Upper Foundation Stage
In the Upper Foundation Stage, children's interests and developmental needs are central to all planning and staff regularly spend time discussing and planning experiences for every child. In the moment and child centered planning is at the forefront of our thinking. However, our curriculum overview outlines the experiences, skills and knowledge that we know will support children's development in exciting and awe inspiring ways. Every child develops in their own way and our mix of planned and child centered experiences and support are the perfect combination for supporting progress. Curriculum core texts, stories and rhymes feature highly each term which means all children leave with a love of central books and rhymes.
Autumn Term - Welcome to OUR World
This initial topic is a progression from its predecessor topic 'Welcome to MY World', covered in Nursery. Our journey begins with an exploration of ourselves and the different types of people that make up 'our' world. We will create simple timelines of our lives so far and compare these with the lives of others. We will explore our own interests and those of others; articulating the likes and dislikes of ourselves and our peers. We will then move onto exploring our local area. We will look at local landmarks, features, environments and weather and compare them to our own houses or neighbourhoods. We will look at the people that make up our community, including their varied professions and roles. Once we have a strong understanding of our locality, we will explore some of the different traditions, customs, cultures and religions that make up our world. We will answer questions such as; How is my life similar to that of a child in India? How are my clothes different to those of the Maasai Tribe's? What is similar about how you celebrate birthdays and Diwali? How are houses different/similar to mine in parts of Africa? We will spend time comparing the lives of others to our own traditions, customs, routines and ways of life. Using our knowledge of our local area and its features, we will make comparisons to buildings and landmarks from around the world. We will listen and respond to songs and music from different countries and cultures; replicating some of the percussive sounds we hear and creating our own movements to match. We will use our strong knowledge of the materials used to build simple houses, including houses from around the world. Inspired by the story of The Three Little Pigs, we will choose and manipulate materials to construct our own houses; using varied and descriptive vocabulary. Our concept of 'old' and 'new' objects will be strengthened when looking at local and global buildings and landmarks.
Our opportunity to become zoologists, entomologists and environment explorers is here! We will begin by looking at the range of features that can be observed on creatures within the animal kingdom. Insects, marine creatures, reptiles, mammals, amphibians and so many other groups will be explored. Our growing knowledge of outer animal features from Nursery, will be used to discuss patterns that can be found when making simple classifications. We will be able to answer questions such as: How do you know this beetle is an insect? We will also be able to make comparisons between the different types of animals we learn about such as: How is a frog different to tiger?
We will deepen our knowledge of the needs or animals, especially pets and compare these to the needs of ourselves. Visits from household pets and a veterinary practitioner will give us a strong understanding of how to show care and concern for living things. A visit to the zoo will give us first hand animal encounters and allow us to make observations about a range of animals features. These experiences will also allow us to act out real experiences in the role play areas.
Life cycles of animals such as butterflies, bees and tadpoles will be observed and we will talk about the changes that take place at each point of the life cycle; relating back to the stages of my own human life cycle and that of others. We will broaden or vocabulary when naming a growing range of animals and their offspring.
Our knowledge of the different habitats and environments that animals need and live in will develop during this topic. We will look at the features of local and global environments and the animals that live in them; discussing the similarities and differences we can observe within them. Using our observations of the local weather, we will compare this to the extreme environments that animals live in around the globe such as the rainforest or polar regions.
We will observe animals and the way they move, replicating these movements when dancing to music. Percussive instruments will be used to replicate the movement of animals and we will develop our musical vocabulary when describing the sounds we create.
Our imaginations will also be developed when we explore made up and imaginary creatures such as the Gruffalo or the troll in The Billy Goats Gruff. We will use our strong knowledge of animal features to create and construct made up creatures using a range of materials such as clay. We will replicate fur, animal print, feathers and scales when printing and painting.
Our final topic explores the everything that grows. We will begin by planting a range of plants, vegetables and flowers. As the topic progresses we will make observations based on the plants we see and make comments on the similarities, differences, patterns and changes in relation to plants. As the weather and seasons change, we will look closely at the changes taking place and answer questions such as; How is Summer different to Autumn? How do you know it is Spring time?
We will name the parts of plants and flowers and identify a range of fruit and vegetables. We will observe the effects of sunlight and water and temperature on plants and learn about the basic needs for healthy plant growth.
After looking at the life cycles of flowering plants we will compare these to those of animals an ourselves.
The theme of growth will continue when we look at ourselves and how the human body grows. We will name outer body parts and discuss the changed which take place at each stage. We will look at the needs we had at different life stage and make comparisons. Using our senses we will explore plants, fruit, flowers and vegetables; making observations about how we use our senses.
We will be deepening the use of vocabulary associated with colour by mixing paint to match the bright summer foliage we see outdoors and exploring more complex arrangements using natural materials to create nature art.