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Autumn 1

Welcome back and welcome to Year 1!

Here is a helpful guide to what we will be learning this term in Year 1.

Our topic this term is….

Fairy Tales

We will be looking at different traditional tales throughout this term. Each week we will be focusing on a different traditional tale, looking at what is similar about the different tales and what differences we can find. We will be linking the stories in with all aspects of what we are learning. What is your favourite traditional tale?


Our theme this term links very closely with our English work. Some of the tales we will be reading are; Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella, Three Little Pigs and The Elves and the Shoemaker amongst others. We will be reading the story, thinking about the characters, sequencing events and role playing these tales. We will be focusing on writing full sentences with capital letters and full stops, sequencing events to retell stories and starting to think about adjectives to describe the characters.

Key words: capital letters, full stops, finger spaces, character, adjectives, sentences.


This term we will be focusing on numbers 0-20 and beyond, counting up and back from any number, ordering numbers, comparing numbers, forming the numbers correctly in numerals and starting to write the numbers in words. We will also be working on addition and subtraction of numbers and really understanding our number bonds. We will also be learning how to count in 2's, 5's and 10's. We will do most of our maths work through Maths No Problem but will also will be doing practical work to support our learning.

Key Words: addition, number bonds, ordering, subtraction, number line, position, sequence.


We are starting to look at seasons this term and this will continue over the year, looking at the changes, what happens in the different seasons and lengths of the days.

We are also going to be investigating everyday materials this term. We are starting off by understanding what a material is, what things are made out of (a pencil is made out of wood, a wall is made out of brick etc) and simple properties of these materials (Is it bendy? Is it soft?).

Key words: material, property, paper, wood, brick, plastic, glass, bendy, hard, soft, flexible, transparent.

Other Curriculum Areas:

Computing - Programming and direction with Beebots

R.E. – Understanding Christianity; God - What do Christians believe God is like?

Art and Design – Design and create a stained glass window

Design and Technology – Design a 4th little pigs house

Music – Exploring sounds made by natural and man-made objects

Geography – Maps and the seven continents of the world

P.E. – Playground games

P.S.H.E. – A Mind To Be Kind; Kindness


Key Dates:
12.9.19 - Parent Carer Engagement 
20.9.19 - Jeans for Genes Day
1.10.19 - Book Fair opens