Early Years Foundation Stage

Early Years 

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 REWho 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

Role Play:

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

Road safety

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

Following Rules

Healthy Eating


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

Sequencing Stories

Weekend news

The big blue sofa/ The magic bed.

Jaspers Beanstalk

The journey

Handa’s Surprise    Oliver’s Fruit Salad


News writing / creative stories – where does your sofa/ bed take you?

Dictated sentences


Maths Number

1 more / less   Working with number tracks 

Weigh / vocab ( direct comparison )

Number  formation  


Addition / vocab   Ordinal numbers / missing numbers  


Problem solving with addition and subtraction


Shape names/ sorting 

shape pictures  

Patterns in the environment / repeating patterns.  Subtraction


length  – ordering 3 or more objects/ vocab 

Time – sequencing  familiar events  –


2D/3D shape 

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

REWhat 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

Literacy Books

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

Dictated sentences.

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?


News writing

Non fiction writing- fact books about minibeasts

Pirate stories

Message in a bottle

Maths Number

Number tracks  

 Addition and subtraction using equipment and numberlines

Number formation.

Problem solving

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

 missing numbers.

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

 Textured sewing

Texture – combining to create pictures

Painting pictures of homes   and dream homes

Surrey Arts Music – Reflect, rewind and replay

Design a shoe box home 

Bubble pictures  

Butterfly pictures

Make a dragon fly

Create your own mini beast using soft clay

Minibeast sculpture

Reflection pictures  Symmetry.