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