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

St Mary's Roman Catholic Primary School

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EYFS Long Term Topic Overview Cycle A 2020-21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Space

Question: What can we see in the sky?

In this topic, we will start our learning through stories including ‘Aliens love Underpants’ and ‘Whatever Next’. The children will have the opportunity to re-enact the stories, with story sacks and props.

We will use non-fiction texts and computers to find out about space, focusing on Earth, the sun, moon and stars, and planets.  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 be writing lists of things we would take to the moon and in a rocket, and make information posters about space. We will learn about speech and thought bubbles and write these for the story characters.

There will be opportunities for creative activities, with the children creating and making their own aliens and underpants, and a shared large scale moon. They will make their own representation of Van Gogh’s- Starry Night.

We will find out about light sources and learn that the moon isn’t a light source!

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’.

We will be moving to music and playing percussion instruments to accompany music such as Space Odyssey and Holsts- The Planets.

The children can use their keyboard skills to complete space jigsaws, counting and measurement games, play space music and songs and watch/ read information about space. Our space photo booth will give the children the opportunity to dress up and take photos of each other on the Ipad.

 

Cold Places

Question: Is it colder in the Arctic or the Antarctic?

In this topic we will start by learning about cold weather in England and what we need to wear to keep warm. We will then focus our learning on the Arctic and Antarctic. We will look at where it is, who lives there, what grows there, what the climate is like and what animals we find there.

We will make lists of the different animals, and write facts such as 'Polar bears eat fish', or 'Arctic Foxes eat fish and eggs' etc. We will find out about different types of penguins, and we will label parts of its body.

We will read stories about penguins and write about the story of 'Henry's Holiday'.

If you would like to help us with our topic, please send in any snow/ cold weather/ Arctic/ Antarctic resources you have e.g. books, snow carpets, plastic animals, spare hats and gloves, cuddly toys etc.

 

Chinese New Year February 2020

Question: Why is it the Year of the Rat?

We will be finding out about Chinese New Year. We will be tasting some Chinese Food, listening to Chinese music, and reenacting the dragon dance. We will find out about the story of the animals race and how Chinese people celebrate New Year.

 

 

 

Diwali

Question: Why are there fireworks at Diwali?

In this topic we will be finding out about Diwali, why and how it is celebrated and by whom? We will be wearing our own, brightly coloured clothes for school. We will be making special Diwali biscuits and decorating them in bright colours. We will be recreating mendhi patterns on hand silhouettes.

Autumn

Question: How do we know it is Autumn?

In this topic the children will find out about the 4 seasons and learn that we are now in the season of Autumn. They will look at leaves, and talk about the change in colour from spring and summer to now. They will learn that the weather gets colder in Autumn and have the opportunity to check and record the temperature. They will find out about animals who hibernate in winter, and how they prepare for this in autumn.

The children will mix autumn colours, oranges and browns. They will print using leaves, pine cones and conkers, and draw and paint trees, hedgehogs and squirrels. They will make a clay hedgehog and use techniques and equipment to make its spikes.

The children will learn autumn songs such as ‘Autumn leaves are falling down’ etc.

Me, Myself and I

Question: What makes me special?

In this topic we are learning about ourselves, our families, our feelings and our new friends.

The children will talk about themselves and their families using photographs and objects from home to help them. They will share a photo from a family occasion, supporting them to talk about a past event. A visit from a new mum and her baby will give the children the opportunity to talk about how they grow from babies, will allow them an opportunity to ask questions and talk about how they grow, changes in their bodies and abilities etc.

The children will talk about their favourite food, which food is healthy and which is unhealthy. They will make fruit kebabs, making a list of the fruit we need, and the instructions we will need to follow.

The children will come to school in sportswear and engage in a sports activity.

This will be an opportunity to talk about what they should do if they have a toileting accident at school.

They will talk about hygiene- washing their hands and brushing their teeth.

The children will find out about what makes them special e.g. ‘I am good at dancing, swimming, skipping, riding a bike etc. They will learn to take turns in circle time and talk about favourite food, who lives in their house, what they like to watch on tv etc.

They will talk about their feelings, what makes them happy, sad, angry etc.

They will have the opportunity to find and read their names every day. They will practice writing their names, or initial sounds, each day. The teacher will scribe words, captions and sentences for the children.

