Early Years Curriculum


Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right. Good parenting and high quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets out the standards that all early years’ providers must meet to ensure that children not only learn and develop well, but are also kept healthy and safe.  It promotes teaching and learning and gives children a broad range of knowledge and skills which provide the right foundations for future progress – throughout school and life. 

Topic Maps 2019/20

Early Years Foundation Stage

Autumn 1
Topic – All about me
Autumn 2
Topic – Christmas and Celebrations
and Language
  • Encouraging conversation with others
  • Use of social conventions
  • Making needs known/ taking messages to others
  • Following simple instructions and rules of the school
  • Cross curricular circle times
  • Children are given the opportunity to respond to others
  • Circle times continued
  • Learning to change and dress independently
  • Write Dance / parachute and circle games
  • Using malleable materials
  • Tracing plus other fine motor skills, threading, peg boards and scissor skill activities
  • Using the apparatus safely and carefully
  • Dance and building up upper body strength in preparation for Kinetic Letters and fine motor control
  • Scissor skills and activities
  • SEAL – New Beginnings – My new class and me – celebrations about each child
  • Role play – The Home. We explore a different yet familiar event each week – baking day, wash day, a birthday party
  • Learning the names of others through circle time activities
  • Building relationships through play and in activities where turn taking and sharing are necessary
  • Introduce Class rules and routines of the school day
  • British Values – the rule of law /class rules
  • Sharing things that are special to me
  • Role play – A church / Grandma’s cottage / The Post Office/ Toy shop
  • Stranger danger – keeping, ourselves safe as the nights get longer
  • SEAL – Good to be me
  • People who help us
  • Reading – Introduce reading books initially without text. When the children are ready, we introduce words.
  • Keywords (these are checked weekly). Phonics – teach letter sounds and begin simple word building, starting with Phase 2 and listening skills
  • Rhyming activities
  • Writing – Opportunities for emergent writing in role play
  • Daily name card practise
  • Writing opportunities linked to phonics
  • News writing
  • Zig Zag books
  • Kinetic letters – letters that snuggle
  • Reading – Key vocabulary and simple sentences
  • Pie Corbett Traditional Tales and Phonics – Letter sounds continued – reading / writing and links with other areas of the curriculum
  • Retelling and sequencing stories through use of puppets and role play
  • Rhyming strings
  • Writing – Writing captions and simple sentences using sounds knowledge. Opportunity for free emergent writing.
  • Reading simple captions and sentences
  • Learning about the value of each number, what it looks like in many different ways
  • Number – Sorting, matching, working with numbers to 10 and counting and making sets of objects reliably
  • Sing mathematical songs
  • More/ less ordering
  • Introduce Numicon
  • Shape, space, measures – Exploring shape – 2D and 3D naming and using language to describe properties
  • Making pictures, sorting and constructing. Symmetry.
  • Number – Work with numbers to 10, 1 more / less money
  • Shape, space and, measures – Length and weight – Ordering sizes and learning comparative language
  • Pattern – recognising and making simple repeating patterns
  • Positional and directional language. Introduce bee bots for directional language. Simple routes – giving and following instructions.
the World
  • RE – Who am I and where do I belong?
  • UW – Naming and labelling body parts. Healthy Eating. Body songs. Baking. Looking at similarities, differences and changes.
  • Autumn walk
  • ICT – Learn pads linked to weekly planning and topics
  • Letters to familiarise with key
  • Circle times about families / interests
  • WOW books
  • History – past and present events in their own lives
  • RE – Why do we have Celebrations?
  • UW – Sorting to specified and own criteria.
  • Looking at Witley and what makes a village. Comparing with other places in the area.
  • ICT – Learn pads, Bee Bots and technology in and around the home
  • The Post Office – Trip to local Post Office to post Christmas cards
Arts and Design
  • Free creative table
  • Self-portrait, construction and model
  • Music – Music Express and Charanga
  • Jolly Phonics songs – All About Me songs
  • Role play / free painting and materials table
  • Observational drawing
  • Art and craft around Christmas and celebrations
  • Firework picture and collage
  • Role play
  • Puppet theatre
  • Free creative table
Spring 1
Topic – Healthy Living – food and eating
Spring 2
Topic – Healthy Living – growing and changing.
and Language
  • Encouraging conversation with others
  • Use of social conventions
  • Making needs known/ taking messages to others
  • Extend vocabulary
  • As Spring 1
  • Write dance Val Sabin -Dance
  • Elmer lacing cards. Ongoing fine motor skills – Tracing, letter formation, cutting skills
  • Write Dance – Gym
  • Ongoing – tracing/ cutting / fine motor activities
  • Model making with recyclable materials
  • People who help us
  • Role Play – Week 1 / 2 Colour Lab and Dark Tent
  • SEAL – Going for Goals
  • Talk about New Year resolutions (goals for the year)
  • Talk about achievements the children have made over their first term at school
  • Road safety
  • British values – Democracy. Children to join school council.
