St. Mary´s CE (A) First School

Learning to love, loving to learn

Autumn 1 - 2022

Autumn 1 - 2021

Food / Harvest

Each day is delivered through a quality text.  These will include:

Handa's Surprise, Oliver's Vegetables, Mr Bill and the Runaway Sausage, Little Red Hen, The Magic Porridge Pot, The Gingerbread Man, The Enormous Turnip, The Tiger Who Came to Tea.

Myself / Harvest

What Do I Look Like?, My Mum and Dad Make Me Laugh, Do You Know What Grandad Did?, Titch, How Do I Put It On?, Funnybones, Baby Duck and the Bad Eyeglasses, Avocado Baby.

Autumn 2

 Autumn 2


Wake up Charlie Dragon, Pumpkin Soup, Diwali, Fireworks, Bears Special Birthday, Kipper's Birthday, Caterpillar's Wedding, Stickman, Aliens Love Panta Claus.

 People Who Help

What the Ladybird Heard, Piggy Wiggy Fireman, Born on Fire, Poor Monty, Jack and Jill, Cops and Robbers, Burglar Bill

Spring 1

 Spring 1

Weather / Easter

Mr Wolf's Week, After the Storm, Sonny's Wonderful Wellies, Noah's Ark, The Sun and the Wind, What Makes a Rainbow?, Winnie in Winter, One Snowy Night

 Toys / Easter

A Hug For Humphrey, Just Like Jasper, Dogger, Kipper's Toy Box, The Teddy Robber, Pinocchio, Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs

Spring 2

 Spring 2


Hairy McClary Stories, The Great Pet Sale, My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes, The Pet I'll Get, Ella and the Rabbit, Wanted, the Perfect pet, Big Fish, Little Fish


Town Mouse and Country Mouse, Kipper, The Three Little Pigs, Hansel and Gretel, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Little Red Riding Hood, The Gruffalo

Summer 1

 Summer 1

Colour, Light and Sound

Walking Through the Jungle, Crash, Bang, Thud, Peace at Last, The Mixed Up Chameleon, Elmer, The Blue Balloon, Bringing Down the Moon, Oliver's Wood


Mary, Mary Quite Contrary, The Hungry Caterpillar, The Lazy Ladybird, Incy Wincy Spider, The Very Busy Spider, Super Worm, Norman the Slug and the Silly Shell, Jack and the Beanstalk

Summer 2

 Summer 2


The Jolly Postman's Journey, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, We're Going on a Bear Hunt, Whatever Next, The Train Ride, The Big Blue Train, Mr Gumpy's Motor Car, Mr Gumpy's Outing

Under the Sea / Pirates

On a Pirate Ship, Rainbow Fish, Commotion in the Ocean, Captain Duck, The Snail and the Whale, Tiddler, Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch

 EYFS Long-term overview
Key Stage 1

Autumn (2022)

Autumn (2021)

 Learning Challenges:

Where do leaves go in the winter?

Why is the Wii more fun than Grandma’s toys?

Why isn’t everyone afraid of the dark?

Learning Challenges:

Why would a dinosaur not make a good pet?

What are fossils?

How will five a day help me to stay healthy?

Supporting texts: 

Albert le Blanc by Nick Butterworth , Stuck by Oliver Jeffers, harvest and fireworks poetry, range of traditional tales

Supporting texts:

Rex by Simon James, Baby brains by Simon James, Dear Greenpeace by Simon James, Yum Yum - food chains, King of all the Dinosaurs poem by Paul Cookson, harvest and fireworks poetry, range of fables



Science: grouping and classifying materials, seasonal changes including night and day, day and night including temperatures, light and shadow 

GeogrpahyHow the seasons and weather affect people, naming the countries that make up the UK

History: Changes within living memory - when parents and grandparents were young, toys from the past, Victorian toys

Art: Colour mixing and shades, Autumn tree art, seasons art, Andy Warhol, Christmas art and calendars

DT: make a toy, make a Victorian toy (peg doll or spinning toy), design and make a magnetic game


Science: Animals and their offspring, naming and classifying animals, animals and their habitats, food chains, what animals and humans need to survive, exercise and healthy living

Geography: Seasonal and daily weather patterns in the UK, naming the countries and oceans of the world

History: Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole or Mary Anning, Guy Fawkes and Gunpowder Plot

Art: sketching fossils focussing on shading and texture, Arcimboldi food art, fossil and dinosaur rubbings, Christmas art and calendars

DT: salt dough fossils, split pin dinosaurs



Spring (2023)

Spring (2022)

 Learning Challenges:

Why can't a meerkat live in the North Pole?

