Year 1

English Overviews

Year 1.pdf

Reading Overview

Writing 1.pdf

Writing Overview

Hold a Sentence

Mathematics Overview & Support

We are proud to work with the Maths Hub for 2020 - 2022 to develop a mastery approach when teaching mathematics. 

Termly Overview

Key Instant Recall Facts (KIRFS)

Topics & Overviews



Everyday Materials

This project teaches children that objects are made from materials. They identify a range of everyday materials and their sources. Children investigate the properties of materials and begin to recognise that a material's properties define its use. 


Human Senses

This project teaches children that humans are a type of animal, known as a mammal. They name body parts and recognise common structures between humans and other animals. They learn about the senses, the body parts associated with each sense and their role in keeping us safe. 



This teaches children about everyday life and families today, including comparisons with childhood in the 1950s, using artefacts and a range of different sources.


Our Wonderful World

This teaches children about physical and human features, maps, cardinal compass points, and positional and directional language. They learn about the equator, hemispheres and continents and are introduced to the countries, capital cities and settlements of the United Kingdom. The children carry out simple fieldwork to find out about local physical and human features. 


Mix It

This teaches basic colour theory by studying the colour wheel and colour mixing. It includes an exploration of primary and secondary colours and how artists use colour in their artwork. 


Funny Faces & Fabulous Features

This teaches the concept of the portrait and how the collage technique can be used to make a portrait.


Shade & Shelter

This project teaches children about the purpose of shelters and their materials. They name and describe shelters and design and make shelter prototypes. Children then design and build a play den as a group and evaluate their completed product. 


Singing Stars - Singing and Performance 

In this unit children will learn to sing a range of new songs in time to the music. Throughout this unit, there will be an emphasis on developing the children’s confidence when performing. They will accompany their singing with actions and learn to start and finish together. Year 1 will perform a traditional nativity to the local community alongside Year R and Year 2.


Creating a Character

In this unit, children will learn how to create an animated character. They will learn how to add filters and stickers to enhance a character.


Video Voiceovers
Combining Media

Children will learn how to select images and learn how to create a voiceover. They will also learn how to highlight and zoom images as they record. 


Core - Personal

This unit teaches children to develop coordination skills. Skills are developed through developing different footwork skills and balances. 


Core - Social

In this unit children develop dynamic balances and agility. Skills are developed through jumping, landing, and seated balances. 


Core - Gym

Children will learn to move in different ways and begin to perform a small range of skills, linking two movements together. 



Seasonal Changes

This project teaches children about the seasons, seasonal changes and typical seasonal weather and events. They learn about measuring the weather and the role of a meteorologist. Children begin to learn about the science of day and night and recognise that the seasons have varying day lengths in the UK. 


Significant Event - Great Fire of London

Describe a significant historical event in British history. The children will learn about the Great Fire of London.


Bright Lights, Big City

This project teaches children about the physical and human characteristics of the United Kingdom, including a detailed exploration of the characteristics and features of the capital city, London. 


Rain & Sunrays

This project teaches children about collagraph printing, including how to develop a motif to make single and repeated prints. 



This project teaches children about wheels, axles and chassis and how they work together to make a vehicle move. 


Calling Crew - Call and Response

This unit focuses on helping children to refine their singing skills by learning how to sing response melodies in time and with awareness of pitch. Children will learn about call and response techniques in music and how to apply them to their singing. They will also develop their listening skills and learn to identify and match pitch accurately. Through this unit, children will improve their musical abilities and expression when singing. By the end of the unit, children will have a greater understanding of call and response techniques in music and how to use them effectively in their singing.


Data Handling

In this unit, children will learn how to sort images or text into two or more categories on a digital device. They will also learn how to collect data on a topic and use this to  create a tally chart and pictogram. 



Children will learn to order images to create a simple storyboard and create a sequence of pictures to explain their understanding of a topic.  


Core - Cognitive

In this unit, children will learn to name some things they are good at and understand and follow simple rules. The unit will build on previous taught skills and support children to develop their balance and coordination.


Dance - U1

In this unit, children will learn to create multiple standing and

floor shapes. They will progress to learning how to travel between shapes and create shapes in contrast to a partner.



Plant Parts

This project teaches children about wild and garden plants by exploring the local environment. They identify and describe the basic parts of plants and observe how they change over time. 


Animal Parts

This project teaches children about animals, including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals and invertebrates. They identify and describe their common structures, diets, and how animals should be cared for. 


School Days

This project teaches children about their own school and locality, both today and in the past. They compare schooling in the Victorian era to their experiences today. 


Street View

This project teaches children about artwork depicting streets and buildings and focuses on the work of the American pop artist, James Rizzi. They create a 3-D mural based on Rizzi's work. 


Chop, Slice & Mash

This project teaches children about sources of food and the preparatory skills of peeling, tearing, slicing, chopping, mashing and grating. They use this knowledge and techniques to design and make a supermarket sandwich according to specific design criteria. 


