St Mary's RC Primary School, ManchesterSt Mary's Roman Catholic Primary School

St Mary's Roman Catholic Primary School

FS1/ Nursery Half Term Learning



Summer 1 2022

In this half term we will learning about Jesus rising from the dead and then his Acension into heaven. May is a special month when we think about Mary, Jesus's mother. We will finding out about Islam and in particular, special artefacts.


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Marvellous Minibeasts

Question: Why do ladybirds have spots?

In this topic we will find out about different minibeasts. We will begin our topic by going on a bug hunt having found small tracks in the unit.  We will focus on the children being scientists and explorers.

We will make lists of all the minibeasts we find on our hunt and then we will add any that we can think of but didn’t see. We will choose to focus on a number of minibeasts in more detail, such as snails and worms (child- led). We will find out where they live, what they eat, how they move etc. They will look at minibeasts through their magnifying glasses and make a temporary home for a snail. We will find out about the lifecycle of a butterfly and record this through pictures. We will make factfiles and write our own non-fiction books on a chosen minibeast. We will read nonfiction stories about minibeasts such as ‘The very hungry caterpillar’, ‘The very busy spider’ and ’Snail Trail’. We will write recounts of these stories.

We will listen to poems such as ‘Ladybird, Ladybird….’ And the children will have the opportunity to write their own. The children will perform poems/ rhymes they have learned for their peers.

The children will have the opportunity to help set up and then play in the small world and role play areas, using the vocabulary they have learned. They will make their own minibeasts out of clay, playdough and junk modelling materials. They will make their own props such as binoculars. They will draw and paint a variety of minibeasts for display.

Outdoors the children will go on minibeast hunts, use magnifying glasses, make homes/ bug hotels for the creatures.

We will end our topic with a Brilliant Bug Ball.


Spring 2 2022

Once upon a time

Question: Should Goldilocks say sorry?


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In this topic we will be reading a variety of fairy tales. We will learn moral stories that are a focus of the books. These will be our opportunity for other learning such as about the materials that houses are built of in the ‘three little pigs’.

We will learn fairy tale vocabulary and use this to retell stories orally and in written form.

We will paint pictures of characters from the stories and write our own character descriptions.

We will retell stories using puppets and in the role play area.

We will create farm small world areas and a vegetable stall/ shop or garden centre.

Our main story will be ‘The gigantic turnip’. We will plant seeds and look at what we need to give them to help them grow. We will use vegetables to print our own pictures. The children can experiment with making shades of paint to match the vegetables.

The children can make observational drawings of the chopped vegetables.

We will look at the art of Giuseppe Arcimboldo . Use vegetables to make collages and floor sculptures or photographs of vegetables to make different pictures

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