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St Albert The Great Catholic Primary School
October 8 2016

FS2 Curriculum

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In our Foundation Stage Unit our FS1 (Nursery) and FS2 (Reception) children work alongside each other. We split across two carpets areas for Busy Fingers, Collective Worship and Disco Dough.

Our Foundation Stage Unit daily routine includes the following activities:

  • ‘Busy Finger Activities’ are set up to encourage children to develop their Fine Motor Skills.  Such activities might include; lacing, threading, construction, cutting or puzzles.
  • During ‘Collective Worship’ children ‘Gather‘ together and listen to the ‘Word‘ from the Bible.  The children are given time to ‘Respond to the Word’ and then discuss a ‘Mission’ to enable to them to go forth and spread God’s Word.  Children have opportunities throughout the year to plan their own ‘Child Lead Collective Worship’ sessions.
  • The ‘Daily Mile’ is a great way to keep the children fit and healthy and develops their Gross Motor Skills.  We sometimes do ‘Cosmic Yoga’, ‘Wake and Shake’, ‘Fitness Challenges’ or ‘Action Rhymes’ instead of running a Daily Mile.
  • ‘Disco Dough’ activities help develop our fine motor skills and hand/arm strength, which will help with our writing.
  • Planned ‘Adult Led’ and ‘Independent’ Group Activities are used to teach new skills to the children.
  •  During Child Initiated Learning time children have access to our ‘Snack Station’. Children are encouraged to access their healthy snack independently and they sit together while they eat.  They learn about hygiene and the importance of washing their hands before they eat.
  • Uninterrupted ‘Child Initiated Learning’ sessions allow children the opportunity to select resources independently and apply and embed all the learning that they have been taught
  • Daily Phonics – Over the course of the year, children in FS2 are taught the Phase 2, Phase 3 and Phase 4 phonemes (sounds). They revise the sounds daily and use their phonic knowledge to help them to read and write words.  We follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme.

Once a week, the Foundation Stage children visit the school library and are able to choose a book to take home with them.  They also have a separate Physical Development and Music session.

In the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) we focus on learning through play.  Our timetable is a balance of Adult Led and Child Initated activites, covering all 7 areas of development and RE:

– Personal Social and Emotional Development (PSED)

– Communication and Language (CL)

– Physical Development (PD)

– Literacy (L)

– Mathmatics (M)

– Understanding of the World (UW)

– Expressive Arts and Design (EAD)

– RE

Our Yearly Curriculum Overview

The topics planned so far are listed below but are likely to change depending on the interests of the children in the cohort.  They may be short, one or two week topics or may last for the whole half term.  We may also adapt our learning to fit in with the current news or weather e.g. a snowy day

Autumn Term 2020

1st Half – Starting School (Settling In); Baseline Assessments; Superhero Learning Powers; Autumn; Talk for Writing Text – The Little Red Hen

2nd Half – Talk for Writing Text: Dear Zoo; Christmas

RE Topics: Myself, Welcome (Baptism) and Birthday

Other Religions/Celebrations: Judaism (Rosh Hashana)

Spring Term 2021

1st Half – Talk for Writing Text: The Green Dinosaur; Dinosaurs; Winter

2nd Half – Talk for Writing Text: TBC; People Who Help Us; Spring

RE Topics: Celebrating, Gathering and Growing (Easter)

Other Religions/Celebrations: Chinese New Year

Summer Term 2021

1st Half – TBC

2nd Half – TBC

RE Topics: Good News (Pentecost), Friends and Our World

Other Religions/Celebrations: TBC

Please find below a copy of our EYFS Curriculum information document. 

Below you will find a copy of our medium term plan for the Autumn Term. This is subject to change as we plan according to the children’s interests.