brush strokes.
• Discuss and recreate painting and artwork from different artists such as Mondrian and Van Gogh.
• Exploring different lines and creating them using different methods.
• Studying the work of artists such as Miro and Klee and their use of line.
• Learn and perform some simple songs with actions and instruments.
• Develop confidence when performing.
Being me in my world
• Understand my rights and responsibilities for being a member of my class.
• Recognise the choices that I make and the consequences.
Celebrating difference
• Talk about our differences and similarities.
• Discuss our hopes and dreams and celebrate our achievements.
Digital literacy
• Talking about how to stay safe when using different types of technology.
Switched on computing
• Illustrating an e-book.

Geography - Our Common Home
• Exploring the earth and identifying the 7 continents and surrounding oceans on a map.
• Recognising the continents of Europe, Antarctica, Africa, Asia, North and South America and Australia.
• Exploring the wildlife, human and physical features of each continent.


Reading practice
Phonics practice
Maths missions and spellings


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