St Mary Immaculate Catholic Primary School

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Topics & Learning


Our first topic this year is People Who Help Us. This is a lovely topic to begin the year. The children will be learning about all the people who help them at school so they feel safe and secure. We will also learn about all the different people in our community who help us stay safe and healthy every day, for example, dentists, opticians and police officers. Some of these people help us in emergencies, like firefighters, doctors and nurses. The children will be learning how to contact the right person to help them in an emergency.

Some of our activities will include, making firefighter hats, writing thank you cards to people who have helped us, role playing doctors, practising crossing the road (we set up a pretend road in the garden) and lots of matching and counting games.

We can all train to do a job that helps other people, perhaps some of our children will want to do one of these jobs when they grow up.




Our topic this half term flows on nicely from Minibeasts to Growing and Changing and finally to All About Me. We will be growing and measuring sunflowers, studying life-cycles and conducting science experiments, including changing the colour of cabbage! We will be learning a lot about how we experience our world around us by testing our senses and exploring outdoor spaces.

We will be experimenting with paint and colour to produce beautiful portraits of ourselves and our families. There will be many stories to read this term that will help us understand how and why we feel the way we do, for example Owl Babies is all about trust whilst Starry Eyed Stan is all about sharing.



This half term we will be kicking off our topic, Minibeasts, with an exciting visit from Zoolab. They will be bringing in some live Minibeasts so the children to get a close-up view of these remarkable creatures. With the warmer weather almost here, this is the ideal topic for early summer, giving the children a lot of opportunities to explore the world around them, investigate different habitats and learn how to care for our environment. There are also many opportunities for learning about maths, including, patterns, sequencing and symmetry.



This half term we are looking at fairy tales.  This year we decided not to base the theme around traditional fairy tales but to look at other fairy tales that the children may have listened to or even seen in film.  We have already learnt about the Little Mermaid and over the coming weeks we will be looking at Peter Pan and The Jungle Book.

Fairy tales are good for children for reading and language development.  They help a child's imagination, which is a powerful and unique thing, and throughout their childhood it will help them make up stories and games with their peers.  It is a key factor in their creative thoughts.  With this imagination comes a cultural literacy: fairy tales often include different cultures and ways of doing things.  They teach about cultural differences in the world outside of their own, gifting them a curiosity to learn new things and experience new places.

According to the Telegraph, Mrs Goddard Blythe, director of the Institute for Neuro-physiological Psychology in Chester, said: "Fairy tales help to teach children an understanding of right and wrong, not through direct teaching, but through implication."  Fairy tales teach children that good will always triumph and, while this may not be true in aspects of the real world, the lesson is simple and important.  Be the hero, not the villain.  Learn to hope for better.  This will help the children with critical thinking.  They see the consequences of characters decisions and learn that what will happen to them depends on the choices they make, and hopefully if you make the right decision, everything might just turn out all right. 


SPRINT TERM 1: 2018 - Winter & Snow Animals

Areas of learning

Activities and experiences for children in the Topic

Personal Social and Emotional development

  • To explore protective behaviours
  • Continue to use rocket behaviour board moving up and down as necessary
  • Create a feelings board so children can move their own names into the happy or sad box depending on how they are feeling
  • Encourage the children to be independent when putting on coats, hat, gloves and scarves
  • Labelling a penguin    

Physical Development

  • Pre-school to participate in P.E sessions every Wednesday morning.
  • Marshmallow igloos
  • Snowman button throwing game
  • Penguin movements

Communication and Language

  • Role play – small world snow/white/igloo area
  • Puppets and snow animals for free play
  • Small arctic/Antarctic animals
  • Penguin ice jump


  • Looking at books about snow animals/seasons
  • Matching rhyming words
  • Drawing pictures
  • Mark making in different types of materials eg sand, gloop, foam, paint
  • Learning new rhymes


  • Peg matching
  • Ten little lights
  • Build a snowman game
  • 5 little snowman rhyme
  • Making footprints
  • Penguin making game

Understanding the World

  • Make snow – shaving foam/cornflour gloop/snowflakes
  • Melting and freezing –make fruit ice cubes, ice boats
  • Provide cameras in role play area
  • Keeping warm, hot and cold- how can we keep warm/how animals keep warm
  • Use of internet to find winter/snow songs and to find out facts about real artic/Antarctic animals
  • Exploring ice
  • Pass the ice cube

Expressive Arts and Design

  • Paint snowmen
  • Make hot/cold pictures – placing and arranging/collage materials
  • Look at patterns of snowflakes – make snowflakes
  • Shape penguin



In the second half of the term we will learn about Light and Dark, particularly as the day shortens and the children witness the change with the passing weeks. We will look at images of space, make rockets from junk material, making use of masking tape, and finish by painting them in the colours chosen by the children. Following this we will use the builder’s tray as a backdrop to outer space – covered in stars and planets – for the children to fly their rockets as part of the “space theme”.

