Year 1

Teacher - Kirstin Lawrence
Teaching Assistant - Janet Thomas
Charlotte Gymer (Mon)
Angie Fitzpatrick (Tues – Fri)

Autumn Term


We will be working with numbers up to 20 and beyond to develop our understanding of place value. We will be counting forwards and backwards, learning addition and subtraction facts and we will begin to use symbols to record number calculations. Children will learn methods involving multiplication, division, and fractions.

We will start to learn the properties of 2D and 3D shapes. We will begin to look at how to measure length & height in non-standard and standard units such as cm.


We will be looking at the text, ‘Whatever Next!’ by Jill Murphy and in response we will develop our writing to include postcards, lists and thought bubbles. The children will also be exploring non-fiction writing through the text ‘Sidney Stella and the Moon’ by Emma Yarlett.

We will use words we know and begin building unknown words, using sounds. We will begin to use conjunctions, including ‘because’ to explain.

We will also be reading and discussing the traditional tale ‘Little Red Hen’ and in response we will be writing our own versions of the story.

Please encourage your child to write as often as possible and send in anything they do for us to display in the classroom.


We will start by learning about E-safety to ensure we know how to keep ourselves safe online. We will talk about password security and where to get help if we encounter a problem whilst using technology.


We will be learning about animals with a focus on humans and life processes which include changes in human and animals as they grow older. We will be gathering and recording data to help us answer scientific questions. We will be developing our scientific skills including sorting and classifying different animal groups. We will be planning and carrying out simple fair tests to better understand our five senses.

Throughout the Autumn term we will also observe seasonal changes and collect simple data to compare and develop our ideas and understanding of how the seasons affect our daily lives. We will be measuring change over time and comparing our results


The children will be gaining an understanding of where they live. They will learn the names of the continents and oceans and where the UK is located on the world map.

In addition, the children will look at the differences between villages, towns, and cities before using maps to explore the area they live in and find out what geographical features there are around their local area.


We will be learning about what it means to be a Hindu and how Christians celebrate Christmas.


We will investigate the three primary colours and find out what happens when they are mixed! The children will then go on to design playground equipment which links with our geography focus.


We will be singing with pitch, timing, rhythm, and melody.


Children will be taking part in football, gymnastics, dance and multi skills lessons.


Focus will be given to how we can foster a positive classroom environment and how we talk about our feelings.


Our first topic is about Neil Armstrong, the famous space explorer. We will be focussing on his life and experiences as well as developing the skills to order events chronologically.