St James Catholic

Primary School

In the loving peace, justice and joy of Jesus, we achieve.




Autumn 1

Ruby’s Worry by Tom Percival



Autumn 1

Oh No, George!

by Chris Haughton

Autumn 2

Blue Penguin

Petr Horáček



Autumn 2


Julia Donaldson


Spring 1

Augustus and his smile



Spring 1

 What the ladybird heard By Julia Donaldson


Spring 2

Jack and the beanstalk



Spring 2

Gigantic Turnip

by Aleksei Tolstoy and

Niamh Sharkey

Summer 1




Summer 1

Stanley’s Stick

By John Hegley and Neal Layton

Summer 2

Bog Baby



Summer 2

Yucky Worms

 by Vivian French and Jessica


Literary Form

Contemporary fiction


Contemporary fiction


Picture Book focusing on themes of identifying and belonging.


Rhyming story that involves trickery




Picture book with rhyming pattern

Traditional Tale



Traditional Tale

Traditional tale fantasy



Picture book with poetic language

Fiction Story



Non- fiction

Link to Main

EYFSP Area of Learning


Asking for help


Understanding the World: 



PSED – Exploring the theme of making friends

UW- understanding where Antartica is in the world and what the weather is like.


UW- Links to homes/habitats How is the Gruffalo’s home different to Antartica.

PSED – Exploring what is like to feel scared and how we can be brave.

UW- Animals and their habitats

PSED- Explore what it feels like when you are happy. What things make you happy?



UW – Animals and their habitats

Farm animals

UW – Growing and changing, lifecycles




Physical Development:

Healthy Diet and Exercise

UW: Kings and Queens




Design and Technology:

Stick toys

UW: How to care and look after our world.




Understanding the World:

Observing Minibeasts

PSED & Human Theme

What makes me worried


Making good decisions

 Making friends


Emotions, feeling scared, being brave

Emotional responses to issues


Working together



Being helpful



Playing Cooperatively

Looking after our world and protecting nature


Protecting nature


and Early Reading:

Experience, Knowledge, Skills

and Strategies

Voice sounds – emotional expression

Teaching the Basic Code in context Opportunity for Complex Code: ‘y’ at end

of words like Ruby, worry Developing fluency through high

frequency words Developing inference

Reading illustration

Reading own writing



Nursery rhymes: Hickory Dickory

Dock, How much is that Doggy in the window

Playing with sounds

Body percussion and instrumental sounds

Book-based game

Sound discrimination

Opportunities to explore language

Use and application of phonics phase 2/3

Rhyme and rhythm

Reading own writing




Gruffalo song

Rhyming word snap

Rhythm and Rhyme

Reading illustration

Reading own writing

Opportunities for VC and CVC writing

Character viewpoint

Respond to illustration

Use and application of phonics phase 3

Reading own writing

High frequency words phase 3

Non -fiction research



Vocalising animal sounds

Singing farm songs   

Words as tags – maps

Reading own mapmaking and role-play writing outcomes












Vocalising animal sounds  Drawing on repeated refrain and patterning to re-read

Words as tags – matching text and illustration

Reading and following simple recipe cards












Rhythm and rhyme

Alliteration and assonance

Teaching the Basic Code in context

Consonant cluster: ‘st’ Lifting meaning through performance reading Developing inference

Reading illustration

Reading own writing

Read and understand simple sentences

Use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately

Read some common irregular words Demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read. Use phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds;

 Write some irregular common words. 

Rhythm and Rhyme

Spider songs

Rhyming couplets

Onset and rime

Using supportive illustrations to predict

Lifting print through performance reading  Words as tags 


Communication and Language

(40-60+ months)

  • Listening to conversations of interest; stories with increasing attention and recall; joining in with repetitive refrains; anticipates key events and phrases in rhymes and stories. 
  • Showing understanding of prepositions; beginning to understand ‘why’ and ‘how’ questions.
  • Beginning to use more complex sentences to link thoughts; can retell a simple past event in correct order; using talk to connect ideas, explaining what is happening and anticipates what might happen next, recalling and reliving past experiences; questioning why things happen and giving explanations; using a range of tenses; using intonation, rhythm and phrasing to make the meaning clear to others; using vocabulary focused on objects and people that are of particular importance to them; building up vocabulary that reflects the breadth of their experiences; using talk in pretending that objects stand for something else in play.

