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Throston Primary School

A Flying Start to Success

Year 1 Curriculum



Write stories set in places pupils have been.

Write stories with imaginary settings.

Write stories and plays that use the language of fairy tales

and traditional tales.

Write narrative diaries.



Write labels.

Write lists.

Write captions.

Write instructions.

Write recounts.

Present information.

Write non-chronological reports.



Write poems that use pattern, rhyme and description.

Write nonsense and humorous poems and limericks.



Listen to traditional tales.

Listen to a range of texts.

Learn some poems by heart.

Become familiar with a wide range of texts of different lengths.

Discuss books.

Use the class and school libraries.



Engage in the meaningful discussions in all areas of the curriculum.

Listen to and learn a wide range of subject specific vocabulary.

Listen to and tell stories often so as to internalise the structure.



Count and calculate in a range of practical contexts.

Use and apply mathematics in everyday activities and across the curriculum.

Repeat key concepts in many different practical ways to secure retention.

Explore numbers and place value up to at least 100.

Add and subtract using mental and formal written methods in practical contexts.

Explore the properties of shapes.

Use language to describe position, direction and movement.

Use and apply in practical contexts a range of measures, including time.





Identify, classify and describe their basic structure.

Animals and humans

Identify, classify and observe.




Identify, name, describe, classify and compare properties and changes.

Look at the practical uses of everyday materials.



Earth and Space

Observe seasonal changes.


Working Scientifically

Scientific knowledge and skills should be learned by working scientifically.


Art & Design

Use experiences and ideas as the inspiration for artwork.

Share ideas using drawing, painting and sculpture.

Explore a variety of techniques.

Learn about the work of a range of artists, artisans and designers.



Write and test simple programs.

Use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs.

Communicate safely and respectfully online, keeping personal information private and recognise common uses of

information technology beyond school.


Design & Technology


Design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria.


Generate develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate, information and communication technology.



Select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks such as cutting, shaping, joining and finishing.


Select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics.



Explore and evaluate a range of existing products.

Evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria.


Technical knowledge

Explore and use mechanisms, such as levers, sliders, wheels and axles, in their products.


Cooking and nutrition

Use the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare dishes.



Use basic geographical vocabulary to refer to and describe key physical and human features of locations.

Use simple compass directions.

Use aerial photographs.

Use fieldwork and observational skills.



The lives of significant individuals in Britain’s past who have contributed to our nation’s achievements – scientists such as Isaac Newton or Michael Faraday, reformers such as Elizabeth Fry or William Wilberforce, medical pioneers such as William Harvey or Florence Nightingale, or creative geniuses such as Isambard Kingdom Brunel or Christina Rossetti.


Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.



Use their voices expressively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes.

Play tuned and untuned instruments musically.

Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music.

Make and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.


Personal Development

Discuss and learn techniques to improve in the eight areas of success.

Study role models who have achieved success.


Physical Education

Participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending.

Perform dances using simple movement patterns.


Religious Education

Study the main stories of Christianity.

Study at least one other religion. Choose from Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism or Sikhism.