Year 1 – St John

Spring 2           Curriculum Overview

Our cross-curricular topic this term is all about ‘Connections’.


Little Wandle

Daily phonic lessons (Phase 5):  ‘growing the code’ – recognising alternative pronunciations and spelling patterns.  Daily catch ups also take place for those children who need further consolidation of phase 4 and early phase 5.  Group Reading Practice (3 times per week).


Our writing this term is inspired by a range of quality texts on the theme of ‘Friendship & Connections’.

 Key objectives:

  • To describe characters and settings in stories.
  • To sequence events in stories.
  • To draw inferences on the basis of what is being said and done.
  • To re-tell stories in different formats, e.g. diary entries, newspaper articles and letters.
  • To punctuate sentences using a capital letter, full tops and question marks and exclamation marks where appropriate.

Core texts, reading for pleasure and stimulus for learning:

  • Reading books from another culture by Floella Benjamin: ‘Coming to England’ – exploring her migration and journey from Trinidad to England.
  • Fantasy transport stories by author John Burningham including The Magic Bed, Oi Get off my Train, Mr Gumpy’s Motor car.


Key objectives:

  • Mastering Number: secure firm foundations in the development of good number sense. Develop fluency in calculation and a confidence and flexibility with number.
  • Continue with daily counting practice from 0-100. Count forwards and backwards in ones, twos, fives and tens.
  • Master recall of number bonds to twenty.
  • Identify the most appropriate strategies for solving addition and subtraction problems involving 1-digit and 2-digit numbers to 50.
  • Interpret, represent and solve word problems involving addition and subtraction.
  • Solve word problems about length, height, weight and capacity.
  • Recognise and recall doubles and halves facts.
  • Recognise, recall and reason about odd and even numbers to support calculation and number fluency.



  • Identify, name, describe and compare a variety of common animals.
  • Discuss and begin to classify animals.
  • Find out about common pets and learn how to take care of our pets.


Following Jesus and Preparing for Easter

  • To hear how Jesus chose the first Disciples.
  • To learn the story of the Good Samaritan.
  • To prepare for Easter by looking at Lent Promises, Holy Week and the Easter Story.

Humanities – History

  • To examine different forms of transport and make comparisons between past and present forms.
  • To focus on the role of transport links in the development of London as an international City.
  • To develop an understanding of chronology by creating timelines to show how modes of transport and communication have changed over time.
  • To understand the significance of migration, travel and communication in our lives today and for past generations.

PSHE – Identity, Journeys & Friendship

  • Identity and Connections – Focusing on pupil’s heritage, exploring it geographically & discussing and celebrating our differences.
  • Friendship Terrace – a series of sessions to reflect on and teach friendship skills.
  • Relationships and Health Education
  • Life to the Full: Understanding that we are created and love by God.

Art and Design

  • Design and create 3D moving vehicles.
  • Learn about the work of Jacob Lawrence – a painter who most famously depicted US migration in a form of Cubism artwork.


  • Introduction to control and programming, giving and following instructions, recording sequences.


  • PE –– Invasion games, sending, receiving and target games.
  • Dance – Wednesdays led by Wiggle.

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