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Church of England Primary School

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Deal, Kent, CT14 8DD

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Year 1

Curriculum Outline Terms 1 and 2

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome to Year 1! We hope you had a lovely, relaxing summer break!

The children will continue working in a similar way to the Reception Class for the first term. Each week will include learning through playful activity both indoors and out. We will continue working with the Early Years Foundation Stage principles and move onto the National Curriculum for Year 1 as the term and children progress. Children will be working in a range of focused groups for Literacy and Numeracy. Other subjects will be taught through topic based activities. Children will be encouraged to develop skills and explore their own interests throughout Year 1.

Areas of learning which we will cover during the autumn term include:

English – We will begin the year reading Elmer to consolidate our basic skills before moving onto looking at stories and non-fiction books related to our ‘Safari’ topic including Handa’s Surprise. In Term 2, we will be reading Beegu and The Day the Crayons Quit to learn some letter writing skills.

PhonicsWe are following Letters and Sounds; in Year 1 we revise all sounds learnt so far. Then, we will start on Phase 3.

Reading - Towards the end of this term, children will also begin to participate in Guided Learning sessions in the afternoon. The children will be placed in small groups where they will read and talk about books with the Class Teacher/Teaching Assistant.

Numeracy – Counting, ordering numbers, addition, comparing lengths, subtracting, money, 2D shapes and routes through movement. Practical activities and problem solving tasks are planned to support the children in their mathematical development.

Science – Science – In Term 1, we will be learning human bodies by learning to identify different body parts and their uses.  We will explore the five senses with a range of fun activities and use them to compare different sights, textures, sounds, tastes and smells.  In Term 2, we will begin a study of the seasons and the seasonal changes that occur throughout the year.  We will explore characteristics of autumn and winter in our local environment and consider how humans and animals adapt for seasonal changes.

ICT – Our first topic is ‘We Are Painters’. The children will learn some of the skills and tools used in Paint and create pictures based around ‘The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark’.

History – ‘How has transport changed?’ -  We will be looking at how transport has changed over time.

Geography – Safari – ‘What is it like on Safari?’ Children will learn about Kenya and the animals you might find on safari.

RE – Christianity – ‘What do Christians believe God is like?’ and  ‘Why does Christmas matter to Christians?’

Art – There will be lots of creative activities interwoven with the other subjects in our curriculum including painting, collaging and drawing.

Design & Technology – We will be making our own vehicles to link with our history topic.

Music –In Term 1, we will be developing our ability to identify different sounds and to change and use sounds expressively in response to a stimulus.  We will be learning to expressively explore and control instruments, using them to illustrate a story.  In Term 2, we will develop our ability to discriminate between longer and shorter sounds, and use them to create interesting sequences of sound.

PE Gymnastics – Exploring moving (linked to Science) – we will work on moving like an animal, using floor space and apparatus.


Reading books

Your child will get a new reading book of the same level as at the end of Year R and a new reading record to record when you, I and staff members hear them read.

To ensure all children are heard read on a regular basis and to help children change their books, children are assigned reading days. Please can you ensure your child has their reading book and reading record in their bags on these days.

Red and green groups: Monday and Wednesday

Blue and yellow groups: Tuesday and Thursday


We will not be starting homework until after half term, once they have grasped other skills and routines in year one. Until then, you can further you child’s learning at home by reading together regularly, reading to your child and talking about the stories and non-fiction books or magazines you have shared. Sharing how you use number and mathematics in everyday life: Simple counting cars whilst on a journey; counting money whilst doing the shopping with you; reading numbers when you are out and about; ordering or grouping their teddies; sorting money, objects, Lego, are just a few suggestions of where mathematics can be found at home. Remember to use your DB Primary log in to find some more helpful activities and games to play at home!


Our PE days are Tuesday and Friday. Please could you ensure your child has their PE kit in school on these days. They will need shorts, a T-shirt and plimsolls for indoor PE and jogging bottoms, a T-shirt and plimsolls or trainers for outdoor PE.


Children may bring in fruit for snack at playtime. Children also receive free fruit for playtime snacks, provided by the school.

Water bottles

Please can your child bring a water bottle to school, labelled with their name.

Muddy Mondays

Every Monday in terms 1, 3 and 5 we will be taking part in outdoor activities with Year 1. We will be going outside whatever the weather so please provide the children with old clothes, coats and suitable footwear that you do not mind getting a bit grubby in a plastic bag.


Best regards,

Miss Dicks and the Year 1 Team!