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St Mary's Roman Catholic Primary School

FS2/ Reception Half Termly 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 start 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

In this half term we will be learning about: Spring; Shrove Tuesday; Ash Wednesday; Lent; St David's Day; St Patrick's Day; Holi; St George's Day; Ramadan; Mother's Day; Easter (Holy Week); May Day; World Book Day and Red Nose Day.


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Once upon a time

Question: Should Goldilocks say sorry?

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


Spring 1 2022

                                                     To infinity and beyond (Space!)


Question: Can we live on the moon?


A friendly Alien has crashed into the school grounds! We will use this opportunity to find out about space to support him to get back home.

We will gather information from fiction and non- fiction books. We will look back in history and learn about the first landing on the moon. We will find out what astronauts wear, and what they take in their rockets!

We will find out about light sources and learn that the moon isn’t a light source!We will use an experiment to find out how craters are made on the moon using cornflour and PVA glue. We will create and paint our own alien characters and think of funny names for them using alliteration. We will describe them to our friends. We will create a large scale moon made from puffy paint.

They will make their own representation of Van Gogh’s- Starry Night. Our space photo booth will give the children the opportunity to dress up and take photos of each other on the Ipad. We will have role-play opportunities to play in our rocket/spaceship dressing up as astronauts and re-enacting a countdown and blast off! We will have small world play opportunities with space rockets and sensory materials to create a lunar landscape with gravel and rocks. We will learn and perform poems and songs such as ‘Twinkle. Twinkle little star’, ‘Five little men in a flying saucer’, ‘Climb aboard the spaceship’, ‘Zoom, zoom, zoom we’re going to the moon’, ‘Come with us in our spaceship’, ‘I see the moon and the moon sees me.’ We will be moving to music and playing percussion instruments to accompany music such as Space Odyssey and Holsts- The Planets.

We will read stories including ‘Aliens love Underpants’ and ‘Whatever Next’. The children will have the opportunity to re-enact the stories, with story sacks and props. our main focus story will be 'Astro Girl'!




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