Year 1 - Curriculum Topic Plan (Once upon a time...) Autumn Term 2018

English (from N.C. Statutory Requirements)


  • Sit correctly at a table, holding a pencil comfortably and correctly
  • Begin to form lowercase letters in the correct direction
  • Write sentences using the ‘say it, write it, read it’ strategy
  • Understand terminology: letter, word, sentence, capital letter, full stop
  • Understand how words combine to make sentences
  • Introduction to capital letters and full stops
  • Use finger spaces to separate words when writing
  • Name the letters of the alphabet in order
  • Write common exception words.


  • Phase 3 phonic sounds
  • Blend and segment accurately to read unknown words
  • Apply phonic knowledge to decode words
  • Build confidence in reading by re-reading phonetically decodable books
  • Read common exception words
  • Discuss the significance of a title
  • Become familiar with key stories, fairy stories and traditional tales, retelling them and considering their particular characteristics
  • Listening to and discussing a wide range of fiction, poems and non-fiction texts at a level beyond which they can read independently.

Maths (from N.C. Statutory Requirements)

  • Read and write numbers from 1 to 20 in numerals and words
  • Identify and represent numbers using objects and pictorial representations including the number line, and use the language of: equal to, more than, less than (fewer), most, least
  • Count, read and write numbers to 100 in numerals; count in multiples of twos, fives and tens
  • Recognise and name common 2-D and 3-D shapes, including: 2-D shapes [for example, rectangles (including squares), circles and triangles]; 3-D shapes [for example, cuboids (including cubes), pyramids and spheres]
  • Given a number, identify one more and one less
  • Count to and across 100, forwards and backwards, beginning with 0 or 1, or from any given number
  • Represent and use number bonds and related subtraction facts within 20
  • Recognise and use language relating to dates, including days of the week, weeks, months and years
  • Sequence events in chronological order using language [for example, before and after, next, first, today, yesterday, tomorrow, morning, afternoon and evening]
  • Tell the time to the hour and half past the hour and draw the hands on a clock face to show these times
  • Read, write and interpret mathematical statements involving addition (+), subtraction (–) and equals (=) signs
  • Add and subtract one-digit and two-digit numbers to 20, including zero
  • Solve one-step problems that involve addition and subtraction, using concrete objects and pictorial representations, and missing number problems such as 7 = ? – 9.

Science (from N.C. Statutory Requirements)

  • Distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made
  • Identify and name a variety of everyday materials, including wood, plastic, glass, metal, water, and rock
  • Describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials
  • Compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of their simple physical properties.

Art and Design (from N.C. Subject Content)

  • To use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • To develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.

Computing (from N.C. Subject Content)

  • Understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions
  • Create and debug simple programs
  • Use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs
  • Use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content.

Design and Technology (from N.C. Subject Content)

  • Select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing]
  • Select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics
  • Build structures, exploring how they can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable.

Geography (from N.C. Subject Content)

Use basic geographical vocabulary to refer to:

  • Key human features, including: city, town, village, factory, farm, house, office, port, harbour and shop
  • Use aerial photographs and plan perspectives to recognise landmarks and basic human and physical features; devise a simple map; and use and construct basic symbols in a key
  • Use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the geography of their school and its grounds and the key human and physical features of its surrounding environment.

History (from N.C. Subject Content)

  • Changes within living memory
  • Events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally (Bonfire night).

Languages (from N.C. Subject Content)

  • N/A

Music (from N.C. Subject Content)

  • Use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
  • Play tuned and untuned instruments musically
  • Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
  • Experiment, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.

Physical Education (from N.C. Subject Content)

  • Master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities
  • Participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending
  • Perform dances using simple movement patterns.

Religious Education (from N.C. Subject Content)

What it means to belong?

  • Say why sharing is important
  • Talk about the groups they belong to
  • Recognise objects that are important to Christians
  • Know some things that Christians do to show they believe in God
  • Say why Christians have a Baptism
  • Know Christian symbols
  • Ask relevant questions about Christianity.