Year R Curriculum

At Shirley Infants we teach a creative curriculum which covers literacy and the foundation subjects, as outlined in the curriculum topic overviews for each term in this section.

In addition, we teach discrete Numeracy, Phonics, PSHE and P.E sessions, handwriting, music throughout every term.

MOOT (Manage Our Own Time) sessions in which children choose their own learning covering all seven areas of learning are also an important feature of Year R provision in our school.

Please click on the link below to view the notes from our Year R Curriculum Workshops.

Year R Curriculum Workshop Notes

  TOPIC KEY WORD BANKS Autumn 1
This is Me and 
Let's Learn with Harry
 
Autumn 2
Once Long Ago and Christmas
Literacy
Reading ‘Harry’ stories
Mark making and emergent writing
Labels and name writing
Simple word writing
 

Lists and labels

Word and caption writing

Verbal story writing

Understanding the World
ICT – Digital cameras, ipads and introduction to ICT           
 
History – All about me 
 
Science- Changes (clay)
 
Construction and small world play
 
ICT – Mouse and keyboard skills

History- Old and new toys, talking about past & present events and home learning old and new buildings
 
RE – Christmas
 
Construction and small world play
 
Expressive Art and Design

Art and DT- Exploring different media

Music - Listening to and creating sounds

Responsing to music through movement

Art and DT- designing and making toys and instruments
 
Using a range of percussion instruments to create and change sounds.
 
   Spring 1
Adventure Bay and Pirates
 
Spring 2
Apple Tree Farm and Easter
Literacy
Labelling maps, lists, letter writing, hospital role play day

 
Lists, caption and sentences, recount, making books (home learning)
Understanding the World ICT- Programmable toys and beebots

Science - Push and pull forces
 
RE - Jesus as a storyteller
 
Construction and small world play
 
ICT - Programming Beebots, Internet Safety

Geography - Mapping, habitats, similarities and differences 
 
Science - Animals and their young, growth and living, home learning
 
RE - New Life

Construction and small world play
 
Expressive Art and Design Art and DT- Junk modelling vehicles

Music - Exploring dynamics and sound patterns
 
Art and DT- Collaging

Music - Rhythm, tempo and duration
 
   Summer 1
Let's Pretend
Summer 2
Rumble in the Jungle & To Infinity & Beyond
Literacy

Labelling, sequencing, speech bubbles, captions and 
sentences, letter writing and storyroads, hotseating, recounts, role play

Beginning story writing
 

Letter writing, posters, sequence writing

Instruction Writing

Understanding the World
ICT- Paint programes and simple word processing
 
Science –  Hawthorn Centre trip: living things
 
RE- Special clothing
 
Construction and small world play
ICT- Presenting information using sound, video and images
 
Science- Come Outside Day
 
Geography – Similarities and differences in contrasting environments
 
RE- Raksha Bandhan
 
Construction and small world play
 
Expressive Art and Design Art and DT - printing, paer mache


Music - nursery rhymes, pitch and dynamics
Art and DT - clay animals and home learning, 
materials, weaving and collage

Music - Using simple grafic notation to create compositions