Year 1 Curriculum Notes Autumn Term


Welcome back to another year at Little Sutton Primary School.  We hope you enjoyed the summer holidays and we look forward to working with you and your child this year. 

These curriculum notes are intended to give you an idea of the topics your child will be studying during the Autumn Term.  We have also written a reminder with regards to medication and equipment needed in school. Details with regards to homework are also included. Homework will also be updated every Thursday on the Year 1 section of the school website. 

We hope that these notes will enable you to support your child with the work they are carrying out at school by providing them with opportunities to extend their knowledge of the subjects. We would also appreciate you supporting them to complete homework to a high standard and return it on time as well as ensuring they have all the equipment they will need.  

Below is an overview of all the subjects and topics your child will be covering in the Autumn Term.


Number: Formation and counting to 100 forwards and backwards. Reading the numbers 1-20 in words.

Number: Place Value (reading and writing numbers up to 100, understanding one more and one less than a given number, using concrete objects to show my understanding).

Number: Addition and Subtraction (adding and subtracting one digit numbers, using number bonds and subtraction facts within 20,  adding and subtracting two digit numbers to 20, reading, writing and interpreting number sentences, applying knowledge to reasoning and problem solving questions, using concrete apparatus to represent calculations).

Place value: Partitioning two-digit numbers




Revision of phase 2 and 3 phonics                                         

Recap of initial sounds                                                                 

Consonant blends and vowel digraphs                                      

Word building

Tricky words



Farmer Duck – sentence building

Owl Babies Talk for Writing unit

Application to reading – visual literacy


Seasonal changes

Deciduous and evergreen trees


Plant structure



Logging on and off                                              E-Safety

Create a card electronically                                 Using computer programs appropriately                                                                                                                


History of local shops – Mere Green

Simple chronology – understanding changes within children’s own lifetime. Understanding that some things are old and some things are new.

The Gunpowder Plot

The Great Fire of London


Drawing and sketching techniques (seasonal changes), painting (Vincent Van Gogh’s sunflowers), collaging (The Gunpowder Plot)


Gymnastics – travelling and balancing, rock and rolling.  Improving coordination and control.

Both classes will have PE on Tuesdays. Please send your child to school in their PE kit on this day, including warm tracksuit bottoms and school’s jumper.

Please remember to label all of your child’s PE kit and check pump sizes to ensure their pumps are not too small now.



Finding simple rhythms

Applying musical instruments to a song


Being thankful                                                

Expressing Joy

Equipment required

Water bottle

Please remember to name all clothing, bags, drinks and lunch boxes etc…

KS1 are provided with pencils, crayons etc.

Please keep pencil cases for home use. 

Please ensure spelling books are brought to school every Monday and reading diaries are brought in every day.


The children will change their reading book twice a week (usually on Tuesdays and Thursdays). Children are expected to read with their parents every day.

Please ensure that you write a comment in their reading records so we can track their progress.

After half term, there will also be additional homework once a week, based on topics covered in lessons. The children will be given a full week to complete it. Information of what to do will be posted on the school website.


Spellings will be stuck into the back of spelling books and they will be tested in the front. Please do not practise spellings in these books.

Spellings will always be available on SpellAnywhere, accessible from the school website. We encourage you and your child to use this as it is a fun way to practise the week’s spellings. If you cannot access the week’s spellings, please let the Year 1 staff know.

Trips/ Clubs money etc.

Details for trips and clubs are sent out separately but will generally be paid for through ParentPay unless otherwise specified. If you do not have access to ParentPay yet please ask for details at the office otherwise, send correct amount by cheque or cash in a named envelope. 


Please ensure that inhalers and/or relevant medicines are in school and in date. 

Class information 

On a Thursday afternoon, while the Y1 staff use time for planning, preparation and assessment, the children will enjoy one hour of Spanish with Mr Viollet and one hour of Music with Mr. Jefferies.

We would like children to leave any toys at home (unless specified), to avoid any losses or damages to them.

We look forward to your continued support throughout this year. 

Mrs Johnston and Mr Storer