Autumn term 2021
The EYFS curriculum is divided into seven different areas of learning and development which are all important and inter-connected. These are;
Prime areas: (We particularly focus on these three three prime areas, as these lay the foundations for success in the other areas of learning).
*Communication and language,
*Personal, social and emotional development,
*Understanding the World
*Expressive Arts and Design.
As a Catholic school, we also teach RE.
Communication and Language
The development of children’s spoken language underpins all seven areas of learning and development.
This area involves developing Listening, Attention and Understanding and Speaking.
Examples of learning within this area include: listening to stories, talking to others, understanding instructions such as ‘Get your coat and wait by the door’ and asking and answering simple questions. Children will have lots of opportunities to extend their spoken language by using talk in their play such as saying “Let’s go on the bus”, “You can sit there” and “What would you like for dinner?”.
This area involves Gross motor skills and Fine motor skills.
Examples of learning activities the children will doing at school within this area include: developing movement and balance by riding scooters and bikes and developing ball skills. Using the play village and climbing equipment will also help to develop children’s gross motor skills. We will also help children to develop their self-help skills and learning to become independent by learning how to put their coats on and use zips and buttons. They will also learn about making healthy choices about food, drink, exercise and how to look after our teeth.
Personal and Social Development (PSED)
This area involves developing Self-regulation, Managing self and Building relationships.
Examples of learning in this particular area include: children developing in confidence, beginning to understand how to manage their feelings and forming friendships with their peers. We will support the children with this by modelling how to play and share resources, supporting children to make new friendships and how to solve problems they may come across in their play. We will also provide opportunities for circle times and games where children will learn to take turns and talk about how they feel.
This area involves Comprehension, Word Reading and Writing.
It is crucial for children to develop a life-long love of reading.
To develop language comprehension children will have lots of opportunities to take part in extended conversations about the stories they hear and also learn new vocabulary. To develop word reading children will be taught that print can have many different purposes and is not just seen in books. Children will learn the names for different parts of the book and how to handle books correctly to help them understand sequencing. Children will also develop their phonological awareness.
In writing children will use their print and letter knowledge in their early writing through their play by writing for a range of purposes. For example when writing shopping lists, birthday cards or labelling a picture they have drawn.
Autumn CLPE texts and topics
We use high quality core texts, recommended by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE), to support our learning across all areas of the curriculum. We work with each text for approximately three weeks, before moving on to the next one. In Autumn 1 our topic will be space/travel and our CLPE text will be ‘Naughty Bus’ by Jan and Jerry Oke. In Autumn 2 we will move on to a topic about bears and the text we will use to support this will be ‘A Brave Bear’ by Sean Taylor, and ‘The Everywhere Bear’ by Julia Donaldson.
‘Naughty Bus’ by Jan and Jerry Oke.
The book tells the story of a young boy who receives a toy bus as a present and has great fun exploring the world with his new toy which turns out to be quite a naughty bus – or is it the boy being naughty?!! This is a very unusual picture book with a story told through close up photography and mainly narrated by the toy bus. Very cleverly recreating children’s imaginative play this book is great fun to share with your child and to use as a springboard for their own play ideas. The children will be exploring transport and travelling and they will get the opportunity to make their own buses, learn about bus routes and look at maps of the local area.
This area involves Number and Numerical patterns.
In the Autumn term we will be looking closely at numbers 1-3. We will begin this by using the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’, where children will act out the story, have an opportunity to create their own houses which the can number and make their own characters from the story.
We will also link our maths learning to our topic work about travel. Children will be investigating numbers in the environment such as on the front of buses and houses and ordering numbers from smallest to largest. They will also begin to learn about one more and one less in role play when passengers get on and off the bus.
Understanding the World
This area involves learning about Past and present; People, culture and Communities; and The natural World.
Children will talk about their own families, learn about different occupations, understand that there are different countries in the world and develop positive attitudes about the differences between people. They will learn about the natural world, looking at life cycles of plants and animals and understand the need to respect and care for the natural environment and living things.
Expressive arts and design
This area involves Creating with materials and Being imaginative and expressive.
Children can express themselves by selecting their own resources whether it be through the media of music, dance, art or role-play. They will use different materials and textures to express themselves and experiment with colour mixing. Children will also have the opportunity to use their imagination to create their own ‘small world’ scenes using building blocks and constructions and act out different emotions in their play.
We use the Come and See scheme of work to teach R.E.
The topics taught over the year are: Myself, Welcome, Birthday, Celebrating, Gathering, Growing, Good News, Friends and Our World.
We also learn about other faiths with weeks throughout the year teaching about Judaism and Islam.
In R.E lessons this term our topics will be Myself, Welcome, Birthdays and Judaism.
Myself: Children will learn about themselves, their names and their own feelings when they are called by their name. Children will learn names of their peers in their class and that we are all loved by God.
Welcome: Children will learn about their own and others experiences and feelings of being welcomed into different groups. We will talk about how we welcome people into a family before moving on to learning about how people are welcomed into God’s family through Baptism.
Birthdays: We will start this topic by discovering what a birthday is and how it may be celebrated. We will then learn about Advent, when people get ready for the birthday of Jesus at Christmas.
Judaism: Children will learn about a special days. We will talk about special days that we have and then we will learn about a special Jewish celebration called Hanukkah, The Feast of Lights. We will listen to the story of the oil lamp in the Temple and why Jewish people celebrate this special day.
Catholic Social Teaching
Throughout the year, OLM focuses on different elements of Catholic Social Teaching (CST). Each month we look at a different value and discuss what each one means:
September- We are Called to Live as Family and Community
October- Rights and Responsibilities
November- Promotion of Peace
December- No CST- focus on Advent
February- An Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
March- The Dignity of the Human Person
April- No CST- focus on Lent
May- The Dignity and Rights of Workers
June- We are Called to Stewardship
How to help at home
You can support your child with the early stages of reading, writing and mathematics by:
- Continuing to encourage an enjoyment of books, stories and poems; reading and sharing the class library text sent home and by visiting the local library.
- Continuing to encourage your child to join in with rhymes and songs.
- Continuing to provide your child with a variety of writing equipment to encourage drawing and writing skills, encouraging your child to give meanings to the marks that they make.
- counting everyday items such as biscuits or solving simple problems like sharing out food.