Anstey First School Curriculum

Our curriculum link books for Cycle A 2019-2020




To support the National Curriculum at Anstey we use the Montessori 5 Great Lessons to provide a stimulus for our termly themes. Each of our carefully chosen texts focuses upon one of the Montessori Great Lessons and are introduced through a historical dramatisation demonstration by our resident Montessori Trained Teachers.


The First Great Lesson is the most memorable and tells the story of the beginning of the universe. This lesson includes some demonstrations using solids and liquids to show how the continents and oceans first came together.

This lesson leads to the study of:

  • Astronomy: solar system, stars, galaxies, comets, constellations.

  •  Meteorology: wind, currents, weather, fronts, erosion, water cycle, clouds, glaciers.

  • Chemistry: states of matter, changes, mixtures, reactions, elements, atoms, periodic table, compounds, molecules, chemical formulas, equations, lab work, experimentation.

  • Physics: magnetism, electricity, gravity, energy, light, sound, heat, friction, motion, experimentation.

  • Geology: types of rocks, minerals, land forms, volcanoes, earthquakes, plate tectonics, ice ages, eras of the earth

  • Geography: maps, globes, latitude/longitude, climates, land/water form names, continent and country research.

From our Great Lesson Demonstration the children are then asked what questions they may have. These questions are then used to help fine tune the study to help them answer their questions.

Owlets Class

Fledglings Class

Little Owls Class

Wise Owls Class

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Discovery Education Espresso

We use Discovery Education within school to support our curriculum. We are now pleased to offer you the opportunity to use this highly visual teaching and learning tool at home with your child. Please see the attached "Home Access Guide" for more information.

To log on to Discovery Education UK please use the following link (username and password is available from your child's class teacher or the office)

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Click on the book for a handy guide to know what your child is learning and when they are learning it

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