Year R

This overview is intended as a rough guide only. In Year R we are meant to plan based on the children's interests. Therefore if a particular aspect of the main topic is not well received by the majority of the class and they are enchanted by a slightly different aspect then I will change it to one they are interested in.

Term One: Myself/God’s World

As this is the beginning of the children’s school experience we spend the term getting to know each other.  In RE we begin by learning about the wonderful world God has made for us and how we are each created by God to be unique special people.

We also spend time looking at stories and resources concerning:

  • Our bodies and what we can do with them
  • Our families
  • Our emotions
  • Rules at home and school

Term Two: Materials/God’s Family

This term we are learning about a variety of materials and their properties. The Three Little Pigs is our main story.

In RE we are learning about being a part of God’s Family. We also look at events leading up the birth of Jesus.

We also spend time looking at resources concerning:

  • Sorting material
  • Properties of materials
  • Waterproofing and insulating
  • Materials to build houses
  • Advent and Christmas

Term Three: Journeys/Getting to Know Jesus

This term we are learning about different types of transport and the journeys we can take. Our main stories are: Little Red Riding Hood, We’re going on a Bear Hunt, Where the Wild Things Are and The Magic Train.

The RE topic is concerned with developing an understanding that Jesus came for all and that we can have a personal relationship with him.

We also spend time looking at resources concerning:

  • Journeys we have taken
  • Places both locally and abroad
  • Transport of the past and present
  • maps

Term Four: Colours in Our World and Beyond/Sorrow and Joy

This term we are learning around the theme of colour. Our main stories are: the Little Red Hen, The mixed up Chameleon and Mrs. Rainbow. This theme also explores space.

The RE topic is concerned with developing an understanding that Lent is a time when we can think about our actions. We will be exploring the theme of forgiveness through the stories of Zacchaeus and The Unforgiving Debtor.

We also spend time looking at resources concerning:

  • colour mixing and experiments
  • night and day
  • colours within the stars

Term Five: Growing/New Life

This term we are learning about different growing cycles of plant and a variety of animals. Our main stories are: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Oliver’s Vegetables and Jack and the Beanstalk. We will also be looking at minibeasts.

The RE topic is concerned with developing an understanding of how the Resurrection of Christ involves us in the story of the Church. We learn about how Jesus came back to help his friends in a time of worry. We will also be celebrating Mary, Jesus Mother as May is her month.

We also spend time looking at resources concerning:

  • lifecycles of a variety of animals
  • habitats of animals
  • scientific investigation into plants and minibeasts
  • how humans use plants in our everyday life

Term Six: Water/Following Jesus

This term we are learning about how water is used in our daily lives. We do not have any main weekly stories for this term. Rather we look at a variety within the main themes of the topic.

The RE topic is concerned with Pentecost and living as Jesus wants us to. We learn about the Church both locally and universal.

We also spend time looking at resources concerning:

  • Seaside holidays of the past and present
  • Washing in the past and present
  • Areas of the world where there is either lots of very little water
  • Scientific investigation of states of water
  • Fictional and factual life under the sea