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Year One Curriculum


Outlined below is the curriculum your child is following this year.  We hope that it will be of use to you when discussing school with your child and looking for ways in which you can support them at home.


Autumn Term




  • Stories with familiar settings
  • Stories and rhymes with predictable and repetitive patterns
  • Signs, labels, instructions, lists
  • Acquiring and consolidation of initial sounds
  • Using sounds and letters to build words
  • Developing pencil grip
  • Writing sentences with a full stop.




  • Place value and ordering numbers to at least 20
  • Understanding addition and subtraction
  • Mental calculation
  • Money recognition and totals up to 10p
  • Length and time
  • 2D and 3D shapes - The features of familiar shapes
  • Counting objects
  • Number, names and words.




Animals including humans


  • The senses and body parts
  • Similarities and difference between humans and animals.
  • Knowing the differences between omnivores, herbivores and carnivores.




  • Seasonal changes over the year. How the seasons affect animals and humans.



Local area (around our school).



An event beyond living memory – Fireworks night and the gunpowder plot.


What we think about God.




(Related to RE)


  • Focus is on a hip-hop style song- learning about pulse, rhythm and pitch.
  • Seasonal songs related to RE.



Games – ball skills
Dance – travelling rhythmically and making shapes.



Design Technology
Making moving pictures.



Coding – Introducing the children to coding and how to write a simple programme.


- Online and word processing skills.


Visits & Further Development


If you would like to further develop your child’s learning, some ideas may be:


  • To visit your local library
  • To practise reading and writing with your child
  • Use simple songs and games to develop your child’s knowledge of learning numbers
  • Visit places of interest like the Science Museum, National Portrait Gallery and Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood.

Spring Term



The National Literacy Strategy

This will include reading a range of books including stories, poetry, plays, following instructions and factual information.
There will be a strong emphasis on phonic knowledge (i.e. the sounds made by letters and letter clusters) as well as other strategies, which can be used to decode unknown words.
We will also be concentrating on increasing our key word vocabulary. They will be taught different strategies to help them read, such as knowing the sounds of the letters, pictorial clues and whether the text makes sense.
The children will be taught to recognise full stops and capital letters when reading and they will be encouraged to use them correctly in their written work.
The children will have formal handwriting lessons when they are taught correct letter formation and orientation (i.e. which letters sit on the line, tall letters etc).
The children are given opportunities to carry out a range of writing e.g. stories, poems, lists, labels, facts connected with the topics and writing their names.
Speaking and listening is a very important part of the English curriculum. The children are given opportunities to develop their skills through working in their talk partners and through role play activities.



The National Numeracy Strategy

This includes mental skills which are practised every day as well as a range of mathematical knowledge including Numeracy, time, money, measurement and handling data. The children will be working with numbers up to 30.



Our topic this term is materials.



We will be focusing on the Bible being a special book and in particular learning about stories from the Old Testament.

We will then focus on the special days of spring leading up to and including the Easter Celebration.


Information Technology

This term children will gather information from a variety of sources including the internet. The children will further develop their keyboard and mouse skills and continue to learn about coding.



We will be working on Dance and Gymnastics - Body shape.
In Dance the children will be encouraged to listen carefully to the music and to interpret this. Gymnastics will include both working on the floor and the large apparatus. Games skills include throwing, catching and batting skills.



We will explore rhythms, playing percussion instruments, listening and appraising music as well as learning songs. In the second half of the term we shall be working towards our 'Easter Assembly'.



We will be investigating playground equipment. The children will have the opportunity to use construction kits to build a variety of playground structures and will make some from reclaimed materials.



We will be looking at various materials and weaving with some of these.



The children will be learning about Chembakoli and comparing it to a local place.



We will be thinking about events in living memory – the royal wedding and birth of Prince George.



You might like to take your child to visit Cobtree Farm, The Museum of Kent Life, the local libraries, Hall Place and Buckingham Palace.


Summer Term

At Bishop Ridley we are exploring our new topic based curriculum 'Cornerstones'. During the summer term, we will be learning about Superheroes. Please come back soon to see what we have been up to.