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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1 at Samuel Lucas

The first year of Key Stage 1 (KS1). There are 2 classes in Year 1, and both have direct access to the KS1 playground.

Hazel Class

Miss Rigg is the class teacher for Hazel class.

Birch Class

Miss Rogers is the class teacher for Birch class.

Year 1 Autumn Term 2021

Welcome to your new classrooms Hazel and Birch. Our theme this term is called Adventures.

During English, we will follow the theme of adventures by exploring the adventure story ‘Peter Pan’. We will be discovering this story through lots of activities and different written outcomes. We will also spend time reading and performing poetry. We will be trying very hard to master a perfect pencil grip and perfecting our letter formation.

Alongside our English unit on Peter Pan, we will be developing our DT skills by learning about sliders and levers. We will use our newly learnt skills to design and make our own moving Peter Pan picture.

In Maths, we will continue to develop our understanding of number by focusing on place value, addition and subtraction. We will also look at the properties of shapes in geometry.

In the first half of the term, we will be using our science skills to explore different everyday materials. During this, we will take part in experiments to test and learn about their properties. In the second half of the term, as part of our work around the theme, we will be using our observation and exploration skills to investigate the weather and seasonal changes of autumn.

In Computing lessons, children will be introduced to Purple Mash – our online learning platform. Through this platform, children will learn about online safety, basic computing skills and communication and networks.

In PE we are developing our teamwork skills. They will be focusing on co-operation and communication to problem solve as a team. The children will also be developing their ball skills, with a focus on using their hands.

In RE we will be learning about Beliefs and Practices by focusing on how Christians and Jews celebrate the fruitfulness of the Earth. We will also be exploring the idea of Justice and Fairness through charity work. In the second half of the term, we are developing our understanding of Festivals of Light.

The PSHE & RSE theme for the Autumn Term 1 is “Being in My World”. In Year 1, our weekly sessions include:

  • Feeling special and safe in my class
  • Understanding rights and responsibilities as a class member
  • Knowing my views are valued
  • Recognising the choices I make and understanding that there are consequences

Every lesson has a social and emotional development learning intention which focusses on either how we communicate or our feelings.

Vocabulary will include: safe, special, calm, belonging, rights, responsibilities, proud, rewards, upset, disappointed, consequences.

We are very much looking forward to the exciting term ahead!

Miss Rigg & Miss Rogers

Core Subjects

Click on a tab below to read detailed information about how and what is taught in English and maths for Year 1 children. For an overview of the other subjects taught please view the Year 1 Curriculum Overview document.

Year 1 English


In English lessons, children are taught speaking, listening, reading and writing skills through studying a variety of styles of writing (genres).  Teachers follow the Teaching Sequence for Writing, which means that children will firstly be taught to read and understand the text, then practise the skills of the style of writing (including grammar) and apply into their own writing.

The Primary National Curriculum statements will be taught through the modules below.

Y1 English Coverage

The Year 1 English curriculum consists of the following modules.

 Term OneTerm TwoTerm Three
NarrativeStories with predictable phrasingContemporary fiction – Stories reflecting children’s own experienceTraditional Tales
Fairy Tales
Non-fictionLabels, lists and captions
PoetryVocabulary building
Structure – Rhyming Couplets
Vocabulary building
Structure – Rhyming Couplets
Vocabulary building
Take one poet – poetry appreciation

Curriculum Content

Speaking and Listening

The children will become more familiar with and confident in using language in a greater variety of situations.  They will, for example:

  • Listen to and discuss a wide range of books and poems
  • Recognise and join in with predictable phrases
  • Learn some rhymes and poems to recite by heart
  • Discuss the meaning of words and extend vocabulary
  • Join in with discussions and explain their understanding
  • Change their speaking when taking on a role of a character during play


This part of the curriculum is broken down into ‘word reading’ and ‘comprehension’.

In Year 1, pupils continue to learn to read words using phonics as well as learning to recognise words that cannot easily be sounded out e.g. once.  At Samuel Lucas we use ‘Letters and Sounds’ to teach phonics.  Our reading schemes to support this are: Bug Club – online,  Phonics Bug – Pearson publishers, Oxford Reading Tree – phonics, Dandelion Readers, Yellow Door.

