Anstey First School Curriculum

Our curriculum link books for Cycle A 2019-2020

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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.


The Second Great Lesson involves the coming of life. This lesson revolves around the Timeline of Life, a long chart with pictures and information about microorganisms, plants, and animals that have lived (or now live) on the earth. The great diversity of life is emphasized, and special care is paid to the "jobs" that each living thing does to contribute to life on earth.

This lesson leads to the study of:

  • Biology: cells, organized groups, five kingdoms, specimens, dissection, observation, use of microscope

  • Botany: study of plants, classification, functions, parts of plants (seed, fruit, leaf, stem, root, flower), types of plants

  • Habitats: location, characteristics, food chains/webs, symbiosis, adaptation, ecosystems, conservation

  • Ancient Life: eras of the earth, evolution, extinction, fossil records, excavation

  • Animals: classification, needs, similarities/differences, human systems, nutrition, hygiene

  • Monera, Protista, and Fungi Kingdoms: what they are, classification, observation

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.

Curriculum Maps 2019-2020

Owlets Class

Fledglings Class

Little Owls Class

Wise Owls Class

Science fortnight!

From 2nd March, we are spending two weeks learning all about science. This coincides with National Science Week. The theme this year is 'Our Diverse Planet' and we have been doing fun experiments, watching amazing demonstrations and learning a whole load of new and exciting things!


Come back soon for photographs!