Early Years Autumn Term 1

Year: Early Years

Main Theme: Home is where our story begins

End of Theme Project: Children will know the most suitable materials to build with and create a home for a classroom town.

Intent: What wider skills do we want the children to have developed by the end of this theme, supporting future learning and life skills?

  • Playing and exploring – engagement
  • Active Learning – motivation
  • Creating and thinking critically - thinking

Intent: Outline the factual/topical areas that will be covered, enhancing the development of knowledge and cultural capital?

  • What makes us the same and what makes us different.
  • Going for our goals
  • Different homes – bungalow, detached, semi-detached caravan, house boat
  • The materials that are used to make homes and how they are constructed.
  • Why materials are used for a purpose and which is the best for the task.

Intent: What opportunities will there be to develop literacy and numeracy skills?

  • Caption and label writing
  • Creating lists
  • Writing instructions
  • Writing reports
  • Reading simple words
  • Measurements
  • Shapes and patterns
  • Solving problem

Intent: Cross-Curricular links: Which curriculum areas will be covered during this theme, developing cross-curriculum knowledge and skills?

  • Personal and social development
  • Understanding the World
  • Physical development
  • Mathematics
  • Literacy
  • Expressive Arts and design
  • Communication and Language

Impact: What opportunities will be provided to assess the development of knowledge and skills?

Practitioner observations will be observed when pupils are:

  • Communicating about their likes and dislikes.
  • Creating images and representations of their family.
  • Observing and explain the differences between homes in the local area.
  • Testing various building materials
  • Problem solving to create a suitable house for the 'classroom town'

Impact: What specific areas of knowledge/skills will be developed during this theme, which will be assessed at different times by the teacher and by the pupil?

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Subject Knowledge/Skill Curriculum Areas covered

Making relationships

  • Listen to the ideas of others
  • Show sensitivity to others

Self-confidence and self-awareness

  • Try new activities with confidence
  • Speak to others
  • Ask for help

Managing feeling and behaviour

  • Talk about behaviour and feelings
  • Describe behaviour that is wrong
  • Work as part of a group or class
  • Follow rules
  • Adapt behaviour for the situation

Personal, social and emotional development

Listening and attention

  • Listen attentively
  • Anticipate key events
  • Make relevant responses
  • Give attention to others


  • Follow instructions
  • Answer 'how' and 'why' questions about events


  • Can express ideas to an audience
  • Describe events in the past, present and future
  • Develop narratives and explanations

Communication and Language

Moving and Handling

  • Handle equipment and tools
  • Show good coordination
  • Move confidently
  • Negotiate space

Health and self-care

  • Talk about health and safe

Physical Development


  • Read and understand simple sentences
  • Use phonic knowledge to decode regular words
  • Read some common irregular words
  • Demonstrate to others an understanding of reading


  • Use knowledge to write words
  • Write some irregular words
  • Write simple sentences
  • Spell some words in a phonetically plausible way



  • Count reliably with numbers from 1 to 20
  • Place numbers from 1 to 20 in order
  • Represent numbers
  • Solve problems


People and Communities

  • Talk about past and present events
  • Show sensitivity to the likes and dislikes of others
  • Know the similarities and differences between themselves and others

The World

  • Learn in familiar places
  • Observe and describe environments


  • Recognise the uses of technology
  • Use technology for a purpose

Understanding of the World

Exploring and using media materials

  • Sing songs
  • Make music
  • Dance
  • Use tools and materials safely

Being imaginative

  • Use media and materials imaginatively
  • Represent ideas, thought and feelings through design, technology, art, music, dance, role-play and stories.

Expressive Arts and Design

Impact: What specific wider skills will be developed during this theme, which will be assessed at different times by the teacher and by the pupil?

Playing and exploring – engagement
• Finding out and exploring
• Playing with what they know
• Being willing to 'have a go'
Active learning – motivation
• Being involved and concentrating
• Keeping trying
• Enjoying achieving what they set out to do
Creating and thinking critically – thinking
• Having their own ideas
• Making links
• Choosing ways to do things

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