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Year 1

Year 1

Autumn Term 1&2


During the first three weeks of Autumn 1, we will be focussing on Poetry. Pupils in Year 1 will look at poems from ‘Around The World’. The main outcomes will be :

  • To experience poetry as pleasurable and meaningful.
  • To compare how a common theme is presented in poetry.
  • To explore the language and style of poetry through talk, performance, visual art, reading and writing.
  • To learn how to bring out the meaning of a poem through performance.
  • To learn more about writing poems (as a class, group and individually) based on observation and experience.
  • To write and perform two of our own poems, based on the themes/forms in the anthology.


During our second half term, we will start reading ‘Willy The Wizard’. This book is very exciting and we will be exploring the characters in greater depth.

During this half term we will also be focusing on:

  • Punctuation and grammar, ensuring we are using capital letters and full stops correctly.
  • Using adjectives, verbs and nouns in their writing.
  • Use ‘and’ in their sentences.
  • Linking themes and ideas from other books that we have read, making comparisons. 


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 and 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 animals including humans. 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 classifying different animals.
  • Work scientifically by making tables and charts about animals and humans.


In this term, our topic for Computing will be ‘We are Celebrating’. Children will be learning:

  • To develop basic keyboard skills, through inputting and formatting text.
  • To develop basic mouse skills.
  • To use the internet to find and select images.
  • To develop skills in opening and saving files.
  • To improve vocabulary and sentence work by using a word bank.
  • To develop skills in combining text and images.
  • To 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.    



In Geography we are learning about ‘My world’. This topic is a great way for children to compare and contrast to different areas in our world. Over the term Year 1 will:

  • Find out where the UK, the equator and the poles are on a world map. 
  • Compare the land features and climate of the UK and Ecuador.
  • Compare the capital cities of the UK and Ecuador.
  • Find out where different animals live in the world.
  • Identify physical and human features in aerial photos.
  • Create a map with a key.

Art and DT

In the Autumn term the children will be creating ‘Self Portraits’. In this unit of learning, children will be able to:

  • Investigate portraits by a variety of artists. 
  • Explore the use of objects to convey meaning in a portrait. 
  • Investigate a range of drawing media and the marks they can make. 
  • Record self portraits from observation. 
  • Explore how colour can be used to convey moods and emotions. 
  • Create a portrait sculpture.


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 the artist Kandinsky.


In our topic ‘Dreams and Goals’, children will:

  • Set simple goals and will identify their successes and achievements.
  • Set a goal and work out how to achieve it.
  • Tackle a new challenge and understand how this might stretch their learning.
  • Identify obstacles which make it more difficult to achieve their new challenge and work out how to overcome them.


We will also be learning about ‘Keeping Safe’. The learning objectives are as follows:

  • To be able to explain why traffic is dangerous.
  • To be able to explain how to walk safely near traffic.
  • To be able to show how to walk safely.
  • To be able to travel safely on a machine.
  • To be able to explain what I should do if am lost.
  • To be able to explain what I should do if I am approached by a stranger.


In RE Year 1 will be learning about ‘What does it mean to be a Muslim?’ 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 ‘How 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?


Our first unit in music will be “Hey You”.

“Hey You!” is an old school hip hop style unit for children to learn about the differences between pulse, rhythm and pitch and to learn how to rap and enjoy it in its original form.

As well as learning to sing, play, improvise and compose with this song, children will listen and appraise other old school hip hop tunes.


Later in the term, our unit will be “Rhythm in the way we walk and banana rap”.

All the learning in this unit is focused around two songs: Rhythm In The Way We Walk (Reggae style) and The Banana Rap (Hip Hop style). Children will listen and appraise other styles of music and continue to embed the interrelated dimensions of music through games and singing.


This term children will be learning about ‘Agility, Balance, Coordination’. The key skills they will be learning are:

  •  To master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching.
  • To develop balance, agility and coordination.
  • To begin to apply these in a range of activities.

 Later on, children will be learning about ‘Gymnastics’, with a focus on how to travel on and off apparatus.