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Year R - Topics and Overviews

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum includes three prime areas of learning and four specific areas as follows:

Prime areas are fundamental, work together, and support development in all other areas.

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development

Specific areas include essential skills and knowledge for children to participate successfully in society.

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Autumn Term

We Launch our year finding out all about ourselves in 'Marvellous Me.' Children share their all about me boxes talking about themselves, their families, favourite things they like to do and eat etc. We learn about how we have come together as a class with many similarities and differences and enjoy becoming great team workers like Ellie Elephant. We then move on to thinking about our pets, farm animals and the story of the Little Red Hen in our 'Animal Magic' topic. We have an exciting visit from Longdown Dairy Farm who bring a range of animals onto our playground so we can find out more all about them and get some hands on experience.

We end the half term with a fantastic whole school Arts week exploring music, colour, pattern, texture and shape through a range of ways. Visitors join us to bring music and art alive, this has included Bollywood dancing, a range of artists, Taiko drumming, Southampton Art Gallery. Some wonderful pieces of creative artwork, music, dance and drama are created throughout the week.


After half term we enjoy Fireworks and Bonfire Night, we work creatively making firework pictures and poems and learn about how to keep safe at firework displays. We follow on to finding out lots of facts about space and creating our own imaginative space stories after listing to 'Whatever Next' in our Space topic. The children love our drama session with 'Perform' where we go on a magical journey into space.  Next we become winter explorers and find out all about penguins and polar bears, we love exploring ice, trying to set free the penguins! We finish our half term celebrating Christmas with a wonderful Nativity show to parents, we find out all about how Christians celebrate Christmas.  



Spring 1

We kick the new year off with a whole school English week. We continue our term by learning about our bodies, how we grow and change, keeping healthy and people who help us such as doctors, firemen and dentists. We bring our learning to life during the half term with visits from parents and relatives that are doctors, vets and mothers with young babies. It is great fun having lots of different visitors and we learn a lot about ourselves.

As part of our PE sessions we learn to move in a variety of ways using our own ideas and imagination and we also think about how exercise affects our body and how it helps to keep us healthy. We celebrate our topic by dressing up as someone who helps us, sharing our fantastic knowledge with our class.

The final week of this term is all about Superheroes based on the story of Supertato. We have great fun trying to catch the evil pea and free Supertato through a range of fun play based activities.  


Spring 2

We begin by exploring the underwater world and then use our imagination through Pirate stories and end by finding out about the season Spring and how people celebrate Easter. We love using information books to find out more about life under the sea. In our writing we make lists of sea creatures, label pictures with a range of ‘describing’ words and enjoy creating adventure stories for the Rainbow Fish. We are very creative like Christopher Cockerel in our own learning and make some fantastic artwork.

We absolutely love making up our own exciting ‘Sea Music’ using a wide range of percussion instruments.

As part of our Underwater topic is an Commotion in the Ocean performance to our parents. We listen to the story Commotion in the Ocean and make up our own creature dances in response to a range of music. We learn the poems for the different sea creatures and recite them as part of our performance.



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