Language Competency: through reading,

talk and writing

Simple narrative voice

Past tense consistency and conjunctions

in telling personal stories

Language related to size and comparison



Dialogue Exclamations and questions Instructional language, including

modal verbs

Book talk


Questions why things happen and gives explanations. Asks e.g. who, what, when, how.

Use phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds


Book Talk

Repeated refrains




Book talk

Responding to illustration

Word collection


Role on the wall

Shared writing

Writing in role


Past tense narrative Precise language using prepositions and adverbials

Book talk 








Past tense patterned narrative

Lists and ordinal language

Book talk 









Poetic voice and language

Present tense, including progressive

Expanded noun phrases Language related to size and comparuison


Reading aloud and rereading

 Responding to illustration

 Book talk

 Role Play and Drama




Explanation text

Technical, descriptive and positional language 

Book talk

Physical Development

Gross motor: active play and moving bodies in different ways

Fine motor: make pom-pom worries



Dog show enactment

Tidying up mess

Paper collage

Mark-making involved in drawing different kinds of dogs

Fine motor – Painting pebbles to make penguins

Gross Motor – penguin movement igloo role play


Making representations of the animals from the story using googly eyes and crafts.

Gross Motor – Make the movement of the animals in the story whilst travelling around the outdoor area.

Animal actions

Re-enacting and hatching plans around a large- scale farmyard

 Doing a farmer’s work: using tools that develop gross motor skills and those that strengthen hand and finger muscles and co-ordination


Animal actions

Re-enacting and hatching plans around a large scale farmyard Doing a farmer’s work: using tools that develop gross motor skills and those that strengthen hand and finger muscles and co-ordination










Investigate pushing and pulling in the setting. 

Sorting and sowing seeds

Using gardening tools that develop gross motor skills and those that strengthen hand and finger muscles and co-ordination










Making stick toys, sculptures and towers

Active play with sticks

Climbing trees

Playing ‘Capture the Flag’


 Encourage the children to move like a bog baby-jumping up and down, floating on their backs, slapping their wings…Can they make their bodies ‘soft as jelly’, like he ‘had no bones’?  Play In and Out the Dusty Bluebells




Spider actions

Sweeping and dusting ceilings

Spider web creation

Finger rhymes

Performance reading actions

Extended Writing Outcome

Personal narrative


Letters and messages


Caption Writing

Information writing

Letters of advice


Speech and thought bubbles


Thinking and writing questions


CVC wiring for a recipe for a Gruffalo pie.

Writing about feelings

Non -fiction research writing

Re telling










Care labels and signage







Instructions for a stick game

Class book

Caption writing

Shared journal




Information Booklet

Reading for Pleasure text


Selfish Crocodile


Owl Babies

Silly Billy

I will never ever eat a tomato


Hairy Mc Clairy

Charlie and Lola I can train your dog

Shaggy Dog and the terrible itch

Perfect Pug

Jack Frost

Betty and the Yeti

Lost and found


Polar Bear Polar Bear

I love you sleepy head


Gruffaio’s child


Snow bears child

Big bear little brother

The great goat chase

There’s a lion in my cornflakes

The pigs knickers

Little farmer Jo

The tiger skin rug

Farmer Duck

Titus’s Troublesome tooth


The very lazy ladybird

Max and bird

Rosie’s Walk

Frog and a very special day

Frog and the stranger

I am a frog

Oi frog

The trouble with tadpoles

Growing frogs



The case of the missing caterpillar

Cora Caterpillar











Don’t Poke a worm till it wiggles

Diary of a worm