Welcome to year 1! We hope you had a lovely summer with lots of rest and fun and are ready to come back to school to start our new school year. We are all very excited to begin our Autumn term in year 1! Our class teacher is Miss Doyle and our teaching Assistant is Miss McGlynn.

In year 1 we are working really hard to be kind, thoughtful and work together as a team. We do our best to follow the golden rules and always be green.

The Autumn term is very exciting and year 1 have lots of fantastic things to look forward to. We have planned a class workshop in collaboration with a museum to help us with our IPC topic, ‘The Magic Toymaker’. There will be lots of exciting learning opportunities this term as well as joining in with the rest of the school in some Christmas fun!

In June year 1 will complete a phonics screening test so excellent attendance and punctuality is essential.

Snowy Weather Work

In the event of a school closure due to bad weather please complete this work at home and bring it into back into school on your return or email the school office  mosscroft@knowsley.gov.uk with the subject ‘Year 1 Snowy Weather work’.


Here is a copy of our curriculum map to see what we will be learning about this year




Autumn Term Spring Term Summer term
English Narrative:

Stories with a familiar setting


Non Narrative:




List Poems


Traditional tales









Question and answer poems








Place Value

Number bonds


Addition, Subtraction


Addition and subtraction

Place Value

Measurement, length and height

Measurement weight and volume

Number Multiplication and division

Number: Fractions

Geometry: position and direction

Number place value

Measurement: Money


IPC The Magic Toymaker  

People of the Past



Hooray Let’s go on Holiday


PE  Games






Computing Computer Science Information Technology Digital Literacy
Science Humans (Body Parts and senses).

Seasonal Changes


Everyday Materials


Scientists and


SEAL New Beginnings Getting On & Falling Out Going goals

Good to be me



RE Gifts


New Beginnings


Our Planet


Autumn term

Below you will find the National curriculum aims for Science, English and Mathematics, these are age related expectations that your child will aim to meet throughout the autumn term.


Place Value


Count reliably up to 20 objects. Move to 20 when confident. Count on in ones from any small number.
Read and write numerals to at least 20 in order.

Count to and across 100, forwards and backwards, beginning with 0 or 1, or from any given number.

Count, read and write numbers to 100 in numerals; count in multiples of twos, threes, fives and tens.

Given a number, identify one more and one less.


Use the language of: equal to, more than, less than (fewer), most, least

Begin to recognise odd and even numbers to 20.

Compare two familiar numbers, say which is more or less, and give a number that lies between them.

Order numbers to at least 20 and position them on a number track.


Identify and represent numbers using objects and pictorial representations including the number line

Understand the vocabulary of estimation and give a sensible estimate of up to 30 objects.

Recognise and predict from simple patterns and relationships.


read and write numbers from 1 to 20 in numerals and words.


Start to recognise the place value of each digit in a two-digit number (tens, ones)

Partition a ‘teens’ number into tens and ones.
Say the number that is 10 more than any given number to 20.


Begin to use place value and number facts to solve problems

Solve mathematical problems or puzzles.
Suggest extensions ‘What if?’ ‘What could I try next?’
REASONING: Investigate a general statement about familiar numbers by finding examples that satisfy it.
Explain methods and reasoning orally.

Addition & Subtraction


Represent and use number bonds and related subtraction facts within 20

Recall addition doubles up to 5 + 5.
Recall addition and subtraction facts up to 5.

Recall pairs of numbers which total 10.
Identify near doubles using doubles already known.


Add and subtract one-digit and two-digit numbers to 20, including zero

Use number facts to add/subtract pair of numbers within range 0 to 20. Understand the operation of subtraction (as take away).
Find simple ‘differences’.

Add more than two numbers.
Put the largest number first.
Count on in ones, including beyond 10, e.g. 7 + 5.
Partition into 5 and a bit when adding 6, 7, 8, or 9.
Add 9 to a single–digit number by adding 10 then subtracting 1.

Bridge through 10 when adding single-digit numbers. Bridge through 20 when adding a single digit number.

Read, write and interpret mathematical statements involving addition (+), subtraction (-) and equals (=) signs (known as a number sentence)

(appears also in Written Methods)

Use +, – and = signs to record mental calculations in a number sentence.

Understand the operation of addition (as how many more) and of subtraction (as difference) and use the related vocabulary.


Read, write and interpret mathematical statements involving addition (+), subtraction (-) and equals (=) signs
(appears also in Mental Calculation)

Understand the operation of addition; recognise that addition can be done in any order.
Use patterns of similar calculations.


Begin to recognise and use the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction and use this to check calculations and solve missing number problems.


Solve one-step problems that involve addition and subtraction, using concrete objects and pictorial representations, and missing number problems such as 7=-9

Choose and use the appropriate number operation (counting, add, subtract) and mental strategies to solve simple money or ‘real life’ problems using counting,addition or subtraction, halving or doubling.

Geometry: Properties of shape


Recognise and name common 2-D and 3-D shapes, including:

  • *  2-D shapes [e.g. rectangles (including squares), circles and triangles]
  • *  3-D shapes [e.g. cuboids (including cubes), pyramids and spheres].
    Use everyday language to describe features of familiar 2–D and 3–D shapes, referring to shapes with flat faces, number of faces or corners, number of sides.
    Begin to relate solid shapes to pictures of them.


