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Early Years Team

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Summer 1 2022: Curriculum notes

Summer Term 1 2022

Ticket to ride!

We're off on a train journey! Where will we go? What shall we see? Where in the world do we live? Where is London? Where is Plymouth? This term we will learn about the U.K, the capital city- London along with finding out all about our local area and where we live.


Child-led Planning:

Although we will focus on a theme for some of our enhanced learning. We will also follow the children’s interests and adapt our teaching based on their individual needs and interests.


Key information and dates this term:
Thursdays: Wear Forest School kit into school
Fridays: Wear P.E kit into school
Everyday: Please apply suncream before school when the weather is due to be sunny. Please bring a light/waterproof coat, sunhat, a water bottle and your yellow home learning folder into school.

Secret reader: Every Friday 2.30-3.00 (please email me if you would like to take part and be a surprise reader).
The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Celebration Day: Thursday 26th May

Arts week: Monday 5th June- Friday 9th June


Through the Mastering Number Programme we will be learning to:

  • continue to practise increasingly familiar subitising arrangements, including those which expose ‘1 more’ or ‘doubles’ patterns

  • use subitising skills to enable them to identify when patterns show the same number but in a different arrangement, or when patterns are similar but have a different number

  • subitise structured and unstructured patterns, including those which show numbers within 10, in relation to 5 and 10

  • be encouraged to identify when it is appropriate to count and when groups can be subitised.

  • continue to develop verbal counting to 20 and beyond, including counting from different starting numbers

  • continue to develop confidence and accuracy in both verbal and object counting.

  • explore the composition of 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10.

  • order sets of objects, linking this to their understanding of the ordinal number system.


Speaking and Story time

  • We will share stories from other cultures and traditions and retell a story with actions and / or picture prompts as part of a group
  • Children will be encouraged to use story language when acting out a narrative.
  • They will learn all about rhyming words through games and poems.



We will be using texts as a stimulus:

  • Mr Gumpy’s Outing (Cumulative). Children will report about the animals falling into the water.
  • The train ride (Journey story). Children will retell the story in own words / changing the journey to a city and write a new version using a story map.
  • Children will also have opportunities to write recipes, labels, sentences, captions and lists through continuous provision. Along with writing for a purpose in role play such as telephone messages.
  • Children will be encouraged to use phonetically plausible attempts at words and finger spaces. They will be reminded to form lower-case and capital letters correctly through visual prompts and rhymes. 



You can support your child at home with the home learning resources provided in your child's yellow folder along with reading the e-books on Oxford Owl linked to the phonics teaching in school. 



Read Write Inc Phonics:

This term children will be working within phonics ability groups across Early Years and Key Stage 1, this is based on their most recent phonics assessment.


Their Oxford Owl E-Book and reading homework will match their phonics learning in school. Your child will be working in one of the following groups:

  • Blending Group Mrs Young/Miss Randle

  • Green Group Mrs Weatherston

  • Pink/Orange Group Mrs Baker

  • Yellow Group Mrs Pester

    *Children will read and write everyday during their phonics sessions.


Religious Education

How can we care for our wonderful world? Understand that Christians believe humans are a special part of God’s creation and have a God-given responsibility to care for the incredible world we all share.


SCARF and Worship

We will learn about our new value: Perseverance In our community, every day is a new day. ‘Love always perseveres’ (1 Corinthians 13:7) In our community, we encourage each other to keep on trying. We know that we can ask God to help us with our challenges. During circle time we will learn about Being My Best: developing skills in keeping healthy, developing a growth mindset (resilience), goal-setting & achievement.


Understanding the World

  • Using the story Handa’s Surprise to explore a different country along with virtual calls to Africa.
  • We will discuss how we got to school and what mode of transport we used.
  • Can children talk about their homes and what there is to do near their homes? 
  • Environments – Features of local environment/Maps of local area
  • Comparing places on Google Earth – how are they similar/different?
  • Introduce the children to NASA and America.
  • Visit the local area for a walk.
  • Take a bus journey around Plymouth.


Computer science

We will learn all about how to use data:

  • We will represent data through categorising and sorting objects in unplugged scenarios.
  • Represent data through pictograms.
  • Explore branch databases though physical games.


Expressive arts and design

  • Design and make rockets.
  • Design and make objects they may need in space, thinking about form and function.
  • Learn a traditional African song/ English song then dance and perform to an audience.
  • Encourage children to create their own music.
  • Junk modelling, houses, bridges boats and transport.
  • Exploration of other countries –dressing up in different costumes.
  • Retelling familiar stories.
  • Creating outer of space pictures.


“Let all that you do be done in love” (1 Corinthians 16:14)


Love, Friendship, Thankfulness, Respect, Forgiveness, Perseverance, Trust

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