Beyond our Horizons – Year 1

Summer 2 – 2022


  • To discover, read and share a range of stories, poems and non-fiction texts related to the sea.
  • To create longer narratives and imaginative stories inspired by key texts including The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch and The Night Pirates.
  • To listen to, read and recite poems about the sea.
  • To write our own poetry with a nautical theme.
  • To look at word endings (suffixes) such as helped, shorter, shortest.
  • To understand and use the prefix un- to change the meaning of words (eg. unkind or untie).
  • To continue with Phase 5 letters and sounds. Learning alternative pronunciations of known graphemes (e.g. ‘a’ as in ‘acorn’) and alternative spelling of some phonemes (e.g. chief, grow, pear).
  • To begin to join some letters in our writing.
  • To continue Little Wandle group guided reading in class three times a week.
  • Children should continue to read to an adult at home every day.


  • Number – children will continue to represent, memorise and use addition facts and subtraction facts. Children will deepen their understanding of place value by partitioning  representing, ordering and comparing all two-digit numbers.
  • Time – children will measure, order and compare units of time. They will consolidate their skills of telling the time to half past.
  • Money – we will recognise common coins and notes and order them by value. Children will solve problems involving adding and subtracting 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p coins.


Weather and Seasonal change – children will observe and discuss changes across the seasons. Children will describe weather associated with the seasons and how day length varies. Children will be encouraged to ask questions, carry out simple tests and record their results.

Religious Education:

Miracles – children will learn about the different miracles that Jesus performed. They will think of ways in which we can trust Jesus when in need. Children will begin to understand how compassion motivates people and reflect on how we can help one another.

Geography & History: All at sea –  oceans and continents

In geography we will learn to locate and name the major oceans and continents on the globe.  We will learn about extreme forms of weather and climate in different parts of the world. In history we will be finding out about the lives of sailors from long ago.  We will study the lives of famous pirates from the past.  We will learn the story of Grace Darling and the Longstone Lighthouse.   We will be learning all about the Cutty Sark and the Maritime History of Greenwich.

ICT: “We are celebrating” – children will create a digital greetings card. Children will develop basic skills using a keyboard and mouse. They will combine text and images to create a card. 

Art / Design Technology:  Seascapes and water colour. Exploring prints and patterns – children will use objects to print patterns and designs. They will make simple printing plates using polystyrene. Children will explore patterns and prints from different countries around the world. Children will design and build a model lighthouse.


PE (Monday) – Athletics: developing running, jumping and throwing skills.

Dance (Wednesday)  – with Wiggle:  sea theme.

Music: Children will continue to experience a range of percussion instruments and learn about beat, pulse and rhythm.

PSHE:  Journey in Love.  Exploring how we are part of our own family and also the church’s family.  Then we will reflect on our time and experiences over the last year before looking forward to our next transition to Year 2.

Class Visit

We will be visiting the Cutty Sark in Greenwich on Tuesday 28th June.

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Year 1             Spring 1 Curriculum Overview

Our cross-curricular topic this term is ‘Family & Home’ with a focal theme of identifying Similarities and Differences.

Reading & Phonics:

We will be using the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds scheme to revisit and review all phonic sounds learnt so far and consolidate our knowledge of phase 5 graphemes and phonemes.


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

Using the book Iggy Peck, Architect, children will develop reading skills of prediction and inference.  They will practise using basic sentence punctuation and creating compound sentences before exploring features of famous buildings, labelling the features and learning about apostrophes.  They will incorporate all the learning the have experienced to produce a fact file about London buildings. 

The story of ‘The Odd Egg’ will let children make connections to different types of families and this story will inspire them to produce a non-fiction report – ‘An Egg-Spotter’s Guide’ (non-fiction report).

We will also be revisiting favourite traditional tales and making connections with our Geography work on houses and homes and our science study of materials through stories such as Goldilocks, The Three Little Pigs and Jack and the Beanstalk.


Children will be learning to identify the most appropriate strategies for solving addition and subtraction problems involving 1-digit and 2-digit numbers.  They will develop their knowledge of number bonds to find and use number bonds and related subtraction facts within 20.

Children will extend their knowledge of place value so that they can identify and represent numbers to 50 using objects and pictorial representations.  They will use the language of equal to, more than, less than (fewer), most, least to compare numbers. 

We will continue to practise counting, reading and writing numbers to 100 and we also count in multiples of 2s, 5s and 10s every day.

Children will learn to compare and measure the height and length of objects using non-standard and standard units of measure.  They will use key language such as longer, longest, shorter, shortest, taller and tallest when comparing length and height.

To further children’s understanding of measurement, we will then introduce the ideas of weight and volume and use uniform non-standard units (such as cubes and cups) to measure mass and capacity.

Science:  Everyday Materials

Through a range of practical activities, children will be learning to identify and name a variety of materials such as wood, plastic, glass, metal, water and rock.

They will recognise the difference between the name of an object and the material from which it is made.

They will describe the physical properties of materials using vocabulary like hard/soft, stretchy/stiff, shiny/dull, rough/smooth, bendy/not bendy, waterproof/ not waterproof, absorbent/ not absorbent, opaque/ transparent.

