Year 1 Curriculum Autumn 2

Autumn Term 2 – Toys

Successful Learners

Areas of learning

As historians we will:

  • find out about toys now and in the past.
  • explore how toys have changed.
  • learn popular games from the past.

As scientists we will

  • look at seasonal changes and identify and describe plants.

As artists, we will

  • make careful observations and draw facial features for self-portraits.
  • As theologians, we will
  • learn about Christmas.

As dancers, we will

  • perform dances with simple movements.

As computer scientists, we will

  • create greeting cards.

Confident Individuals


  • Make and present a gift for Christmas (Self portraits).

Responsible Citizens


  • Looking at seasonal changes.

Spiritual & Moral

  • Getting on and falling out (SEAL)
  • The Christmas Story (RE)


  • Perform a Nativity Concert to our parents, carers and the school community.

Year 1 Subject Skills


See National Curriculum

Lists, Labels and Captions:

  • Write lists of toys.
  • Write simple sentences and captions for our own toys for a class display.

Narrative Stories: Lost Toy Stories

  • Read and explore stories with a common theme
  • Make links with stories and own experience
  • Write from own experience
  • Respond to events in a story through role play, discussion and writing tasks
  • Generate own ideas for simple ‘lost toy’ stories
  • Plan and write a simple story


See National Curriculum

  • Counting: Counting up and back. Orally counting in 1s, 2s, 10s.
  • Number facts: Number bonds. Doubles. One more / One less.
  • Calculation: Counting on and back. Using a number line.
  • Solve problems involving money
  • Finding halves of numbers and objects.
  • Measure: Using non standard units of measure

Link with History: Toys, toy shop and money


Seasonal Change and Plants

  • To look at seasonal changes between November and December
  • To identify and describe the basic structure of a variety of common plants, including roots, stem/trunk, leaves and flowers.

Working Scientifically Skills

  • To observe things using simple equipment
  • To identify and classify
  • To gather and record data to help with answering questions.


We are celebrating

  • To develop basic keyword skills, through inputting and formatting text
  • Develop basic mouse skills
  • Use the internet to find and select images
  • To develop skills in combining text and images
  • To discuss their work and think about whether it could be improve


Toys and games: now and in the past

  • What are our toys like?
  • Sort, talk about and compare toys we use today
  • Identify differences and similarities between toys now and in the past
  • Ask questions about artefacts from the past
  • Learn and play games from the past
  • Changes within living memory
  • Reveal aspects of change in national life
  • To compare old and new
  • To use vocabulary to describe


  • Develop balance, agility and co-ordination
  • Apply these in a range of activities
  • Perform dances using simple movement patterns

Modern Foreign Languages

  • Understand simple classroom commands, short statements and questions.


  • How to answer questions using single words or short phrases.
  • Use voices expressively by singing songs, rehearse and perform with others
  • Listen with concentration and to internalise and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
  • Learn how music used for a particular purpose- Christmas concert


Self Portraits

  • Use art pencils.
  • Explore using art pencils to create light and dark lines.
  • Use art pencils to shade and smudge.
  • Make careful observations of facial features.
  • Investigate ways to draw facial features.
  • Use watercolours to create a background ‘wash’ for drawing paper.
  • Draw small and enlarged self portrait using art pencils.

Christmas Art

  • Making decorations,
  • Christmas pictures, cards and models
  • Use a range of materials creatively
  • To use drawing and painting to develop and share their ideas
  • To develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space