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Fawbert & Barnard's Primary School

Learning for Life

Y1 Curriculum

Below, you will find a brief description of our Autumn Term 2021 curriculum. 



In English we will be developing our writing into simple sentences. We will have a focus on organising our writing, (position on the line and spaces between words), that sentences are made up of words, what a capital letter is and using a capital letter and full stop in a sentence. We will also be working on the formation of upper and lowercase letters.  


We will be consolidating our phase 3 and 4 learning from Reception – reading words with digraphs and longer words. We will then begin to work on learning new ways to read and write sounds we already know.  


We will be working on our number sense to 20 – counting forward and backward, comparing numbers, and reading and writing words and numerals. We will also be learning to understand and use addition, subtraction and equal signs. We will also begin to develop our multiplication skills by counting in twos.  


In science we will be learning about plants, seasons and animals. We will learn to name, label and group animals. We will name and label common plants and trees in our environment as well as observe the changing seasons.  


Our topic is ‘Where we Live’ this half term and so we will be doing a lot of cross-curricular geography work. In particular, we will focus on noticing features and changes in our immediate environment. We will extend our geographical understanding by using simple compass directions (North, South, East and West) and locational and directional language [for example, near and far; left and right] to describe the location of features and routes on a map. Once the children have explored the local area in which they live, we will begin to consider using world maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom and its countries, as well as the countries, continents and oceans that surround us.  


In art, we will be focusing on our drawing this half term. We will pay special attention to scale and relative sizes as we draw objects and wildlife we can see in our local area.  


In PE we will be developing our ball skills such as sending, striking and receiving. These skills will be applied in small sided games. We will also be developing our gymnastics skills such as performing movement  sequences using a range of body parts and actions.  


We will be learning what it means to be healthy and how to take care of ourselves.  


The children will be developing their knowledge that music has a steady pulse, like a heartbeat. They will attempt to create rhythms from words, our names, favourite food, colours and animals. They will also attempt to create their own rhythms. 


In RE, the children will be thinking about what it means to belong. 


The focus will be on Online Safety. This will include: safely search for images online, understand how to communicate safely online and understand what personal information they need to keep safe.  


Miss Howes and Mrs Higgs.