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Topic Title

Lost in London

The Bakery


Shooting for the Stars

Let’s Get Muddy

How does your garden grow?

Topic links/ inspiration



Paddington Bear

Katie in London

Garden party

Queens Knickers


Great fire of London

Samuel Pepys

Changes in firefighting techniques – Fire fighter visit

Visit the fire station/visit the school


Australia (The Outback)


Musical instruments

Iconic landmarks

Australia Day

Kitty the Koala

Taba Naba dance


La Luna

Helen Sharman

Solar system and planets

Peter Thorpe

Tim Peake

Neil Armstrong

Moon Landing

Planetarium visit


Forest School

Andy Goldsworthy

Farm trip

Farm animals/food


Planting cress, broad beans and sunflowers

Hooks and ‘Wow’ Moments

Letter from Paddington Bear

Teddy bear’s picnic

Big Box Day

KIT Theatre- Thomas Farriner

Fireman visit

Samuel Pepys

Box containing cheese, wine and a diary

Koala arrives in box covered in Christmas wrapping paper

Australia Day/Special assembly

Baby visit/video

Dog visit/video


Letter from Helen Sharman

Package with alien and moon rocks

Cup aliens

Planet art

Planet songs

Making rockets

Trashed forest school with clues from farm animals

Letter from farmer- need the children’s help.

Natural materials art

Farm visit

Walking to the lake (NPS & WR) and walking to the beach (LB)

Visit from Mrs Lane – asking for help with her garden


Possible trips linked to topic:

Virtual London trip

Big Box day

Kit theatre visit




Planetarium visit

Farm trip- Boydell’s Farm


Canvey Beach


Place Value

Read, write, compare and order numbers to at least 100

Use <, > and = signs

Partitioning two digit numbers

Count in steps of 2, 3, 5 and 10


Mental calculations

Addition and subtraction facts within 10

Add and subtract across 10.

Commutative law

Add and subtract numbers using concrete objects, pictorial representations, and mentally,

Number bonds to 5, 10 and 20

Doubles and halves to 20



Name common 2D and 3D

Describe their properties

Multiplication and Division

Multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables

Arrays, repeated addition, sharing and grouping

Odd and even numbers.


Addition and subtraction

Addition and subtraction facts to 20

Add and subtract a one-digit number within 100

Add and subtract ones or tens to/from a two-digit number.

Add three one-digit numbers

Add and subtract any two-digit numbers.

Solve problems with addition and subtraction




Use symbols for pounds (£) and pence (p); Combine amounts

Find different combinations

Solve simple problems


Multiplication and Division

Repeated addition


Commutative law

Solve problems



1/3, ¼, 2/4 and ¾ of a length, shape, set of objects or quantity

Write simple fractions

Recognise the equivalence of 2/4 and ½



Sequence intervals of time.

Quarter past/to the hour

Number of minutes in an hour and the number of hours in a day




Addition and subtraction facts to 20 fluently, and derive and use related facts up to 100




Count in tens from any number

Read and write numbers to at least 100 in words

Add and subtract any two-digit numbers.

Subtraction as difference

Inverse for checking and missing numbers

Estimating numbers

Solve problems with addition and subtraction


Patterns and sequences

Order and arrange combinations of mathematical objects in patterns and sequences


SATS revision



Pictograms, tally charts, block diagrams and simple tables

Ask and answer simple questions

Ask and answer questions about totalling and comparing



Choose and use appropriate standard units to estimate and measure length/height in any direction (m/cm); mass (kg/g); temperature (°C); capacity (litres/ml)

Compare and order lengths, mass, volume/capacity

Read scales



Addition and subtraction facts to 20 fluently, and derive and use related facts up to 100

Solve problems with addition and subtraction involving numbers, quantities and measures



Precise language to describe the properties of 2D and 3D shapes,

Compare shapes.