 Picture Perfect Musicians - Graphic Scores

This unit focuses on helping children develop their understanding of music notation by learning that it can be represented by pictures and symbols. They will learn how to interpret and create graphic scores, which use non-traditional symbols and images to represent musical elements. Children will apply this knowledge by creating their own graphic scores based on the seasons, using their imagination and creativity to express the musical characteristics of each season. Through this unit, children will improve their critical thinking and creativity skills, as well as their ability to read and write music notation. By the end of the unit, children will have a deeper understanding of music notation and how to use it to express their musical ideas.


Animal Orchestra - Animals

This unit focuses on helping children develop their creativity and musical skills by experimenting with their voices and body percussion to compose a short piece of music that portrays an animal. Children will learn how to use musical elements such as rhythm, melody, and dynamics to create a soundscape that represents the chosen animal. They will then build on this by using a range of musical instruments to enhance their composition. Through this unit, children will improve their listening and teamwork skills, as well as their ability to express themselves through music. By the end of the unit, children will have created a unique piece of music that reflects their creativity and musical abilities.


Combining Media

Children will learn to write and record a script using a teleprompter tool. They will also learn how to record their voice and add different effects. 


Robot Mazes

Children will first create their robot mazes and then challenge each other to write an algorithm and code to complete them!


Core - Creative

This unit supports children to develop their coordination through ball skills. We will learn to counter balance with a partner. 


Core - Physical

Children will develop their coordination skills further with sending and receiving balls. Children will develop their agility with reaction and response. 

Religious Education - Love To Celebrate!

We look at six celebrations from across the major religions of the world


Naam Karan

Summer 1

The Naam Karan is a Sikh baby naming ceremony, and many Sikh parents bring their newborns to the Gurdwara (the Sikh temple) as soon as they are able to visit. The Granthi (reader of the scriptures) opens the holy book, the Guru Granth Sahib, at random, and the first letter of the first word on the left-hand page will be the first letter of the baby's name.

Family relationships are important in Sikhism. After the Naam Karan, many Sikh children will continue to learn about the Sikh faith at home and at the Gurdwara. Some may also attend Punjabi lessons so they can read the Guru Granth Sahib themselves.



Autumn 1

Christian harvest festivals are not fixed in the church calendar. However, many churches and schools in the UK celebrate harvest in September or October. At harvest time, Christians may sing special hymns, display a range of foods and flowers in church, collect food and household items for local good causes or give money to charities at home or overseas.

Different harvest festivals happen all over the world and most major religions give thanks for the harvest at some point in the year. The timing of harvest celebrations change depending on the different seasons and crops grown in each country.



Spring 1

Purim is a lively festival that commemorates the strength of the Jewish people. Practising Jews wear costumes and visit the synagogue to listen to the story of Queen Esther who prevented Haman, her husband's servant, from killing the Jewish people. After attending the synagogue, families and friends gather together to eat, dance and exchange gifts.


Milan un Nabi

Spring 2

The festival of Milad un Nabi commemorates the birth of the Prophet Muhammad. During the festival, Muslims hear stories of Muhammad’s life, visit the mosque, sing songs, share a meal with family and give to those in need.

However, Milad un Nabi is not celebrated by all Muslims. There is no evidence that Muhammad celebrated his birthday, so many Muslims don’t celebrate birthdays either.


Esala Perahera

Summer 2

Esala Perahera, also known as the Festival of the Tooth, is celebrated in Kandy, Sri Lanka, during July and August. The festival lasts for 10 days and begins when Jak tree cuttings are planted outside four temples called Devalas.

Torch lit processions (peraheras) of dancers, drummers, acrobats and highly decorated elephants fill the streets and visit the different temples during the festival. The most spectacular elephant carries a replica of the Buddha's tooth casket, which is kept in the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy.

The festival ends with a water cutting ceremony called Diya Kepeema. Water in the Mahaweli River is 'cut through' with a sword to separate the pure and impure water and ensure there is no drought in Sri Lanka during the coming year. Some of the water is then collected and kept so that it can be used during the tree planting ceremony, which will open the following year's Esala Perahera festival.



Autumn 2 

Diwali, the festival of lights, is celebrated in October or November and is one of the most popular Hindu festivals. It lasts for five days and marks the Hindu New Year.

Many stories and traditions are celebrated at Diwali. The story of Rama and Sita shows the triumph of good over evil, a clean house, new clothes and presents mark the start of the New Year, and lights, rangoli patterns, footsteps and decorations welcome goddess Lakshmi into homes to grant good fortune. Diwali is an exciting festival full of fun, food, family time and light.

P.S.H.E - Personal Social Health Education (Including Relationships & Sex Education)

We follow six key themes in P.S.H.E. that are taught at the same time across the school, below is the specific theme covered. 

Being Me In My World

Celebrating Difference

knowing how to deal with it

in everyone

Dreams & Goals


achievement with a partner


Healthy Me

household items


Changing Me

male bodies (correct terminology)