Welcome to Year 1

Miss Maxted, Mr Willerton, Mr Hewitt and Mrs Winterbottom make up our Year 1 team. 

Summer Term 2024


In English our key text is ‘The Snail and the Whale’ by Julia Donaldson.  This is linked to our Geography theme – Our Wonderful World.  Children will be writing their own stories about a journey around the world.

In reading sessions – children will be listening to, discussing and reciting poetry – the key poems we will focus on are – ‘On the Ning Nang Nong’ by Spike Milligan and ‘The Owl and the Pussy Cat’ by Edward Lear.

In summer term 2 our key text is ‘Beegu’ by Alexis Deacon. Children will be writing their own stories with a dilemma and learning to use new vocabulary effectively. They will learn to expand simple sentences using conjunctions such as ‘and’ ‘but’ ‘so’ and ‘because’. Children will be discussing the events, characters, and plot, making predictions and answering some inference questions.


In maths children will be focussing on addition and subtraction facts within 10. They will be consolidating number bonds to numbers within10 and listing number bonds to 10 systematically. Children will also be focussing on doubling and halving and word problems.

Later in the term the focus will shift to number facts to 20.  Children will explore the teen numbers in great depth focussing on number bonds, fact families and addition and subtraction strategies.

In summer term 2, children will be consolidating their understanding of numbers to 20, being able to order numbers, place them on a number line and solve addition and subtraction problems to 20.  Following this, children will be learning to recognise coins and know the value of certain coins. They will use 2p, 5p and 10p coins to solve problems. Towards the end of the term children will learn about position and direction with a focus on turns before learning to tell the time to the hour and half past the hour.


In Geography our key question is - What makes our world wonderful?

In this topic children will learn about the world.  They will start by recapping that the world is round and is made up of land, sea, and air.

Children will then learn about the 7 continents and the 5 oceans. 

They will find out some key facts about each continent and find hot and cold places on the map by finding the equator.

Children will use the compass directions – N, E, S, W to describe the location of places and to map a journey around the world.

In History our key question is – What is the difference between football now and then?  There will be a focus on the 1966 World Cup. Children will find out about this key event in history. They will make comparisons to life ‘then’ and ‘now’ using historical sources. They will also learn about Geoff Hurst who grew up in Tameside and became a hero through this victory. Children will learn about the impact that this World Cup had on sport and life today.



Introduction to Plants

Children will be Identifying a variety of plants, naming their parts and discovering that water is a requirement for growth.

In summer term 2 children will be using their scientific enquiry skills to carry out some fun investigations through stories.

During Healthy Week, children will learn about a balanced diet and the importance of exercise for keeping healthy.


Spring Term 2024


In English learning this term, we will be reading the key texts: ‘Katie in London’ and ‘Wild.’

Children will be writing their own adventure story based on a trip to London which ties in nicely with our Geography topic – the UK.

Children will be encouraged to use descriptive sentences with capital letters and full stops, finger spaces between words and accurate letter formation of a suitable size which sit on the line. Later, children will also learn how to write extended sentences using ‘and.’

‘Wild’ will be used as a reading stimulus. Children will explore the book, focusing on events, characters, and settings. Children will practice reading fluently, discuss the vocabulary and use retrieval skills to answer questions.

Non-fiction writing will be a report about an area of the UK which they would most like to visit.


In the second half of the term English learning will be inspired by the key texts ‘The Lorax’ and ‘The Cat in the Hat’ by Dr Suess.

Children will be writing a sequel to The Lorax. They will be encouraged to use descriptive sentences with capital letters and full stops, finger spaces between words and accurate letter formation of a suitable size which sit on the line.  They will also learn how to write extended sentences using ‘and’ as well as know the difference between a statement and a question.

Children will read the Cat in the Hat and will orally retell the story in their own words.  They will answer questions about the book and look at rhyming words and vocabulary.  Children will find out some key facts about Dr Seuss.


In maths children will continue to recognise, compose, decompose, and manipulate 2d and 3d shapes.

They will then move onto numbers to 10 with a focus on representing numbers using different structures, exploring where the numbers lie on a number line and identifying the difference between odd and even numbers.  Children will also learn to partition numbers in different ways and recognise missing numbers in a part whole model.

In the second half of the term children will move onto additive structures and addition and subtraction facts within 10.

Children will add parts to find the value of the whole and write the equation. They will find the missing addend in an equation and partition a whole into two parts and express this with a subtraction equation. Children will make addition and subtraction stories and write equations to match. Children will learn that addition and subtraction are inverse operations.

Following this, children will focus on identifying number bonds to 10, doubling and halving.


This half term we will be learning about The United Kingdom of Great Britain.

Children will learn about where the UK in located in the world, the four 4 countries of the UK and capital cities. They will focus on some key landmarks from each country looking at physical and human features. They will then think about places they would most like to visit.

In Spring Term 2 children will learn about Queen Elizabeth II.

The enquiry question will be ‘Why was Queen Elizabeth II so well respected?’

To answer this question, children will be learning about the role of a monarch, members of the royal family, the life of Queen Elizabeth II and the impact she has had on Britain and beyond.


Autumn Term 2023


In English we will be reading traditional tales to inspire our learning this term. We are focusing on the traditional tale of ‘The Three Little Pigs’. Children will sequence events, retell the story and write the story in their own words. 

Later on in the term we will look at the key text 'Peace at last' by Jill Murphy. After exploring the setting, events and characters through various activities, children will be writing their own story based on the structure of this text. They will be encouraged to use simple sentences with capital letters, full stops and finger spaces between words.

Children will continue to take part in daily Monster Phonics sessions to improve their reading and spelling skills.


This term we will be focusing on counting to 100.  We will be counting lots of objects to begin with ensuring 1:1 correspondence and accurate counting.  Children will also learn to count objects by grouping the objects into tens. Children will become familiar with the hundred square and explore the value of 2 digit numbers. Children will order, compare and partition numbers into 2 parts using the part whole model which will support later work on addition.


In geography, we will be exploring our local area of Godley and Hyde. We will learn about different houses and buildings in Godley through fieldwork and looking at maps. We will also find out where Godley is located within the world.

Later in the term, in history, we will be learning about The Great Fire of London. We will sequence key events of the Great Fire of London and answer the key question– why did the Great Fire of London spread so quickly?

Throughout this term in science children will be learning about seasonal changes.  They will explore the usual types of weather for each season and typical changes in the environment.  Children will use pictograms to explore patterns in the weather and climate and will also learn to record and compare the temperature.