They will understand how to group everyday materials according to their physical properties.

Religious Education:  Families and celebrations

To know that we all belong to a family, to think about how we can love and help each other and to know that Mary, Joseph and Jesus are The Holy Family.

Our Values focus this term is:  “Dear Jesus, help me to forgive.”

PSHE:       Family

Through circle time, discussion and group activities, children will explore and celebrate what it means to be part of a family.  Children will be given lots of opportunities to talk about their own family:  please can your child bring in a family photograph that they can present to the class and put up in our Reflection Area display. 

Geography:  Settlements and Houses

Children will develop locational knowledge of the UK and will use photographs, plans and maps to recognise geographical similarities and differences through our study of settlements houses, buildings, and landmarks in our local area and beyond.

Art / Design Technology:

To examine the properties of different materials and the patterns they make.  To create collage and 3D sculptures using recycled materials.  To design, build and evaluate a 3D model of a house.  To explore


To learn and sing songs related to our topic.  To explore different rhythms and patterns in music.  To explore a range of percussion instruments.

Spring 1 Family and Home Topic Web


ICT:  We are Treasure Hunters

Children will develop an understanding of how to give directions as a sequence of instructions.  They will learn how to record a sequence of instructions in order to programme a robotic toy.  They will apply these skills using software programmes on ipads and pcs.

They will continue to develop their understanding of how to use computers and the web safely.

PE: Gymnastics and Dance

Gymnastics – exploring different ways of travelling.  Children will learn to travel in different ways from low to high using apparatus safely.  They will develop an awareness of others in the space and will create, improve and perform a sequence of movements.

Dance continues on Wednesdays.   Children must wear PE kit to school on Mondays and Wednesdays.  To use the climbing apparatus in gymnastics safely, children need to wear shorts.  If comfortable, they could wear black shorts under their joggers or keep a pair of shorts in school to change into for Monday gymnastics sessions.  (It is too cold for them to just wear shorts in school all day.)  All PE kit items must be clearly labelled with your child’s full name.

Autumn 1 2021 – This is Me!

Our topic for this half term is called This is Me!  

We will re-visit recognition of Phase 2 and Phase 3 letters and their sounds in order to read and write labels, captions and simple sentences.  Children will focus on correct letter formation.  We will be sharing and reading a wide range of books to help develop a love of stories and reading.  We will also be listening to, reading, and reciting a range of poetry relating to the senses. 

Key texts and learning outcomes:  FunnyBones – writing a recount of the story.   Pattan’s Pumpkin – writing a setting description and a narrative.  


Children will practise counting forwards and backwards in ones to 30.  We will work on recognising, writing and representing numbers to 30 and begin to gain an understanding of place value.  Children will be introduced to the part-whole model and will find different ways of partitioning numbers up to 10. They will use the part-whole model to help them write and compare number bonds. They will begin to use these skills to add and subtract numbers to 10.

Religious Education

The Catholic Faith: Looking at ‘God’s Great Plan’ and exploring the beauty of God’s world through circle time discussions, activities, drawings, music and dance.  We will learn the story of Noah and reflect on how each of us is responsible for taking care of our world.

Class Worship

Daily Collective Worship will take place in class this half term.  It will involve Gospel Assemblies, daily prayers, listening and responding to bible stories, celebrating the gifts and talents God has given us, and reflecting on how we can follow in Jesus’ footsteps.


Returning to school.  Making sense of the challenges we have all faced this year.  Managing change, building self-esteem and resilience, and learning to express our emotions appropriately.  Understanding we have the right to be listened to.  How do we care for others?  Using the story book ‘Have you filled your bucket today?’ to explore the values of caring, giving and sharing.


To name and understand the uses of the different parts of our body.  We will explore our senses and the important role they play.  Children will discuss the importance of healthy eating, sleep and exercise in relation to growth.  We will be paying special attention to how we can keep our bodies healthy and protect others by washing our hands frequently, using and disposing of tissues appropriately and being aware of personal space.


To discuss ‘belonging’ in relation to our family, church and community.  We will be finding out about our local environment facilities.  We will look at the different ways to keep safe. 

Art and Design

Still life and portraiture:  the children will develop their drawing skills with attention to detail. They will create collages related to the wonders of the natural world and explore colour and shade to create a colour wheel and Noah’s Rainbow.


Listening to music and songs related to Harvest, Autumn and the different parts of our bodies.  Exploring percussion instruments and controlling their sounds.

Physical Education

PE lessons will take place on Mondays and will include circle games to promote listening skills and turn taking.  We will also be playing team games with a focus on ball and hoop skills.  Year 1 will also have Dance lessons with a specialist teacher on Wednesdays.      Children should come to school in their PE kit on Mondays and Wednesdays.


Getting to know the ICT suite.  Exploring apps and websites to support our learning in other areas of the curriculum (e.g phonics games, number challenges, reading activities and topic related information sources).  Learning how to open and use a word processing package.  Developing mouse control using art packages.

Ms Lucas, Mrs Underwood and the Class 1LU Team