Early Years Autumn Term 1

Year: Early Years

Main Theme: If you go down to the woods today

End of Theme Project: Children will understand the life cycle of a tree, why trees are important to our environment, what trees produce and how we need to protect our woodlands in order to sustain future life. "Sticks were once part of something tall and grand that will never return."

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 stick and where does it come from?
  • What happens to trees through the seasons?
  • What can sticks be used for?
  • How can wildlife use sticks?
  • Why is it important to manage our woodlands?
  • What could your stick be?
  • What adventure will my stick go on?

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

  • Retelling a story
  • Character description writing
  • Character thoughts
  • Creating captions and posters
  • Developing an adventure story
  • Measurements
  • 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:
  • Communicating their knowledge and experiences of woodland environments.
  • Exploring the Pilgrim woodland area and find out if anything lives there.
  • Developing woodland habitats around the Academy.
  • Exploring properties of materials and their uses.
  • Discussing seasonal changes to the environment.
  • Debating how to make sure our woodlands are sustainable.
  • Discussing why sticks were once part of something tall and grand that will never return.

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?

Subject Knowledge/Skill Curriculum Areas covered

Making relationships

  • Listen to the ideas of others
  • Show sensitivity to others
  • Play cooperatively, taking turns
  • Form positive relationships

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
  • Wash independently

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
  • Add and subtract
  • Solve problems
  • Use measurements
  • Recognise and describe patterns
  • Describe objects and shapes


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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