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 curriculum is planned using a 1-year cycle made up of 3 topics across the 3 terms. The curriculum is progressive in content as well as skills and knowledge. 

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

Advent Term 2021

Brilliant British Authors: Grrr, Beware of the Bears!

Where will your teddy bear travel to?

The children will meet the Three Bears family across four different stories. They will explore The Three Bears house including three different sizes of all household items. They will listen for different environmental sounds with Daddy Bear as he struggles to find a quiet place to sleep. They will fly to the moon with baby bear, creating their own junk model rockets and enjoying a picnic on the moon. Finally, they will deliver different letters across Storybook Land with The Jolly Postman.

Early Years 1 Advent Term Topic Web

Early Years 1 Advent Term Topic Coverage Plan

Lent Term 2022

The Animal Kingdom

What pet would you choose?

Welcome to the 'Real World'...

In this topic the children will enjoy becoming explorers of the big wide world, discovering lots of different animals that live across the world. They will discover animals that would make good pets and those that would not! They will also learn about animals in the wild that need our help as they are currently endangered.

Early Years 1 Lent Term Topic Web

Early Years 1 Lent Term Topic Coverage Plan

Pentecost Term 2022

Minibeasts to Mega Beasts: Come and Meet the Minibeasts...

What is a minibeast?

The children will learn about caterpillars, butterflies, snails and worms through a variety of stories and rhymes. The children will learn about growth over time as they nurture caterpillars and watch as they change into butterflies. The children will explore minibeasts that we have on site in a specially grown minibeast garden and work in teams to build minibeast dens.

Early Years 1 Pentecost Term Topic Web

Early Years 1 Pentecost Term Topic Coverage Plan

 

Early Years 2

Advent Term 2021

Brilliant British Authors: Mystery, Wonder, Magic and Sparkle

Who will we meet in the deep dark wood?

The children will be immersed into a world of storytelling as they learn to retell the story of The Gruffalo, wonder why and where the owl babies mother has gone (Owl Babies), help out the witch with a new magic spell (Room on the Broom) and enjoy the magic and sparkle of Christmas.

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

Lent Term 2022

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

Early Years 2 Lent Term Topic Coverage Plan

Pentecost Term 2022

Minibeasts to Mega Beasts: Long, long ago lived Magnificent Beasts...

What is a mega beast?

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.

Early Years 2 Pentecost Term Topic Web

Early Years 2 Pentecost Term Topic Coverage Plan