Early Years Foundation Stage
At Walsh Memorial CE Infant School our Early Years children have an exciting time learning, exploring, making friends and having lots of fun.
Our curriculum and provision fully comprises of the three characteristics of effective learning: Active Learning, Play and Exploration and Creating and Thinking Critically.
Our children work with an adult for some whole class and group sessions as well as on a one to one basis. They have a balance of child led learning and focused work with an adult. Learning through play is a key thread throughout, both indoors and outdoors. We use topics to plan the children’s learning and we always try to include the particular interests of the children whenever possible.
The children have constant access to our wonderful outside learning where a member of staff is always present to support and develop the children’s learning.
In Early Years we follow the Jolly Phonics scheme for teaching and learning phonics. Please see Early Years Learning Zone for links to support your children at home.
Curriculum Overview –Autumn Term
|Autumn 1 Topic – Seaside and All About Me||Autumn 2 Traditional Tales|
|Communication and Language||Encouraging conversation with others. Use of social conventions. Making needs known/ taking messages to others. Following simple instructions. Friday Friend feedback. Cross curricular circle times|| As Autumn 1 plus Retelling stories in small groups. Drama / puppets
Circle times continued
|Physical Development||Learning to change and dress independently. Write dance / parachute and circle games .
Using malleable materials.
Teach tracing plus other fine motor skills , threading, peg boards etc. Scissor skill activities.
Gym – ways of moving ( Val Sabin scheme )
|As Autumn 1 plus Obstacle course / Dance ( Trialling Val Sabin )
All other PD activities are on going and tailored to be cross curricular with the topic.
|PSED||Seal – New Beginnings
My new class and me – celebrations about each child.
Role play – The Home – explores a different familiar event each week – baking day, wash day, a birthday party.
Learning the names of others through circle time activities.
Building relationships through play and in activities where turn taking and sharing are necessary.
Introduce Class rules and routines of the school day.
Introduce Milly Molly stories
British Values – the rule of law / class rules
|Sharing things that are special to me
Role play – 3 bears cottage / Grandmas cottage / The Post office/ Toy shop
Stranger danger linked to LRRH.
PHSE -Good deed beanstalk
SEAL – Good to be me
Milly and Molly stories
|Literacy||Reading -Introduce Teddy Books and early book skills. Introduce ORT characters through flip over/ discussion cards. Introduce Key vocab. and begin learning key word cards when appropriate.
Phonics -Teach Letter sounds and begin simple word building. ( 3 / 4 SOUNDS PER WEEK ) Rhyming activities.
Writing – Opportunities for emergent writing in role play. Daily Name card practise. Writing opportunities linked to phonics. News writing.
|Reading – Key vocabulary and simple sentences. Patterned and story language. Traditional Tales and ORT Big Books .
Phonics – Letter sounds continued – reading / writing and links with other areas of the curriculum
Retelling and sequencing stories through use of puppets and role play. Rhyming strings.
Writing – Writing captions and simple sentences using sounds knowledge. Opportunity for free emergent writing.
Retelling traditional tales
Reading simple captions and sentences.
|Maths||Number -Sorting, matching , working with numbers to 10 and counting and making sets of objects reliably. Sing mathematical songs. More/ less ordering. Introduce Numicon
Shape, space, measures -Exploring shape – 2D and 3D naming and using language to describe properties. Making pictures, sorting and constructing.
|Number – Work with numbers to 10 1 more/ less money
Shape, space and measures –Length and weight -Ordering sizes and learning comparative language. Pattern – recognising and making simple repeating patterns. Positional and directional language. Introduce bee bots for directional language. Simple routes – giving and following instructions.
|Understanding the world||RE – Who am I and where do I belong?
UW –Naming and labelling body parts. Healthy Eating. Body songs. Baking. Looking at similarities, differences and changes.
ICT – Using Tizzy to draw lines ( l – r) simple pictures, type strings of letters to familiarise with key board.
Friday Friend news. Circle times about families/ interests.
History – past and present events in their own lives
|RE – Why do we have Celebrations?
UW – Sorting to specified and own criteria. Making porridge. The journey of a letter
ICT – Bee bots, Tizzy’s Tools – Create a picture.
The Post Office Post man Visit – Trip to local post office to post Christmas card
|Expressive arts and design||Surrey Arts – Me and My stories
UMM Free creative table
Paintings of holidays
Self-portrait construction and model making.
Music – Surrey Arts Interactive
Jolly phonic songs – All about me songs
BI – Role play / free painting and materials table
|UMM Design a bed for Teddy. Observational drawing of Teddy. Make a patterned headboard and use fabric pens to make a patterned cover. Firework picture ( Fluorescent) and collage.
Creative activities linked to initial phonic sounds – dinosaur feet, inky mouse
BI – Role play Puppet theatre Free creative table
Early Years Curriculum Overview – Spring Term
|Spring 1 Topic – Colour and Light / Chinese New Year/ People who help||Spring 2 Journeys and Transport Spring / Growing / Farm visit|
|Communication and Language||Encouraging conversation with others. Use of social conventions. Making needs known/ taking messages to others. Friday Friend feedback. Extend Vocab.||Encouraging conversation with others. Use of social conventions. Making needs known/ taking messages to others. Friday Friend feedback. Taking turns to speak and respond appropriately. Extend vocab|
|Physical Development||Write dance Val Sabin -Dance
Elmer lacing cards Ongoing fine motor skills – Tracing, letter formation, cutting skills
|Write Dance – Gym
Ongoing – tracing/ cutting / fine motor activities.
