The Russell School

Aim High, Have Courage, Be Kind


Spring term 2017

Curriculum information

Dear Parents,

Welcome to Year 1. We look forward to working with you and your children during the coming year. This term we will be learning about a whole range of new topics, as detailed below.

Year 1 staffing

  • Miss Hobbs - Teacher
  • Miss Randall - Teaching Assistant

Curriculum overview


In English this half term our learning will cover both fiction and non-fiction texts. We will focus on the following:

  • Instructions
  • Labels, lists and captions
  • Explanation texts
  • Reports
  • Recounts
  • Stories with predictable phrasing
  • Familiar stories  - reflecting children’s own experiences
  • Traditional tales 
  • Poetry - reading, discussing, comparing, performing and creating poetry
  • Letters

We will continue to build on use of punctuation. This will include capital letters, full stops and finger spaces between words.

Phonics will be taught daily to differentiated groups. Children in Year 1 are working on phonics Phases 3-5.

Children will be tested on Fridays and new spellings will go home on a Friday.

Home reading books
Books can be changed daily as long as they have been read at home; we require a signature or comment in reading records to confirm this. The children are expected to put their reading book and reading record into the box in the morning if it needs changing.

Library books
We will now have a regular library session on Wednesday.  Please can the children bring their books back each week – even if they only wish to renew it.

Maths (an overview of the Year 1 learner)

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.


Our topic in Science this term is ‘Materials’.
Furthermore, throughout the school year, Year 1 will cover the ‘working scientifically’ element of the curriculum, which will include observing changes over time by studying the seasons and changes in our environment across the year.


Intrepid explorers


Penguins and polar bears

Art/Design Technology (DT)

This will be linked to our History and Geography topics




This term we will begin to introduce children to the French language. Children will begin to learn the very basics of French in a fun and engaging way using songs, rhymes and actions.

Religious Education (RE)


Physical Education (PE)*

Games, gymnastics, dance

*Please can full PE kits be in school every day – T-shirts, shorts and plimsolls.  All items of uniform must be labelled. 


Keep the learning positive and enjoyable. Have a go! Always try your best.

If there are problems completing the homework, please let your teacher know.

The Homework Diary MUST be brought into school every day, as we will use this to make any reminders and write in any homework tasks set.

Reading (daily)

Pupils need to read for a short time on a regular basis, both to themselves and to an adult. When sharing the reading with your child be patient and positive to ensure that you both enjoy the text. Encourage your child to:

  • decode unfamiliar words themselves
  • use expression
  • use the punctuation to aid expression and understanding

Also, ask them questions about their reading. Any reading should be recorded in the Homework Diary; parents are encouraged to comment in their child's Diary. On Wednesdays we will check with the children that reading is being completed and recorded appropriately. PLEASE check your child has always got a suitable reader and reads daily.

It is also useful to read books to your children (any age) - modelling expression and asking questions about the book.

English (2 or 3 times/week for 10 minutes)

Spellings will be tested in class; at home you may wish to spend time with your child learning and testing individual spellings.

The children will take home 5-12 spellings to learn each week, including high frequency words and current phonic words (Friday). The spelling book MUST be brought into school every Friday for the test. The test will be written at the back of the book so you can monitor your child’s progress.


Mathletics - 2 or 3 times/week for 10 minutes.

Additional homework

Children may be given different specific tasks to practise or complete with parents related to their particular needs.


As well as the homework described above, parents can also help children achieve their learning targets. Targets will be shared at termly Parent Conferencing sessions.

Year 1 long term plan: 2016/2017


Autumn I

Autumn II

Spring I

Spring II

Summer I

Summer II


See Medium term plan


See Medium term plan


Animals inc humans

Everyday Materials


Seasonal Changes


 Let's Create

Discovering Programming

Visual Information



Guy Fawkes


Intrepid Explorers      

Continents & Oceans

Christopher Columbus & Neil Armstrong


        Seaside Holidays



Where do I live ?

The UK

Map work


Core skills games and


Core skills games and Gymnastics

Dance and Gymnastics


Team games

and Swimming

Art and DT

Healthy Eating




Astronauts & rockets

Sail boats & space buggies

Andy Goldsworthy – sculptures


Thanking God for Nature

Light and Christmas



Books and Stories

Books and Stories





Nursery Rhymes and Chants



Popular songs and chants



The Rule of Law

Mutual Respect

Individual Liberty

Tolerance of those with other faiths and beliefs

British Values –‘Celebrations’ – (launching Summer 2015)