eyfsMedium Term Plan Autumn Term 2 2019. Teachers: Miss Harris, Miss Batten & Miss Cressey


As the nights become darker, we will be learning about the world around us, from nocturnal animals to space!

The children will take on the role of the teddy in the book 'Whatever Next' learning about and exploring space. I wonder where their space adventure will take them..

Closer to home, the children will share the story of 'Owl Babies' and 'Night Monkey, Day Monkey', learning about the difference between night and day and what animals may only come out at night.

We will be looking at different celebrations from Halloween, Bonfire night, Diwali and Christmas.

We will begin our learning about Diwali, the celebration of light. The children will be exploring a variety of artefacts and making their own Divas. The children will be learning about the story of Rama and Sita.

We will then focus on Bonfire night, exploring the colours and patterns associated with this celebration. Children will be learning how to stay safe at this time of year. We will be linking texts to our topic such as Winnie the Witch for Halloween and non-fiction books related to Bonfire night.

We will complete the term by celebrating Christmas. The children will listen to the Christmas story and participate in a variety of exciting Christmas activities.

Personal, Social & Emotional Development

This term we are encouraging our children to take responsibility and become more independent. This term there will also be some changes to daily routines as we prepare for Christmas festivities. Children will adapt to these and learn to respond positively to new social situations.

Communication & Language

This term the children will be introduced to new vocabulary when learning about celebrations such as Diwali. They will be developing their speaking skills as they talk about the celebrations they enjoy with their families, such as Bonfire Night and Christmas.

Physical Development

The children will take part in dances based on space and celebrations. They will continue to develop their gross motor skills. The children will also be establishing greater control over equipment, such as scissors and pencils, developing their fine motor skills.

Understanding the world

We will be looking at the world beyond our earth and learning about the wonders of space. We will also be exploring the world around us through our focus on nocturnal animals and the change in season from Summer to Autumn. We will be looking at similarities and differences related to celebrations around the world. We will also be discussing special celebrations that we have shared with our families such as Christmas.

Expressive Arts & Design

The children will be making 3D models, designing rockets and a variety of Christmas decorations. We will be exploring colour, for example creating splatter paintings to celebrate bonfire night, inspired by Jackson Pollock. The children will continue to access the role-play areas where they will extend their imaginations and introduce new resources. We will be learning new songs in preparation for our Christmas Nativity.


The children will continue to develop their listening skills as they enjoy stories. They will be looking at books, such as Owl Babies and encouraged to talk about the pictures and contents. Children will use how and why questions to extend their knowledge about celebrations. They will recall their past experiences of celebrating within their families.The children will continue to participate in daily phonic sessions, which will introduce them to a new sound each day. They will be developing their letter formation when writing.

Mathematical Development

We will continue to focus on number recognition and number formation. We will also be focusing on shape, space and measure. We will use objects and common shapes to create rockets. The children will be encouraged to name the 2D and 3D shapes and describe their properties. They will be making potions and measuring broomsticks when focusing on the story of Winnie the Witch.

Homework Challenges