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Year 1

The document below contains all of the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum for each subject.  There are supporting appendices that should be read and used alongside this.


The statutory requirements within this document inform the long, medium and short term planning to ensure full coverage and progression.

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Year 1 Curriculum Overview

During the Autumn Term in Year 1, we will be learning about a variety of fantastic books.  We will be learning texts and using text maps to support us, inventing new stories and taking part in lots of drama activities to support this. We will start the term by looking at some poetry. It would be very helpful if you could look at some poetry at home with your child so they can begin to understand more about the features of this. Playing rhyming games and learning songs and poems with rhymes will be helpful too.


Afterwards, we will be learning the text The King and his Wish. This is a wishing tale about a greedy king who wishes for impossible things. You can borrow similar types of stories from the library to share with your child at home and this would be very beneficial to their understanding of these types of stories. The children are allowed to borrow two books at a time from the Active Learning Library and we are also fairly close to both Britwell and Slough libraries. 


Maths this term will ensure that your child is secure in their knowledge of number, including counting and adding and subtracting of numbers up to 20. They will learn to count backwards and forwards from any number, understand and show how the numbers are made (e.g. 8 can be made of 5 and 3 or 4 and 4).   We will teach your child mental methods for addition and subtraction as well as appropriate written methods of calculation. In addition we will be focusing on quick recall of number bonds.


The focus of History this term will be about Penn Wood School. Your child will learn about the history of Penn Wood from recent events to its old site and name of William Penn. They will be using what they learn to compare Penn Wood to schools from the past and understand why and how schools have changed through time. Please support your child by talking about what school was like when you or their grandparents were a child. It would be lovely if they could see some old school photos too, or find some photos through online research. This term’s Geography focus is ‘Our Neighbourhood’, where your child will learn all about Slough. Exploring Slough and visiting different places is a great way to support your child in this topic.


In Science, we are learning about animals including humans. Your child will begin by learning about themselves and their bodies. They will then learn about different animals and the groups they belong to and how to classify them.


We love reading and will encourage your children to read daily.  Please listen to your child read, discuss the book and fill in his/her reading record. The Phonics Screening Check will be in June 2022, so please do practise phonics with your child daily as well.  Please ask your child’s class teacher if you have any questions about this or any other learning.


We will be uploading some of your child’s learning to Tapestry, the online learning journal. Please ask your child’s class teacher if you have any questions about using Tapestry. Please share with us what you are doing with your child at home to support their learning.


Many thanks for all the support you give your child.  It is very important that we continue to work in partnership with you to ensure they make the most of their learning opportunities.


Mrs Roche, Mrs Lewandowska and Miss Holland

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