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Sir John Heron Primary School

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Year 1

Autumn Term 2018


We are very much looking forward to working with you and your child this term and hope it will be an exciting and rewarding experience! This letter outlines the Year 1 curriculum for the Autumn Term 2018.



This term Year 1, will be reading ‘Mr Gumpy’s Outing’ by John Burningham, a classic picture book which is both funny and timeless. In Writing, our focus will be on composing sentences orally, creating settings, characters and plots as well as re-reading writing to check if it makes sense. Children will have an opportunity to discuss and evaluate what they have written with their teacher and other pupils. In Speaking and Listening, they will participate in discussion about what is read, take turns and listen to what others say. They will ask questions to extend their understanding and build vocabulary and knowledge. In Reading, they will discuss the sequence of events in books, discuss favourite words and phrases and increase familiarity with a range of stories.


Later in the term, we will be reading the story ‘Willy the Wizard’ by Anthony Browne. Willy the Wizard is a sensitive exploration of fitting in and belonging. The beautiful illustrations help to tell the story as much as the text. Everything seems to be going wrong for Willy until he discovers he is good enough at the end.


Children will be learning:

  • To understand, interpret and apply concepts related to visual images created in picture books by Anthony Browne.
  • To express ideas through creative activity in response to the artistic work of Anthony Browne.



In Numeracy we will be focusing on Numbers and the number system, visualising and constructing. Children will be learning to:

  • Read and write numbers from 1 to 20 in numerals and words.
  • Identify and represent numbers using objects and pictorial representations including the number line, and use the language: equal to, more than, less than (fewer), most, least.
  • Count, read and write numbers to 100 in numerals; count in multiples of twos, fives and tens.
  • Explore the values of numbers.
  • Explore where numbers live in our number system.
  • Solve problems comparing the value of numbers.
  • Investigate number patterns.


Later in the term, we will be focusing on calculating: addition and subtraction. Children will be learning to:

  • Order numbers to 20 accurately.
  • Understand how a number line is organised.
  • Count accurately from 0 to 21.
  • Count up to 20 objects accurately and attribute the correct numeral to label the set.



In Science, we will be looking at the topic ‘Working Scientifically’. Later in the term, we will be looking at seasonal changes. Children will be:

  • Performing simple tests.
  • Observing closely using simple equipment.
  • Using observations and ideas to suggest answers to simple questions.
  • Identifying and classifying.
  • Observing and describing weather associated with the seasons and how day length varies.
  • Work scientifically by making tables and charts about the weather.



Our topic for Computing will be ‘We are Treasure Hunters.’ Children will be programming Bee Bots by entering instructions. Children will learn:

  • To understand that a programmable toy can be controlled by inputting a sequence of instructions.
  • To develop and record step-by-step instructions and sequences of instructions to control a programmable toy.
  • To understand that sequences of instructions have a predictable outcome.
  • To recognise that household objects are controlled by instructions.
  • To reflect critically on their own work.


Later in the term, our topic for Computing will be ‘We are TV Chefs’. Children will be producing a video of themselves following a simple recipe.

Children will:

  • Use different features of a video camera.
  • Use a video camera to capture moving images.
  • Develop collaboration skills when working as part of a group to produce a video.
  • Discuss their work and think about whether it could be improved.



In History, we will be focusing on ‘All about me’. This topic is a great way for children to explore events of their past and compare this to the past events of older generations. Over the term Year 1 will learn:

  • To be able to order events chronologically.
  • To explore and create a family tree.
  • To find out about differences between childhood today and life in my grandparents’ childhood.



Later in the term, Year 1 will be learning to name and locate the world’s seven continents and five oceans. Name, locate and identify characteristics of the four countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom and its surroundings areas. Children will also work on identifying seasonal and daily weather patterns in the United Kingdom and the location of hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the Equator and the North and South poles.



In Art Year 1 will further explore the topic of ‘All About Me’. This will deepen their understanding of their features and how each person is unique. Over the term Year 1 will learn:

  • To be able to make a clay portrait.
  • To be able to create artwork to show different emotions.
  • To be able to use names as the basis for works of art.


Later in the term, Year 1 will be focusing on ‘Colour Creations’. In this unit of learning children will be able to:

  • Identify colours and objects that are associated with them.
  • Identify primary colours, and mix primary colours to create secondary colours.
  • Create light and dark shades of colour.
  • Produce art based on the work of Kandinsky.



In PE we will be learning ‘Physical Literacy’ which will focus on agility, balance and co-ordination enabling us to move safely in a variety of different contexts. Later in the term, we will learning basic gymnastic skills, which include jumping, landing and climbing.



In PHSCE we will be looking at the unit of ‘Being Me’. To explore this unit, we will be having discussions, singing and celebrating the importance of ‘Being Me’. Later in the term, Year 1 will be focusing on ‘Celebrating Difference.’ Children will learn:

  • To tell you some ways I am different from my friends.
  • To understand that these differences make us all special and unique.
  • To recognise how being healthy helps me to feel happy.
  • To tell you why I appreciate someone who is special to me and express how I feel about them.
  • How to respect their body and understand which parts are private.



In RE Year 1 will be learning about ‘What does it mean to belong to Islam?’ Islam is the world’s second largest religion with a following of over one billion people called Muslims, which is also one-fifth of humanity. In Year 1 we will be learning:

  • What makes a community?
  • Who was Muhammad?
  • Which objects are special for Muslims?
  • How do Muslims show they belong to Islam?
  • What celebrations do Muslims take part in?
  • What does it mean to be a Muslim?


Later in the term, Year 1 will be learning about ‘Why do Christians celebrate Christmas?’. In this unit children will learn:

  • What is a special gift? Why do Christians give gifts at Christmas?
  • What gift would you like to give?
  • When is Christmas celebrated? What happens during Christmas?
  • What can a church tell us about the Christmas story?