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St Albert The Great Catholic Primary School
October 8 2016

FS1 Curriculum

Governors At St Albert The Great

In our Foundation Stage Unit our FS1 (Nursery) and FS2 (Reception) children work alongside each other. We split across two carpets areas for our morning prayer, disco dough, and welcome song.  We then have phonics in groups so we can focus our learning on phase 1 and phase 2 and phase 3 activities.  In the EYFS we focus on learning through play.  Our timetable is a balance of adult led and Child Initiated activities covering all 7 areas of development;

Personal Social and Emotional Development

 Communication and Language

Physical Development

Literacy, Mathematics

Understanding of the World

Expressive Arts and Design 

As a ‘unit’ we do have our daily routine of things we do each day.  These include:

  • Our ‘Daily Mile’ which is a great way to keep us fit and healthy
  • ‘Disco Dough’ to help develop our fine motor skills
  • Planned ‘Adult focus’ and ‘Independent’ group activities
  • ‘Snack Station’ during Child Initiated Learning time. We encourage the children to access their healthy snack independently and sit together while they eat 
  • ‘Child Initiated Learning’ where the children have time to select resources independently and embed all the learning they have been doing.
  • Daily Phonics.  This is a big part of EYFS and we mainly cover Phase 1 phonics in FS1. This concentrates on developing the children’s listening skills.  The aspects covered are: General sound discrimination, Rhythm and rhyme, Alliteration, Voice sounds, Oral blending and segmenting.  When children are secure in Phase 1 we move on to learning the letter sounds in Phase 2

Our Topics are based on a ‘talk for writing’ book, as well as the interests of the children in our class.  It also changes based on incidental opportunities that arise such as having some snow!  Although we try to plan some topics in to the curriculum in advance, these may not always be followed, so the EYFS Newsletter is the best way to keep up to date with current topics.

The topics planned so far are:

Autumn Term 

Magical Me, Harvest and Autumn, Fireworks, Remembrance Day,  Children in Need, St Albert the Great and Christmas

Tfw books – Dear Zoo

RE Topics

Myself, Welcome (Baptism), Birthdays (Christmas)

Spring Term

TfW books – ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt,’ and ‘Billy Goats Gruff’


RE Topics

Celebrating, Gathering, Growing

Summer Term 

TfW books – ‘Jaspers Beanstalk’


RE Topics

Good News, Friends, Our World

These may change as the year goes on and as the children show interests in different areas.

Below is a copy of our EYFS Medium Term plan for the Autumn term. This is an overview, and may change based on children’s interests