Redwood Primary School

Redwood Drive, Waddington, Lincoln LN5 9BN T 01522 721156 F 01522723672 E

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is flexible, and adapted to meet the interests of the children. Suggested topics are as follows:

Year B

Term 1

Dinosaur Planet

Stomp, crash, RRRAGH!  Watch out everyone – the dinosaurs are on the prowl!  They’re rampaging across the dusty earth, swishing their enormous tails and baring their fearsome teeth...
Let’s explore Dinosaur Planet!  Imagine you’re a palaeontologist (that’s a scientist who studies bones and fossils).  Dig deep and discover dazzling dinosaur facts.
What is your favourite dinosaur?  The Tyrannosaurus Rex, the Brachiosaurus or the Doyouthinkhesawus?  Yes he did... RUN!!!

  • Knowledge of the World: Talking about ourselves and our families. Events beyond living memory. Plants and animals Programming a robot
  • Creative development: Large and small-scale modelling. Designing and making. Percussion
  • Physical development Playground Games, pencil control, negotiating a space
  • PSED settling into school, learning new routines and making new friends. Gym.

Term 2

Street Detectives

This way or that?  Where should we go?  Up to the local shops or down to the playing fields?  Let’s learn about our local community, looking at houses old and new and finding out how our streets have changed since our mums and dads were young.
Make maps and plans of streets around us; find out how to write instructions, directions, adverts and learn rhymes about our community.  Reply to the Lord Mayor’s letter about improving our street.  Get your clipboards and cameras... it’s time to start investigating!

  • Knowledge of the World Local area fieldwork; map work. Changes within living memory. Identifying and comparing everyday materials. Baking. ICT- using the ipad and pic collage to record their work. Navigating around a programme.
  • Creative development: Painting, collage, clay. Learning songs for the nativity performance, role play ice rink.
  • Physical development Keeping fit. Dance
  • PSHE: Belonging to a community

Term 3

Paws, Claws and Whiskers

Soft fur, sharp claws and twitching whiskers... what’s your favourite animal?  One that meows?  One that barks?  Or maybe one that slithers?
From pets to zoo animals, let’s find out what animals like to eat and where they like to sleep.  Find out how the elephant got its trunk and the rhinoceros its leathery skin.  Who is a herbivore and who is a carnivore?
When a gaggle of mysterious pets arrive at the local pet shop, it’s up to you to take care of them.  Feed them, clean them and discover their daily needs.  After all that work, curl up and take a nap – a cap nap!

  • Knowledge of the World Describing physical features of animals (including humans) using presentation software to make a game. Use recording devices.
  • Creative Development: Animal masks and products. Animal songs. Animal inspired artwork.
  • Physical Development Animal movement and dance
  • PSED: Caring for animals and all living things.

Term 4

Towers, Tunnels and Turrets

See the castle ahead?  Get ready to invade its mighty walls!  Shoot a projectile with an archer’s aim!  Meet Rapunzel who lives in a tall, tall tower.  Let’s build a brand new one...Whose is the tallest? 
What’s that sound?  I hear little hooves going trip, trap, trip, trap over the rickety bridge.  Watch out for the troll!  Make sure the bridge is sturdy enough!
Finally, meet three little pig, who need your help to build a fortress.  Keep them safe from the big, bad wolf!  No huffing and puffing will blow your fortress down.

  • Knowledge of the World. Castles and castle life. Living things and their habitats. Amazing structures around the world; local towers and bridges.
  • Creative Development Making models of towers, tunnels or bridges. Sculpture using natural materials
  • PSED: Dilemmas making good choices
  • Physical Development: Games

Term 5

The Enchanted Woodland

If you go down to the woods today, you’re sure of a BIG surprise!
Foxes and badgers, voles and mice, beady-eyed owls in the swaying tree tops. Beneath the leaves are tiny footprints... animal or imp?  You decide!
Deciduous or evergreen?  What can you find?  Can you match a leaf to its tree?
Let’s build a den, stick by stick and branch by branch.  Then let’s party down in the woods, with Mr Fox and all his woodland friends.  We’d better not get lost...let’s leave a trail of conkers as we go!

  • Knowledge of the World: Plants and animals; identifying and classifying. Making maps. Using Software and navigating around a programme.
  • Creative Development Building structures. Working with natural materials.
  • PSED: Feeling positive
  • Physical Development: Team games

Term 6


Throw it, catch it, bounce it! BOING, BOING, BOING!  Up and down and side to side, can you catch the bouncing ball?
Can you bounce too?  Jump like a horse, leap like a frog or kick like a kangaroo.
Design a game, bouncy or otherwise.  Write instructions – make them clear!  Who will score the highest?  Then, let’s create a Sporting Challenge Day for parents and carers...can they hit it, roll it, win it?
Now, relax... Breathe deeply and stretch those tired muscles.  Yawn... All that bouncing must be making you tired!

