Skip to content ↓

Holy Family Catholic Primary School

Year 1 – The Grasshoppers

WELCOME TO YEAR 1 (Updated Autumn 2017)

The Year 1 Team

Mrs Green is the class teacher Tuesday to Friday and Mrs Bush is our full time teaching assistant. Miss Crane and Mrs Daniels will teach Monday mornings and Monday afternoons respectively. If you are interested in volunteer work, hearing children read or helping to prepare resources or displays, we would welcome you to join our team!

Class information


Reading records and school reading books will normally be collected in on Mondays and new books sent home on Tuesdays (based on written comments in yellow books). Your child should bring their book bag to school every day (no rucksacks please) so that they can be heard regularly in school too. A formal 'book check' is made at the end of each short term but your child may also move book levels as part of our ongoing assessments.


In mental oral sessions, we focus on: learning addition and subtraction facts to twenty; counting in steps of twos, fives and tens; and doubles and halves within twenty. The children practise recall of these number facts daily in class and are awarded bronze, silver and gold awards for their achievements. You are welcome to help us practise our number bonds every Monday morning from 8:55 to 9:10.


This term, PE will be on Wednesdays and Thursdays but, PE kits should be left in school in a named drawstring bag as timetables sometimes need to be altered. We will send them home at the end of term, unless they get dirty before then.

Forest School

We will be doing Forest school  throughout the year. This is an all weathers activity so please send appropriate clothing. Wellingtons can be stored in school. A reminder will be sent out nearer the time, together with a request for parent helpers!


Homework will consist of daily reading, spellings, word pot/high frequency words and number bonds practice. Children are encouraged to reread their books to build fluency and to talk about their reading to improve comprehension skills. Children may then go on to read their own books to help foster their enjoyment of reading. Please record this in your child’s yellow reading record book in the usual way.

Each term, we will also send home details of a longer homework project linked to our learning in class. Please let myself, or one of the Year 1 team, know if you would like any support or advice regarding homework.

Curriculum Overview (Autumn Term)


We are learning to: recall number bond pairs to 10 and addition facts to at least 5; work out corresponding subtraction facts; recall ‘doubles’ to at least 10; count on or back in ones, twos and tens. Our learning will cover:

  • Shape
  • Place value
  • Calculation
  • Measure
  • Data handling
  • Known facts


  • Tale of quest - ‘Mr Gumpy’s Outing’ by Jon Burningham
  • Non chronological report - ‘Chickens’
  • Nonsense Poetry - ‘Ning Nang Nong’ by Spike Milligan
  • Finding Tale - ‘This Is Not My Hat’ by Jon Klassen
  • Discussion text – ‘Should the little fish have taken the hat?’
  • Patterned poetry – ‘Winter Walk’ by Wendy Larmont


‘Everyday Materials’

  • identifying common materials
  • describing the properties of materials
  • explaining why some materials suit certain uses
  • testing the properties of materials


  • E-safety – Keeping safe online
  • Programming – Algorithms (planning, predicting, testing and debugging)

Creative Topic Work

 ‘Time Travellers’

 In Term 1, we will learn about similarities and differences between toys today and toys in the past and the concepts of ‘old’ and ‘new’. The children will be encouraged to think about the changes in their own lives and in those of their family or adults around them.

 In Term 2, we will look at similarities and differences between homes today and homes in the past. Features of buildings, household objects and stories about home life will enable children to develop criteria to distinguish old from new, and to learn about life at a time beyond living memory.


‘Paintings of children’

  • Sketching, drawing and painting
  • Primary and secondary colours
  • Famous artists - e.g. William Hogarth and Pieter Bruegel

Design Technology

‘Toys’ – Cutting, sticking and joining

  • Sock puppets/hobby horses
  • Thaumatropes


  • Christmas crafts


Charanga Music – ‘Hey You!’

  • Listening and appraising
  • Musical activities
  • Performing and sharing


Building our vocabulary:

  • Greetings
  • Numbers to 10
  • Days of the week
  • Directions
  • My family


(Through assemblies and Forest school)

‘New Beginnings’

Focus on developing children's knowledge, understanding and skills in four key social and emotional aspects of learning:

  • empathy
  • self-awareness
  • social skills
  • motivation

‘Getting On And Falling Out’

Aims to develop children’s:

  • empathy
  • managing feelings (with a focus on anger)
  • social skills


 ‘God’s Great Plan’

  • Exploring the wonders of God’s world
  • The creation story
  • Reflecting on the knowledge that God made us because he loves us
  • Understanding our responsibility to look after God’s world
  • Learning about God’s promise and hope

 ‘Mary, Mother of God’

  • Learning that Mary is our Mother too and reflecting on how she looks after us
  • Sequencing the events of the Christmas story
  • Preparing to celebrate Jesus’s birthday


  • Parachute Games & Team building
  • Fundamentals - Running, jumping, hopping and landing
  • Dance – Toys
  • Multiskills – balls, quoits, hoops, ropes, bats and balls

Forest School

  • Communication and team building games
  • Signs of Summer
  • Nature art
  • Sculpture

If you have any questions about the curriculum, or just want to come in and see what we've been doing, do let us know. We are available most days after all of the children have been collected. Overviews of curriculum to be covered each term can also be found in the attachments below. Our class gallery is updated most weeks too, so please take a look.

I look forward to meeting with you soon.

Mrs Green and the Year 1 Team