Keep Believing Year 1 Recovery Curriculum Autumn 1 2020

Welcome back to school, we are so pleased that you are here.

Our first topic this half term is 'Keep Believing'.

We will be focusing on mental well-being and confidence building, as well as key skills in maths and writing.

The Year 1 school day starts at 8.50am and finishes at 2.50pm.

All children will be met by their teacher, wash their hands on entering school and have their temperature taken before starting work.

PE must stay in school all week as lessons are dependent on the weather.

How We Keep Ourselves Safe In School

The Healthy Me

Wellbeing is fundamental to academic success so in the first half term we will explore different emotions and feelings as we start back at school. Each day, we will be looking at different factors affecting our lives such as the way we are dealing with Covid-19. We will be following the recommended 'Jigsaw' programme as well as the most up-to-date government guidance to support our pupils (and staff) with their mental health and resilience to cope with a variety of situations.

With JIGSAW, the children will develop the 3Rs

Routines - The children will be supported to re-establish old routines and establish new ones to keep them safe and happy in school.

Relevance - The children will be provided with safe and structured opportunities to talk about their lock-down experiences. They will explore and deal with their emotions relating to lock-down and returning to school.

Relationships - The children will be guided to re-establish friendships and positive relationships with staff and the community. The children will be developing their own virtual hugs to show they still care about each other even when they can't show it in the usual way.

Children will participate in a wellbeing programme called REST. This will help them to build their resilience and self esteem.

The Independent Me

English Writing

We will be engaged by inspiring texts which celebrate diversity.

Throughout this captivating unit, the children will revisit skills and work on and gaps in their learning.

As children become more confident and consistent with their writing, they will work towards using exciting words and sentences to write a story.

Year 1 will continue to access the Read Write Inc. phonics programme alongside a range of quality stories and rhymes.

As parents, you can support at home by making sure that the children read regularly and check for home learning activities on Purple Mash. Planners will be coming home next week with details of our rewards system.

The Inquisitive Me

Early in the term, we will be assessing the children in maths so that we can plan to support their learning.

In maths will be revising and learning about number and place value by;

Sorting up to 10 objects.

Counting objects to 10.

Counting objects from a group of 10.

Writing numerals up to 10.

Counting forwards to 10.

Counting backwards from 10.

Counting 1 more with numbers within 10.

The Creative Me

We will be studying the work of African American artist Alma Thomas and the British artists Tam Joseph and Frank Bowling, pictured here with one of his impressionist pieces.

This Is Me

Our Core Value this half term is: Thankfulness. The question we will ask ourselves is...

“What are you thankful for?”

From this, we will be using a lot of time to reflect on our lock-down experiences to think back about the different parts we could show thanks for, for example; being thankful for the NHS and all other Key Workers; spending more time with parents and carers who may usually be busy with work; the beautiful weather that allowed us to spend more time outside.

British Values:

This is Me also has a focus on our British Values. We will focus on these in some of our every day school routines.

• Rule of Law: We will continue to follow the Good to be Green golden rules alongside the Jigsaw class charter.

• Individual Liberty: We will have the opportunity to share our views and opinions whilst listening and being listened to by others.

• Democracy: We will have the opportunity to vote for our TED representatives which will share the thoughts of all pupils.

• Mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths or beliefs: We will show respect for everyone’s achievements.


Spiritual - We will be revisiting and reflecting on the Academy Christian Values.

Moral - We will participate in class-based worship, create a class charter of rules and behaviour, understand consequences of behaviour and make healthy choices.

Social - In our classes, we will discuss how to resolve conflict, take part in activities with others to develop social skill development.

Cultural - We will study black artists and role models through art and writing.

Throughout all lessons, children will be given the opportunities to express their views in a safe and supportive space.


Created with images by Greg Rakozy - "untitled image" • Jakob Owens - "After The Rain Comes The Rainbow" • Josh Applegate - "untitled image" • Rohan Makhecha - "I was messing around in my dorm and came up with this." • Matthew T Rader - "A spiralling stained glass window inside a chapel at Thanks-Giving Square in Dallas."