Draw common 2-D shapes



Children will learn to;

Speak and listen for a wide range of purposes in different contexts

1.      Speaking

  • tell stories and describe incidents from their own experience in an audible voice
  • retell stories, ordering events using story language
  • interpret a text by reading aloud with some variety in pace and emphasis

2.      Listening and Responding

  • listen with sustained concentration
  • listen to and follow instructions accurately, asking for help and clarification if necessary
  • listen to tapes or video and express views about how a story or information has been presented


3.      Group discussion and interaction

  • take turns to speak, listen to others’ suggestions and talk about what they are going to do
  • ask and answer questions, make relevant contributions, offer suggestions and take turns
  • explain their views to others in small group, decide how to report the group’s views to the class

4.      Drama

  • explore familiar themes and characters through improvisation and role play
  • act out own and well-known stories, using voices for characters
  • discuss why they like a performance


Read a wide range of texts on screen and on paper

5.         Word reading skills and strategies

  • read words by blending adjacent consonants, including simple two-syllable words
  • use phonics to read unknown or difficult words
  • recognise all common digraphs and trigraphs
  • read automatically high frequency words
  • use syntax and context to self-correct when reading for accuracy and meaning

6.         Understanding and interpreting texts

  • identify the main events and characters in stories, and find specific information in simple texts
  • make predictions showing an understanding of ideas, events and characters
  • recognise the main elements that shape different texts
  • explain the effect of patterns of language and repeated words and phrases

7.         Engaging with and responding to texts

  • select books for personal reading and give reasons for choices
  • visualise and comment on events, characters and ideas, making imaginative links to own experiences
  • distinguish story and information books and the different purposes for reading them

8. Sentence structure and punctuation

  • compose and write simple sentences independently to communicate meaning
  • use capital letters and full stops when punctuating simple sentences

9.  Word structure and spelling

  • segment sounds in order to spell longer words including words with common digraphs and adjacent consonants
  • write correct spelling for common vowel phonemes
  • use knowledge of related words and familiar suffixes in spelling new words

10. Presentation

  • write most letters, correctly formed and orientated
  • write with spaces between words accurately
  • use the space bar and keyboard to type name and simple text


Pupils should be taught to:

Animals Including Humans

  • Identify and name a variety of common animals including fish,amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.
  • Identify and name common animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores
  • Describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals, including pets).
  • Name and label the basic parts of the human body and say which part of the body is associated with each sense
  • Identify, name and draw basic parts of the human body and say which part of the body is associated with each sense.

Seasonal Change

Pupils will be taught to:

  • Observe changes across the four seasons
  • Observe and describe weather associated with the seasons and how day length varies.



In IPC our topic is ‘The Magic Toymaker’. Take a look at what we will be learning in each subject this term.

In Geography, we’ll be finding out:

All about the countries of the United Kingdom

In History, we will be learning;

 Stories about a range of people who have lived in a variety of cultures in the past

A range of  significant events that have happened in the past

To ask and answer questions about the past

To use key words and phrases relating to the passing of time

To order events and objects into a sequence

To identify differences between their own lives and those of people who have lived in

the past

To find out about aspects of the past from a range of sources of information

To communicate our historical knowledge and understanding in a variety of ways

Understand that the past is represented in a variety of ways


International studies;

Know that children within the class and school have different home countries

Know the names and approximate locations of the home countries of children within the class

(and/or school)

Know about some of the similarities and differences between the lives of children in the

different home countries and in the host country

Be able to respect one another’-s individuality and independence

Be able to work with each other where appropriate

Spring Term


Our IPC topic for the Spring term is ‘People of the Past’ which focuses on how significant people from a variety of cultures lived in the past. We have lots of exciting things planned this term!

Take a look at the wonderful things we will be learning about;


Stories about a range of people who have lived in a variety of cultures in the past

A range of events that have happened in the past

Asking and answering questions about the past

Using key words and phrases relating to the passing of time

Order events and objects into a sequence

Identify differences between their own lives and those of people who have lived in

the past

Find out about aspects of the past from a range of sources of information

Communicate their historical knowledge and understanding in a variety of ways

Understand that events and people’s actions have causes and effects

Understand that the past is represented in a variety of ways

Mapping skills will continue to look at the United Kingdom in detail, physical and human features.


Take a look at the wide range of skills the children will learn throughout this unit.

Know a number of other pieces of music

Know how a number of musicians including some from their home country and the host country

Use musical elements to create different effects and for different purposes

Be able to recognise and explore ways in which sounds can be made, changed and organised

Be able to sing familiar songs

Be able to play simple rhythms with a steady beat

Be able to compose simple musical patterns

Be able to perform individually and with others

Be able to use symbols to represent sounds

 Be able to listen carefully to pieces of music and comment on them

Be able to recall a simple tune

Be able to suggest ways of improving their own work

Understand that musical elements can be used to create different effects


children will learn to;

Know about some of the forms used by artists in their work

Use a variety of materials and processes

Suggest ways of improving their own work

Comment on works of art

Respect one another’s individuality and independence.


Spelling and Maths homework will be given out every Friday and should be in by the following Friday.

Children will need to learn their spellings and mathematical skills each week. A spelling test will occur every Friday.


Children will receive a dojo point for returning their homework.


PE will take place every week on Monday.  Please ensure your child has their full kit in school, it is advised that PE kits are left in school for the duration of a half term and taken home each holiday for washing.


Full Kit:

Team coloured t shirt (red, blue, yellow or green)

Black shorts

Black pumps


Children will have a music lesson every Tuesday with a specialist music teacher.


Learning in Action


This week year 1 are reading the story ‘The Gruffalo’ they have explored different types of punctuation and even started to put adjectives into their independent writing! Over the next week we will be working in groups, doing some role play to retell the story. (Pictures to follow)