Dunchurch Infant School & Nursery

Welcome to Year 1- Please see below for links to Knowledge Organsers and our curriculum summaries

Our curriculum is based around six cross-curricular topics, this year these are:

  • I am an Artist
  • Bonfire Night and Toys
  • Home Sweet Home
  • Dungeons and Dragons
  • I’m Alive!
  • The Great Fire of London

The children will have the opportunity to take part in several school trips relevant to the national curriculum subjects taught within these topics, such as a visit to a castle and a visit to The Rugby Art Gallery and Museum to stitch their own rugby ball. We also seek to bring visitors into school to allow the children to deepen their learning experiences such as the chance to explore toys from the past and visitors of a certain age to explore the differences between life today and life in a different time period.


Autumn 1 The Topic we focus our work around this half term is – I am an Artist. Throughout this half term we use the ‘Katie and the…’ series of books to support within Literacy. The children focus on orally rehearsing sentences before writing them down. They begin to use finger spaces, capital letters and full stops accurately. The children learn to appreciate poetry through the Season of Autumn (we also get to go on an autumn walk around the village!) and enjoy reciting one they have learnt and understood. Within this half term, the children begin to understand ordinal language and find one more/less than a given number. They read and write numbers (using phonetically plausible attempts) and can identify/represent numbers using objects and pictorial representations. I am an Artist allows the children to study various famous artists, we spend time looking at Van Gogh, Kandinsky and George Seurat. The children take time to make comparisons and discuss the different techniques used before trying them out themselves. We create levers and sliders in DT and make evaluations against our work.

Autumn 2 The Topic we focus our work around this half term is – Toys. We typically start the half term with a mini topic of Bonfire Night, the children LOVE learning about the history of Bonfire Night, looking at the links with Dunchurch! We describe historical events that are in our own locality and look at Non-Fiction texts to help develop our understanding. After Bonfire Night, we turn our focus to Traditional Tales and we learn how to use our phonetic knowledge to write sentences that are cohesively linked. Children begin to read and write the Year 1 Common Exception Words and focus hard on perfecting the format of the letter families within handwriting. In Maths, we begin to look at 2D and 3D shapes, recognising and naming the shapes. We look at the shapes in different orientations and relate them to everyday objects. Through practical investigation the children are able to describe the properties in terms of sides and vertices. Within our Topic lessons, we look at identifying and naming a range of materials. We think about what objects are made from which material (we love using old toys to do this!) and the children are able to give properties of a variety of everyday materials too.

Spring 1 The Topic we focus our work around this half term is – Home Sweet Home This Topic always amazes the children – we study William Webb Ellis and the game of Rugby! This always generates some fantastic pieces of work and the children learn how to sequence sentences to form a short narrative. We begin to look at partitioning in Maths, using apparatus to support. The children learn how to solve one step problems using addition and subtraction by using concrete objects as well as pictorial representations. We focus on looking at our local area and the children learn how to identify human and physical features of the area. We look at how our local area has changed over time and begin to learn how to order things in chronological order.


Spring 2 The Topic we focus our work around this half term is – Dungeons and Dragons In Maths we look at length, height, weight and capacity. We begin to look at applying addition and subtraction in the context of measures too! The children look at various texts relating to Dungeons and Dragons, both Fiction and Non-Fiction.

The children LOVE discovering a dragon egg which is left in the school playground – we have to discover what the dragon is like that left it, what are the clues? The children learn about adjectives this half term and apply them fantastically during Literacy to describe the dragon they have imagined to leave the egg! We link our imaginative Literacy to Art and the children paint fabulous dragons by mixing primary colours.

Summer 1 The Topic we focus our work around this half term is – I am Alive We start our summer term by discovering a seed in the classrooms – what is this seed for? Where has it come from? Various clues are left for the children to find before revealing the focus story is Jack and the Beanstalk. The children apply their understanding of adjectives within Literacy – describing the giant/giantess and the beanstalk. Drama helps the children really understand the story before they create a short coherent piece of independent work. In Maths the children recognise the value of different coins and we begin our learning on fractions – finding half and quarter of a shape as well as finding half and quarter of a number of objects. Within I am Alive, we look at plants and animals. The children learn about deciduous and evergreen trees, carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. They learn how to identify, describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals including pets).


Summer 2 The Topic we focus our work around this half term is- The Great Fire of London

We start the last term in Year 1 with an interactive story about The Great Fire of London- which is always really exciting for the children to discover what happened in 1666. Sequencing the events from history and finding out how the firefighting equipment has changed and developed over time. Lots for reading of facts and looking at pictures enables the children to write a coherent piece of independent work. In Maths the children will continue to work on addition and subtraction within 100 and ensure their number bonds to 10 and 20 knowledge continues to grow. During this term we also work hard on time. Within The Great Fire of London topic, we place the historical events on a timeline and also compare London now and then. We use art and design techniques to create fire and city pictures. Lastly, we create the houses of the time using junk modelling and then, very safely, we set fire to the model of the bakery in Pudding Lane and watch the fire spread through our model city!  The children will also bake bread during this half term.

