Year 1 Curriculum

Year 1 Curriculum


Speaking and Listening

The children will be given the opportunity to talk about things that interest them via “Show and Tell” and the Class Bears, to join discussions relating to the curriculum, to listen and respond appropriately.

Reading and Writing

The children will work through the Read Write Inc. phonics program working on all aspects of reading and writing, accessing both fiction and non-fiction books. In addition each child will read to an adult at least twice a week and follow the ORT scheme. The children will be encouraged to use a range of describing vocabulary, write in sentences punctuated with full stops and capital letters, spell words using a phonetic approach, form their letters correctly
and begin to join their handwriting.


The topics to be studied in maths will be: counting to 100, ordering numbers, reading and writing numbers, counting in 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s, number bonds to 10, doubling numbers to 10, place value of two digit numbers, basic addition and subtraction. Other topics covered will be 2D and 3D shapes, time, length, weight and capacity. Concepts such as fractions, tallies, money, patterns and pictograms will be introduced. Mental maths skills will also be encouraged.


The following topics will be studied: Light and Sound, Pushes and Pulls, Sorting and Using Materials, Ourselves and Growing Plants. This is a very practical subject area so there is lots of scope for investigation, sorting, classifying, and using appropriate vocabulary and recording/evaluating findings.

Design Technology

The children will design, make and evaluate: a device with a purpose, a vehicle and a toy. Food technology will cover basic skills and food hygiene linked to wider topic areas.


The children will learn how to place events in order, create timelines, differentiate between the past and present, recall simple facts, find answers to questions and be able to give a cause for an event. Topics covered include: Guy Fawkes, Neil Armstrong (Space week), Pilgrim Fathers, Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole, history of transport (Henry Ford, the Wright Brothers, Brunel and Stephenson), toys through time and how we used to live. A trip to the South Devon Railway and/or Saltram.


The children will have the opportunity to study the Amazon Rainforest as a comparison to their own locality. Local geography will be explored looking at housing and development of the area. Linking to history the children will think about how we travel around the world and the places they have been. The children will create maps and plans. The children will also learn about weather, the seasons and the water cycle.


The children will explore and develop their skills via: 3D art, textiles, printing, mixed media, observational drawing and colour mixing.


In class lessons the children have the opportunity to play a variety of classroom percussion instruments and learn to play in time, copy and create simple patterns, they also learn to create simple sequences and interpret simple graphic notation. They are encouraged to sing in tune, in time and with some expression. They listen to a variety of music from different genres and cultures and talk about what they have heard.

Physical Education

The children will have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of games (hockey, football, netball), gymnastics, dance, tennis and swimming. The children will develop their skills, agility and co-ordination.

Religious Education

The children will focus on: the Old Testament, Harvest Festival, Christmas, class assembly, Good Samaritans, Symbols of Christianity, the Easter Story, The Miracles of Jesus and Christian Rites of Passage: Marriage. The children will also participate in Circle time promoting a positive and caring atmosphere, respecting values and differences.


Taught by a specialist teacher.


Taught by a specialist teacher.

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