Why were Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong brave people?

 Learning Challenges:

Where would you prefer to live?

Why do we love to be beside the seaside?

What were seaside holidays like in the past?

Supporting texts:

Meerkat Mail by Emily Gravett, Wombat goes walkabout by Michael Morpurgo, On the Ning Nang Nong by Spike Milligan 

Supporting texts:

Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae, The Great Fire of London, Seaside Poetry, Handa's Surprise



Science: Labelling common animals, understand carnivores, herbivores and omnivores, animals and environements, naming parts of the human body, identification of plants and trees, label the structure of a plant, growing plants from seeds and bulbs

Geogrpahy: Features of hot and cold countries, animals and people who live in hot and cold countries, naming the countries and oceans of the world

History: Significant people in history - Christopher Columbus
Art: Aborigine art, colour - contrasting landscapes, Turner

DT: Minibeasts made from recycled materials, salt dough and clay Australian animals, Easter crafts

Science: Living and non-living things, parts of the body, identifying plants and trees, identifying what plants need to grow, growing plants from seeds and bulbs

Geography:Compare an area in the UK to a contrasting area in the world - Africa to the Isle of Coll in Scotland

History: Significant historical events - Great Fire of London, Samuel Pepys, changes within living memore - what were seaside holdiays like in the past?

Art: Vincent Van Gogh - Sunflowers, Lowry - promenade sketching and painting, African Art

DT: African masks, musical intruments, Masaii jewellery

Summer (2023)

Summer (2022)

 Learning Challenges:

What materials would the Three Little Pigs have used to build their house?

What materials woould the little boy use for his basket when he walks to Grandma's house? 
Which materials are suitable?

 Learning Challenges:

What would Dora or Ben find interesting about Uttoxeter?

What might Percy find in Bramshall Park?

Supporting texts:

Into the forest by Anthony Browne, Hansel and Gretel by Anthony Browne

Supporting texts: 

Voices in the Park by Anthony Browne, Changes by Anthony Browne



Science: Uses of everyday materials, classifying and grouping materials, changing materials by bending, squashing and twisting

Geography: Local geography, visiting parks and forests - comparing features of environments, looking after the local environment, recycling, map work and co-ordinates

History: Local history of Uttoxeter, Victorian times - How have schools and shopping changed over time?

Art: Contrasting colours, tone and texture - tree sketching in the style of Anthony Browne, Georgia O'Keefe

DT: Design and build the cotttage from the into the Forest story (junk materials - structure and strength), design and create plans for improving local environment

Science: Uses of everyday materials, classifying and grouping materials, sources of sound, describing sounds, minibeasts

Geography: Fieldwork and observational skills - stufy the geography of the school and its grounds, physical and human features of the local environment

History: Significant historical events, people and places in Uttoxeter - Mary Howitt, Uttoxeter, Redfern Cottage

Art: Observational sketches of buildings in Uttoxeter, sketching minibeasts and habitats, Turner - seascapes, Monet - water

DT: Musical instruments, pom pom spiders, clay minibeasts



Key Stage 2

Autumn (2022)

Autumn (2021)

Learning Challenges:

Why were Romans so powerful?

What did we learn from them?

Why would you choose to build a city?

Why is the River Thames so important?


 Learning Challenges:

What do rocks tell us about the way the earth was formed?

What makes the earth angry?

Who first lived in Britain?


