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Year 1 Matrix Term Main Topic  


(cross curricular with   Topic)

Term   1 Comparing the Artic and   Australia (Geography focus)
  • Labelling animals from different regions.
  • Write a postcard to another animal in the   different region to explain what it is like. Read “Anoushka and the polar   bear” sequence the story.
  • Write own story about meeting an animal
  • Read “Penguins Hidden Talent.” Children to   imagine they are one of the animals we are studying – what talent would you   have? Create a poster that shows the animals talent.
  • Create a diary in the style of “Diary of a   Wombat.”
  • Letter from Shackleton or James Cook.
  • Read “Greenpeace,” – write a post card to save   an animal.
Term 2

Life in the UK

(Geography focus)

  • Write a recipe for the “Queen’s Tea.”
  • Postcards from London.
  • Describe the four countries in the UK
  • Create a tourist book.
Term 3 Nature in our local environment (science   focus)
  • Bug fact files.
  • Describing bugs
  • Write a letter to improve an area.
  • Narrative: Story writing, day in the life of a   bug.
  • Create a food for an animal.
Term 4 Castles, Knights and Dragons (history/   literacy focus)
  • Narrative: story/descriptions/fact files/   instruction.
  • Poetry: reading and performing a dragon poem.
  • Non-fiction text:Write a job advert   for a brave knight.
Term 5 Traditional fairy tales (literacy   focus)
  • Narrative: sequencing familiar tales.
  • Writing own tales.
  • Wanted poster for a villain.
  • Perform a fairy tale.
Term 6 Transport (history focus)
  • Write a ships log.
  • Instructions on how to drive / fly…….
  • A tale of a journey
  • Poetry- Wheels on the Bus –rewritten by   children.
  • Create a luggage label

SPAG / Phonics

(all SPAG will be   revisited throughout theyear)

Term 1

Phase 4

Phonics and tricky words

  • Sentence structure: writing a full sentence
  • Punctuation: C.L and full stops. Names of the   alphabet in order, uppercase and lowercase letters.
  • Handwriting: form capital letters from the   alphabet and 0-9 correctly. Leave spaces between words.
Term 2

Phase 4/5

Phonics and tricky words

  • Sentence structure: include joining words   “and” in their sentences and adjectives.
  • Spelling: days of the week. Writing from memory   a sentence the teacher has dictated.
  • Handwriting: form capital letters correctly.
Term 3

Phase 5


  • Sentence structure: using adjectives and other   words for went in their sentences and adjectives.
  • Punctuation: question marks (?) and   exclamation marks (!).
  • Handwriting: practice writing letters from   handwriting families.

SPAG / Phonics

(all SPAG will be revisited throughout the year)

Term 4

Phase 6

Spelling- suffixes, prefix un-

  • Sentence structure: C.L for names of places,   people and pronouns.
  • Sequencing sentences: to form short narratives
  • Use joining clause “because “
Term 5

