EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE

We consider ourselves a 'Storytelling Early Years Unit' as our main focus throughout your child's time in our Early Years Unit is, storytelling. We use the Talk for Writing approach to motivate and excite the children into a world of storytelling which is filled with the best opportunities to develop their Early Education skills.

Early Years Curriculum Intent:

The children in Early Years at St. Bernadette’s are entitled to a curriculum which provides them with the knowledge, skills and understanding to achieve the Good Level of Development. In order to achieve this, our curriculum develops a love of learning through knowledge building, independent exploration, direct teaching and enjoyment.

We strive to develop the children’s vocabulary through a curriculum that is rooted in the highest quality children’s literature. Specially selected stories and non-fiction texts form the basis of our unique curriculum. We seek to provide the children with a balance of real life and fantasy which provides the best opportunities for the children in our care to develop their knowledge, skills and imagination.

Our children come from diverse backgrounds and starting points and we aim to celebrate each individual and provide them with the education which they deserve, building upon what they already know and taking these skills and knowledge to new heights. We promote every individual within Early Years and our progressive curriculum encourages positive relationships between adults & children and children & children, develops team work, persistence, appreciation of others and independence.

Our curriculum intends to provide enriched experiences which take the children in Early Years outside of their indoor and outdoor classrooms. Meeting people and professionals from all walks of life, giving them an appreciation and understanding of the world around them.

Guided by our literature based topics; Reading, Writing and Mathematics are strong threads throughout our curriculum and we highly appreciate that direct teaching in these areas provides our children with the best education and understanding in these learning areas.

Please take a look at our Early Years Curriculum Overview. Our Nursery (EY1) curriculum is planned using a 2-year cycle as some of our children are part of Class 1 for 5 terms, our Reception (EY2) curriculum is planned using a 1 year cycle which is repeated each year.

Included on our Curriculum Overview are the trips/ visitors/ experiences that we are currently planning for the children - these are subject to change depending on availability/ new experiences opening/ children's interests.

Early Years Curriculum Overview

Early Years 1 Cycle B

Advent Term 2020

Harvest

Who lives and works on a farm?

The children will explore how to be a good friend and how important it is to help others - unlike the animals in the story of The Little Red Hen. The children will also learn about life on a farm and how farmers have an important job particularly at harvest time to ensure we all have lots of fruit and vegetables which provide us with a healthy balanced diet.

Lent Term 2021

Who's afraid of the big, bad wolf?

What material would you use to build a house?

Overview coming soon...

Pentecost Term 2021

Grrr, Beware of the Bears!

Who lives here?

Overview coming soon...

Lots of Birds and Rhyming Words...

Can the sky fall down?

Overview coming soon...

Early Years 1 Cycle A

Advent Term 2021

Harvest

Who lives and works on a farm?

The children will explore how to be a good friend and how important it is to help others - unlike the animals in the story of The Little Red Hen. The children will also learn about life on a farm and how farmers have an important job particularly at harvest time to ensure we all have lots of fruit and vegetables which provide us with a healthy balanced diet.

Please take a look at our Class Blog (Class Pages) for more exciting curriculum content.

Lent Term 2022

Trip, Trap, Who's That?

Can you build a safe bridge for the billy goats?

During the Lent term, the nursery children will explore the story of ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’ using the Talk for Writing approach. The children will be learning about different kinds of goats, and the places where they live. They will take part in lots of creative activities including making their own troll using different media and materials. They will discover their problem solving skills and resilience as they investigate a variety of materials, working out which will be the strongest to make a bridge.

Early Years 1 Lent Term Topic Web

Pentecost Term 2022

Big, Huge, Enormous!

Is a vegetable a plant?

Overview coming soon...

If you go down to the woods today...

Is that Granny?

Overview coming soon...

 

Early Years 2 (1 Cycle, repeated each year)

Advent Term 2020

Mystery, Mischief and Magic

Who has purple prickles, super powers and a tall black hat? The main characters of the exciting stories we are learning about through our first topic of the year!

The children will be immersed into a world of storytelling as they learn to retell the story of The Gruffalo, create their own super vegetables (Supertato) and  help out the witch with a new magic spell (Room on the Broom).

Take a look at our Class blogs (Class Pages) for more exciting curriculum content.

Squelch, Splat, Stuck!

Can the animals solve the problem?

Get ready, to get muddy! The children will be exploring mud as they discover a poor little piglet who gets stuck in the mud. They will be hands on with real mud as they squelch their way through a variety of textures in order to create their own muddy poems, artwork and more!

Lent Term 2021

The Animal Kingdom

 Where in the world do these animals live?

Welcome to the 'Real World'...

In this topic the children will enjoy becoming explorers of the big wide world. They will learn about life in Antarctica, The Arctic and Africa. They will compare and contrast wildlife of different continents and their life with life in Africa. Throughout this topic the children will learn real life facts, an important skill to aid memory and understanding of the real world.

Early Years 2 Lent Term Topic Web

Pentecost Term 2021

Long, long ago lived Magnificent Beasts...

 Are they real?

A perfect balance of real life and fantasy is embedded throughout this topic. The children will explore real life at sea and the fantasy life of Pirate Pete and the magical islands he sails to in search of gold treasure! After treasure hunts and how we can save our sealife; this topic moves onto the magnificent fantasy world of dragons and the historical world of dinosaurs.