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Early Years

At Holley Park Academy, we believe that children are central to their own learning and development. By believing in them and providing them with well thought out opportunities they are able to achieve. 

In our mixed early years provision,  pupils learn together in an open plan environment which has been created specifically to encourage pupils to be curious.  Our provision has recently been developed working in conjunction with the one of the 13 DFE Ear ly Years Stronger Practice Hubs. Resources within the provision have been chosen to be more open-ended, using natural and real life materials which provoke exploration. 

Our curriculum has been carefully constructed making use of the Development Matters documentation and Early Years Framework.

 Should you wish to find out more information as to how you can support your child's journey within Early Years, please visit the following:

Early years foundation stage profile handbook_2023 ( 

Development Matters - Non-statutory curriculum guidance for the early years foundation stage ( 

What-to-expect-in-the-EYFS-complete-FINAL-16.09-compressed.pdf (    

For parents | Letters and Sounds (

Autumn 1
Autumn 2
Spring 1
Spring 2
Summer 1
Summer 2
s a t p i n m d g o c k ck e u r h b f l
Tricky words:
is I the
ff ll ss j v w x y z zz qu ch sh th ng nk
Tricky words:
pull out full as and had his her go no to into she push he of we me be
Words with s added at the end.
ai ee igh oa oo o oar or ur ow oi ear air er
Tricky words:
was you they my by all are sure pure
Words with double letters.
Longer words.
Review Phase 3 and tricky words.
Words with double letters, longer words, words with two or more diagraphs, words ending in ing, compound words.
Short vowels with adjacent consonants.
Longer words and compound words.
Words ending in suffixes: ing ed est
Tricky words:
Said so have like some come love do were here little says there when what one out today
Phase 3 long vowel graphemes with adjacent consonants.
Word ending in suffixes: ing ed er est.
Longer words.
Review all tricky words.
Core Books
The Three Little Pigs – Mara Alperin
Little People Big Dreams, Rosa Parks – Lisbeth Kaiser
The Colour Monster – Anna Llenas
The Gruffalo – Julia Donaldson
The Very Last Leaf – Stef Wade
The Great Big Book of Families – Mary Hoffman
We’re going on a Bear Hunt - Michael Rosen
Goldilocks and the Three Bers – Mara Alperin
Somebody Swallowed Stanley – Sarah Roberts
The Christmas Story – J. John
The Best Diwali Ever - Sonali Shah
The Gruffalo’s Child – Julia Donaldson
Room on the Broom – Julia Donaldson
And Tango Makes Three - Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
Little Red Riding Hood – Mara Alperin
The Easter Story – J. John
We’re going on a Lion Hunt - David Axtell
The Lonely Wasp – Charles Fuge
Little People Big Dreams, Nelson Mandella – Lisbeth Kaiser
The Koala who Could – Rachel Bright
The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle
Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge – Mem Fox
When I was a Child – Andy Stanton
Jack and the Beanstalk – Mara Alperin
Hello Spring - Jo Lindley
The Tiny Seed - Eric Carle
The Tin Forest – Helen Ward
The Bad Seed – Jory John
The Huge Bag of Worries - Virginia Ironside
The Three Billy Goats Gruff – Mara Alperin
Little People Big Dreams, King Charles – Lisbeth Kaiser
Paddington at the Palace – Michael Bond
Donovan’s Big Day - Leslea Newman
Katie in London - James Mayhew
The Princess and the Pea -  Caryl Hart
Field Trip to the Moon – John Hare
Light in the Night - Marie Voigt
The Gingerbread Man – Mara Alperin
Here We Are – Oliver Jeffers
Charlie Cooks Favourite Book – Julia Donaldson
I love the Season Summer - Lizzie Scott
Ruby’s Worry - Tom Percival
Core Rhymes
Days of the Week
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
If your Happy and you Know it
The Bear went over the Mountain
Five Little Speckled Frogs
Days of the Week
It’s Raining its Pouring
I Hear Thunder
Three Little Fishes
Incy Wincy Spider
Days of the Week
Tiny Caterpillar on a leaf
Rain Rain Go Away
Five Little Monkeys
Hickory Dictory Dock
Days of the Week
1,2,3,4,5 Once I caught a Fish Alive
Wind the Bobbin up
The Wheels on the Bus
Mary Mary
Days of the Week
Grand old Duke of York
Humpty Dumpty
London Bridge is Falling Down
Five Little Ducks
Days of the Week
Five Little Men in a Flying Saucer
Old McDonald
Row Your Boat
Hey Diddle Diddle
Number and Pattern – Matching
Number and Pattern – Sorting
Shape, Space and Measure – Comparing and Ordering
Number and Pattern – AB Patterns
Number and Pattern - Counting
Shape, Space and Measure – Time
Number and Pattern – Composition of numbers to 5
Shape, Space and Measure – 2D shapes
Shape, Space and Measure – Positional Language
Number and Pattern – Counting
Number and Pattern – Ordering
Number and Pattern – Addition
Number and Pattern – Comparing and Ordering
Number and Pattern – Counting
Number and Pattern – Patterns
Shape, Space and Measure – Measuring, lengths and heights
Shape, Space and Measure – Capacity, developing language
Shape, Space and Measure – 2D shapes
Shape, Space and Measure – 3D shapes
Number and Pattern – Counting on to add
Number and Pattern – Counting forwards and backwards
Number and Pattern –Counting to 20
Number and Pattern – Doubling
Number and Pattern –Halving and Sharing
Number and Pattern – Odds and Evens
Shape, Space and Measure –Mass
Shape, Space and Measure –Volume and Capacity
Shape, Space and Measure –Money
Number and Pattern – Data
Number and Pattern – Word Problems
Jackson Pollock – Slatter painting
Piet Mondrian – Naming and exploring colour
Henri Matisse – Collage and Weaving
Cooking and Nutrition
Construction and Modelling
Me, My family, My world – home and school environments
Our World – exploring maps and different countries
Explore! – The natural world and living things
How I’ve changed since I was a baby?
Being Special: Where do we belong?
Why is Christmas special for Christians?
Why is the word ‘God’ so important?
Why is Easter special to Christians?
What places are special and why?
What times/stories are special and why?
Living Things
Living Things
Earth and Space
Seasonal Change will be covered throughout the year.
Spatial Awareness and Basic Skills
Moving in different ways
Ball Skills
The Olympics
My Stories
Our World
Big Bear Funk
Reflect, Rewind and Replay
Personal Development
Safety First
It’s My Body
Oral Health and Yoga will be covered throughout the year.
Computing will be embedded throughout the year where children will develop the concepts of: Logical Reasoning, Abstraction, Pattern, Algorithms and Decomposition. This will be done through the approaches of Tinkering, Creating, Collaborating and Persevering.
E-Safety will be covered each half term.