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Summer 1: All Creatures Great and Small 


Throughout this term, children will be encouraged to question their observations of the changing season.  They will observe closely how the plants we have grown from seeds and bulbs, continue to change and how other plants and trees develop through the season. Using information and story texts, children will learn which animals hatch from eggs and later in the term, which animals are born on farms and in hotter countries. 

As part of mathematical development, children will begin to use their knowledge of numbers 1-5 to solve problems. They will continue to use what they know about the properties of shape to make pictures and to talk about them using everyday language. We will use the work of artist James Brunt as inspiration to explore those properties, and make structures using stones. Additionally, children will continue to look at patterns on animals and in simple colour or shape sequences. 

Our Personal, Social and Emotional learning will focus on talking about the rules of nursery, how to problem solve in play, the importance of keeping clean and heating healthily. Alongside this we will continue to revisit PANTS Rules and e-safety topics. 

The fiction texts we will share will have a focus on discussions about how and why events happen or characters behave in a certain way! In phonics we will begin to segment and blend words into syllables initially then phonemes. 

Our creative play will be developed using exciting small worlds and role play areas as well as through dance and music sessions. Children will also have opportunities to explore printing using paint and different tools, and using fabric and patterned paper to create pictures as used by the illustrator Lauren Child. In PE, there will be a continuing focus on using equipment to develop our balancing skills, jumping and landing safely, and there will be opportunities to develop throwing and catching skills using beanbags but also telling stories through dance, movement and yoga.

 In Religious Education discussions children will talk about special places in their everyday life whether at home or school, and they will learn about places that believers visit eg churches, synagogues, mosques, temples etc 


Key books we will be using this term will include:


Mad About Minibeasts by Giles Andraea

Flip Flap Mini beasts by Alex Scheffler

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson

Brown Bear Brown Bear what do you see?

Slug needs a Hug by Tony Ross

Norman the Slug with the Silly Shell by Sue Hendra

Wriggle and Roar by  Julia Donaldson

Flip Flap Jungle by Alex Schefflar

Rumble in the Jungle by Giles Andraea




The focus for teaching and learning will continue to be in the Prime Areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum which are Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language and Physical Development.


  • I can think about how others might be feeling and why.
  •  I can try to help if someone is upset or angry.
  •   I can solve conflicts with others.
  •  I can talk about why the Nursery rules are important.
  • I can talk about why we wash our hands throughout the day.
  •  I understand the PANTs rule and know my body belongs to me.
  • I understand how to keep myself safe when using technology.
  •   I can talk about my feelings in more elaborated ways (answer why, use and, because) – continued
  • I can use the visual timeline to understand the daily routine. (continued)

  • I can manage my emotions and show effortful control.

  • I am showing more confidence in new social situations.

  • I can cope with mall changes in the daily routine.

  • I can make up games to play with friends.

  • I can extend and elaborate play ideas.







  • I can use past tense.
  • I can question why things happen
  • I understand prepositions such as ‘under’, ‘on top’, ‘behind’. (Egg Hunt)


  • I can understand and answer ‘how’ questions.
  • I can articulate multisyllabic words such as ‘pterodactyl’ or ‘hippopotamus.’
  • I can use ‘and’ and ‘because’ to link sentences.



  • I can use more refined movements to create something e.g. threading beads, weaving    
  • I can use a button or a zip.
  • I can use a comfortable grip with good control. (continued)
  • I can collaborate with others to move large items e.g. planks (continued)
  • I can ride a scooter, tricycle independently with confidence around a track (target for turn taking)
  • I can run confidently at different speeds; fast and slow

•     I can walk backwards avoiding obstacles

•     I can jump off low apparatus safely, landing on both feet

•     I can freeze my position when dancing on request

•     I can move in a variety of ways; rolling, crawling and sliding

  • I can use and remember sequences of movements related to music (continued)
  • I can collaborate with others to move large items e.g. planks (continued0
  • I can throw beanbags and balls using an underarm  throw (continued)