Phase 6

Suffixes – ing, ed,-er and –est,

  • Sentence: reread own work and check it makes   sense
  • Handwriting: correct formation of letters and   presentation of words in sentences.
Term 6 Learning irregular spelling.
  • Sentence to create sentences, attempting to   use correct spelling and grammar. Sentences to have logical order.
  • Writing for different purposes.
Maths Term 1  
  • Count reliably 20 objects and estimate.
  • Understand place value for teens, counting in   10’s, count to 100, number bonds to 10.
  • Money – to know how much each coin is worth;   add 1p and 2p coins up to 10p.
  • Time – to know the time of key events in the   day.
  • Measure –using a uniform length and unit.
  • Understand subtraction, count back and add on   or subtract 1.
  • Partitioning number
  • Order days of the week
  • Shape – name and describe squares, rectangles,   circles and triangles.
Term 2  
  • Find half and a quarter of a shape
  • Adding number under 20
  • Money –find ways to pay amounts to 10p.
  • Time – to tell the time to the nearest hour.
  • Understand and create symmetrical patterns.
  • Subtract 1+2 from a 2 digit number
  • Add 2,3,3 by counting on
  • Order the months of the year.
  • Use lists and tables to help sort objects.
Term 3  
  • Find one more or less of a two digit number
  • Counting on in 10’s
  • Estimate a larger quantity.
  • Finding doubles.
  • Money – find the value of the coins to £1 and   find totals of 2 and 3 coins.
  • Find 10 more or less of a number to 100
  • Compare weight, use non-standard measure to   weigh.
  • Counting in 2’s.
  • Investigate capacity.
Term 4  
  • Find 10 more or less of a number.
  • Adding 3 digits using number bonds.
  • Time –to the nearest half an hour.
  • Recognising odd and even numbers.
  • Sorting numbers into diagrams.
  • Place value in 2 digit numbers.
  • Measuring objects in non-standard units (including   height).
  • Create and understand pictograms and block   graphs.
  • Money- find totals of single digit items.
  • Find change from 10p.
Term 5  
  • Adding and subtracting 10 and 11 to a 2 digit   number.
  • Ordering 2 digit numbers 10 more/less.
  • Adding to the next 10.
  • Bridging 10.
  • Name 3D shapes and their faces.
Maths Term 6  
  • Find ½ and ¼ of shape and amounts.
  • Adding to the next 10.
  • Bridging 10.
  • Time- read the time to ½ hour on a digital and   analogue clock.
  • Division by finding how many sets.
  • Money – finding change by finding the   difference, position.
  • Draws read and understand block graphs.
Science Term 1  
  • Everyday materials.
Term 2  
  • Light.
Term 3  
  • Animals including humans (topic linked)
Term 4  
  • Plants.
Term 5  
  • Seasonal changes.
Term 6  
  • Sex and relationship education.
Geography Term 1  
  • Studying the geographical differences of the Artic   and Australia.
Term 2  
  • Identifying four countries in the UK and   capital cities.
  • Life in the UK
Term 3  
  • Creating maps of our local environment.
Term 4    
Term 5    
Term 6  
  • Transport: - identifying countries people   travelled too.
  • Why do people travel?
History Term 1    
Term 2  
  • Guy Fawkes and the Gun Powder Plot.
Term 3    
Term 4  
  • What is it like to live in a castle?
  • The legend of St George.
Term 5    
Term 6  
  • How has transport changed throughout history?


Term 1  
  • Self-portrait.
  • Creating animal sculptures.
  • Aboriginal art paintings (craft makers).
  • “Tube animals”
  • Northern lights collage.
Term 2  
  • Fireworks – paint blown/silhouette pictures.
  • Pencil drawings of UK landmark.
  • Foam print making of “Something British”
  • Portraits of the Queen.
Term 3  
  • Van Gogh’s Sunflowers.
  • Butterfly pictures.
  • David Hockney – photo collage of local   environment.
  • Design a wildlife garden.
Term 4    
Term 5  
  • Design a book cover for their own tale.
  • 3D mixed media fairy-tale images.
Term 6    
DT Term 1  
  • Designing and creating animal masks.
  • Designing and creating “Shackleton” out posts.
Term 2  
  • Textiles – create a flag that represents life   in UK.
DT Term 3  
  • Build a hedgehog house.
  • Design and make a bird feeder.
Term 4  
  • Create a junk model castle.
  • Design a battle shield.
Term 5  
  • Challenge- design and make a house to keep the   three little pigs safe.
  • Make a cup puppet of a fairy-tale character.
Term 6  
  • Food technology – create a healthy meal for   sailors to take on a journey.
PSHE Term 1  
  • Rules and goals.
Term 2  
  • Anti-bullying.
Term 3  
  • Staying safe around dangerous substances and   items (linked to drugs and alcohol).
Term 4  
  • Cyber safety.
Term 5  
  • What do I want to be when I grow up?   (aspirations).
Term 6  
  • Healthy eating.
RE Term 1  
  • Creation story – does God want Christians to   look after the world?
Term 2  
  • Christmas story – What gift would I have given   to Jesus if he had been born in my town?
Term 3  
  • Jesus as a friend – was it easy for Jesus to   show friendship.
Term 4  
  • Easter – Palm Sunday – Why was Jesus welcomed   like a king by the crowds on Palm Sunday?
Term 5  
  • Judaism – Shabbat – is the Shabbat important   to Jewish children?
Term 6  
  • Judaism Chanukah – does celebrating Chanukah   make Jewish children feel close to God?
PE / Games Term 1  
  • Invasion games (running and jumping).
Term 2  
  • Striking and fielding (throwing and catching)
Term 3  
  • Gymnastics (balance, agility and   co-ordination).
Term 4  
  • Dance.
Term 5  
  • Athletics.
Term 6  
  • Invasion games.
Computing Term 1  
  • Logging on.
  • Using a mouse and keyboard.
  • Using textease.
  • Using the learnpads.
Term 2  
  • We are collectors – finding images using the   web.
Term 3  
  • We are painters- illustrating an eBook.
Term 4  
  • We are treasure hunters – using programmable   toys.
Term 5  
  • We are storytellers – producing a talking   storybook.
Term 6  
  • We are TV chefs – filming the steps to a   recipe.

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