  • Growing and changing
  • RE – What makes something special?
  • Role play – The hospital. The train/ boat / plane. The garden centre. The vets.
  • Science lab
  • Keeping safe by the road
  • Following rules
  • Healthy eating – planting and growing
  • Looking after our pets
  • British values – Mutual respect
  • Elmer Stories. Noah’s Ark. Colour poems. Split for phonics groups.
  • Writing
  • Chinese New Year story
  • Sequencing stories
  • Weekend news
  • Books Jaspers Beanstalk / Handa’s Surprise / Oliver’s Fruit Salad /The Giants Stew
  • Writing
  • News writing / creative stories
  • Dictated sentences
  • Labelling
  • Phonics groups
  • Number 1 more / less working with number tracks
  • Weigh / vocabulary (direct comparison)
  • Number formation
  • Numicon
  • Addition / vocabulary / ordinal numbers / missing numbers
  • Shape, space and measures
  • Shape names/ sorting shape pictures
  • Patterns in the environment / repeating patterns
  • Subtraction
  • Shape, space and measures
  • Length – ordering 3 or more objects / vocabulary
  • 2D/3D shape
  • Weight / vocabulary
  • Problem solving / sharing
  • Simple data handling / tally charts
  • Money
  • Number
  • Doubling
  • Time
  • Addition / subtraction
the World
  • RE – What makes a place special?
  • Developing language to describe materials
  • Sorting according to given and own criteria
  • UW
  • Chinese New Year
  • People who help us
  • The weather / testing materials for water resistance
  • Light and dark
  • Visits from emergency services personnel
  • ICT – Drawing program / phonics resources
  • RE – What makes our world wonderful?
  • SEAL – Good to be me
  • Looking at and making own maps
  • Easter
  • UW
  • Journeys – near and far
  • Space
  • Transport – compare past and present transport
  • Growing seeds. Keeping a seed diary. Observations similarities / differences.
  • Spring walk – What happens to flowers / trees/ ponds / animals in Spring? Investigate seeds
  • Animals and their young. Farm to visit school.
  • ICT – Drawing program and Bee Bots
Arts and Design
  • Surrey Arts Music – Everyone
  • Fluorescent colours
  • Colour mixing, making shades
  • Colour books
  • People who help us and emergency vehicles painting
  • Chinese New Year craft
  • Music – Music express
  • Observational drawing
  • Art and craft around Christmas and celebrations
  • Firework picture and collage
  • Role play
  • Puppet theatre
  • Free creative table
Summer 1
Topic – Animals and mini beasts
Summer 2
Topic – Healthy Living – growing and changing
and Language
  • Talk partners news / guess what’s in the box?
  • Questions – Why and how?
  • Pie Corbett – Going on a Bear Hunt / Thre Little Pigs – Hot seating / drama
  • Talk partners / guess what’s in the box?
  • Questions – Why and how?
  • Explanations
  • Ongoing fine motor skill activities
  • Outdoor games / dance – The Bear Hunt
  • Ongoing fine motor skill activities
  • Outdoor games/ ball skills – aiming, throwing /catching
  • Pirate week – work outs – polar/ desert/ rainforest / underwater
  • My special people
  • Role play – The vets / mini beast world/ pet shop/ Percy the Park Keeper
  • RE– What makes our world wonderful?
  • Safety in the kitchen
  • SEAL– Fair and unfair
  • British Values – Individual liberty
  • Being involved / moving on
  • Role play – travel agents / aeroplane / beach shop / lighthouse
  • SEAL – changes
  • RE – What makes a place special?
  • Keeping healthy
  • British Values – Tolerance
  • Books – Snail and the Whale, Aaargh Spider, Yucky Worms, Animal tracks
  • Three Little Pigs – Recite in the style of Pie Corbett
  • Writing.
  • Writing with word banks / targets
  • Writing familiar stories and traditional tales
  • Dictated sentences
  • Superhero / creative Writing
  • Writing a letter
  • Rhyme
  • Books – 123 Off to the Sea. Who Sank the Boat?
  • Writing
  • Labelling
  • News writing
  • Non fiction writing
  • Number
  • Number tracks
  • Addition and subtraction
  • Number formation
  • Shape, space and measures
  • 3D Shapes –build / sort / investigate
  • Capacity – problem solving and ordering containers. Doubling / halving sharing. Real life problems.
  • Number. Ordering numbers / ordinal numbers /sharing missing numbers.
  • Shape, space and measures
  • Capacity / addition / subtraction / problem solving
  • Positional language – Counting in 2s and 10s. Repeating patterns – continue a pattern.
  • Weight – problem solving length
  • 2D / 3D Shapes – properties vocabulary
  • Time
the World
  • RE – Is the World a fair place?
  • Creation
  • Houses around the world and animal homes / climates
  • Sorting animals according to home climate
  • Texture – sorting
  • Local walk – observe local house – look for similarities / differences. Minibeasts – butterfly life cycle. Watch caterpillars change into butterflies.
  • Local visit for mini beast hunt
  • ICT – Drawing program / Bee Bots
  • History – Past and present events in their own lives and those of their family
  • RE – What can we learn from stories? Noah’s Ark.
  • Water and holes and floating and sinking
  • Blowing bubbles investigation / dissolving investigation
  • The seaside – make a boat that will float
  • ICT – Create a picture using picture banks
arts and design
  • Music Express
  • Create a textured house (model making). Make 3 Little Pigs Home.
  • Textured sewing
  • Texture – combining to create pictures
  • Minibeast sculpture
  • Painting pictures of homes
  • Music Express – Reflect, rewind and replay
  • Design a shoe box home
  • Bubble pictures
  • Reflection pictures – symmetry
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