Silkstone Primary School, High Street, Silkstone, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S75 4LR

01226 790333

Silkstone Primary School

A School with Soul


Curriculum Plan for English EYFS

Term/topic/key driver

Autumn 1

All about Me Citizenship



Autumn 2

How are you feeling?

Mental Health


Spring 1

Hot and cold places Cultural Diversity


Spring 2

Neighbours and community Citizenship


Summer 1

Fairy-tale characters

Mental Health


Summer 2


Cultural Diversity




Key texts


My Cat likes to hide in boxes.

Eve Sutton


Happy Birthday Maisie

Lucy Cousins


Monkey Puzzle

Julia Donaldson


I will not ever never eat a tomato

Lauren Child


My Grannies

June Crebbin







Aaarrrgh Spider

Lydia Monks



Owl Babies

By Martin Waddell



Can’t you sleep little bear

Martin Wadell


The elves and the shoemaker







The Usborne Book of Planet Earth 

Welcome to the Arctic/desert/ Rainforest - Living Things and Their Habitats


Lost and found

Oliver Jeffers



Handa’s Hen

Eileen Browne



David McKee






The Enormous Water Melon


Stone soup



The smartest giant in town

Julia Donaldson


Jonathon Jo













Bedtime for Monsters

by Ed Vere


The wizard said

Richard Edwards



A Royal Hullaballu -

Mick Inkpen






Voices of Water’ by Tony Mitton


All Wet

Tony Johnson

Welcome to the Coral Reef - Living Things and Their Habitats


Billy’s Bucket

Kes Gray




Anna Hibiscus-Atinuke

Literary Form

Picture book with repetitive phrase


Picturebook with poetic language



Non – fiction



Traditional Tale



Contemporary fiction





I am absolutely too small for school

Lauren Child


Green Eggs and Ham

Dr Seuss


Kipper’s Birthday

Mick Inkpen



We’re going on a Bear Hunt


10 minutes till bedtime

Peggy Rathmann


10 out of bed

Penny Dale


Boo to the who in the dark


Elf on the shelf


Postman Mouse


The Very Hungry Caterpillar's Christmas Eve EricCarle


We’re going on a polar bear hunt

Giraffes can’t dance Giles Andreae

A country far away Nigel Gray

Greedy Zebra Mwenye Hadithi

Little owl in the snow Christine Tagg

Snow bears Martin Waddell


Alfie gets in first

Shirley Hughes


The tiger who came tea

Judith Kerr


Oliver’s Vegetables

Vivian French


Astro Girl

Ken Wilson-Max


Errol’s Garden

Gillian Hibbs



The Princess and the pea.


Charlie Cook’s favourite book

Julia Donaldson


Princess Smartypants

Babette Cole


King and King

Linda de Hann

Jabari Jumps

Gaia Cornwall


Mr Gumpy’s Outing

John Burmningham


Rainbow Fish Marcus Pfister


Link to theme

PSED: HC&SA Awarenes of self, likes dislikes, family members.


Making friends, feeling secure. Learning to share.


Healthy eating


Awareness of own family routines.


PSED: Talking about our worries.

Keeping ourselves safe.

UW: The World

Animals and their environments.

NUM: counting, one more.


Who helps us in our community.

UW: The World

Growing and planting.


Imaginary worlds


Poetry, music and dance

Phonics and Early Reading

Soundscaping with untuned instruments and voice sounds.

Teaching the Basic Code in context. Developing fluency through repetitive refrain. Lifting meaning through performance reading.

Reading illustration


Rhythm and rhyme Alliteration and assonance. Teaching the Basic Code in context.

Lifting meaning through performance reading.

Developing inference.

Reading illustration.

Reading own writing

Alliteration using names. Related songs about animals and their environments. Words as tags – matching text and illustration Reading own writing.

Environmental sound discrimination Teaching the Basic Code in context Developing fluency through repetitive refrain Developing inference Reading illustration

Voice sounds – emotional expression Teaching the Basic Code in context. Developing fluency through high frequency words. Developing inference.

Reading illustration Reading own writing


Rhythm, rhyme, body percussion and voice sounds. Word and language play Matching aural patterns like rhyming pairs to visual patterns by onset and rime. Neo-language – reading pseudo words in context. Performance reading.

Reading own poetry

Specific phonics

Cloud books pure sound

Ss, Aa, Tt , Pp, Ii, Nn, Mm, Dd,










Gg, Oo, Cc, Kk, ck ,Ee, Uu ,Rr, Hh, Bb, Ff, ff


Ll, ll, le, ss, Jj, Vv,

Ww, Xx, Yy, Zz,


ch, sh, th, ng, dge, ve, wh, cks, tch, nk, ai,ee

igh, oa,

oo (as in cook), oo (as in spoon), ar, or, ur, ow, oi, ear


er (as in hammer), er (as in letter),

ue (as in rescue),

ue (as in glue),

ure, ture



Listening attentively in a range of situations; to stories, accurately anticipating key events and responding to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions; giving their attention to what others say and responding appropriately, while engaged in another activity.

Answering ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events.

Expressing themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs; using past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future.


Language competency

Strong narrative voice addressing the reader Past and present tense, including progressive Adverbial phrases Subordinate and co-ordinating clauses Visual patterns in words Plural suffixes

Poetic voice and language Present tense, including progressive Expanded noun phrases Language related to size and comparison Apostrophe for possession

Voice and tunes of narrative, information and song Book talk and reader response Descriptive, comparative and technical language Precise language of movement – verbs and adverbials Plural suffixes

Traditional tale voice Repetitive refrains Sequencing sentences in retelling Conjunctions and fronted adverbial Dialogue Comparative language Persuasive voice Visualising Exclamations

Simple narrative voice Past tense consistency and conjunctions in telling personal stories Word collections: exploring colloquial language of families, synonyms Language related to size and comparison Apostrophe for possession

Expressive and figurative language Neo-language Language and word play Expanded noun phrases Investigating spelling patterns Visualising Reader response

Physical Development




Write dance.

Loose parts


Gross Motor -moving bodies like the cats in response to story telling.

Fine motor chopping fruit,

Spreading butter.

Playdough cakes to decorate.



Write dance. Loose parts


Gross Motor - active play acting out the story.

Fine motor – playdough spiders/ torch writing.

Hammer and nails.

Peg Christmas trees construct then decorate.


Write dance.

Loose parts


Gross Motor active play - polar bear hunt in arctic.

Dressing in arctic explorer clothes.

Fine motor

Desert /arctic jeep/snowmobile pens

Cotton wool snowmen posting bottles

Write dance. Loose parts


Gross Motor – re-enacting hunt for Handa’s hen.

Fine motor

Pegging correct number of pegs on numbered eggs.


Write dance.

Loose parts


Gross Motor making monster traps. Re-enacting journey.

Fine motor - dough monsters

Unicorn horn loom bands

Write dance.

Loose parts

Gross Motor – Fishing with nets.

Water fun.

Big building boats.

Fine motor

Bath mats and pipettes.

Extended writing outcome

Personal narrative





Instructions to baby owls, how to stay safe / baby bear on going to sleep without worrying.

information booklet

Retelling the story in role

Alternative monster story

Poetry in a range of forms