Supporting English Text:

Escape from Pompeii by Christina Balit

Fiction: The Tear Thief by Carol Ann Duffy

Text types studied:

1. Historial Fiction

2. Poetry: Metaphors.

3. Classics:   Christinna Rossetti

4. Non Fiction: Explanation Text  (Volcanoes). Newspaper (recount)


Supporting English Text:

Stone Age Boy by Satoski Kitamura

Non Fiction: Stone Age Sentinel      

The Lost Thing by Shaun Tann

Text Types Studied

1.Historical Fiction and Fantasy

2. Classics: Clement Clark Moore

3. Poetry: Michael Rosen 

4. Non Fiction: Explanation Text (Stone Henge) and Recount





HISTORY:  The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain today

GEOGRAPHY: River study and city locations

SCIENCE: Solids, liquids and gases

ART: Monet and water study


FRENCH Y3: Meeting and Greeting / phonics/ Seasons

HISTORY: Stone Age and Iron Age including early farming and the Bronze Age

GEOGRAPHY: The power of the earth, looking at volcanoes and earthquakes

SCIENCE : Rocks and Soils. Electricity

ART: Cave Art, Stone Henge 

French Y4 :  presenting myself and my family

Spring (2023)

Spring (2022)

 Learning Challenges:

What happens to the food we eat?

Which plants and animals thrive in our locality?

Who were the English law makers?

Why were the Norman castles certainly not bouncy?

How would we survive without water?


 Learning Challenges:

How far can you throw your shadow?

Why has Greece always been in the news?

Why do so many people choose to go to the Mediterranean on their holiday?


Supporting English Text:

The Sword in the Stone 

Poetry: The Key to the Castle by Dave Calder

Dragonology by Dugald Steer

Text types studied:

  1. Myths and Legends (English: King Arthur) Quest writing
  2. Poetry: Cumulative
  3.  Report Writing
  4. Classics: Shakespeare Midsummer's Night Dream

Supporting English Text

The Fabulous Flying Books of Morris Lessmore by William Joyce

Theseus and the Minotaur

Text Types Studied

1. Myths and Legends (Greek) Quest Writing

2. Fiction: Fantasy

3.  Non Fiction: biography/autobiography

4. Classics: Shakespeare The Tempest



HISTORY:  A study of an aspect or theme in British history, beyond 1066 (Riotous Royalty - the changing power of British monarch)

GEOGRAPHY:  MAp work focusing on castles and the reason for their positioning

SCIENCE: Teeth and food. Living things in the local and wider community

ART/ DESIGN: Wooden swords, Clay work

French Y3: musical instruments, fruit and vegetables


HISTORY: Ancient Greece (Greek life and their achievements and their influence on the western world)

GEOGRAPHY: European Countries, capitals, flags and famous cities

SCIENCE: Forces and magnets. Light and Shadows

ART: Clay work and 3D modelling

FRENCH Y4: Goldilocks, habitats




Summer (2023)

Summer (2022)

 Learning Challenges:

Why is the sound of One Direction enjoyed by so many?

How can we cope without electricity for one day?

Why is Liverpool such a cool place to live?

Learning Challenges:

How can Usain Bolt move so quickly?

How did the blossom become an apple?

Is Uttoxeter a better place now than in 1930?

Supporting English Text: 

Leon and the Place Between by Graham Baker Smith

Text types studied: 

1. Non Fiction:  Report (chronological)

2. Non Fiction: Persusavie writing (advertising)

3. Fiction: Fantasy

Supporting English Text

The Lion and the Unicorn by Shirley Hughes

The Day the Crayons Quit - Drew Daywhalt

Text types studied

1. Non Fiction: Letter writing

2. Historical Fiction

3. NonFiction: Report (Explanation)



HISTORY: A study of an aspect or theme in British history, beyond 1066 (Leisure and entertainment in the 20th Century)

GEOGRAPHY: UK city study - Liverpool

SCIENCE: Sound and alternative sources of energy

ART: Pop art and Andy Warhol

French Y3: Ice creams, Little Red Riding Hood



HISTORY: Local History- a study of Local History taking account of a period that shaped the locality including WW2

SCIENCE: Parts of a plants and what they need to survive. Nutrition, skeletons and muscles

ART: Famous British Artist - Lowry

Design: Anderson shelters

FRENCH Y4: Classroom, My Home