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Learning in Year 1

Autumn Term


In English we will be looking at a range of exciting stories to inspire our writing. These include: Dear Greenpeace, Cave Baby, How to Wash a Woolly mammoth and Sharing a shell.

  • To use Fred sounds to help read and write words.
  • To form letters clearly.
  • To write on the lines.
  • To use finger spaces between words.
  • To learn to use capital letters at the start of a sentence.
  • To learn to use full stops at the end of a sentence.
  • To learn to use a variety of adjectives to add interest to my writing.
  • To learn to sequence events and recount them in appropriate detail
  • To learn to use appropriate vocabulary to suit the purpose


  • Place value within 10
  • Addition and subtraction within 10
  • Geometry - Shape
  • Place value within 20

Within each strand, children will also focus on reasoning and applying taught concepts - this will help us to be better mathematical thinkers.

 History - Ice Age

Our History Topic for Autumn is The Ice Age. We will cover a range of objectives introducing children to the Ice Age. Including;

  • changes within living memory. Where appropriate, these should be used to reveal aspects of change in national life
  • events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally

Geography- Orienteering


  • use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom and its countries, as well as the countries, continents and oceans studied at this key stage
  • use simple compass directions (North, South, East and West) and locational and directional language to describe the location of features and routes on a map
  •  use aerial photographs and plan perspectives to recognise landmarks and basic human and physical features; devise a simple map; and use and construct basic symbols in a key
  •  use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the geography of their school and its grounds and the key human and physical features of its surrounding environment.

Art & DT - Drawing 

Our topic is drawing. The key skills are:

•To draw images from observation, experience and imagination.

•To use a range of materials, including pencils, chalk, charcoal, pastels, etc.

•To develop their use of space, composition and proportion.

Our next topic will be colour mixing in term 2.  They key skills are:

•To develop ideas from starting points throughout the curriculum.

•To collect information, sketches and resources in a sketchbook.

•To explore marks on paper, using a variety of tools and brushes to spread the paint.

•To experiment with colour and mixing, that a tint is a mixture of a colour with white and a shade is a mixture of a colour with black.

•To know the primary and secondary colours.

Science - Seasonal Change


•To be able to observe and describe weather associated with the seasons.

To be able to ask simple questions and recognise that they can be answered in different ways

•To able to identify objects.

•To be able to observe closely, using simple equipment.

•To be able to gather data to answer a question


In RE we will start our unit on Christianity.  Our first question up for discussion will be: Does God want Christians to look after the World?  In term 2 we will consider and discuss what gift would we have given to Jesus if he had been born in my town, not in Bethlehem.


In PSHE our topic is 'Feeling Special and Safe.'


Our topic is 'Ourselves'.  In this unit we will be exploring sounds, number and beat.


In Spanish we will recap on days of the week, as well as number.