Year 1 – Curriculum

 

Science

 

Working scientifically

During years 1 and 2, pupils should be taught to use the following practical scientific methods, processes and skills through the teaching of the programme of study content:

  • asking simple questions and recognising that they can be answered in different ways

  • observing closely, using simple equipment

  • performing simple tests

  • identifying and classifying

  • using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions

  • gathering and recording data to help in answering questions.

 

Plants

  • identify and name a variety of common wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees

  • identify and describe the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants, including trees.

 

Animals, including humans

  • identify and name a variety of common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals

  • identify and name a variety of common animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores

  • describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals, including pets)

  • identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body and say which part of the body is associated with each sense.

 

Everyday materials

  • distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made

  • identify and name a variety of everyday materials, including wood, plastic, glass, metal, water, and rock

  • describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials

  • compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of their simple physical properties.

 

Seasonal changes

  • observe changes across the four seasons

  • observe and describe weather associated with the seasons and how day length varies.

 

Art and Design

 

  • to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products

  • to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination

  • to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space

  • about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.

 

Computing

 

  • understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions

  • create and debug simple programs

  • use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs

  • use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content

  • recognise common uses of information technology beyond school

  • use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.

 

Design and Technology

 

Design

  • 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

 

Make

  • select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, 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

 

Evaluate

  • explore and evaluate a range of existing products

  • evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria

 

Technical knowledge

  • build structures, exploring how they can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable

  • explore and use mechanisms [for example, levers, sliders, wheels and axles], in their products.

 

Cooking and Nutrition

  • use the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare dishes

  • understand where food comes from.

 

Geography

 

Locational knowledge

  • name, locate and identify characteristics of the four countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom and its surrounding seas

 

Place knowledge

  • understand geographical similarities and differences through studying the human and physical geography of a small area of the United Kingdom

 

Human and physical geography

  • identify seasonal and daily weather patterns in the United Kingdom

  • use basic geographical vocabulary to refer to:

  • key physical features, including: beach, cliff, coast, forest, hill, mountain, sea, ocean, river, soil, valley, vegetation, season and weather

  • key human features, including: city, town, village, factory, farm, house, office, port, harbour and shop

 

Geographical skills and fieldwork

  • use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom and its countries, as well as the countries, continents and oceans studied at this key stage

  • use simple compass directions (North, South, East and West) and locational and directional language [for example, near and far; left and right], to describe the location of features and routes on a map

  • use aerial photographs and plan perspectives to recognise landmarks and basic human and physical features; devise a simple map; and use and construct basic symbols in a key

  • use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the geography of their school and its grounds and the key human and physical features of its surrounding environment.

 

History

 

  • the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements. Some should be used to compare aspects of life in different periods [for example, Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria, Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong, William Caxton and Tim Berners-Lee, Pieter Bruegel the Elder and LS Lowry, Rosa Parks and Emily Davison, Mary Seacole and/or Florence Nightingale and Edith Cavell]

  • significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.

 

Music

 

  • use their voices expressively and creatively 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

  • experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.

 

Physical Education

 

  • master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities

  • participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending

  • perform dances using simple movement patterns.

 

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