  • Physical Development Throwing and catching importance of exercise. Digital photography.
  • Knowledge of the World: Everyday materials; forces. Materials and mechanisms
  • Art & Design: Sculpture
  • PSED: Teamwork; health and well-being

Year A

Term 1


KERPOW!  Intergalactic greetings, young heroes.  It’s time to rescue the planet from evil villains!  Who’s your favourite hero?  Maybe your heroes are ordinary people who’ve achieved great things. 
Use your special senses to identify mystery items by their smell, taste, sound and touch.  What do true superheroes eat to keep their senses and special powers sharp?
Can we stop the dastardly plans of Professor Slime?  He’s dropping his villainous instructions around town.  We must stop people following them, but can we make it in time?

  • Knowledge of the World People who help us in the community. Historical heroes/heroine. Human body – parts and senses; healthy eating
  • Creative Development: Drawing and modelling superheroes drawing ourselves and people important to us. Creating digital superhero sounds mask-making.
  • PSED: Good and bad choices
  • Physical development Playground Games, pencil control, negotiating a space
  • PSED settling into school, learning new routines and making new friends. Gym.

Term 2

Memory Box

Can you remember being small, being a baby and learning to crawl?  Do you recall a favourite toy, maybe a teddy bear or a best-loved book.
Look back at family photos of special occasions – remember a wedding, a christening or find a funny photo of your parents when they were young.
Learn how to write a diary of days gone by, and find out about the days before you were born. Then, make a special box, a memory box to keep special things.  Memories are special... Let’s make some more!

  • Knowledge of the World Changes within living memory. Local area. Animals, parts and senses
  • Creative Development making memory boxes, family portraits, collage, singing, writing a class song. Celebration cards.
  • Physical Development Traditional games
  • PSED: Caring for babies and toddlers

Term 3

Land Ahoy!

Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum!  Arr... me hearties – it’s a sailor’s life for me!  Get your sea legs on, it’s time to sail the salty seas.  Navigate, investigate and explore the world, like Captain Cook.  Make a boat, sink a ship, or fly a pirate flag! 
How do rescues happen at sea?  Find out about brave volunteers and young Miss Darling, rowing her boat across the stormy seas.  Sing a sea shanty whilst cleaning the poop deck, then search the grounds for Captain Longbeard’s hidden treasure.
Thar’s land ahead, me buckos!  Let’s get t’ship t’port!

  • Knowledge of the World: Using and making maps. Everyday materials. Mechanisms; structures. Programmable toys.
  • Creative Development: Observational drawings. Sea shanties.
  • PSED: Feeling positive about themselves
  • Physical Development Gym.

Term 4

Muck, Mess and Mixtures

Let’s get messy!  Muck and mess is good!  In fact, it’s mega-marvellous!  Dive in and get your hands and feet all sticky and covered in paint.  Play with liquids, squish some dough and check out the slushiest and mushiest foods.
Pour, mix, stir, splat!  How does it feel to get your hands covered in goo?  Make a wobbly jelly and draw with wibbly clay.  Write recipes, instructions, riddles and poems.  Work with paint and other squelchy stuff to create a new gallery space.  What will you make?
Don’t worry about the’ll always wash away!

  • Science: Everyday materials; working scientifically. Food tasting designing an outdoor kitchen.
  • Creative Development: Printing; food landscapes
  • PSED: Safety around medicines and household products

Term 5

Splendid Skies

Imagine floating high above land and sea on a bed of clouds, silently sweeping by on a billowing breeze.  Back down to earth, let’s take a walk outside.  What should we wear?  Wellington boots?  A sun hat?  How do we know what the weather will be like today?
Read and write poems and postcards... and, if you don’t like today’s weather report, why not write your own?  Send a message by balloon.  Up, up and away it goes, high in the sky and over the rainbow.  How far will the wind blow it?
What weather do you prefer?  Sunshine, snow, storms or showers?  Get your Wellingtons on – let’s go!

  • Knowledge of the Wold: Seasonal and daily weather. Seasonal changes.
  • Creative Development: Collage and painting. Weather sounds and songs
  • Physical Development: Dance

Term 6

Wriggle and Crawl

Grab your coat and pooter – we’re going out and about on a minibeast hunt!  Sweep your nets in puddles and ponds and lift up logs to see who’s home.  Then set up your own minibeast laboratory and observe their every move.   Add notes and labels and ask your own research questions – just like a real entomologist!
Learn about bees and worms and butterflies too.  Then animate to show how your favourite bug transforms from one form to another, perhaps a caterpillar to a butterfly or a maggot to a fly....urgh!
On your belly, legs at the ready, it’s time to wriggle and crawl!

  • Knowledge of the World: Fieldwork. Living things and their habitats
  • Creative Development: Observational drawing. Tuned and untuned instrumentsMusic: 
  • Physical Development: Dance
  • PSED: Feeling positive

Redwood Drive, Waddington,Lincoln LN5 9BN T 01522 721156 F 01522723672 E

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