Year 1 Spring Term Curriculum

Spring Term  – Once upon a time

Successful Learners

Areas of learning

  • As historians we will discover facts about Kings and Queens.
  • As scientists we will look at seasonal changes name and group different common animals.
  • As designers we will design and build castles
  • As theologians we will learn about Ramadan and Eid
  • As gymnasts we will develop balance, agility and co-ordination
  • As computer scientists we will instruct a programmable toy to move around maps

Confident Individuals


  • Design and make castles working in groups.

Responsible Citizens


  • Look at seasonal changes and the impact it has on our school environment and surrounding areas.

Spiritual & Moral

  • Morals found in traditional stories.
  • Sharing materials and working as a team.
  • Self confidence and ‘sticking at it’.


  • Buildings in our local community.
  • How our local area has developing through looking at houses and buildings.

Year 1   Subject Skills


See National Curriculum.

Traditional Tales and Fairy tales

  • Read and explore stories with a common theme
  • Respond to events in a story through role play, discussion and writing tasks
  • Generate own ideas for own tradition tale
  • Plan and write a simple story based on Cinderella. Focusing on beginning, middle and end, story book language and description.


See National Curriculum.

  • Counting in groups and calculating
  • One more / one less 10 more / 10 less.
  • Place value – Tens and Units
  • Time
  • Shape and measure

Link to DT with 3D shape and measure

Link to time with Literacy stories ‘At 4 o clock the wolf came’


Seasonal Change and Animals

Learning objectives

  • To look at seasonal changes between January and February
  • To name animals that are birds, fish and mammals
  • To name common animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores
  • To descried and compare different common animals
  • To describe the properties of everyday materials that are transparent, translucent, opaque, waterproof, flexible
  • To compare and group materials that are transparent, translucent, opaque, waterproof, flexible

Working Scientifically Skills

  • To ask questions and recognise that they can be answered in different ways
  • To perform simple tests
  • To identify and classify different materials and animals
  • To use their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions


We are treasure hunters

  • To understand that a programmable toy can be controlled by inputting a sequences of instructions
  • To develop and record step by step instructions to control a programmable toy
  • To understand that sequences and instructions have a predictable outcomes
  • To recognise that household objects are controlled by instructions

Art / DT

Making castles

Children to design and make castles using a range of materials


  • Generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing and templates


  • 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

Technical knowledge

  • build structures, exploring how they can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable


Kings and Queens

What is a monarch – who are they and what do they do? What is a timeline? What is the royal family? Who is Queen Elizabeth II and what is her family tree? Where do kings and queens live?

  • Learn about the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements
  • Place events and objects in chronological order
  • Use common words and phrases about the passing of time
  • Identify differences between ways of life at different times
  • Find out about the past from a range of sources.
  • To ask and answer questions about the past


  • See next half term.



  • Develop balance, agility and co-ordination
  • Apply these in a range of activities

MFL Links

  • Use methods for memorising words.
  • Respond to what they see and hear in single words or short phrases using almost correct pronunciation

Music Links

Fairytale music

  • create musical patterns
  • Explore, choose and organise sounds and musical ideas
  • Make improvements to own work.

Year 1 Spring 1 2019 POS

Year 1 Spring 1 2019 Overview