Curriculum Newsletter

Listed below are details about our current topic and the curriculum we will be following this year, along with information about how you can support your child's learning at home.
Why do the leaves go in winter?
Our ‘Talk for Write’ text this term is Little Red Riding Hood
This topic has a Geography focus and lots of opportunities for art projects. We will learn about the seasons and their impact on nature. The children will learn about different types of plants and trees and will also learn about birds in our local environment.
Geographical skills:
  • Can they answer some questions using different resources, such as books, the internet and atlases?
  • Can they answer questions about the weather?
  • Can they keep a weather chart?
  • Can they explain how the weather changes with each season?
  • Can they begin to explain why they would wear different clothes at different times of the year?
  • What changes do we see in our country with each season?


  • Can they answer questions using a weather chart?
  • Can they make plausible predictions about what the weather may be like later in the day or tomorrow?

Year 1 Reading Expectations
Word Reading
Can I match all 40+ graphemes to their phonemes?
Can I blend sounds in unfamiliar words?
Can I divide words into syllables?
Can I read common exception words?
Can I read words with contractions and understand that the apostrophe represents the missing letters?
Can I read phonetically decodable words?
Can I read words that end with ‘s, -ing, -ed, -est?
Can I read words of more than one syllable that contain taught GPCs?
Can I re-read a text to develop my fluency and confidence?
Can I say what I like and do not like about a text?
Can I link what I have heard or read to my own experiences?
Can I retell key stories orally using narrative language?
Can I talk about the main characters within a well known story?
Can I learn poems and rhymes by heart?
Can I use what I already know to understand texts?
Can I check that my reading makes sense and go back and correct when it doesn’t?
Can I draw inferences from the text and/or the illustrations?
Can I use the title and events in a text to make a prediction?
Can I explain what a text is about?
Can I discuss new word meanings and link these to words that I already know?
Year 1 English Expectations
Can I identify known phonemes in unfamiliar words?
Can I use syllables to divide words when spelling?
Can I begin to use my knowledge of phonics to spell words accurately e.g. monkey, feet?
Can I use the spelling rule for adding ‘s’ or ‘es’ to words?
Can I use the prefix ‘un’ to change the meaning of a word?
Can I add the suffixes –ing, -ed, -er and –est to regular words e.g. jumping, helper?
Can I name all the letters of the alphabet in order?
Can I use letter names to give alternative ways to make a sound?
Can I spell common exception words and days of the week?
Sentence Structure
Can I combine words to make a sentence?
Can I join two sentences using ‘and’?
Can I separate words using finger spaces?
Can I begin to use capital letters to start a sentence?
Can I begin to use a full stop to end a sentence?
Can I begin to use a question mark?
Can I begin to use an exclamation mark?
Can I use capital letters for names of people, places, days of the week and the pronoun I?
Can I sit correctly at a table, holding a pencil comfortably and correctly?
Can I form lower case letters in the correct direction, starting and finishing in the right place?
Can I form capital letters and digits 0-9?
Composition and Text Structure
Can I compose a sentence orally before writing it?
Can I sequence sentences in chronological order to recount an event or experiences?
Can I sequence sentences to form a narrative?
Can I re-read what I have written to check that it makes sense?
Year 1 Maths Expectations
Can I count to, and across 100, forwards and backwards, from any given number?                                  
Can I read and write numerals to 100?                          
Can I count in 2s, 5s and 10s?                              
Can I write all numbers in words to 20?                        
Can I say the number that is one more or one less than a given number?                        
Can I use number bonds and related subtraction facts to 20?                                  
Can I use pictorial representations and arrays, with support?
Can I add and subtract 1-digit and 2-digit numbers to 20, including zero?                         
Can I use the signs + - =?
Can I solve a missing number problem e.g. 7 =  ?  -   9
Can I solve a one-step problem using addition and subtraction?
Can I recognise, find and name a half of an object, shape or quantity?
Can I recognise, find and name a quarter of an object, shape or quantity?
Can I solve one-step problems involving multiplication and division?
Measurement and Geometry
Can I recognise all coins and notes?
Can I recognise and name the 2D shapes: circle, triangle, square and rectangle?
Can I recognise and name the 3D shapes: cube, cuboid, pyramid & sphere?
Can I name use language linked to the days of the week, weeks, months and years?
Can I sequence events in chronological order using key words such as before, after, next etc?
Can I tell the time to o’clock and half past the hour?
Can I draw the hands on a clock face to show a given time?
Can I measure and record measurements of length/ height, weight/ mass and capacity?
Can I begin to solve problems for length/ height, weight/ mass, time and capacity?
Can I describe position, direction and movement including whole, half, quarter and three quarter turns?
Parents Information
Please see the information on our year group page about Learning at Home.
In Year 1 we suggest the Homework framework for each week is:

  • Reading to and listening to your children read (10 minutes or more each day). This includes ensuring that your child reads and listens to wide range of text types (comics, poetry, magazines, information books etc).
  • Rapid Recall Maths practice (2 x 10 minutes a week). See website for more information.
  • Maths challenge – can you help your child to write the numbers 1-20 in words (one, two, three etc)
  • Learning Challenge Projects:

Your child’s KAGAN group will select a question to investigate linked to the topic. This will be sent home in a letter. Please help your child to research and answer this question at home using the internet, books or talking to family members. Their findings can be brought in as print outs, hand written notes, photographs or drawings. The information will be shared with the class and it will be stuck into each KAGAN group’s Theme Scrapbook. This is an on-going project that will be going on until December. The children can bring in their research any time from now until then.
Bird feeder
As part of the topic we are also going to be learning about the birds that live in the local area. We will be making bird feeders. Please hang/place these on a window sill or outdoor space. We would love to hear about any birds that you observe eating from the bird feeders, or see around Didsbury. Any photos, drawings, print outs or notes that your children bring in will also be added to the class scrap book.
We hope that you will enjoy supporting your child with these projects at home.
Many thanks for your continued support
The Year 1 Team