Welcome to Year One


In Year 1 you will find Miss Smith, Miss Blake, Mrs Cross and Mrs Hawkins.

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


Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6




Fantasy Creatures

The Great Fire of London

Planet Earth

Castles and Palaces


Repeating Story –

Dear Zoo


Travel Tale –



Poem – The owl and the pussy cat.

Traditional Tale – Red Riding Hood


Christmas –

Letter to Santa


Instructions -

Grow a candy cane

Fantasy creature story - Lullabyhullaballoo.


Non-fiction text about a creature

Fantasy creature poem


Instructions – how to catch a fairy/creature.

Story – The Magic Grandad.



Story from other cultures.

Story - The Way Back Home.


Letter Writing / Persuasive text - to an alien.




Tale – Jack and the Beanstalk


Defeating tale – George and the dragon


Non-fiction text – How to Attack a Castle.  


Place Value and Number (wk 1-3)

Addition and Subtraction (wk 4-6) Geometry – shape (wk 7)

Place Value (Wk 1-2)

Addition and Subtraction (wk 3-5)

Time (wk 1-2)

Place Value (wk 3-4)

Addition and Subtraction (wk 5)


Measures: Length and Height (wk 1)

Measurement: Money (wk 2)

Addition and subtraction: money (wk3)

Fractions (wk 4-5)

Multiplication and division (wk 6-7)

Place Value (wk 1-3)

Four operations (wk 4-5)

Four operations (wk1)

Measurement: shape (wk2-3)

Measurement: weight and volume (wk4-5)


Human body

(with 1 wk of seasons)

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


(with 1 wk of seasons)

Materials (float &sink, materials to make a boat- (topic link)


(with 1 wk of seasons)



Programming and algorithms – Bee Bots (maths link)

Filming the steps of instructions

(Literacy link)

Finding and using images on the web (science link)

Creating a digital card

Producing a talking book (literacy link)

Making an e-book about castles (literacy link)

Filming – weather reporters (science link)




Jesus as a Friend





Self Portraits

Pablo Picasso

Firework pictures (History link)

Light pictures – Van Gogh – A Starry Night

Life drawings – animals (topic)

Easter cards (ICT link)

Life drawings – plants (science link)



Making a moving body model (science link)

Designing and making houses

Making Christmas cards


Textiles (Science link) – making a waterproof umbrella


Recycle Models - castles


Local walk and Bee Bots

Google Earth – where we live

Geographical skills – map reading, compasses, directions

Around the world at Christmas

Hot and cold places (Science link)

The world’s 5 oceans 

Continents, landmarks, countries, counties, cities etc.  

Weather patterns (science link)


Local history

Bonfire Night – Guy Fawkes

Samuel Pepys

Fire services

The Royal Family



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)


Growth Mindset



 Royal Invitations – Who should be invited? (fairy-tale characters) 

Question – would you rather be rich or popular?

Judging appearances – monster at school


Perfect people

Question – what would happen if there were no schools?



The Boy Who Cried Wolf





Being fair

Possible School Trips/ Visits

Police visit


Visit to Banbury museum


Zoo Trip

Visit from the Fire Fighters.


Warwick Castle/

Blenheim Palace.