Class R Curriculum Overview

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Year Group Map Class R

The emphasis over the year is on the quality of the provision for children in all areas at all times. Therefore whilst there may be a specific focus as themes are relevant, the provision is continuous.


Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Topic Titles

All about us

People who help us

Jump into a story



The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Old MacDonald

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Settling into school


Play co-operatively, taking turns with others


Behaviour and its consequences


They manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs successfully (especially toileting) 

Confident to try new activities; to speak in a group; to say when they do an don’t need help


Talk about how they and others show feelings


Say why they like some activities more than others, plan, do review

Take account of one another’s ideas about how to organise their activity.


Confident to speak in a familiar group


Show sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings

Adjust their behaviour to different situations


Take changes of routine in their stride

Communication and Language

Listen attentively in a range of situations


Speaking about their own experiences


Children follow instruction involving several ideas or action


Phonics and mark making

To concentrate, listen and do; uses language to imagine and recreate roles and experiences in play situations ; to ask questions


To maintain concentration, sit quietly during an appropriate activity, use language to imagine and re-create roles and experiences in play situations, use talk to organise and clarify thinking

Use past, present and future forms accurately

Develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events

Respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions. 


They give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately

Physical Development

Holding a pencil correctly


Gross and fine motor skills – pegging, printing, threading, cutting


Sports skills – jumping, balancing, hopping, catching



Experiment with different ways of moving ; handle equipment effectively eg, pencils and scissors


Experiment with different ways of moving ; negotiate space, begin to form recognisable letters most of which are correctly formed.


Able to dress themselves independently

Know the importance for good health, of physical exercise and a healthy diet.

Talk about ways to keep healthy and safe.


Key texts: Kipper’s Birthday / This is our house


Make – party invitations, badges, shopping lists, cooking instructions,

Enjoy an increasing range of books; give meanings to marks they make ; hears and says the initial sound in words


Uses vocabulary and forms of speech that are increasingly influenced by their experience of books ; hears and says the initial sound in words.

Key Texts The Snowman, The Three Bears, The Gingerbread Man


Reading factual books about Dinosaurs


Writing facts about dinosaurs

Reading Eric Carle stories (mini-beasts)


Making a mini-beast book

Reading different stories and poems about animals


Making information page about a farm animal


Counting accurately to 10


Naming 2D shapes

To add 2 single digit numbers; to understand addition

To order and sequence the numbers to 20

Recognise and order the numbers to 20


Describing shapes (2D and 3D shapes)



Order and sequence to 20

Focusing on one more / one less



Ordering numbers to 20


Solve problems – doubling, halving, sharing



Expressive Arts and Design

Exploring paint – experimenting with colour

Safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques


Safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, children sing songs, make music and dance.


Model making - exploring a variety of materials, tools and techniques

Represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role play and stories.

Understanding the World


Looking at houses and our environment – making models and maps


Looking at Autumn – Walk to Waterlea Meadows

Shows interest in different occupations and jobs people do

Looks closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change.


Make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.

Religious Education

What Makes Me Special

Special Places



Right and Wrong

Easter -  New Life


God’s Wonderful World

Noah’s Ark

Cooking and Nutrition

Making sandwiches and cakes for the party

Talk about being healthy

Bag A Breakfast

Get Active

Dinosaur Food

Eat Well

Strive for 5


New Beginnings

Say No to Bullying

Getting on and Falling Out

Going for Goals


Good to be Me


Physical Education

Ball Skills






Ball skills - Tennis

Dance and Drama

Games (multi- skills)

Games using ball skills


Games (multi-skills)

Playing and exploring

Home corner, role play – investigating the home, make a big box home, making small homes, looking at the new environment

Role play, hospital, police station, fire station, post office, inside and out, also small world play

Story shack role play, as The Snowman, 3 Bears home, Gingerbread home.

Role play – being an archaeologist, looking for dinosaur clues

Role play – garden centre, growing seeds, observing change

Role play- farm shop, looking after animals. Children willing to always ‘have a go’

Active learning

Clipboard stations – where have they been learning?  Plan, do , review

Visiting the library,

Gaining confidence to try a range of activities

Star activities - choices

Increased concentration

Planting and watching growing in our garden

Visiting Ladyland farm

Creating and thinking critically

Children involved in planning, children to have choices – involvement in their room

Asking questions of our visitors – post lady, nurse, doctor, army man

Meeting Goldilocks – why did she do it?

Planning what they want to find out, and how

Children begin to make links in their learning –

What do plants need to grow etc

Planning what they want to find out, and how