Model making with recyclable materials
|PSED||People who help us
Milly Molly stories
Week 1 / 2 Colour Lab and Dark Tent
Week 3 / 4 – Chinese Kitchen
Week 5 / 6 – School Room
Fire Fighters resource box
SEAL – Going for Goals
Talk about New Year Resolutions (goals for the year)
Talk about achievements the children have made over their 1 term at school
British Values – Democracy Children to join school council
|Growing and changing
Milly Molly stories
RE – What makes something Special?
Role Play – The Hospital The Train/ boat / plane The garden Centre The Vets
Keeping safe by the road
Looking after our pets and farm animals
British Values –Mutual Respect
|Literacy||Elmer Stories Noah’s Ark Colour Poems ORT BB Anna’s amazing glasses
Creative writing Elmer stories – use our own ideas
Where do your magic glasses take you?
Chinese New Year Story
|The big blue sofa/ The magic bed.
Handa’s Surprise Oliver’s Fruit Salad
News writing / creative stories – where does your sofa/ bed take you?
1 more / less Working with number tracks
Weigh / vocab ( direct comparison )
Addition / vocab Ordinal numbers / missing numbers
Problem solving with addition and subtraction
Shape names/ sorting
Patterns in the environment / repeating patterns. Subtraction
length – ordering 3 or more objects/ vocab
Time – sequencing familiar events –
weight / vocab
Problem solving / sharing
Simple Data handling / tally charts
Addition / subtraction
|Understanding the world||RE – What makes a place special?
Developing language to describe materials. Sorting according to given and own criteria.
Chinese New Year
People Who Help Us
The weather / Testing materials for water resistance
Light and Dark
Visits from Emergency Services Personnel
ICT – Drawing Program / Phonics resources
|RE – What makes something special? Seal – Good to be me
Looking at and making own maps
Journeys – near and far
Transport – compare past and present transport
Growing seeds Keeping a seed dairy Observations similarities / differences
Spring walk – What happens in to flowers / trees/ ponds/animals in Spring? Investigate seeds
Animals and their young. Farm to visit school
ICT – Drawing program and Bee Bots
|Expressive arts and design||Surrey Arts Music – Everyone
Fluorescent colours Colour Mixing Making shades Colour Books
People who help us and emergency vehicles painting
Chinese New Year Craft
Music – Surrey Arts
|Surrey Arts Music – Our world
Observational drawings of flowers
Design and make vases for flowers
Making flowers Fruit Printing
Design own transport
Music – Surrey Arts
Early Years Curriculum Overview – Summer Term
|Summer 1 Topic – Houses and Homes – Super Hero ( Monsters and Aliens )||Summer 2 Pirate Week , Water/ Mini-beasts|
|Communication and Language||Partner talk / Friday Friend news / guess what’s in the box? Questions – Why and how?
Pie Corbett –/ 3 little Pigs – Hot seating/ drama.
|Partner talk / Friday Friend news / guess what’s in the box? Questions – Why and how?
|Physical Development||Ongoing fine motor skill activities.
Outdoor games / Gym
|Ongoing fine motor skill activities. Outdoor games/ ball skills – aiming, throwing /catching Pirate week – Work outs –Polar/ Desert/ rainforest / underwater|
|PSED||My special people
Millie Molly stories
Role play – The Kitchen / Building site
RE – What makes our world wonderful? Safety in the kitchen
SEAL – Fair and Unfair
British Values – Individual Liberty
|Being involved / moving on
Milly Molly stories – Bullying
Role play – Vets/ Aeroplane/ Beach shop
RE – What makes a place special? Keeping healthy
British Values – Tolerance
Superpotato, and others in series, Super Daisy
Three Little Pigs – Recite in Style of Pie Corbett
My own super veg story
The evil pea letters, creative story
Writing with word banks / Targets
Writing letters to the Evil pea and Supertato
Write the story of 3 little pigs
Superhero/ creative Writing
Writing a letter
Books – 123 off to the sea
Who sank the boat?
The very hungry caterpilllar
Pirate stories – Pirate Pete, Captain Flynn, Night pirates
Creative writing – own version of the hungry ….
My own pirate stories
Minibeast riddle – what am I?
Non fiction writing- fact books about minibeasts
Message in a bottle
Addition and subtraction using equipment and numberlines
Making and solving own number investigations
3D Shapes –build /sort/ investigate
capacity – problem solving and ordering containers. Doubling / halving sharing. Real life problems
Ordering numbers/ ordinal numbers Sharing
Counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s
Capacity/ Addition / subtraction Problem solving
Positional language Counting in 2s 10s Repeating patterns – continue a pattern
Weight – problem solving Length – Prob solving
2D / 3D SHAPE – properties vocab. Time
|Understanding the world|| RE – What makes our world wonderful? Creation
Houses around the world and Animal homes/ Climates.
Sorting animals according to home climate.
Texture – sorting
Learning about different faiths and special places – Muslim, Jewish
ICT – Drawing program / Bee Bots
History – Past and present events in their own lives and those of their family
|RE – What can we learn from stories? Noah’s ark
Water and holes and Floating and sinking
Blowing bubbles investigation / dissolving investigation.
The seaside – make a boat that will float.
Minibeasts – butterfly life cycle.
Watch caterpillars change into butterflies
Local visit for mini beast hunt
ICT – Create a picture using picture banks
|Expressive arts and design||Surrey Arts Music – Big bear funk
Create a textured house. ( Model making ) Make 3 Little Pigs Home
Make your own pig puppet
Make musical instruments
Texture – combining to create pictures
Painting pictures of homes and dream homes
|Surrey Arts Music – Reflect, rewind and replay
Design a shoe box home
Make a dragon fly
Create your own mini beast using soft clay
Reflection pictures Symmetry.