Welcome to Year One


In Year 1 you will find Mrs Wiley, Miss Cookson, Mrs Kibblewhite and Ms Preece 

In Year 1 we engage the children with exciting Topics like fantasy creatures and the Great Fire of London. We try wherever possible to give the children hands on experiences and build memories through workshops/ visitors and school trips and make the learning fun and exciting. We enjoy getting involved in maths and science investigations and we have lots of discussions as a class throughout all our learning, building up important communication skills. Learning circus skills; growing our own candy canes and sending the instructions to Santa and exploring bubbles to create some beautiful art work and descriptive writing are some of the things we get up to at school.


To support the learning of Phonics we use Letters and Sounds, the LCP scheme, Jolly Phonics and Bug Club Phonics.

To support the learning of reading we use Letters and Sounds and Bug Club.

Below are our Year 1 topics and a taster of what we will be learning each term.


 Please ensure you look in your child's reading folder every Friday for their new weekly spellings

We also ask that you bring in your child's PE kit on a Monday to be left in school until Friday

All children are expected to read at home daily and make a record in their reading challenges. Please send the reading challenge into school every day .


Long Term Plan - Year 1



Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6


Marvellous Me


Animal Kingdom



Castles and knights


Repeating Story –

We’re all going on a bear hunt.


The Wall in the Middle of the Book.




Travel Tale –



Instructions -

Grow a candy cane

The Egg


Non-fiction - fact File on an animal.


Poem – The owl and the Pussy Cat

The Antlered Ship.


Pirate Story – Class Three all at sea/Pirate Post.


The Kapok Tree


Letter Writing / Persuasive text about why you can’t cut down the rainforest.


The Princess and the White Bear King.


Non-fiction text – How to Attack a Castle.  


Number: Place Value.

Addition and subtraction


Number: Addition and Subtraction.

Geometry: Shape.

Number: Addition and subtraction.

Number: Place value.

Measurement: Length & height / weight and volume.


Number: Multiplication and division. Fractions.

Geometry: Position and direction.


Number: Place value.

Measurement: money and time.


Human body – identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of the body, identify and name senses.

Seasons – position of the sun, long days/ short days.

Animals – identify and name a variety of common animals, describe and compare the structure of a variety of animals.


Materials - float &sink,

Identify and name a variety of materials, describe simple physical properties of everyday materials.

Plants – identify and name a variety of common wild and garden plants and identify and describe the structure of plants and trees.


Seasons – observe changes across the four seasons.


NOS - Self-Image and Identity


Google Earth / maps of the local area.

Phonics and Maths games.

NOS - Online Relationships.



Phonics and Maths games.

NOS – Online Reputation


Create a fact file/e-book about an animal.

Phonics and Maths games.

NOS – Online Bullying


Programming and algorithms. – Bee Bots.


Make pirate posters.


Phonics and Maths games.

NOS – Fake profiles


Google Earth – looking at other countries.

NOS – selfie safe.


Retrieve information from the internet.

Phonics and Maths games.




Jesus as a Friend





Self Portraits

Pablo Picasso


Firework pictures

(History link)

Light pictures – Van Gogh – A Starry Night

Life drawings – animals (topic)

To design a fantasy creature.

Portraits of pirates

Paintings of the sea and under the sea

Design and make a pirate flag

Pirate ships


Life drawings – plants (science link)

Drawing/painting a castle.


Making a moving body model (science link)

Designing and making houses

Making Christmas cards

Understand where food comes from.

Design, make and evaluate a fantasy creature.

Textiles (Science link) – making a raft/boot.


Recycle Models – To design and make a shield.




Local walk – following directions.

Route planning – the safest and quickest routes, are they always the same?

Using google earth to locate/explore.

Human and Physical Geography – location of hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the Equator and the North and South Poles.

Place Knowledge – understanding similarities and differences of human and physical geography of the UK

Locational Knowledge – name and locate the world’s 5 oceans and 7 continents.

Invent pirate treasure maps using symbols and keys

Read a map to find clues for a treasure hunt around school


Locational Knowledge – name, locate and identify characteristics of the 4 countries and capital cities of the UK.

Human and Physical geography – identify seasonal and daily weather patterns in the UK.

Castle geographical locations and floor plans – aerial viewpoint perspective

Castles – where would you build your castle?


Local history – Banbury Cross, the expansion of Banbury. The market.

Personal history – looking at how we have grown.

Past and present homes.

Who is there a statue of in Banbury Town Centre and why is it important?


Bonfire Night

– Guy Fawkes

Christmas Story – RE link

Significant person: Mary Anning. Research facts about her and her work with fossils. Create a factfile.

Researching/learning about famous pirates.

Ways of life of people in the past. What did it mean to be a pirate? What was life like for a pirate?

Should we call Grace O’Mally a pirate? https://www.history.org.uk/primary/resource/9711



Types of castle and a timeline. What job would you like to have in a medieval castle?


Hey You

Xmas play

In the Groove

Rhythm in the way we walk

Round and round

Reflect, rewind and replay


Gymnastics (Indoor)

Object Control – catching (Outdoor)

Dance (Indoor)

Object control – throwing (outdoor)

Gymnastics (Indoor)

Net/ wall games (outdoor)

Dance (Indoor)

Net/ wall games (outdoor)

Gymnastics (Indoor)

Striking and Fielding (outdoor)

Dance (Indoor)

Athletics (outdoor)


SCARF – Me and my relationships.


SCARF – Valuing difference


SCARF – Keeping myself safe

SCARF – Rights and responsibilities


SCARF – Being my best

SCARF – Growing and changing.

Possible School Trips/ Visits

Museum workshop – Home past and present

Science Centre Trip.


Zoo Trip – Cotswold Wildlife Park.

Fire Fighters


Warwick Castle/

Blenheim Palace.





 If you require more information about the curriculum that your child is following at school, please email the school office: office.2055@orchard-fields.oxon.sch.uk