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Curriculum Map Year 1

Year 1                Summer 1            ‘Growing’

Our key themes are Growing, Belonging and Friendship.

Our sustainability theme is Healthy Living.

Literacy – daily phonic lessons and regular handwriting practice

 Key objectives:

  • To develop creative responses to the text through drama role play and storytelling.
  • To describe characters and settings in stories.
  • To sequence events in stories.
  • To draw inferences based on what is being said and done.
  • To punctuate sentences using a capital letter and a full stop.
  • To begin to use a question mark and an exclamation mark in their writing.






Core texts and stimulus for learning:   

  • The Lonely Beast
  • The Extraordinary Gardener


Our focus in Maths for the Summer term is to secure and consolidate firm foundations in key topics.  Children will continue to develop their confidence and positive approach to mathematics to ensure they are well prepared for new learning in Year 2.

  • Count within 100, forwards and backwards, starting with any number.
  • Reason about the location of numbers to 20 within the linear number system, including comparing using < (less than), > (more than) and = (equal to). Also to make estimations using the context of measuring rulers.
  • Develop fluency in addition and subtraction facts within 10.
  • Count forwards and backwards in multiples of 2, 5 and 10, up to 10 multiples, beginning with any multiple, and count forwards and backwards through the odd numbers.
  • Compose numbers to 10 from 2 parts, and partition numbers to 10 into parts, including recognising odd and even numbers.
  • Read, write and interpret addition number sentences. Use these to find subtraction equations and missing numbers.
  • Recognise common 2D and 3D shapes presented in different orientations.



  • To identify and name a variety of common plants including garden plants, wild plants and trees, as well as those classified as deciduous and evergreen.
  • Identify and describe the basic structure of common plants including roots, stems, leaves and flowers.
  • Growing things – observation and caring for plants.
  • Lifecycles
  • Looking at the life cycle of local plants and minibeasts.







The Resurrection

  • Children will learn about the resurrection of Jesus and find out what happened when he appeared to the Disciples.
  • Children will understand that Jesus returned to heaven after 40 days.


Programming and Control

  • 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.


  • To look closely at the differences between urban and rural settings.
  • To understand and use some simple geographical vocabulary to discuss place.
  • To know the difference between human features (e.g. houses, railway, roads etc) and physical features (mountains, rivers, lakes etc) of the environment.






Art and design

  • Study and imitate the work of artists such as Andy Goldsworthy and Richard Shilling who create land art from natural materials.
  • Observational plant and nature drawings.
  • Using every day materials to create minibeast sculptures.






Collaboration games using hoops and balls. Games to promote spatial awareness and good hand eye coordination.


Friendship Terrace

Weekly stories centering on a character who finds it difficult to relate to and interact with others.  By stepping back and reflecting on events, and with a little help from Friendly Freddie, the characters learn and practice positive relationship-building skills.  These circle times help children to reflect on and learn about friendship skills.






Year 1 Summer 1 2021 Topic Letter

Year 1       Spring 2          Journeys and Connections


Including daily phonic lessons and handwriting practice

 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 and stimulus for learning:

  • Reading books from another culture by Floella Benjamin: ‘Coming to England’ – exploring her inspiring migration and journey from Trinidad to England.
  • Fantasy transport stories by author John Burningham: Oi Get off my Train, Mr Gumpy’s Motor car.
  • A range of Non–fiction books on Boats, Aeroplanes and Helicopters.



Key objectives:

  • Continue with daily counting practice from 0-100. Count forwards and backwards in ones, twos, fives and tens.
  • Master recall of number bonds to ten and use this knowledge to find bonds for 20, 30.
  • Identify the most appropriate strategies for solving addition and subtraction problems involving 1-digit and 2-digit numbers to 50.
  • Compare and measure the height and length of objects using non-standard and standard units of measure.
  • Begin to measure with a ruler.
  • Developing an understanding of weight and volume.  
  • Use non-standard units (such as cubes and cups to measure and compare weight and capacity.
  • Solve word problems about length, height, weight and capacity.




  • Idenfity and name a variety of common animals that are birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles and mammals.
  • Describe and compare these animals.
  • Discuss where these animals live and what they eat.
  • Find out about common pets and learn how to take care of our pets.


Following Jesus

  • Following Jesus and Easter – to learn about some of the things Jesus did as an adult.
  • To learn the story of the Good Samaritan.
  • To prepare for Easter by looking at Lent Promises, Good Friday and the Easter Story.
  • ‘Dear Jesus, help me to be generous.’ – this is our Value focus for this term. We will be sharing stories and thinking about giving, sharing and charity.


Humanities (History and Geography)

  • To examine different forms of transport and communication systems and make comparisons between past and present forms.
  • To develop an understanding of chronology by creating timelines to show how modes of transport and communication have changed over time.
  • What types of transport can we see in the local area? Carry out a traffic survey.


PSHE – Identity, Journeys & Managing our Feelings

  • Identity and Connections – Focusing on pupil’s heritage, exploring it geographically & discussing and celebrating our differences.
  • Zones of Regulation – How we manage our feelings in a positive way.
  • Sustainability – our focus is Healthy Living and Transport.


Art and Design

  • Design and create 3D moving vehicles and a boat that floats.
  • Explore colour and pattern by creating prints with different vehicle wheels.
  • To use charcoal to draw ‘old pictures’ of high wheel Penny Farthing bicycles.
  • Learn about the work of Jacob Lawrence – a black painter who most famously depicted his migration from the South to the North in a form of Cubism artwork.



  • Dance with Artis – led by qualified instructor.
  • PE – Outdoor PE – focus on team games – invasion games (hockey, Netball, football) and circle games.