St Cuthbert's

Foundation Stage Curriculum Map

Autumn 1

Form and experience good relationships with peers and with adults in the school community

Know that they are special within their family and community 

What makes us special? 

Ways in which a Christian family and parish share and celebrate life and show care for one another

Autumn 2

Hear the story of Christmas

Come to know that Mary is the Mother of Jesus 

Spring 1
Celebrations
Spring 2

Hear the story of Easter

Hear about the Good News of Pentecost

Summer 1

Experience and recognise that prayer is taking and listening to God.

Be able to join in simple prayers and hymns

Experience and become familiar with the Sign of the Cross

Summer 2

Experience that a church is a special place where God’s people gather to pray.

Ongoing: Experience Liturgical celebrations in a variety of settings. Be able to join in with simple prayers and hymns (Lunch time prayer, He’s got the whole world in his hands, Give me joy in my heart). Experience and recognise prayer is talking and listening to God. Learn to take responsibility for choices and actions. Respect each other and respect adults. Learn to say ‘Sorry’. Children who know what the truth means. Children who do their best.

Autumn 1

Living Things
30 – 50 months

17. Can talk about some of the things they have observed such as plants
18. Talks about why things happen
19. Developing an understanding of growth, changes over time
20. Shows care and concern for living things

Autumn 2

Living Things
Early Learning Goal

They make observations of plants and explain why some things occur and talk about these changes

Exceeding
Children know living things are influenced by human activity

They talk about the features of their environment and show how environments might vary

Spring 1

Animals
22-36/30-50/40-60 months

22-36 months
15. Notices detailed features of objects in their environment
30-50 months
17. Can talk about some of the things they have observed such as animals
19. Developing an understanding of growth, decay and change over time
40-60 months
21. Looks closely at similarities and differences in relation to living things

Spring 2

Animals
Early Learning Goal

They make observations of animals and explain why some things occur and talk about changes

Exceeding
Children know living things are influenced by human activity

Summer 1

Materials
22-36/30-50/40-60 months

22-36 months
15. Notices detailed features of objects in their environment

30-50 months
17. Can talk about some things they have observed such as natural and found objects

40-60 months
21. Looks closely at similarities and differences, pattern and change

Summer 2

Materials
Early Learning Goal

Children know about similarities and differences in relation to objects and materials

Exceeding

They know the properties of some materials and can suggest some of their purposes they are used for

They are familiar with basic scientific concepts such as floating and sinking

Autumn 1

Understanding of the world – People & Communities

40-60 months

Orders and sequence familiar events

Measures short periods of tie in simple ways

Uses everyday language related to time

Autumn 2

Understanding of the world – The World

Developing an understanding of decay, growth and changes over time

Looks closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change

Spring 1

Early Learning Goal

Children talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members

Spring 2
Summer 1

Early Learning Goal
Exceeding

Children know the difference between past and present events in their own lives and some reasons why people’s lives were different in the past.

Summer 2

Children know that the environment and living things are influenced by human activity and they can describe some actions which people in their own community

Autumn 1

30-50 months
Exploring and Using Media and Materials

Explores colour and how colours can be changed

Understands that they can use lines to enclose a space and then begin to use these shapes to represent objects

Autumn 2

40-60 months
Exploring and Using Media and Materials

Understands that different media can be combined to create new effects.
Manipulates materials to achieve a planned effect.
Constructs with a purpose in mind, using a variety of resources.
Uses simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately.
Selects appropriate resources and adapts work where necessary.
Selects tools and techniques needed to shape, assemble and join materials they are using.

Spring 1

40-60 months
Being Imaginative

Explores what happens when they mix colours.
Experiments to create different textures.

Spring 2

Early Learning Goal
Being Imaginative

Children talk about the ideas and processes which have led them to make music, designs, images or products.
They can talk about features of their own and others work, recognising the differences between them and the strengths of others

Summer 1
Summer 2

DESIGN TECHNOLOGY

Autumn 1

30-50 months
Exploring and Using Media and Materials

Beginning to be interested in and describe the texture of things
Uses various construction materials
Beginning to construct, stacking blocks vertically and horizontally, making enclosures and creating spaces
Joint construction pieces together to build and balance
Realises tools can be used for a purpose

Autumn 2

Early Learning Goal
Exploring and Using Media and Materials

Children safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques experimenting with colour design, texture form and function.

Exceeding
Children develop their own ideas through selecting and using materials and working on processes that interest them
Thought their explorations they find out and make decisions about how media and materials can be combined and changed

Spring 1
Spring 2
Summer 1
Summer 2
Autumn 1

40-60: Negotiate space successfully when playing, racing and chasing. Adjusts speed and change direction to avoid obstacles

24 mths.  Runs safely on whole foot.

