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Squirrels (Year 1)

Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) - Woodland Trust
Photo credit: Woodland Trust​​​​

Year1 Spring 2024 Curriculum Overview       

This term our topic is Amazing People.


Teaching and Learning

Parental Involvement- We encourage parents to choose at least one activity for each subject to support your child in their learning.


This term we will be building our understanding of place value of numbers 10-50, addition and subtraction within 20 and learning about length and height, mass and volume.

  • Your child can practise their maths skills on Numbots (see login sent home).
  • Count objects and compare amounts.
  • See what numbers your child can spot up to 50 when out and about.
  • ICT Maths games: Math ICT Games
  • Top marks: Top Marks
  • Encourage your child to notice and talk about when their cup, bowl or plate is full, half-full, nearly empty and empty.
  • At bath time, let children use plastic containers of different sizes to fill and pour.
  • Encourage your child to use a ruler to measure and compare different objects around the house.
  • Encourage children to talk about how heavy or light different objects feel.


English objectives will be covered through a variety of high-quality texts that will spark the pupils’ interest. The texts will cover poetry, fiction and non-fiction.  This term the children will write an explanation text and fictional instructions. They will write fantasy stories including writing a setting description and a character description. The children will learn skills to read aloud stories and poems, create story maps, do storytelling through drama and role-play and write in role. The children will learn grammar and punctuation discretely.

  • At home, read as many storybooks as possible from different genres, e.g information books (including instructions), modern stories and poems. Whilst reading, look at the settings and the characters and encourage your child to describe those using different adjectives.
  • Practise forming the letters of the alphabet using the letter formation phrases sent in the home-learning pack.
  • Ask your child to write simple instructions e.g. how to build a Lego model or how to make a magic potion using commands.


The children will be reading a variety of different types of books in their reading practice sessions that they have at school. They will have 3 sessions a week where we focus on using phonics knowledge to decode the words, read aloud with expression and then comprehension to show what they have understood from the text. The children will then bring home with them the book they have read in class to practise reading it again at home with you.

  • Please listen to your child read at least 3 times per week. Children who read regularly at home make the most progress, not just in reading, but right across the curriculum. Please ask us if you need any support.
  • Be a reader yourself- let your child see you reading and talk about your enjoyment of reading.


Use of everyday materials

This term the children will learn to recognise, name and describe a variety of materials and their properties and perform simple experiments to test the suitability of materials.

They will also learn more about the season of Winter – what the weather is like and how much sunlight we get at this time of the year and why.

  • Visit the BBC bitesize website to explore the different units of learning about Plants & Uses of materials: BBC Bitesize
  • Go around the house and look at the different materials objects are made of and sort them accordingly. Look at some more ideas on this website: Science Sparks
  • When you are outside, look at the plants to see how many have leaves on them and talk about why many don’t have leaves at this time of the year – to conserve energy. Observe the weather.


This term, the children will learn about creating pictures where they will look at the work of various artists and recreate them using a digital painting program. They will then learn about effective searching on the internet.

  • Access activities on Purple Mash (log in sent home in the Autumn term).
  • Visit the BBC bitesize website and learn digital animation: What is Animation?


We will be continuing to explore the concept of deity. Our big question for the first half term is ‘What is God’s job?’

This term the children will learn about different religions, religious stories and beliefs. They will learn about Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Jewish and Zoroastrian ideas about what God does.

Here is some key vocabulary we will be using with the children this term. It would be helpful to talk through these words with your child at home: belief, symbol, characteristic, generation, promise, protect, scripture, incarnation, miracle, life cycle, negative, positive


Sculpture and 3D – Paper Play

The children will explore different ways such as rolling, shaping, planning and gluing and painting to make 3D structures, drawings and sculptures.


Explore creating different types of paper sculpture at home by recycling newspaper, magazines, cards etc. You can also watch the videos on these web links for some ideas:

Make a Paper Sculpture

Paper Sculpture Techniques


Cooking and Nutrition- Smoothies

The children will identify if a food is a fruit or vegetable and then they will where plants grow and which parts we eat. They will then select, plan and prepare fruits to make a smoothie and then evaluate their product.

Look at simple smoothie recipes in recipe books and on the internet and try making your own smoothie at home. Explore and discuss the different ways a variety of fruits need peeling, cutting and preparing whilst making the smoothie.


This term the children will learn about ‘Dreams and Goals’ and ‘Healthy Me’. Throughout these units the children will learn to set achievable goals, work together, celebrate successes and make healthy and safe choices.

Here is some key vocabulary we will be using with the children this term. It would be helpful to talk through these words with your child at home:

proud, success, goals, strength, persevere, healthy choices, lifestyle, relaxation, calm, medicines & balanced diet.


The children will learn about the term historians and important events and lives of significant individuals from the past such as Neil Armstrong, Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole, King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I. The children will sequence events in chronological order and they will be writing about how these people contributed to changing life in Britain.

  • See the home learning tasks sent home.
  • Visit the BBC bitesize website and find some facts about the significant people listed: BBC Bitesize Significant People


Gymnastics-The children will develop basic gymnastics actions on the floor and on apparatus. They will develop skills such as jumping, rolling, balancing and travelling and use these to create short sequences and movement phrases.

Net and wall games- They  will use and develop skills such as throwing, catching, tracking and hitting a ball and learn how to score points. 

Yoga- The children will learn poses and techniques that will help them to connect their mind and body through meditation and breathing. They will work on improving their well-being by building strength, flexibility, co-ordination and balance.

Invasion games - They will learn about the principles of defending and attacking for invasion games by sending and receiving a ball using both hands and feet and score points for their team.

Staying active at home will support your child’s progress in PE. Here are some links to follow for some ideas:


Please note that these videos are on YouTube and therefore may need some level of supervision.


This term, the children will learn two units called: Grandma rap and Hi lo chicka lo

The units explore beat and rhythm work using crotchets and quavers. The children will begin with on-the-spot actions, followed by stepping the durations, stick notation is introduced. Then they will go on to create their own 4-beat patterns, which they will loop creating an accompaniment to perform the rap to.

Read about playing and performing music on the BBC bitesize website: