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Red Class

Teacher: Mrs Hopkin

TA: Mrs Rodacan

TA: Mr Bamford

Ruby Class

Teacher: Miss Brisley

TA: Mrs Grace

TA: Mrs Lane

Term 1 - This is me!

Welcome to the Churchill School! During your very first term in

school we will be making friends and discovering what makes us unique.

An important part of our first term is making friends and using the story,

‘The Graffalo’ we will be learning how to become part of The Churchill team.

We will then be exploring the changing seasons from summer to autumn.

Subjects covered in this topic.

Personal, Social, Emotional Development- Communicate freely about own home and community and form new relationships with the children in our class.

Physical Development - Becoming independent with our own self-care and show determination with new challenges in our new learning environments.

Communication and Language - Listen to one another in small groups and be confident in sharing our thoughts and opinions.

English including phonics - Shows awareness of rhyme and alliteration. Gives meaning to marks that are drawn or created. Begin phase 2 sounds and incorporation Phase 1 listening and understanding. 

Maths – Explores possibilities, understands the value and counts numbers to 10 using 1:1 correspondence.

Understanding of the world - Shows interest in the lives of people who are familiar to them.

Expressive Art and Design - Enjoys singing familiar songs, dancing and ring games. Explores colour and how it can be changed.




Term 2 

Halloween, Bonfire Night and Warming Winter Stories


Put on your coat, slip on your wellingtons, wrap up in a cosy scarf and hat, and get ready to embrace the changing seasons with magical potions, sparkling fireworks and doorways to frozen kingdoms.

This term we will be bracing the elements to explore winter with our favourite book characters: from Room on the Broom to Stickman, this term is jam-packed with winter wonders.



Subjects covered in this topic.

Personal, Social, Emotional Development – Takes turns with sharing and explains ideas to their peers; joins in with games.

Physical Development – Create Halloween potions, build rockets, create spooky creations, recreate Polar scenes and build igloos in a diorama; create Christmas wreaths; make salt dough decorations and experiment with sound.

Communication and Language – Responds to instructions; shows understanding of prepositions and placement; continues to build attention for longer periods of time; joins in and learns various topic-related songs.

English including phonics – Continuing Phase 2 sounds. Write CVC words and label pictures using sound buttons. Learn Phase 2 Tricky Words. Explore magical worlds from our favourite winter stories and search for clues for missing characters, creating poems, posters and descriptions. 

Maths – Explore numbers up to 20 by looking at one more and one less and building the number; number sequences, 3D and 2D shapes, measures and patterning.

Understanding of the world – Explore the 4 seasons through small world play; design and create winter clothing suitable for extreme conditions; rescue our favourite characters from ice and discover which materials can get them to freedom the quickest; experiment with materials that float or sink; enjoy the smells of Christmas with guessing jars, and mark out Santa’s route on a map. Celebrate Tihar and Diwali.

Expressive Art and Design – Explore colour and texture with firework designs; create your own painting tools; create self-portraits and turn these into your favourite characters; discover different ways of printing and using materials on dark paper to create illuminating light.



Term 3 - 

Oh the places we will go!


“Ladies and gentlemen on behalf of our Captain and our entire crew, we would

like to welcome you aboard Churchill Airways.

Our flight today will travel from London to Australia, before continuing onto

China. Please make sure your seat backs and tray tables are in the upright

position and that your seat belt is currently fastened.

Thank you for choosing Churchill Airways and enjoy your flight.”

This term we will be exploring the wonderful world we live in by flying away

to 3 incredible locations: England, Australia and China.

In this topic we will be celebrating Australia Day and Chinese New Year;

looking at the similarities and differences between the various climates

and animals that inhabit these amazing continents.

From creating our own dragon dances to taste testing a traditional meal, we will be exploring the cultural traditions of each location and learning what makes this place unique. 

Subjects covered in this topic.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development – Builds confidence to speak to others about their wants and needs.

Physical Development – Discover the traditional Chinese Lion and Dragon dances; create bird houses for out outdoor classroom; create traditional English cakes with fresh ingredients.

Communication and Language – Re-telling traditional stories; giving opinions and explaining why; asking questions to retrieve more information.

English including phonics – Explore the contrast of the cold, winter days to Australia’s scorching summer sun by writing postcards to a Primary School in NSW Australia before re-telling the traditional tale of Chinese New Year. Consolidate Phase 2 sounds; begin phase 3 sounds.

Maths – Compare the weights of various objects hidden in the ocean. Find one more and one less than a given number, add and subtract 1-digit numbers, sequence time including the school day, read time to 1 hour and ordinal numbers.

Understanding of the World - Join in with cultural customs and notice similarities and differences between them, using software on I-pads, experience tea parties, Chinese New Year celebrations, Australia Day celebrations, and role-play seaside shops such as a fish ‘n’ chip shop.

Expressive Arts and Design – Create 3D models of British Landmarks; create didgeridoos and rainmakers; colleges of landscapes and use pointillism to create Aboriginal art.




Term 4 - Fairy Tales.


Once upon a time, some very brave and inquisitive little children planted some magic beans and watched them grow into an enormous beanstalk.

Surprised, they climbed the beanstalk to discover an enchanted forest.

As the wondered through the beautiful trees and shrubs they stopped to pick some flowers when they came across a very strange looking women: she had very large eyes; she had very large ears; she had very large teeth! Sensing danger, the children swiftly moved on, and stumbled across a Gingerbread house. Feeling peckish, they tucked into the tasty treats before making their way inside. 

“Over here, over here!” cried a little voice.

The children moved towards the voice and discovered a gingerbread man!

“This way... I'll show you the way back!”

Discover new adventures with your favourite fairy tales:

Jack and the beanstalk; Little Red Riding Hood; Hansel and Gretel; the Gingerbread Man and the Three Little Pigs. 

Subjects covered in this topic.

Personal, Social, Emotional Development – Developing confidence in taking risks; deepens relationships with others around them and discusses their learning with others.  

Physical Development – Make cookies and design gingerbread men; creating perfume for Granny; creating shelters for Hansel and Gretel; recreating the Three Little Pig’s houses and building bridges to cross the river.

Communication and Language – Re-enacting scenes from classic fairy tales; puppet shows; retelling stories.

English including phonics – Retell stories and create their own fairy tale by looking at various fairy tales; describe settings and characters before make predictions on the ending of a story. Phase 3 phonics – digraphs. Understand finger spaces, capital letters and full stops. 

Maths – Number bonds to 10: part-part-whole sequences; using the 10’s frame; comparing numbers; understanding the cardinality of numbers; adding and subtracting, and doubling and halving numbers.

Understanding of the world – Health eating; making health gingerbread man; planting and observing the growth of plants; using Beebots to programme characters moving through the forest; learn how to keep our teeth and mouths healthy.

Expressive Art and Design – Making disguises for the big bad wolf; create the characters and build a gingerbread house for the role-play area; learn fairy tale inspired dances and create your own dances to teach to the class.



Term 5 - 

Farming and Springtime


Spring is in the air: the days are getting longer; flowers are shooting up from the earth; blossom sprinkles down like confetti and new life is born!

Take a visit to the local farm and help feed the animals whilst learning about the animals. With the help of Christopher Nibble, discover the cycling of plant life and how we can successfully grow our own plants and vegetables.

So dust your raincoat off, put on your wellingtons and join us down at the farm where we will be exploring the beauty of new beginnings.

Subjects covered in this topic.

Personal, Social, Emotional Development – Discusses their achievements and explaining why they are proud of them. Sharing ideas with others and taking on-board their peer’s suggestions.

Physical Development – Recreating farm animals using various materials; creating collages from waste materials

Communication and Language – Come over to the vets and look after the animals; retelling experiences and giving feedback.

English including phonics – Continue Phase 3 sounds – digraphs. Write simple sentences. Create a non-fiction text about farm animals; explore Christopher Nibble and create a guide to how to look after them.

Maths – Adding and subtracting; collecting data in tally charts and presenting data in pictograms; positional language; patterning and comparing measures.

Understanding of the world – Conservation; understanding how to recycle; looking after waste in our classrooms; understanding how things grow and identifying farm animals and the names of their offspring.

Expressive Art and Design – Using laptops to design our own city including farms; vets; garden centres, etc.



Term 6 - 

Pirates, Neverland and Peter Pan

“First Star to the left and straight on ‘till morning!”

Put on your Pirate hat, sprinkle on some fairy dust and explore a whole new world of swashbuckling pirates, Lost Boys and the terrifying Tick-Tock Croc!

This term, we are going to the magical world of Neverland, where we will be creating and following treasure maps to find adventure.

Subjects covered in this topic.

Personal, Social, Emotional Development – Talks about themselves in positive ways and sets out to resolve conflicts.

Physical Development – Transform Barbies (and Action Men) into Merpeople; created jewellery and Tinkerbell’s jewellery station; make pirate costumes (and the accessories to match) and find buried treasure.

English including phonics–  Described a setting in Neverland, wrote party invitations for a Pirate Party and create treasure maps with instructions! Continuing to blend and read simple CVC words and sentences.

Maths – Measuring distance and capacity, sharing, skip counting (2s, 5s, 10s), positional language and continuing with adding and subtraction.

Understanding of the world – Summer buffet stalls (ice-cream, lemonade), making and testing ships and aeroplanes and continuing with computer software games.

Expressive Art and Design – Fairy wand making, costume design, creating silhouette pictures, shadow puppets and scene design.


Curriculum Overview