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Burrsville Infant Academy

Create a Joy in Learning For Every Child

Early Years 2018-19

Maple and Rowan classes


Here is our curriculum map so you can see what we are learning this year.

Autumn 1

Topic: Do you want to be friends?

Sparkling Start: Tour of the school.


We have been settling in very well into school. We have been busy getting to know our new teachers and friends and exploring the indoor and outdoor learning environments. We went on a tour of the school as our 'Sparkling Start'. This included visiting the computer suite, the big playground, the sensory garden and the forest. Now we have been at school for a little while we are becoming much more confident to talk to new people and ask for help if needed.

The grown ups have been working hard to find out what things we already know and what they need to teach us next. We have tried to write our names and practise recognising letter names and sounds. We have also been showing them our counting skills and number recognition. We have started working with grown ups in small groups so that we can practise our next steps. Lots of us have already made a good start with our home learning and have been practising our reading and sight words.

Lots of our learning this term has been focussed on recognising our emotions and making friendships. We learnt about the 'Elmer' story to help with our discussions about differences and the importance of celebrating what makes us unique. We have also been learning the 'Colour Me Happy' story to help us talk about our feelings and understanding that we can use different strategies to handle our emotions.


Autumn 2

Topic: Will you read me a story?

Fab Finish: Fairytale Party


This term we are learning about lots of different stories, the stories include the traditional tales of 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears' and 'The Gingerbread Man'. We are also reading books written by the Ahlbergs, these books include 'The Jolly Postman' and 'The Jolly Christmas Postman'. As we read the stories we are learning different actions to help up remember them, we are then using these actions to retell the stories to one another. We have been using the characters from the stories to help us in our maths learning, such as sharing, using money, counting, and weighing ingredients when making our own gingerbread men.

 This term we have been learning the importance of 'Remembrance Day' and the meaning behind it, we all painted a poppy stone and placed them in our own 'Remembrance Garden'. We were set the homework project of creating our own poppy at home, they all look amazing as we have been very creative! We have been exploring our school library where we have been looking at the different books and stories with our friends. We have been using our learning from our topic to help us with our writing, we have been practising to write CVC words and even some sentences when writing our letters to Father Christmas!

We are now very busy learning about the Christmas Story and getting ready for our Christmas Performance, we have been learning lots of different Christmas songs to sing to our family and friends! We have all been lucky enough to have had a visit from the Pantomime cast,  which included Peter Pan, Tinkerbell and even Captain Hook! After the cast visited our school we went to watch the Pantomime of Peter Pan, we all really enjoyed it and enjoyed cheering and singing along! This term our 'Fab Finish' is a fairytale party, we are dressing up as fairytale characters and exploring different activities with our adults that focus on reading!

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