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Year 1 Curriculum

In year 1 we develop phonics, reading, writing and maths skills daily. We use the new national curriculum as the foundation of our planning and deliver it using interesting and engaging strategies.

In Literacy we learn about different story types including traditional tales as well as poetry and instruction writing. It is important that parents take regular opportunities to read different text types with children. Ask Miss Billingham or Mrs Mahony what the children are learning about in literacy. You could visit the local library and find books linked to the topic.


Below are the medium term plans for this year.

In maths children develop a range of skills. These include solving problems involving addition and subtraction and learning about shape and measures. We use a lot of practical activities in year 1, you will see many photographs in your childs book showing their learning. At merritts Brook we use the Collins, Busy Ants maths scheme. You can click on the link below to see an overview of the maths units that we follow.

Here at Merritts Brook we provide a creative curriculum based around the cornerstones Curriculum. This document is a coverage overview of of our topics for this year.

Our Topics 2016-2017

Autumn 1  - The Enchanted Wood

Autumn 2 - Superheroes

Spring 1 – Splendid Skies

Spring 2 - Moon Zoom

Summer 1 - Memory Box

Summer 2 – Rio de Vida




AUTUMN 1 - The Enchanted Wood


If you go down to the woods today you're sure of a BIG surprise! Foxes and badgers, voles and mice, beady-eyed owls in the swaying tree tops. Beneath the leaves are tiny footprints... animal or imp? You decide! We will build a den, stick by stick and branch by branch. Or make a home for a teeny tiny home for a woodland fairy! This topic includes writing information books, recounts and instructions. We will be working with nature and classifying plants and animals as well as making maps and sending emails.


AUTUMN 1 - Superheroes


KERPOW! Intergalactic greetings, young heroes. It's time to rescue the planet from evil villains. Who is your favourite superhero? Spiderman? Wonder Woman? Maybe your heroes are ordinary people who've achieved great things. Or is it those people who save lives in our emergency services that you admire the most? This exciting topic investigates a wide range of heroes and allows children to take on the role of their favourite hero.


SPRING 1 – Splendid Skies


Imagine floating high above land and sea on a bed of clouds, silently sweeping by on a billowing breeze. Back down to earth, let's take a walk outdoors. But what should we wear? Wellington boots? A sun hat? Maybe a warm coat? How do we know what the weather will be like today?

We will read and write poems and postcards, send a message by balloon. How far will the wind blow it? Where will it land and who will find it? Our science investigations involve seasonal changes and in music we will experiment with weather sounds and songs. In art we will produce a collage and weather paintings.




SPRING 2 – Moon Zoom


CRASH! What's that in the playground? Let's go outside and take a look. Stand back everyone - it looks like a UFO has crash-landed! This interesting topic involves designing and making space-themed vehicles and models of the solar system. We will investigate significant people in history and make links with maths through position and direction.


SUMMER 1 - Memory Box


Can you remember being small? Being a baby and learning to crawl? Do you recall a favourite toy, maybe a teddy bear or best-loved book? This topic encourages children to look back at family photos of special occassions, perhaps holiday snapshots or a birthday or two! Children will learn how to write a diary of days gone by, and find out about the days before they were born. They will make a special box; a memory box, to keep special things. In years to come they can revisit them and remember how they looked when they were young.



SUMMER 2 – Rio de Vida


Hot, hot, hot! Dancing feet, step to the samba beat! Shake it, shimmy, hands in the air, wave your flags in the cool night air. Come join the party down in Rio, keeping the rhythm with your party shaker! Bright colours, patterns and feathers... Can you make a headdress or party mask? In this topic we will meet magical creatures from Brazil's myths and legends and create our own too. We will practice our football skills and plan a celebration with fabulous music and song. Let's invite parents and friends, they can all come along.

We hold regular Inspire workshops which give you a chance as parents to come and work with your child in school. It is also an opportunity to see some of the strategies we use whilst making learning fun!

In RE we follow the locally agreed syallbus. The document below details the overview for the year.

We use the Dorothy dot com programme for PSHCE. It helps our children develop the skills to deal with risky situations. The Dot values programme promotes the importance of  making safe choices and teaches our children how to use values positively and about learning to do the right thing.

Once the children have absorbed the lessons they can, not only recognise risk to themselves but have an awareness and be able to identify other children who maybe at risk. Knowledge gives children confidence and a confident child can make choices. Those choices will help to keep them safe, the children are taught who they can trust to help them and to not be afraid to ask for help. This programme promotes a strong sense of self worth and good values which has resulted in a positive effect on children’s lives.

If you would like further information about the programme please speak to one of the Year 1 team.



During the school Year the following P:E Topics are taught - for more details about each area please visit the PE section of our academy website:

  • Gymnastics and Games
  • Dance and Gymnastics
  • Games and Gymnastics
  • Gymnastics and Dance
  • Dance and swimming
  • games and swimming