Year 1 Autumn Term 1 Curriculum

Autumn Term 1

Successful Learners

Areas of learning

  • As historians, we will find out about toys now and in the past. We will explore how toys have changed and learn popular games from the past.
  • As scientists we will observe the seasonal change to Autumn and identify and describe different materials, comparing their properties.
  • As artists and designers we will design and make Christmas decorations, cards and models. We will design and create freestanding structures.
  • As theologians we will learn about Christmas story and what Christmas means to Christians.
  • As athletes we will development fundamental movement skills through dance and multi-skills activities. We will perform dances using simple movement patterns.

Responsible Citizens


  • We will observe seasonal changes in our local environment.


  • We will learn about healthy lifestyles, growing and changing and keeping safe.


  • We will perform a nativity concert to our parents, carers and the school community.

Year 1 Subject Skills


The Naughty Bus by Jan Oke.

Children to retell the story of the Naughty Bus and its adventures. They will create a night-time adventure using the end of the story, ‘sometimes I am a night bus’. Children to role play as a ‘Naughty Vehicle’ and explore adventures the Naughty Bus could have around Latchmere school and beyond, before using the photographs to write their own story.

Toys in Space by Mini Grey.

Children will predict what might happen next in the story and explore how characters are feeling. They will use –er and –est suffixes to describe the lost toy in a poster. They will create and describe their own imaginary planet and dream sequence.

Traction Man by Mini Grey.

Children will role play scenes from the story of Traction Man and get into role. They will write from Traction Man’s perspective, learning key phrases from the story. They will use –er and –est suffixes to describe Traction Man’s many outfits.

 Through these texts, pupils will be taught to:

  • Link what they read or hear read to their own experiences;
  • Discuss the significance of the title and events;
  • Make inferences on the basis of what is being said and done;
  • Predict what might happen on the basis of what has been read so far.

Through these texts, when writing, pupils will be taught to:

  • Say out loud what they are going to write about;
  • Compose a sentence orally before writing it;
  • Re-read what they have written to check it makes sense;
  • Leave spaces between words;
  • Begin to punctuate sentences using a capital letter and a full stop or question mark;
  • Add –er and –est to adjectives where no change is needed to the root word (e.g. quicker, quickest, fresher, freshest).


We will be teaching the following spelling rules and teaching common exception words alongside:

  • The digraphs /ai/ and /oi/ are hardly ever used at the end of English words;
  • The digraphs /ay/ and /oy/ are used for those sounds at the end of the words and at the end of syllables;
  • The sound /oa/ spelt with the vowel digraphs /oa/, /ow/ and /oe/ (oa is very rare at the end of a word);
  • The sound /ee/ spelt ‘e’ and with the vowel digraph /ee/;
  • The vowel digraph /ea/;
  • The vowel digraph making the /igh/ and /ee/ ounds.


We will revisit Phases 3 and 4 and will begin to teach the 18 new Phase 5 sounds.

Maths – Addition and Subtraction

We will be following the Small Steps from White Rose Maths for Autumn, Blocks 2 and 3:

We will be teaching these small steps, all within 10:

  • The part-whole model;
  • The addition symbol;
  • Fact families – addition facts;
  • Find number bonds for numbers within 10 and 10, including systematic methods;
  • Compare number bonds;
  • Addition (adding together, combining two sets or groups and adding more by counting on);
  • Finding a missing part;
  • Subtraction (taking away by crossing out; taking away by breaking apart and by counting back);
  • Fact families (8 facts, including moving the equals sign).

These small steps link to the following National Curriculum statements:

  • Represent and use number bonds and related subtraction facts;
  • Read, write and interpret mathematical statements involving addition (+), subtraction (-) and equals (=) signs;
  • Solve one-step problems that involve addition and subtraction, using concrete objects and pictorial representations and missing number problems.

We will also be teaching children to recognise and name common 2D shapes, including: rectangles (including squares), circles and triangles. We will be sorting 2D shapes by their properties.


Children will distinguish between the object and its material by sorting objects; they will then learn to sort objects by their properties, using this to further understand their material. They will test questions such as, ‘which paper best absorbs water?’; ‘which material would be the most suitable for a waterproof jacket?’ and ‘which material would make the best crash mat for Humpty Dumpty?’

Children will learn the following objectives from the National Curriculum:

  • Distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made;
  • Identify and name a variety of everyday materials, including wood, plastic, glass, metal, water, and rock (and brick, paper, fabrics, elastic, foil);
  • Describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials
  • Compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of their simple physical properties;
  • Become familiar with the names of materials and properties, such as: hard/soft, stretchy/stiff, shiny/dull, rough/smooth, bendy/not bendy, waterproof/not waterproof, absorbent/not absorbent;
  • Pupils will work scientifically by performing simple tests to explore and answer questions in different ways.

Children will apply their knowledge of materials in history, where they will decide the age of a toy based on the material it is made from.

Seasonal changes

At the beginning of this Autumn half-term, children will observe the transition to autumn by looking at trees and wildlife in the local environment. Children will measure and record weather in the different seasons and will start to make comparisons between the two seasons of summer and autumn, as well as across all four seasons.


Children will learn to:

  • To develop basic keyword skills, through inputting and formatting text
  • Develop basic mouse skills
  • Use the internet to find and select images
  • To develop skills in combining text and images
  • To discuss their work and think about whether it could be improved.

Design Technology

The children will be designing and creating freestanding structures, such as furniture for the character Traction Man.

Children will learn the following objectives from the National Curriculum:


  • design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria


  • 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


  • Evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria


History will be the focus of this half-term.


Pupils will develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. They will be able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations. Through dance and ‘multi-skills activities’ pupils will be taught to:

  • Master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities;

Perform dances using simple movement patterns.


Children will use the vocabulary learnt in first half term to appreciate a story in the language, respond with single words and read along with a good level of accuracy in pronunciation and intonation.

Music Links

Children will learn to:

  • Use voices expressively by singing songs, rehearse and perform with others;
  • Listen with concentration and to internalise and recall sounds with increasing aural memory by copying and creating rhythms on percussion instruments;

Learn how music used for a particular purpose: the Christmas concert.

PSHE and Wellbeing

Children will learn about healthy lifestyles, growing and changing and keeping safe.

Year 1 Autumn 2 2019 Overview & POS