The children will be painting and drawing pictures of themselves, their families and their friends. They will learn how to mix colours to make their favourite one. They will be supported to choose appropriate colours for their drawings and paintings.

The children will share and sing their favourite songs and talk about why they like it.

They will learn a variety of songs and hymns and accompany their singing with their body percussion.

 

 

 

Cold Places January 2019

In this topic we are learning about cold weather in England and what we need to wear to keep warm. We will then focus our learning on the Arctic and Antarctic. We will look at where it is, who lives there, what grows there, what the climate is like and what animals we find there.

We will make lists of the different animals, and write facts such as 'Polar bears eat fish', or 'Arctic Foxes eat fish and eggs' etc. We will find out about different types of penguins, and we will label parts of its body.

We will read stories about penguins and write about the story of 'Henry's Holiday'.

If you would like to help us with our topic, please send in any snow/ cold weather/ Arctic/ Antarctic resources you have e.g. books, snow carpets, plastic animals, spare hats and gloves, cuddly toys etc.

 

 

Chinese New Year February 2019

We will be finding out about Chinese New Year. We will be tasting some Chinese Food, listening to Chinese music, and reenacting the dragon dance. We will find out about the story of the animals race and how Chinese people celebrate New Year.

Transport Spring 2019

We will be finding out about different types of transport. We will make lists of vehicles that we find in the air, the sea and on land. We will learn about emergency vehicles and people who help us. To keep us safe, we will learn about road safety. We will have a visit from the lollipop man and will have the opportunity to ask him questions.

We will play in role play areas such as a garage, building and mending bikes. We will develop small world areas together, such as a construction site and a farm.

We will listen to a number of stories such as a 'Duck on a truck' and 'Mr Gumpy's Outing'. We will have the opportunity to write thank you cards, postcards, poems, and make posters.

We will make our own junk model vehicles including cars and boats. We will build ramps and measure the distances that our vehicles can travel. We will find investigate floating and sinking and construct our own boats which we will then test out.

We are hoping to be able to view a variety of vehicles such as a tractor and a motorbike. We hope to end our topic with an exciting trip! We will tell you more about that nearer to the time!

   

Easter Spring 2019

We will find out about Shrove Tuesday, and enjoy a pancake! We will find out about Lent and following our Ash Wednesday service we will make Lenten promises which we will display on our altars. We will learn about Palm Sunday, and make our own palm leaves and sing the song 'We have a king who rides a donkey'. We will re-enact the story of the Last Supper, with bread and wine (juice). FS2 will write their own Easter story in a booklet and be encouraged to write the story, independently. We will learn the song 'Jesus died with arms out wide' in preparation for our Holy Week Prayer Service with Father James.

 

How does your garden grow? Summer 2019
 
Question: What do plants need to grow?
In this topic, we will learn about things that grow. We will sort seeds, bulbs and plug plants and have the opportunity to plant some of these. We will be shown how to use different tools and have the opportunity to use these. We will find out what plants need to grow and experiment by not giving some of them water, light or both.
We will plant our own seeds and record what we see. We will make lists of instructions for another child to follow when planting, and captions to explain how to look after our seeds/ plants.
We will take photographs of our plants and talk about what we see and know.
We will find out information about growing, garden centres etc. through sharing experiences, reading books and getting information from computers. We will sequence stories we have heard and talk about the beginning, middle and end. We will retell narratives using vocabulary we have read and heard.
We will play and learn in role play and small world areas, learning and using new vocabulary and acting out storylines we have learned and roles we have observed.
We will draw and paint flowers and paints, and make our own props such as plant pots, plants and tools.
 
                                                      
 

Minibeasts

Question: What do minibeasts need to survive?

In this topic we will find out about different minibeasts. We will make lists of all the minibeasts we can think of, and then we will add to our list any more that we find out about or see on our bug hunt.
We will focus on a few minibeasts in more detail, such as snails and worms. 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 make factfiles and write our own non-fiction books. We will read stories about minibeasts such as ‘The very hungry caterpillar’ 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 have the opportunity to play in the small world and role play areas, using the vocabulary they have learned.
They will have the opportunity to make their own minibeasts out of clay, playdough and junk modelling materials.
They will draw and paint a variety of minibeasts for display.

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