Year 1 Curriculum


Respond speedily with the correct sound to graphemes (letters or groups of letters) for all 40+ phonemes, including, where applicable, alternative sounds for graphemes.

Read accurately by blending sounds in unfamiliar words containing GPCs that have been taught.

Read common exception words, noting unusual correspondences between spelling and sound and where these occur in the word.

Read words containing taught GPCs and –s, –es, –ing, –ed, –er and –est endings.

Read other words of more than one syllable that contain taught GPCs.

Read words with contractions [for example, I’m, I’ll, we’ll], and understand that the apostrophe represents the omitted letter(s).

Read aloud accurately books that are consistent with their developing phonic knowledge and that do not require them to use other strategies to work out words.

Re-read these books to build up their fluency and confidence in word reading

Develop pleasure in reading, motivation to read, vocabulary and understanding.

Understand both the books they can already read accurately and fluently and those they listen to.

Participate in discussion about what is read to them, taking turns and listening to what others say.

Explain clearly their understanding of what is read to them.

Recognising and joining in with predictable phrases

Learn to appreciate rhymes and poems, and to recite some by heart.

Listening to a wide range of poems about toys

Poetry: Naughty Toy Box

Fiction: Toys in Space, Traction man, Dogger, nufflebunny, lost in the toy museum, I love you blue kangaroo and Threadbear

A range of non-fiction books about materials and toys.

Phase 5 phonics; alternative pronunciation of phonemes.



· Sit correctly at a table, holding a pencil comfortably and correctly.

· Begin to form lower-case letters in the correct direction, starting and finishing in the right place.

· Form capital letters.

· Form digits 0-9.

· Understand which letters belong to which handwriting ‘families’ (i.e. letters that are formed in similar ways) and to practise these.


· Saying out loud what they are going to write about.

· Compose a sentence orally before writing it.

· Sequencing sentences to form short narratives.

· Re-read what they have written to check that it makes sense.

· Discuss what they have written with the teacher or other pupils.


· Leave spaces between words.

· Join words and clauses using and.

· Begin to punctuate sentences using a capital letter and a full stop, question mark or exclamation mark.

· Use a capital letter for names of people, places, the days of the week, and the personal pronoun ‘I’.

Text Types


Addition and Subtraction

reads, write and interprets mathematical statements involving addition, subtraction and equal 

Represents and use number bonds

Understand relationship between addition and subtraction 

Adds and subtracts one-digit and two-digit numbers to 20

Solve one-step problems that involve addition and subtraction

Place value

Coutns to and across 100, forwards and backwards, beginning with 0 or 1, or from any given number

Count, read and write numbers to 20 in numerals; count in multiples of twos, five, and tens

Given a number, identifies one more and one less.

Identifies and represents numbers using objects and pictorial representations.



· Distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made.

· Identify and name a variety of everyday materials.

· Describe physical properties of everyday materials.

· Compare and group together a variety of everyday materials.

· Group materials by their properties.

· Ask and answer simple questions.

· Make observations using simple equipment.

Record data on templates.


How can we talk to God?

Families and celebrations (presentation story)

Importance of prayer

Giving: Change – Lent


Brilliant ball skills - sport

Master basic sending and receiving techniques

To develop balance, agility and co-ordination

To use ball skills in game-based activities

Gymfit circuits – fitness

To identify techniques to improve balance

To practise a range of gymnastic skills through a series of circuits

Body protectors – Health

To recognise that our bodies are designed to protect us


Develop an awareness of the past.

Identify similarities and differences between toys of the past and toys now.

Understand some of the ways we can find out about the past.

Learn about the lives of significant others who have contributed to national and international achievements (Margaret Steiff).

Learn about significant individuals in our locality (Fredrick Savage).


Understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions.

Create and debug simple programs using iPad coding apps, kodable, beebots and daisy the dinosaur.

Recognise common uses of information technology beyond school.

Use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.



· Design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria.

· Generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate, information and communication technology


· Select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing]

· Select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics.


· Explore and evaluate a range of existing products.

· Evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria

(Design and make a toy)


Use natural materials creatively to create a sculpture in the style of Andy Goldsworthy.

To use sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination.

To develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.

Learn about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.


Use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes.

Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music.