Early Years Foundation Stage (Reception) - Curriculum Topic Plan (Fact or Fiction?) Summer Term 2018

Personal, Social and Emotional

  • Learn to work collaboratively with others, taking into account other’s opinions and needs. Develop confidence and self-esteem so that children recognise that their opinions, needs and feeling are important
  • Become more independent in their social interactions with their peers, whilst beginning to find resolutions to problems more independently
  • Explore the theme ‘ Relationships and Changes’
  • Become more independent learners, who persevere when facing challenges. (we call this ‘Purple Learning’)
  • Learn to play collaborative games, abiding and respecting their rules
  • Develop more strategies to help control and manage their emotions
  • Become more confident speaking in front of large groups, sharing things that they enjoy, are good at and things they don’t find easy.

Physical Development

  • Continue to use a pencil and hold it effectively to form recognisable well-formed letters
  • To show an increasing control over an object in pushing, patting, throwing, catching or kicking it
  • Continue to negotiate space successfully, adjusting speed or changing direction to avoid obstacles
  • Continue to develop control with scissors
  • Continue to understand the importance for good health and physical exercise.

Communication & Language

  • Follow stories without pictures and prompts, enabling them to answer questions
  • Use the past, present and future tense correctly in a range of situations
  • Listen to and follow instructions involving multiple parts, asking for clarification if necessary
  • Sustain concentration in a range of situations, including adult directed tasks.


  • Develop their phonic knowledge in differentiated phonic groups
  • Use their knowledge of Tricky Words when reading and writing independently
  • Attempt to make writing easily read by themselves and others during Adult directed activities and their own child initiated play
  • To use finger spaces & full stops within sentences, introducing some capital letters when appropriate
  • To retrieve information from non-fiction (information) books
  • To learn to improve their writing through the use of adjectives
  • To write for different purposes eg lists, letters, instructions and stories.  As well as initiating their own writing for different purposes.
  • Develop reading skills both individually & within a group situation.
  • Develop comprehension skills by discussing illustrations/stories/books read & shared.


  • Continue to work on our number targets - counting, recognising, ordering numbers up to 10/15/20 or digit numbers
  • Say 1 more and 1 less than a given number building up to 20
  • Begin to use different strategies to solve number problems involving, addition, subtraction, doubling, halving and sharing
  • Use the correct mathematical vocabulary to describe 2D and 3D shapes. Independently order numbers up to 20
  • Begin to combine groups of 2s, 5s, and 10s when attempting to solve problems
  • Develop their knowledge of number bonds and doubling
  • Estimate quantities & count to check
  • Count on & back using a number line
  • Continue to compare and use everyday language to explore weight, size, capacity & length.

Understanding the World

  • Explore the influence that humans have on the environment, both positively and negatively
  • Investigate how the lives of people have changed and discuss reasons for it
  • Explore different habitats, identifying the features that are unique and similar and how animals have adapted to survive
  • Respect the beliefs of others and begin to understand the purpose that stories play in different religions
  • To choose and use software for their own purposes
  • Use a variety of different electronic resources that can enhance their child initiated learning.

Expressive Arts and Design

  • Read and respond to Graphic scores, beginning to then formulate their own
  • Express themselves using instruments
  • Begin to plan and review their own art work and the materials that were used
  • Colour mix affectively and learn how to create different shades of a colour
  • Express themselves and their imagination through different medium including clay
  • To use open ended resources imaginatively to create different role-play scenarios and stories.

Key Drivers

1. The Arts (music, Drama and Art)

  • Resident artist Mel Weinswig to do art work with the children
  • Explore how instruments can be played in different ways, and how they can be used to represent different animals
  • Explore making and reading graphic scores.

2. Knowledge and Understanding of the World

  • Explore different habitats, noting the similarities and differences between them
  • Begin to take an interest in the impact of humans on the natural environment, and become more aware of ways in which they can help to look after their local environment
  • To become more aware of where different habitats and environments are situated in the world.

3. Personal Well-being

  • Explore different relationships that they have and the value of them
  • To continue to become more independent and take on more complex tasks.