Picknalls First School Long Term Topic Plan 2021-22


Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4




EYFS Autumn 1
'At the...'


Year 1 Autumn 1
‘On Safari’
A geographical focus learning about Africa, and how it compares to the UK.
We will also look at different animals and their bodies compared to ours.

Year 2 Autumn 1
''The Isle of Struay'
A geographical focus comparing a Scottish Island to Uttoxeter

Year 3 Autumn 1
'To Europe and Beyond'
A study of Europe and a comparison with another country outside of Europe

Year 4 Autumn 1
A historical focus studying the history of the Vikings

EYFS Autumn 2 
‘Mystical Magic’
Harry Potter


Year 1 Autumn 2 
‘Happily Ever After’

An English focus learning about Traditional Tales and story writing. 
In Geography we will look at map work and creating Fairy Tale maps.

Year 2 Autumn 2 
‘Animal Magic’
A literacy based focus using the texts Mr Percy’s Magical Greenhouse and The Tiger Who Came to Tea
Learning about rainforests

Year 3 Autumn 2 
'Stone Age'
How people lived in the Stone Age

Year 4 Autumn 2 
A geographical focus looking at aspects of Canada




EYFS Spring 1
‘Sensational Stories’
Nursery Rhymes, 1 a day for 2 weeks
Each member of staff to choose a favourite story

Year 1 Spring 1
‘Who Lives in a Place Like This?’
A scientific and  geographical focus learning about different animals and their habitats and developing locational knowledge.

Year 2 Spring 1
‘Famous People From the Past’
Factual writing in English about Queen Elizabeth I, Samuel Pepys & the Fire of London, Florence Nightingale
History focus, Science: Healthy Living

Year 3 Spring 1
‘The Groovy Greeks’
A historical examination of Ancient Greek civilisation

Year 4 Spring 1
‘Moving and Growing’
Science focus

EYFS Spring 2
‘Woodland Wonders’
Habitats of minibeasts
Animals you find in British Woodlands
Forest school sessions
Hatching duck eggs

Year 1 Spring 2
‘Man on the Moon’
A history focus learning about famous astronauts with a focus on Tim Peake and Neil Armstrong.

Year 2 Spring 2
‘In the Forest’
Traditional and non-traditional texts– Little Red Riding Hood
Science: Food chains, lifecycles

Year 3 Spring 2

'Wonderful World’
Stories about creation and a scientific focus on plants
Volcanoes and earthquakes

Year 4 Spring 2
‘The Victorians’
A historical focus looking at what life was like for a Victorian child
An exploration of how British life changed during the reign of Queen Victoria




EYFS Summer 1
‘Around the World’
Visit a different country each week and learn about a local carnival/festival
Finish topic by designing their own carnival float
Invite parents in to enjoy a carnival

Year 1 Summer 1
‘A Toy’s Story’
A historical focus comparing new and old toys from the past.

Year 2 Summer 1
‘Taking Care of Our Planet’
Texts: Dear Greenpeace, The Snail and the Whale, Michael Recycle, 10 Ways to Take Care of Our Planet

Year 3 Summer 1
'Gums to Bums'
Keeping healthy, teeth and digestion

General mapwork - finding our way around

Year 4 Summer 1
'Life in a Cold Climate'
A study of the Arctic and Antarctica.

EYFS Summer 2

'Buckets and Spades'

seaside habitats
travel & transport

Year 1 Summer 2
‘Best of Britain’
A Historical focus on Britain and the Royal family and a Geographical focus on the four countries in the UK. 

Year 2 Summer 2
‘Travel and adventure’
Texts:  The Snorgh and the Sailor, The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch series
Looking at a non-European country—Mexico

Year 3 Summer 2
‘Relentless Romans’
A history based topic about what the Romans did when they invaded and settled in Britain

Year 4 Summer 2
An exploration of issues relating to global warming and environmental change.


We believe Picknalls First School should be a wonderful place where children want to be and learning takes place both in and out of the classroom.  Learning should be through a mixture of exploration, discovery, creativity and a variety of sensory and kinaesthetic experiences which encourage learners to want to explore more in a journey of lifelong learning. They will learn the English and Maths skills needed for life and learning to progress in their education.
Whatever their background they will learn to shape their futures and develop their unique capacities and skills.  They will be encouraged to be curious and use thinking skills to innovate, be creative and problem solve.  They will develop the first understandings of employment and entrepreneurship.  A primary education should set learners up for life, with the knowledge and skills to be well-rounded individuals, mentally and physically healthy, with an appreciation for and a generosity towards people, the world and the universe around them.