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

EYFS Long Term Topic Overview Cycle A 2020-21

Summer 1 2021

(Please download the Summer 1 curriculum document at the bottom of the page.)

Theme: Errol's Garden/ How does your garden grow?

In this topic the children will be finding out what plants and flowers need to grow. 

They will receive a letter from Errol telling them how much he loves to grow plants and asking that they grow a sunflower each. We will read the story of ‘Errol’s garden' to help us to decide what to do with our seeds. We will investigate different seeds and then chop up fruit to find their seeds. We will make fruit kebabs with our favourite fruits and watch a video clip about plants we eat. 

The children will have the opportunity to plant their own bulbs and seeds and to search for and watch other plants grow. They will label plants pointing out different parts i.e. roots, stem, leaves. They will decorate a plant pot and then plant their seed carefully.

We will read a variety of books such as ‘Ten seeds’ by Eric Carle, ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’, ‘The Gigantic Turnip’ etc. and learn rhymes such as ‘Mary, Mary, quite contrary…’.

Personal, Social & Emotional Development

Pupils will be taught to:

  • Understand the importance of keeping safe in the sun
  • Understand the importance of stewardship of God’s beautiful creation
  • Understand and consider other children’s feelings 
  • Talk about what makes them happy/ sad/ worry
  • Take turns and share

Communication & Language

Pupils will be taught to:

  • Follow a story without pictures or props
  • Listen to a variety of stories such as: Ten seeds by Eric Carle; Jasper’s Beanstalk; The Gigantic turnip; Grandpa’s garden; Lulu’s flowers; Anna’s hibiscus song etc.
  • Follow instructions 
  • Talk about plants and flowers they observe
  • Speak in a small group

Physical Development

Pupils will be taught to:

  • Hold and use scissors effectively
  • Hold a pencil correctly and trace over pencil play activities
  • Form letters correctly focusing on the first letter of their name
  • Hold and use gardening tools effectively
  • Move in different ways/ speeds (athletics)


Pupils will be taught to:

  • Listen to and respond to stories related to growing, life cycles and the seasons i.e. Ten seeds by Eric Carle; Jasper’s Beanstalk; The Gigantic turnip; Grandpa’s garden; Lulu’s flowers; Anna’s hibiscus song etc.
  • Continue to do daily phonics which includes oral blending and letter recognition. (Specific sounds will be shared with you via dojo and the weekly newsletter. Letters will be taught in this order: m a s d t I n p g o c k u b f e l h)
  • Daily name recognition
  • Pencil play activities 
  • Focus on name writing


Pupils will be taught to:

  • Use language such a tall, short, full and empty, heavy and light, big and small
  • Count sets of objects accurately
  • Match numerals to sets of objects
  • Focus on recognising numbers to 10
  • Focus on recognising different representations of amounts e.g. fingers on hands, spots on dice
  • Order numbers to 5
  • Count forwards and backwards within 10 (and beyond)
  • Use the language more and less

Understanding the World 

Pupils will be taught to:

  • Understand what plants and flowers needs to grow and what we need to do to help them to grow
  • Investigate the natural environment
  • Sort seeds and cut up fruit to find seeds
  • Talk about their favourite fruit and make their own fruit kebab
  • Grow and take care of their own flowers
  • Discuss their observations after watching selected video clips and observing nature
  • Talk about the daily weather 

Expressive Arts & Design

Pupils will be taught:

  • To make flowers using different materials
  • To draw/ paint flowers using their observational skills
  • To make a shared wax, resist picture of a flower
  • To use different fruits and vegetables for printing and painting
  • Songs related to growing
  • To move in different ways to a variety of music (using BBC Playtime programmes to support: Summer is here; Out in the garden; bicycle
  • To play cooperatively as part of a group to act out roles and parts in our ‘garden centre/fruit and veg shop’ & dinosaur small world.





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