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 Curriculum topics – EYFS & Key Stage 1


Our curriculum strives to be responsive to each learner, and builds on individual strengths and interests.  A three year rolling plan is in place, which supports a balance of stimulating contexts for learning through different learning experiences, themes and subjects.

On the following pages are the topics/themes for each key stage covering the three year cycle, along with a brief description of what is covered by each topic.  These topics will be kept under review and amended accordingly to remain relevant and responsive to changing needs or national/international events, e.g. a Royal event or a major sporting tournament.

 Topics are planned and shared across partner classes.  This means that teachers are able to share ideas and skills when planning and delivering topics and sometimes combine to work with other students.  Topics are planned to last for a fixed length, typically a half term, and are often started or finished with a launch assembly or final sharing assembly or activity.

 Topics will be developed by staff using a ‘topic web’ approach and planning will take into consideration the skills to be learned as well as the contexts in which they will be learned.  This is because we fully recognise the importance of our pupils being able to transfer these skills and that they should be developed in many different contexts across the curriculum.  Only then will they gain mastery and the skill be generalised.

 Working within these broad themes we are able to be adapt the curriculum to the needs and interests of all learners, medium term plans are tailored to the needs of the specific class, adapting the learning areas and opportunities to their interests, needs and level of learning.  Daily planning supports the appropriate learning of individual pupils and is very adaptable to changes to support pupil’s changing needs and experiences.

 We also provide regular Phonics and Guided Reading lessons and lessons focusing on application of number along with specific subject based teaching in Physical Education and RE.   Sometimes, when learning requires a specialist teaching space, for example Food Technology, these will be taught as discrete subjects but the focus will remain on the development of key skills.  Through our topics we are able to promote student’s social, moral, spiritual and cultural development (SMSC)

 June 2016 

EYFS & Key Stage 1

 

Year 1

Topic

 

Autumn term 1

 

Me and My World

During this topic students will look at themselves and do some personal portraits, we will label body parts and find out about their families. We will look at what they need to grow and healthy eating. We will look at other places around the school and their wider environment and will look at how things change over time.

Autumn term 2

 

Seasonal Celebrations

During this topic students will explore different seasonal celebrations e.g. Fireworks night, Halloween, Diwali and Christmas which happen during the winter term. Students will explore artefacts, music and traditional songs, clothing, food and will create different pieces of artwork based on the different festivals. Students will have opportunities to use ICT to help enhance the topic e.g. using switches to operate different  light toys to celebrate Fireworks night or will use the immersive room to participate in different festival traditions e.g. play in a Christmas winter wonderland.

Spring

term1

 

Weather

In this topic we will learn about various types of weather associated with different seasons and times of the year.  We will read stories and sing rhymes and songs about weather and seasons. We will explore and dress up in clothing designed to be worn in different types of weather and learn about why we wear them.  We will use a variety of materials to create weather art and use musical instruments to make and explore weather sounds.  We will use sensory materials to create and experience our own weather conditions in the classroom and we will learn about and explore concepts including wet, dry, hot and cold.

Spring

Term2

 

Spring

In this topic we will learn about the season of Spring and the new life associated with this time of year. We will use our senses to explore the plants, flowers and animals around us and participate in Spring walks around the school. We will read stories and sing rhymes and songs about Spring, plants, flowers and baby animals. We will create and nurture new life at school by planting and tending to plants, flowers, fruits and vegetables and watching a real caterpillar make its transition into a beautiful butterfly. We will learn about the life cycle of a variety of insects and animals and we will learn about what plants and animals need to live and grow.

Summer

term1

 

People who help us

We will start with our own families and ways we help and are helped, at home.  We will then look at our community and the emergency services.  We will make models, draw pictures and look at relevant books.  Hopefully we will have a visit from a fire visit and have visitors!

Summer

Term2

 

Seaside

This will include lots of sand, water play and building sandcastles.  Eating picnics, real and pretend.  We will also make sand pictures, sort clothes for wearing at the beach and design a beach towel. We will explore wind and windmills also fly a kite. The children will find out about sea life creatures, look at and explore shells, also play some beach games and hopefully a visit to the seaside to experience the real thing.  


Year 2

Topic

 

Autumn term 1

 All around me

 We will look at ourselves, what we like to eat and wear.  We will look at photos of ourselves and our families, and our homes.  We will make finger, hand and foot prints.  We will brush our hair, clean our teeth and use the foot spas.