25.  Squats with steadiness to rest or play with object on the ground, and rises to feet without using hands.

Autumn 2

40-60: Travels with confidence and skill around, under, over and through. Balances, catches and kicks.

40-60: Jumps off object and lands appropriately.

34. Moves freely and with pleasure and confidence in a range of ways, such as slithering, shuffling, rolling, crawling, walking, running, jumping, skipping, sliding and hopping.

Spring 1

40-60: Shows increasing control over an object in pushing, patting, throwing, catching and kicking it.

34. Moves freely and with pleasure and confidence in a range of ways, such as slithering, shuffling, rolling, crawling, walking, running, jumping, skipping, sliding and hopping.

45. Experiments with different ways of moving.

Spring 2

40-60: Repeat Autumn 2 objetives.

37. Runs skilfully and negotiates space successfully, adjusting speed or direction to avoid obstacles.

39. Can catch a large ball.

Summer 1

40-60: Experiments with different ways of moving.

ELG: Children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements.

38. Can stand momentarily on one foot when shown.

48. Travels with confidence and skill around, under, over and through balancing and climbing equipment.

Summer 2

ELG: Children move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space.

46. Jumps off an object and lands appropriately.

47. Negotiates space successfully when playing racing and chasing games with other children, adjusting speed or changing direction to avoid obstacles.

Autumn 1

30-50 months
Being Imaginative

Creates movement in response to music
Sings to self and makes up simple songs
Makes up rhythms
Captures experiences/response with range of media such as music

Knows how to operate simple equipment, e.g. turns on CD player and uses remote control.
Shows an interest in technological toys with knobs or pulleys,
or real objects such as cameras or mobile phones.
Shows skill in making toys work by pressing parts or lifting
flaps to achieve effects such as sound, movements or new images.
Knows that information can be retrieved from computers

Autumn 2

ELG
Being Imaginative

They represent their own ideas thoughts and feelings through music and dance

Exceeding
Being Imaginative

Children talk about ideas and processes which have led them to make music

Completes a simple program on a computer.
Uses ICT hardware to interact with age-appropriate computer software.

Spring 1

30-50 months
Media and Materials

Sings a few familiar songs
Beginning to move rhythmically
Initiates movement in response to music
Taps out simple repeated rhythms.

Children recognise that a range of technology is used in
places such as homes and schools. They select and use
technology for particular purposes.

Spring 2

40-60 months
Media and Materials

Begins to build a repertoire of songs/dances
Explores the different sounds of instruments

Summer 1

ELG
Media and Materials

Children sing songs, make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them

Summer 2

Exceeding
Physical

Children can hop confidently and skip in time to music

EDUCATIONAL VISITS & SHOWCASE

Autumn 1

Show and Tell Style Showcase. Children invite several relatives in for an afternoon tea activity. Children introduce their relatives in small groups. Event is recorded through film and photography activities within the school hall. Memory boxes taken home

Summer Bag (Children were set an activity during transition/taster sessions to collect memories of their Summer Holiday) Collages and Speaking and Listening activities will be drawn from these

Autumn 2

Trip to the zoo to see the penguins.

Children to see the penguins being fed and have an opportunity to ask questions.

Children to then share this knowledge through the production of fact files about penguins.

Spring 1

Links made between school and an explorer who is based in Iceland.

Children to send postcards to ask questions about the various animals in Iceland.

Possible Skye sessions dependent on the internet connection with Iceland.

Spring 2

Cinema trip to see Lego Batman film.

Summer 1

Showcases and Visits to be agreed once children’s interest have been clarified nearer the time (These will be filled in retrospectively as the year progresses)

Summer 2

Showcases and Visits to be agreed once children’s interest have been clarified nearer the time (These will be filled in retrospectively as the year progresses)

ONGOING THEMES

Science Themes
Creative and Thinking Critically
Thinking of ideas, finding ways to solve a problem, finding new ways to do things

Making Links
Makting links and noticing patterns in their experiences, making predictions, testing ideas, developing ideas of grouping sequences, cause and effect

Our approach to the planning and delivery of our curriculum is centered in the philosophy of developing young people with the necessary skills and knowledge to leave this year group in order to succeed in the next. Curriculum scheme of learning are organised in a systematic and progressive manner to ensure that each learning opportunity given to our children builds effectively on prior learning and knowledge. Should you require more information on the curriculum in our school please contact the school office.