Year 1


Year 1


Alice Corlett -Deputy Head with responsibility for KS1

Nicola Arrevillagas - Class Teacher

Narjes Hadjam - Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA)

Sumaira Rafaqat- SEN TA


Curriculum Overview



Our whole school topic this half term is Our Home.

In Year 1, we will be learning geographical skills in our topic all about “Our school”.   The children will be learning about how to use maps, looking at different types of maps and learning about directions and how to use a key.  We will be looking at the geography of our school, looking at physical and human geography.  See the Topic intended knowledge map for further details.



This term we are reading The Smeds and The Smoos in class, by Julia Donaldson.  We will be describing characters from the book and writing short sentences using punctuation. We will be working on “adjectives” creating a missing poster and then writing part of the story with different characters.   After this we will be reading Ruby’s worry by Tom Percival.  This text explores what a worry is and we will use the story to explore role play and writing speech in speech bubbles.  The final task will be writing a letter to someone who has a worry, giving ideas of how to help.  Guided Reading, handwriting and phonics will continue throughout.



This half term we will be starting off by learning about addition using lots of practical resources, moving to writing down simple addition sentences. The children will them move onto subtraction working in the same way practical resources than writing simple subtractions down. We will continue to practise wring the numbers to 20, counting forwards and backwards to 100 from different starting points.  We will also be covering recognising 2d and 3d shapes.



Year 1 will be learning about the seasons this half term. We will be exploring the school grounds and looking for signs of autumn. This will include looking at weather and the day light in the seasons.


Other Curriculum Areas

RE – Who is Jewish and what do they believe?

DT – Structures (Baby Bear’s Chair)

Music – Charanga unit: Ho, Ho, Ho!

PE – Games (Monday), Gymnastics/Dance (Tuesday), Games (Friday)

PSHCE – Feeling Unwell/How can I keep myself healthy?/What communities am I part of?

Computing – Digital Painting


Overview of Empowering Learning

Self  Manager

Organise themselves and work out goals and priorities
Show personal responsibility, initiative, creativity and enterprise
Anticipate, take and manage risks
Commit themselves to learning and self-improvement                                                                                                                                                                                                        Respond positively to change 

Effective Participators

Engage actively with issues that affect them and those around them.
Play a full part in the life of the school
Take responsible action to bring improvement for others as well as themselves
Discuss issues of concern, seeking resolution
Present a persuasive case for action    
Propose practical ways forward                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Try to influence others, negotiating and balancing diverse views

Resourceful Thinker

Think creatively by generating and exploring relevant ideas, and making original connections
Find links and see relationships
Explore & experiment with resources and materials
Ask ‘why’, ‘how’ and ‘what if’ questions
Apply imaginative thinking to solve a problem
Try different ways to tackle a problem
Work with others to find imaginative solutions and outcomes that are of value

Reflective Learner

Evaluate their strengths and limitations as learners
Review their work and act on outcomes
Set themselves realistic goals and criteria for success
Monitor their own performance and progress
Invite feedback and deal positively with praise, setbacks & criticism.
Make changes to improve their learning
Communicate their learning in relevant ways to different audiences

Independent Enquirer

Gather, process and evaluate information in their investigations
Plan what to do and how to go about it
Draw conclusions and evaluate outcomes
Take informed and well-reasoned decisions, recognising that other have different beliefs and attitudes                                                                                                                          Use range of techniques to collect and organise information

Team Worker

Work confidently with others, adapting to different contexts and taking responsibility for their own role
Listen and take account of others’ views
Form collaborative relationships, resolving issues and reaching agreed outcomes
Adapt behaviours to suit different roles and situations                                                                                                                                                                                                      Show fairness and consideration towards others


Important Dates

9th November – Health Fest (2.30pm KS2 playground) See newsletters for details

13th November – Anti-Bullying Week

17th November – Children in Need

20th November – World Children’s Day

22nd and 29th November – Progress Evenings

12th December – Christmas Enterprise Market and Singalong (more details to follow later in term)

19th December – Christmas Dinner day

21st December – Carols by Candlelight and end of term (2pm finish)






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