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St William of York Catholic Primary School

Year 1

Welcome to Year 1!


Autumn Term 2017

Class Teacher - Mrs Stalker
Teaching Assistants - Mrs Della Corte & Mrs Blair

 The Children all looked really smart in their full uniforms and have spent the first few days of the new term familiarising themselves with our new routines. They are ready to commence their next learning journey in Key Stage 1.


Snack time

As we are a healthy school and all children in year 1 will follow a similar snack routine to your child’s previous reception class. We will continue to provide the children with a healthy snack each day and fruit. Snack money is £1.50 per week and will be collected by Mrs Della Corte.


PE Kits

PE will be taught on Thursdays. Please ensure that all uniform and your child’s PE kit is clearly marked with your child’s full name and in a school PE bag that is also clearly named.



Reading for 5 minutes everyday will have a positive impact on your child’s reading and writing skills. All children will receive a reading diary for you to record how well they are doing and we will send home some fun reading games for them to play with you. We will begin to send homework activities home in the next few weeks. Maths and Literacy homework will be sent home from October.

You could also go to Oxford Owl Top Tips website. Here, you will get ideas to help your child:

  • continue to build up a range of reading skills,
  • continue to gain confidence with their reading,
  • continue to develop reading with fluency and with expression and…
  • reading for enjoyment.


Topics for the Autumn Term 2017


Here is an outline of our Autumn Term Curriculum:            

Religious Education

We follow the scheme Come and See for our R.E sessions and our themes this term are: Families, Belonging and Waiting.

Please send a family photograph into school in a named envelope for your child to share and talk about with their peers.


We will be naming, identifying and learning about Capital letters and where we need to use them.

This term we will be studying and comparing the following traditional tales, They will participate in lots of speaking and listening activities for The three Little pigs and The 3 Billy Goats Gruff and some more of the children’s favourites. We will spend lots of time orally rehearsing lists, labels and captions. Then construct simple sentences, modelling and building sentences together and then writing sentences that have finger spaces and are demarcated using punctuation. We will write recounts and look at poetry based around our five senses.

Everyday phonic sessions will encompass spelling, punctuation and grammar activities. Then the children are show how to transfer the skills that we have learnt into our writing. We will be reading common exception words and we also focus on prefixes and suffixes and their spelling rules. All the children are encouraged to orientate letters accurately and develop the size of their letters through discreet handwriting sessions.


We will regularly practise counting forwards and backwards from a variety of different numbers, count up to 20 objects (match number to object) estimate and count up to 30 objects. Identify 1 more than and 1 less than a given number. Read and write numbers and words up to 20. identify missing numbers in a consecutive sequence and a non consecutive sequence. Explore all the possible ways of making a single digit number, two digit numbers. Addition fact families, addition stories . Subtraction of single digit and two digit numbers. Number bonds to 10,finding the difference between  numbers using counting back and counting on and solve one step problems that involve addition and subtraction.


Mapping: Follow a route on a map starting with a picture map of the school.  Recognise simple features on maps e.g buildings, roads and fields.  Draw a simple map of a route to the shops from school.

Use of ICT : Use a programmable toy to move around a course following simple directional instructions.


We will develop the children’s curiosity and awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time. The children will be introduced to a wide vocabulary of everyday historical terms. They will begin to understand ways in which we can find out about the past and sequence a series of events.

We begin with a local study: How did Kitty Wilkinson help to clean my clothes? The children will begin to identify how events and people in the past affect their own lives.


Walking with Dinosaurs; by the end of this project the children will understand the term algorithm and will be able to use an app on an I pad to reinforce their learning.

We are all connected; the aim of this apptivity is to show children how the web works.


We follow ‘charanga’ music scheme Hey you! Style: Old school hip hop throughout the unit children will learn how to listen to music  and sing  a song 

Physical Education

Our work this term will be Top games, The children will learn how to send and receive a ball. Aim a ball at a target. Roll, chase and stop a ball skilfully. They will adapt their skills for a variety of games. They will learn to watch, copy and describe what others are doing.

Dance is based on an animal dance (Jemima Puddleduck)The children will explore, link and repeat a range of actions with control and perform a sequence with accuracy.


We will link our topic Everyday Materials to the story The Three Little pigs this term. The children will be able to distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made. The children will name and identify a variety of everyday materials. Sort, group and then compare materials, discuss which materials are suitable for building houses with and why? And identify Properties of materials. The children will be encouraged to ask questions about science in their investigations. We will also describe the weather and key features of the seasons Summer and Autumn.


Textiles, collage and I.T The children will study the artists, Rachael Brown, Ellen Jackson and Ann Roth.

Children will produce a simple weaving pattern using binca and card with found materials (ribbon, wool, threads, raffia, and string).

Design Technology Our focus is Mechanisms and the children will produce a Paper plate slider. They will be encouraged to think of their own ideas, use pictures to plan what they would like to make. They will be expected to describe the materials they are going to use and use scissors confidently to cut materials. They will talk about what they have made and evaluate their own work and their friends work.

Y1 Curriculum Overview

  • Our Mission Statement
  • Together Everyone Achieves More.
  • To go forward in Christ, to respect our neighbour and to always give our best.