Autumn term 2

 Seasonal Celebrations

During this topic students will explore different seasonal celebrations e.g. Fireworks night, Halloween, Diwali and Christmas which happen during the winter term. Students will explore artefacts, music and traditional songs, clothing, food and will create different pieces of artwork based on the different festivals. Students will have opportunities to use ICT to help enhance the topic e.g. using switches to operate different  light toys to celebrate Fireworks night or will use the immersive room to participate in different festival traditions e.g. play in a Christmas winter wonderland.

Spring

term1

 

On the move

We will explore ways of moving ourselves, bouncing etc.  We will do some ball paintings with different textured balls.  We will look at transport and how that moves in the air, sea and land.  We will do transport painting ie moving vehicles in paint.  We can use the cars and bikes in the playground and small vehicles to have races.  We might go bowling and watch the balls roll and move.

Spring

Term2

 New Life

This will include planting bulbs and cress, and watching them grow.  We will look at babies and baby animals.  Hopefully visiting a farm or seeing pictures of new born animals.  We will observe the trees in the sensory garden and look for signs of new life.

Summer

term1

 Colour and Shape

In this topic we will learn about shapes and colours. We will explore shapes and colours in the world around us and participate in shape and colour walks around the school, identifying the colours and shapes of familiar objects and items. We will learn about what happens when we mix different colours, use shapes and colours to create art work and make models and sculptures. We will use shapes to build structures, explore tessellation and how shapes join together. We will make and explore patterns. We will use shape and colour to inspire our cooking activities using different food colourings and shaped cutters and tins.

Summer

Term2

 Holidays

 In this topic we will learn about holidays. We will enjoy stories, rhymes and songs about going on holiday.  We will take part in role play of going on holidays for example, travelling by car, train or aeroplane to various destinations such as the seaside or even another country.  We will dress up in holiday clothes and explore holiday related artefacts.  We will taste holiday foods and drinks associated with different types of holiday or countries.  We will use sensory materials to recreate our own holiday experiences in the classroom such as rock pools or beach sensory trays.  We will write postcards and diaries of our holidays and take holiday photographs and videos using the cameras and iPads.

  

Year 3

Topic

 

Autumn term 1

 

Changes

We will look at changes in materials when they are heated, cooled, squashed, made wet, and mixed together – eg chocolate, jelly, sand, water, paper etc.  We will look at changes in paint colours when they are mixed or have other ingredients added e.g. sand.  We can look at changes in nature e.g. caterpillar-butterfly, leaves changing colour.

Autumn term 2

 

Seasonal Celebrations

During this topic students will explore different seasonal celebrations e.g. Fireworks night, Halloween, Diwali and Christmas which happen during the winter term. Students will explore artefacts, music and traditional songs, clothing, food and will create different pieces of artwork based on the different festivals. Students will have opportunities to use ICT to help enhance the topic e.g. using switches to operate different  light toys to celebrate Fireworks night or will use the immersive room to participate in different festival traditions e.g. play in a Christmas winter wonderland.

Spring

term1

 

Let’s make music

We will explore different music styles using our voices and instruments, including those from different countries.  We will sing songs; actions songs, nursery rhymes and make up some of our own.  We will do paintings with bells on the bushes and experiment with tuning fork paintings.

Spring

Term2

 

Animals

As part of this topic students will explore a wide range of different animals e.g. reptiles, birds, sea creatures, mini-beast, wild, farm and domestic animals. Students will use the immersive room to participate in role play activities which explore different environments.  They may explore small world role play activities set up in the classroom to explore the habitats that the animals live in e.g. a farmyard, the seaside or a jungle. Students will be given opportunities to participate in a range of  stories, rhymes and songs about animals using actions, props, keywords and phrases e.g. Animal Boogie or Rumble in the Jungle. Students will also be encouraged to explore different materials to create artwork based on a variety of animals, for example, they may make patterns  based on the spots and stripes of an animal's fur.

Summer

term1

 

In the Garden

During this topic students will be given opportunities to participate in activities in different garden setting e.g. the class gardens and sensory garden. Students will be encouraged to explore different plants and what they need to grow through practical activities e.g. planting seeds, plants and cuttings. Students will use small world toys to role play the different things you may do or find in the garden e.g. insects and birds. Students may also be given the opportunity to go on trips to the local park to explore the flora and fauna or you may like to visit the butterfly garden at tropical wings.

Summer

Term2

 

Bears

We will look at books relating to bears – fiction and non-fiction.  We will see what Barnaby Bear gets up to when he travels around.  We will act out ‘Going on a Bear Hunt’ and Goldilocks.  We will make collage bears.  We can have a teddy bears picnic and bring our own teddies to school.  Each person can take Barnaby Bear home and bring in photos of what he does on his visit.



 

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