Early Years Autumn Term 2

Year: Early Years

Main Theme: Woodland Animals

End of Theme Project: Children will understand what woodland creatures are, name them, describe their habitats, create a classroom woodland and know how to protect them for future generations.

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 is a woodland creature?
  • What woodland creature live above ground?
  • What woodland creature live underground?
  • How can we protect our woodlands?

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

  • Caption and label writing
  • Creating lists
  • Writing instructions
  • Writing thought bubbles
  • Reading simple words
  • Measurements
  • Positional and directional Language
  • Solving problem
  • Counting and representing numbers

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:

  • Communication about their knowledge and experiences of woodland environments.
  • Exploring the Pilgrim woodland area.
  • Creating woodland habitats.
  • Exploring the local Mayflower Woods.
  • Discussing how we can look after our woodlands and the creatures that live within them.
  • Debating how to make sure our woodlands are sustainable.

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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