Staff carefully choose topics that engage children’s imagination and encourage a desire to learn for themselves. We support children to develop their independence and resilience by taking risks and trying new learning experiences.
All of our topics start with an ‘entry point’ where staff choose an exciting way for the topic to begin, this may be a trip, investigating something or finding something exciting out on the playground.
We encourage the children to actively participate in their learning by completing an ‘information harvest’ where we ask the questions “What do you already know?”, “What would you like to find out?”.
Each topic finishes with an ‘exit point’ where the children end their topic in an exciting way such as showing a PowerPoint to their parents or showing their learning at the Penhale Museum.
We try to create a cross curricular curriculum to help children build on their previous skills and knowledge and make links across all areas of learning. Our working walls and displays show our enriching curriculum in our classrooms.
Here is an overview of the topics we cover:
|Autumn Term 1||Spring Term 2||Summer Term 3|
|What is your favourite nursery rhyme?
What colours can you find ?
What is a pattern?
|What is your favourite number?
What shapes can I find?
(Chinese New Year)
What is your favourite traditional tale?
Three Little Pigs
|What do bears do in stories ?
Where’s my teddy?
What are the different types of bears?
What can I find in the garden?
Focus on minibeasts and plants grown earlier in the year.
How can I keep healthy?
Clownfish, Starfish, Jellyfish
|All About Me
Under the Sea
Signs of Spring
|Down on the farm
All Creatures great and small
People who help us
|How does your garden grow?
Dolphins, Swordfish, Sharks
|Great Fire of London
Out of this World