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Chantry Primary Academy

Primary Academy

Learning values for life

Nursery Curriculum Overview

Autumn 1 - All About Me

WOW! Factor: Teddy Bear's Picnic

Fantastic Finish: Zoolab animal visit


  • Peepo!
  • Something Special
  • Guess How Much I Love You
  • My Mum and Dad Make Me Laugh
  • Titch

We explore ourselves and our families and get to know each other. We discuss our senses and use them through different activities

Unit 1 Topic Plan

Autumn 2 - Traditional Tales

WOW! Factor: Make bread.

Fantastic Finish: Christmas Party & Concert.


  • The Little Red Hen
  • Each Peach Pear Plum
  • The Gingerbread Man
  • The 3 Billy Goats Gruff
  • Goldilocks & The 3 Bears
  • Once Upon a Time

In this unit, we explore traditional stories and look at different versions. The children enjoy joining in with reading the stories and acting them out with puppets.

Unit 2 Topic Plan

Spring 1 - Under the Sea

 WOW! Factor: Pirate & Mermaid Party.

Fantastic Finish: Valentines Tea Party.


  • The Rainbow Fish
  • Commotion in the Ocean
  • Sharing a Shell
  • The Fairytale Haridresser and the Little Mermaid
  • Pirates Love Underpants

In this unit, we explore what you can find under the sea through lovely story books and research. The children also use their imaginations and experience a pirate themed role play area and dress up as pirates and mermaids.

Unit 3 Topic Plan

Spring 2 - Transport

 WOW! Factor: Trip to Leighton Buzzard Narrow Gauge Railway. (for children who will be transferring to reception in September only)

Fantastic Finish: Walk to Library


  • Mr Gumpy's Motor Car
  • The Train Ride
  • Amazing Aeroplanes
  • Fire Engine is Flashing
  • Whatever Next
  • The Wheels on the Bus

In this unit, we look at different modes of transport and how we travel to different places around the world. We experience going on a coach and train journey. We learn more about the topic through stories, songs, small world and imaginative play.

Unit 4 Topic Plan

Summer 1 - Minibeasts

 WOW! Factor: Live Caterpillers.

Fantastic Finish: Ugly Bug Ball.


  • The Very Hungry Caterpiller
  • The Very Quiet Cricket
  • Aaaarrgghh Spider
  • The Bad-Tempered Ladybird
  • Honeybee's Busy Day
  • Incy Wincy Spider

In this unit we explore lots of different minibeasts. The children enjoy watching our live caterpillars turn into butterflies and they create their own mini-beasts using a variety of media. They learn about life cycles.

Unit 5 Topic Plan

Summer 2 - Animals

WOW! Factor: Visit in from a mobile Farm.

Fantastic Finish: Graduation ceremony.


  • Farmer Duck
  • Mog and the Ve Ee Tee
  • Dear Zoo
  • Rumble in the Jungle
  • Farmyard Hullabaloo
  • Owl Babies.

The children learn about a variety of different animals and their young. We also have a vet’s role play area where they learn how to care for animals.

The children cover a broad range of topics through a variety of fiction books with exciting activities to open and close each topic. They are also exposed to a variety of non-fiction texts and find out answers to their questions using the internet too. They also learn a variety of songs and nursery rhymes every half term too.

Unit 6 Topic Plan