A dark den will give the children a space to play with colour changing blocks and experiment shining torches to see in the dark.

For bonfire night we will sit around tea lights, eat toasted marshmallows and drink hot chocolate while learning about safety and treating hot fire with respect. The class will make a large firework picture through flicking the coloured paint at a shower sheet creating the many hot colours that make up a firework display.

In the run up to Christmas we will be very busy with many activities involving art and craft as well as learning the seasonal songs, preparing for the Christmas play. We are all looking forward to the Christmas Party and the visit of a very special person!



This autumn term we are working on the topic, Ourselves. We will look at the difference between us, such as our height, interests, clothes, faces and how our emotions make us feel about the world around us.

We will observe the change in the seasons – the change in colour and look of the leaves, their covering of the ground; the mini-beasts on the ground, and the change in the weather. This will entail a walk in the school grounds, a journey on a leaf hunt to collect samples to create drawings and pictures in the classroom.

We will learn about Divali, the Festival of Light, and the children will make Diva Lamps to take home and share with their families.



This half term our topic is all about minibeasts. This is a perfect topic for the end of Spring and the beginning of Summer, with lots of scope for play and investigation in outside spaces.  Looking at minibeasts provides opportunities to learn about how we care for other creatures and for our environment as well as plenty of counting and sequencing activities.  There is a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books that we will be looking at that relate to minibeasts which will support the topic.

 A few of the activities that we will be doing are:

  • A minibeast bug hunt
  • Circle times – talking about caring for creatures, stories and poems
  • Small world tray with earth, gravel, small pond and plastic minibeasts
  • Following minibeast patterns – spiral, stripes and wiggly lines
  • Over and under instruction games – moving like a worm/caterpillar
  • Minibeast counting games – spots legs and wings
  • Water tray – 5 little speckled frogs
  • Symmetry – butterflies
  • Weaving making a spiders web
  • Drawing and painting minibeasts.

  Minibeasts Web for Learning



This half term our topic is all about traditional fairy tales.  Fairy tales help to develop a child’s imagination by introducing new ideas into their world – ideas about fantastical worlds, other planets, different points in time and invented characters.  It helps encourage the children to realise that they can, and should, imagine anything they want.  A child's imagination is a powerful and unique thing. It's not only used to make up stories and games, it's a key factor in their creative thoughts. Fairy tales teach children about cultural differences in the world outside their own gifting them a curiosity to learn new things and experience new places. Reading traditional fairy tales are a great way to introduce new words and ideas into a child’s vocabulary. During this topic we will be encouraging the children to listen to others in small groups, and to retell part of the story and remember key events and phrases from them.

"If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales." Albert Einstein


 SPRING TERM 1: 2017

This half term our topic is all about rhyming stories. We will be looking at books by Julia Donaldson, who is famous for her rhyming books such as The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child, A Squash and a Squeeze and The Smartest Giant in town as well as many more.  Rhyming helps children notice the sounds within words. Most children enjoy hearing and participating in rhyming activities, and when they are exposed to rhyming, they usually pick it up naturally.  Children enjoy participating in stories – acting parts in them, and joining in choruses. As well as being fun, performing is, tremendously good for children’s confidence and increases their enthusiasm for books.

Children don’t just start off rhyming. They generally go through three stages. In the order of easiest to hardest, those stages are:

Stage 1: Hearing rhyme (the child grows accustomed to hearing and repeating rhyme)

Stage 2: Recognizing rhyme (the child can identify two words that rhyme)

Stage 3: Producing rhyme (the child can think of a word that rhymes with another)

  Parents' Questionnaire - February 2016



Our Autumn Term 2 topic is Dark and Light and celebrating Christmas. Children will be exploring and understanding why it is getting darker. Be able to say and explain why we need to wear warmer clothes in the winter. Children will also use torches to help to understand and compare the difference between light and dark. Children will be learning about why we celebrate Christmas. They will help and act out in role getting ready for Christmas in role-play, create Christmas decorations and make a Christmas list.

  Dark and light, celebrating Christmas Web for Learning



Our Autumn Term 1 topic is New Beginnings and Harvest. The children have been learning about themselves and each other. They have created some images of themselves. The children have enjoyed acting out in role cooking and sharing meals together in the role play area. To celebrate harvest festival the children have been buying and selling fruit and vegetables in a grocers shop and made some bread.

  New Beginnings and Harvest festival Web for Learning



Our Spring Term 2 topic is Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Celebrations for Mothers Day and Easter. Click on the links below to look at all the wonderful activities our Little Angels will be learning.

  Goldilocks and the Three Bears Web for Learning


 SPRING TERM 1: 2016

The children will be learning different Nursery Rhymes, playing musical instruments, dancing and listening to different types of music. The children will 'celebrate Chinese New Year' and 'Shrove Tuesday'. Click on the link below to see what our Little Angels will be learning.

  Nursery Rhymes Web for Learning