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Curriculum Overview Spring




Term and Topic




The Magical World of Eric Carle


Nursery Rhymes




To 'talk' to self and can understand many more words than he/she can or is speaking.

Repetition of the names of familiar objects.

Phonics practise through actions and songs.

Increasingly wants to join in songs and nursery rhymes, especially action songs and finger rhymes.

Is beginning to follow stories read to him/her and is starting to respond appropriately.

Is beginning to 'draw' using preferred hand and to experiment with mark making.



To continue to build their familiarity of numbers 1-5 and counting up to five objects reliably.

To respond appropriately to key vocabulary and questions.

Anticipates, follows, responds to and joins in with familiar number rhymes, stories, songs, activities and games.

Sorts and matches objects or pictures by recognising similarities.

Knowledge & Understanding


Handles and explores the use of a range of tools / equipment.

Can make some choices about materials / equipment to complete a given task.

To respond to open questions about personal experiences and offers own ideas using short phrases or alternative methods of communication.

Explores objects and materials within immediate and familiar environments.

Creative Development


To produce marks and begin to use lines and shapes to create symbols and images.

Explores a range of sound sources and experiments with producing different qualities of sound.

Recognises familiar sounds through listening and making music.

Begin to recognise familiar music and simple routines and respond by joining in or moving to the music, broadly imitating actions, sounds and words.


Increasingly wants to join in songs and nursery rhymes.

Repeats some familiar words and phrases.

Is beginning to follow stories read to him/her and is starting to respond appropriately, verbally or non-verbally.


To climb over obstacles and pedal appropriately sized tricycles, bicycles and cars.

Begin to hold a large crayon / pencil with fingers and thumb.

Develop increasing control over large body movements.

To negotiate large obstacles.

Follow simple rules of a game.


The Easter Story


Children may need assistance with everyday self-help (personal) skills, but are usually keen to help.

To build on helping adults and peers, but not when it conflicts with their own interests.

To begin to express in simple terms how he/she feels and responds to social greetings.

Also to role-play individually or in parallel with other children, often near a familiar adult.