Year 1 Autumn 1 Curriculum Topics

Theme: Ourselves and people who help us

Communication and Language

  • Listen to others
  • Listening and joining in with stories
  • Focusing my attention
  • Responding to instructions
  • Using talk in play

Physical Development

  • Negotiate space
  • Using one handed tools, eg scissors
  • Holding a pencil in the tripod grip
  • Copying letters in the cursive script
  • Dress and undress with limited help


  • Say numbers 1-10
  • Recognise numerals 1-10
  • Count items, giving one number name for each item
  • Count objects out from a large group
  • Spot shapes in the environment

PSED (Personal, Social Emotional development)

  • Playing with others
  • Being friendly
  • Choosing activities without help
  • Taking turns
  • Aware of feelings


  • Awareness of rhyme and rhyming activities
  • Interested in books; words and pictures
  • Hear and say the initial sounds in words
  • Give meaning to marks made
  • Write own name

Understanding the World

  • Show an interest in the people around them
  • Talk about significant events
  • Show an interest in occupations
  • Comment on and ask questions about the immediate environment
  • Interact with age appropriate software
  • recognize the changing seasons

Expressive Arts and Design

  • Sing songs
  • Make movement to music
  • Tap out a simple rhythm
  • Engage in imaginative play
  • Create simple representations of people