As well as being able to read words, children need to understand what they read and develop a life-long love of reading.  They will learn to do this through carefully structured activities using a wide range of high-quality books. They are encouraged to:

  • Make links between their own experiences and the story
  • Check that they understand what they are reading
  • Talk about the title and the main events
  • Predict what might happen before they read it
  • Join in with predictable phrases

We are able to provide you with lists of age appropriate texts to support the learning :

Stories with predictable phrasing

  • My Granny Went To Market : A round – the – world counting rhyme – Stella Blackstone
  • We All Went On Safari : A Counting Journey through Tanzania – Laurie Krebs and Julia Cairns
  • Handa’s Hen – Eileen Browne
  • One Smiling Grandma: Caribbean Counting Book – Ann Marie Linden and Lynne Russell
  • This Is the Tree – Miriam Moss
  • Unfortunately – Alan Durant and Simon Rickerty
  • Monkey and Me – Emily Gravett
  • We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – Michael Rosen
  • We’re Going on a Lion Hunt – David Axtell
  • Over on the Farm – Christopher Gunson

Contemporary fiction – stories reflecting children’s own experience

  • Naughty Bus – Jan and Jerry Oke
  • Do You Know What Grandad Did? – Brian Smith
  • Mr Davies and the Baby – Charlotte Voake
  • I Don’t Want To (and others) – Bel Mooney
  • Something Special – Nicola Moon
  • The Most Obedient Dog In The World –  Anita Jeram
  • Nothing – Mick Inkpen
  • Tales of Trotter Street (and others ) – Shirley Hughes
  • Dogger – Shirley Hughes
  • Amazing Grace – Mary Hoffman
  • Clever Sticks – Bernard Ashley
  • Bens Baby – Michael Foreman

Traditional Tales and fairy tales

  • Once Upon a Time – Nick Sharratt
  • The Three Billy Goats Gruff – Nick Sharratt and Stephen Tucker
  • The Teddy Robber – Ian Beck
  • The Ugly Duckling – Ian Beck
  • Twice Upon a Time Series – Rose Impey
  • The Great Big Enormous Turnip – Alexei Tolstoy and Helen Oxenbury
  • The Tiger Child: A folk tale from India –  Joanna Troughton


In Year 1 children develop their writing through the following areas:


  • Spell words using phonics
  • Learn commonly used whole words that are difficult to sound out
  • Spell the days of the week
  • Begin to look at patterns and rules


  • Hold a pencil correctly
  • Form letters and digits correctly and confidently
  • Leave spaces between words


  • Speak in whole sentences
  • Write sequences of sentences
  • Re-read and check for sense
  • Develop a wide vocabulary
  • Use capital letters, full stops, question marks and exclamation marks
  • Join sentences with ‘and’

Year 1 Maths

Working mathematically

By the end of year 1, children begin to solve simple problems involving addition and subtraction in familiar contexts such as going shopping, using a range of hands-on equipment, symbols, images and pictures. They begin to use what they know to tackle problems that are more complex and provide simple reasons for their opinions.


Counting and understanding numbers

Children will identify and represent numbers using objects, pictures and models, such as the number line, and use ‘equal to, more than, less than (fewer), most and least.’ Children will accurately count numbers to, and across, 100 forwards and backwards from any given number with increasing understanding. They count, read, write and order numbers in numerals up to 100 and from 1 to 20 in words. When given a number, they can identify one more and one less. They can count in multiples of twos, fives and tens.


Children will understand known addition and subtraction facts within 20, including zero. They will demonstrate an understanding of multiplication and division through grouping and sharing using hands-on resources, pictorial representations and arrays (2, 5 and 10). They understand doubling and halving small quantities.


Through play and hands-on resources, children will find and name half and one quarter of objects, shapes and quantities.


Children will begin to measure using non-standard units (finger widths, blocks etc.) moving to standard units of measure (e.g. cm) using tools such as a ruler, weighing scales and containers. They will begin to record and compare measurements such as lengths and heights, mass and weight, capacity and volume using language such as long / short; heavy / light; full / half-full / empty. They will tell the time to the hour, half past the hour and be able to sequence events in chronological order using precise language (for example, before and after, next, first, today etc.). Children will recognise and know the value of different denominations of coins and notes.


Children will recognise and name common 2-D shapes, e.g. rectangles (including squares), circles and triangles, and 3-D shapes, e.g. cuboids (including cubes, pyramids and spheres) in different orientations and sizes. They will describe position, direction and movement, including whole, half and three quarter turns.


In preparation for year 2, children will begin to compare, sort and classify information, including through cross curricular links e.g. science – sorting materials into groups according to their properties. They will also begin to construct simple pictograms and tables.

Year 1 Learning Blog