During the year, the children will learn about the 4 countries of the U.K. and the capital cities  This is linked to learning about patron saints of the countries too.

Throughout the year, the children will learn about the 4 seasons.


During the first few weeks within Year 1 the children re-visit previously learnt Phase 3 phonemes which are sounds they would have encountered within Reception. The children then move in to Phase 5 which will broaden their knowledge of phonemes (the sound the letters make) and graphemes (the spelling of the sounds) for use in reading and spelling. Phase 5 takes the whole of Year 1 to complete; we start introducing alternative graphemes for phonemes like ‘ai’ ‘ee’. A lot of time is spent on the vowel digraphs and the children are taught about split digraphs (magic ‘e’) such as a-e in name. Within Phase 5 the children will master reading the phonemes/graphemes and as they develop in fluency, we begin to learn how to spell these sounds too.

Our daily phonics sessions consist of phoneme flashcards, segmenting and blending real and nonsense words, an activity to apply the phoneme or grapheme being taught and lastly a daily word or sentence dictation is completed.

During Summer 2 the children will take part in a statutory phonics screening test. It is completed on an individual basis and it takes around 10 minutes for each child to complete. The screening allows us to test the children’s ability to segment and blend real and nonsense words.



During year 1 we build on the children’s word reading skills and throughout the year begin to focus on the comprehension side to reading using retrieval and inference skills. The children will be heard read individually once every fortnight by either a teacher or a teaching assistant. Their reading diary will have a comment written in and we ask that you also write in the diary when you hear your child read. The children will have three books at a time in their book bag and they can change them once they have read all three books. Children will also take part in guided reading sessions every week with a teacher or a teaching assistant, the children’s reading diary will be stamped to show when this has taken place.


The children will be applying the above skills in their day-to-day writing, based on our topics. They will learn to write stories, non-fiction texts and simple poems. A large focus will be on the appropriate use of punctuation such as capital letters, full stops, question marks and exclamation marks. The children will also be taught how to use adjectives within their writing. In year 1, a printed handwriting style is used with a focus on appropriate letter sizing and formation, writing orientated on the line correctly and differentiation between lower and upper case letters.


The children will complete lots of practical maths activities using a range of concrete resources along with pictorial representations and written questions. They will learn how to solve questions involving addition and subtraction using mental methods, the number line and the hundred square. In the summer term, the children will also learn how to use arrays to solve multiplication and division questions. Work is also carried out in relation to fractions, space, shape and measures. The children will take part in a range of problem solving activities where they can demonstrate their understanding of maths skills.

 P.E. (Physical Education)

The children have two sessions of PE a week.    This year the children will have their lessons on a Wednesday and a Thursday. Please ensure that your child has a named PE bag on their peg containing a PE kit consisting of a white t-shirt, dark coloured shorts and pumps. We often complete PE sessions outside and the children can bring in a jumper, jogging bottoms and trainers to wear in these sessions if they wish to do so. Please ensure that earrings are either removed or covered up on PE days.

 R.E. (Religious Education)

R.E. is taught by Michelle Maguire and the class teacher.  The units that are covered are: What does it mean to belong to a faith community?, Understanding Christianity (Incarnation- Why does Christmas matter to Christians) What makes some places sacred, what we can learn from sacred books and Who is Jewish and what do they believe?, Understanding Christianity (Gospel- What is the good news that Jesus brings?),  Understanding Christianity (Creation- Who made the world?) and Who is a Muslim and what do they believe?  Children will visit a synagogue as part of their learning in year 1 and St.Peter's church in Dunchurch.


Music is taught by Sarah Morgan. In year 1, the children are taught how to explore sounds, rhythm and rhyme, Beat/Pulse and composition.  They also start to learn the Ukulele.  They listen to music linked to: Lloyd Webber, 60'S, Classical, Pop, Swing and Folk.

P.S.H.E. (Personal, Social, Health Education)

We use the scheme "Jigsaw" to deliver P.S.H.E. lessons.  The units covered are:  Being me in my World, Celebrating Differences, Dreams and Goals, Healthy Me, Relationships and Changing Me.

Learning Behaviours

We have an animal for each half term linked to a learning behaviour.  The children are introduced to the animal in assembly and can earn stickers when showing the behaviours.

These are :

  • Sensible Squirrel
  • Concentrating Crocodile
  • Effort Elephant
  • Tough Tortoise
  • Wise Owl
  • Team Meerkat

Knowledge Organisers- Please click on the links below to find out more about the learning in Year one.

Art and D.T.- Great Fire of London

D.T.- Toys

Geography- Seasons and the U.K.

Geography- linked to Great Fire of London

History- linked to Great Fire of London

History- Toys

R.E.- Belonging

R.E.- Creation

R.E.- Sacred Places

R.E. Who is Muslim and what do they believe?


R.E.- Gospel


Science- I'm Alive and Seasonal Changes

Science- Toys and materials

Science- Great Fire of London


Curriculum Summaries- Please click on the link to see what your child is learining.

Summer 1 2022

Summer 2 2022


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