Position and Direction

Describe position, direction and movement, including movement in a straight line

Describe rotation as a turn


Sentence structure and adjectives - Gruffalo

Conjunctions - Tiddler


Story writing - Katie in London


Non-chronological reports – London landmarks




Story sequencing/descriptions - Sammy the street dog

Diary writing – Samuel Pepys

Recount writing – KIT theatre visit

Postcards to Thomas Farriner

Christmas acrostic poetry

Diamonte poem – Tiddalick


Classic poems – The owl and the pussy cat


Non-chronological reports - Australian landmarks/animals


Story writing – Dream time stories – ‘How the birds got their colours’


Letter writing to Kitty the koala’s mum and year 2 children in the Academy

Instructions – how to make an alien


Story writing – La Luna


Space poetry writing

Story writing - The day the Crayons quit


Persuasive writing – A squash and a squeeze


SATS – Independent writing

Book study – Horrid Henry


Letter writing - Scarecrow’s wedding


Recount - Canvey beach visit


Contemporary poems - Summer



Julia Donaldson texts: Gruffalo, Tiddler, Room on the Broom

Katie Goes to London

Queen’s Knickers

Sammy the Street Dog

Magic Grandad video


How the birds got their colours

Man on the Moon

Aliens love Underpants

Dinosaur pooped a planet

Space poetry

Oliver Jeffers – How to catch a star

The way back home

The day the crayons quit

A squash and a squeeze

Scarecrow’s wedding

Horrid Henry







The Gunpowder plot and Guy Fawkes

Great fire of London

The plague

Samuel Pepys

Captain Cook

Famous astronauts: Neil Armstrong, Tim Peake and Helen Sharman

The Moon landing

History of space travel





Identifying and locating London landmarks

Capital cities of the UK









Compass directions

Oceans and continents around the world

Human and physical features

Hot and cold climates

Using maps and atlases





Observations of the school grounds (Human and physical features)

Aerial photographs and planning perspectives


Identifying physical features of the school

Devising maps




Choosing/test materials for particular jobs

Identifying opaque, translucent and transparent materials

Investigating waterproof materials

Investigating the strength of materials

Famous scientist: Charles Mackintosh



Explaining how some objects are changed

Sort and group different materials

Animals including humans


Understand the needs and wants of humans and animals

Understand humans grow and change

Understand the basic needs of humans and animals

Know that animals have offspring


Animals including humans


Understand the life cycle of living things e.g. kangaroo, frog

Name animals and their offspring

Understand the importance exercise, healthy eating and keeping clean



Living things and their habitats

Identify things that are living, dead and never alive

Understand the different types of habitat/microhabitats

Understand why living things live in certain habitats

Watch closely using equipment e.g. magnifying glass

Young Gardeners


Identify common plants

Understand that plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to survive

Understand how seeds and bulbs grow into plants

Plant a variety of seeds

Collect and record data



Online safety

Creating pictures






Making music




Big Box Day

Using different materials to plan, develop and create London landmarks



Christmas cards  

Using levers to create a pop up card




Rain makers  

Using different materials to make an Australian instrument


Running stitch

Sewing on binka using needles to create a running stitch


Clay pots

Making mother’s day pots out of clay


Cookery techniques

Making Little Red Riding Hood snacks with fruit

Cookery techniques  

Baking rock cakes and fairy cakes


Understand that some food is farmed

Cookery techniques  

Making a salad by chopping, slicing and grating fruit and vegetables


Painting London landmarks

London landmark collage

Banksy artwork

Great fire of London collage

Aboriginal art

Australian landmark artwork

Space art – Peter Thorpe



Designing own planet using marbling technique

Andy Goldsworthy – Natural material art

Flower paintings


Food art – Guiseppe Arcimboldo



Christianity – Why does Jesus teach?


Is it possible to be kind to everyone all of the time?

Christianity – Christmas – Jesus as a gift from God


Why do Christians believe God gave Jesus to the world?



Judaism – Passover


How important is it for Jewish people to do what God asks them to do?

Christianity – Easter and Resurrection


How important is it to Christians that Jesus came back to life after His crucifixion?

Judaism – The Covenant


How special is the relationship Jews have with God?

Judaism – Rites of Passage and good works


What is the best way for a Jew to show commitment to God?



Ball skills


Team Building

Dance (Taba Naba Australian dance)

Invasion games


Striking and fielding

Picnic Dance


Net and wall games



Hands, feet, heart

Playing the glockenspiel

Ho Ho Ho

Christmas songs

Playing the glockenspiel

I wanna play in a band

Playing the glockenspiel


Playing the glockenspiel

Friendship Song

Playing the glockenspiel

Reflect, rewind and play

Playing the glockenspiel