Curriculum Newsletter

Listed below are details about our current topic and the curriculum we will be following this year, along with information about how you can support your child's learning at home.
Why are humans not like tigers?
This challenge has a scientific focus; however the children will have opportunities to answer this question through all aspects of the curriculum. ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ by Judith Kerr will be our inspirational text and at the core of all of our learning.
During this half term we will explore different aspects, including:
  1. Why do we call some animals wild?
  2. What would you ask a zookeeper?
  3. Why would it not be sensible for all animals to live in England?
  4. How are we humans different to most animals?
  5. What do we mean by carnivore and herbivore?

National Curriculum Coverage
Knowledge, Skills & Understanding

  • Using globes/ maps to identify different places where animals live

Working scientifically
Animals, including humans (classifying and finding out how animals are suited to their environment)

  • Can they talk about what they see, touch, smell, hear or taste?
  • Can they use simple equipment to help them make observations?
  • Can they put some information in a chart or table?
  • Can they identify and classify things they observe?
  • Can they think of some questions to ask?
  • Can they answer some scientific questions?
  • Can they give a simple reason for their answers?
  • Can they explain what they have found out?
  • Can they point out some of the differences between different animals?
  • Can they sort photographs of living things and non-living things?
  • Can they classify common animals? (birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, invertebrates)
  • Can they describe how an animal is suited to its environment?
  • Can they name the parts of the human body that they can see?
  • Can they identify the main parts of the human body and link them to their senses?
  • Can they name the parts of an animal’s body?
  • Can they name a range of domestic animals?
  • Can they classify animals by what they eat? (carnivore, herbivore, omnivore)
  • Can they compare the bodies of different animals?
  • Can they sort some animals by body covering, eg, scales, fur and skin?


  • Can they find out by watching, listening, tasting, smelling and touching?
  • Can they talk about similarities and differences?
  • Can they explain what they have found out using scientific vocabulary?
  • Can they use ICT to show their working?
  • Can they make accurate measurements?
  • Can they begin to classify animals according to a number of given criteria?
  • Can they name some parts of the human body that cannot be seen?
  • Can they say why certain animals have certain characteristics?
  • Can they name a range of wild animals?

Year 1 Reading Expectations
Word Reading
Can I match all 40+ graphemes to their phonemes?
Can I blend sounds in unfamiliar words?
Can I divide words into syllables?
Can I read common exception words?
Can I read words with contractions and understand that the apostrophe represents the missing letters?
Can I read phonetically decodable words?
Can I read words that end with ‘s, -ing, -ed, -est?
Can I read words of more than one syllable that contain taught GPCs?
Can I re-read a text to develop my fluency and confidence?
Can I say what I like and do not like about a text?
Can I link what I have heard or read to my own experiences?
Can I retell key stories orally using narrative language?
Can I talk about the main characters within a well known story?
Can I learn poems and rhymes by heart?
Can I use what I already know to understand texts?
Can I check that my reading makes sense and go back and correct when it doesn’t?
Can I draw inferences from the text and/or the illustrations?
Can I use the title and events in a text to make a prediction?
Can I explain what a text is about?
Can I discuss new word meanings and link these to words that I already know?
Year 1 English Expectations
Can I identify known phonemes in unfamiliar words?
Can I use syllables to divide words when spelling?
Can I begin to use my knowledge of phonics to spell words accurately e.g. monkey, feet?
Can I use the spelling rule for adding ‘s’ or ‘es’ to words?
Can I use the prefix ‘un’ to change the meaning of a word?
Can I add the suffixes –ing, -ed, -er and –est to regular words e.g. jumping, helper?
Can I name all the letters of the alphabet in order?
Can I use letter names to give alternative ways to make a sound?
Can I spell common exception words and days of the week?
Sentence Structure
Can I combine words to make a sentence?
Can I join two sentences using ‘and’?
Can I separate words using finger spaces?
Can I begin to use capital letters to start a sentence?
Can I begin to use a full stop to end a sentence?
Can I begin to use a question mark?
Can I begin to use an exclamation mark?
Can I use capital letters for names of people, places, days of the week and the pronoun I?
Can I sit correctly at a table, holding a pencil comfortably and correctly?
Can I form lower case letters in the correct direction, starting and finishing in the right place?
Can I form capital letters and digits 0-9?
Composition and Text Structure
Can I compose a sentence orally before writing it?
Can I sequence sentences in chronological order to recount an event or experiences?
Can I sequence sentences to form a narrative?
Can I re-read what I have written to check that it makes sense?
Year 1 Maths Expectations
Can I count to, and across 100, forwards and backwards, from any given number?                                   
Can I read and write numerals to 100?                                 
Can I count in 2s, 5s and 10s?                        
Can I write all numbers in words to 20?                                
Can I say the number that is one more or one less than a given number?                          
Can I use number bonds and related subtraction facts to 20?                                 
Can I use pictorial representations and arrays, with support?
Can I add and subtract 1-digit and 2-digit numbers to 20, including zero?                          
Can I use the signs + - =?
Can I solve a missing number problem e.g. 7 =  ?  -   9
Can I solve a one-step problem using addition and subtraction?
Can I recognise, find and name a half of an object, shape or quantity?
Can I recognise, find and name a quarter of an object, shape or quantity?
Can I solve one-step problems involving multiplication and division?
Measurement and Geometry
Can I recognise all coins and notes?
Can I recognise and name the 2D shapes: circle, triangle, square and rectangle?
Can I recognise and name the 3D shapes: cube, cuboid, pyramid & sphere?
Can I name use language linked to the days of the week, weeks, months and years?
Can I sequence events in chronological order using key words such as before, after, next etc?
Can I tell the time to o’clock and half past the hour?
Can I draw the hands on a clock face to show a given time?
Can I measure and record measurements of length/ height, weight/ mass and capacity?
Can I begin to solve problems for length/ height, weight/ mass, time and capacity?
Can I describe position, direction and movement including whole, half, quarter and three quarter turns?
Parents Information
Please see the information on our year group page about Learning at Home.
In Year 1 we suggest the Homework framework for each week is:

  • Reading to and listening to your children read (10 minutes or more each day). This includes ensuring that your child reads and listens to wide range of text types.
  • Rapid Recall Maths practice (2 x 10 minutes a week).
  • Spellings and Handwriting (2 x 10 minutes each week).