Convince Me Maths

Rainbird Primary follow the New National Curriculum for the teaching of Mathematics. From September 2018, Rainbird Primary has implemented a new approach to Maths teaching called Convince Me Maths which supportS the teaching of the New National Curriculum objectives in a challenging, progressive and interesting way. This is an exciting, whole school, approach to teaching maths which has been developed by Brompton-on-Swale Teaching School. Convince Me Maths enables all students to develop their mathematical understanding through opportunities to use concrete (practical), pictorial and abstract mathematics. This is an approach which has a strong focus on problem-solving and reasoning enabling our children to regularly have time to apply the skills they are learning in a range of contexts. This new approach has been implemented to enable our children to develop the best understanding of mathematics so they can successfully apply their skills to the real world.

Forrest School

Forest School is an inspirational process that offers all learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees. Forest School is a specialised learning approach that sits within and compliments the wider context of outdoor and woodland education. The ethos is shared by thousands of trained practitioners across the UK and beyond. Its roots reach back to early years pioneers in outdoor learning and across the sea to Scandinavia.

At Forest School all participants are viewed as: 
• Equal, unique and valuable
• Competent to explore & discover
• Entitled to experience appropriate risk and challenge
• Entitled to choose, and to initiate and drive their own learning and development
• Entitled to experience regular success •entitled to develop positive relationships with themselves and other people
• Entitled to develop a strong, positive relationship with their natural world

At Excelsior Primary Rainbird School we believe all children should have the opportunity to access a woodland or natural environment over a period of time which provides them with inspirational and challenging outdoor learning opportunities. Forest School offers a learner centred approach, where participants can learn through self-directed play and exploration. Children involved in our Forest School Programme will be given the opportunity to develop their curiosity, confidence, self-esteem, creativity, empathy, communication skills, knowledge of the natural environment and ability to assess risk. These experiences also enable high quality writing to be completed based on real life experiences. Every half term for one year, a different class will be involved in Forest Schools each Friday. Our activities will depend on the ability and experience of participants. Examples of Forest School activities include:

• Nature exploration
• Building dens and other structures
• Fires and cooking
• Games and invitations for imaginative play
• Natural crafts
• Using tools, such as knives and saws
• Scavenger hunts and adventure

Teaching & Learning

At Excelsior Primary, Rainbird School, we believe that happy children learn better and achieve more. We ensure that our teaching is led by the interests of the children and responds to the needs of each and every child. All children are recognised as individuals and all children will be supported and challenged. We understand that children learn in different ways and adapt our teaching styles accordingly. We pride ourselves in the inclusive education we provide in a safe and welcoming environment. Our topic based curriculum is founded in outstanding teaching of English and Maths. We make sure that children apply their understanding of basic skills through imaginative topics, which both engage and inspire our learners. We help the children to make connections between all parts of their learning and make links to real life and their own experiences. To make the most out of learning the children have the opportunity to take part in relevant educational visits, learn in a “forest school” and make the most of the outside environment. We also believe in the value of involving the wider community to increase their experiences. We celebrate the achievements of all our learners and encourage every child to succeed.

Our teaching and Learning Group is made of representatives from each class in Key Stage 2. Their role is to support, develop and promote teaching and learning within Rainbird Primary. Actions may include:

• Developing policies

• Carrying out audits relating to teaching and learning

• Working on teaching and learning projects

• Interviewing for new teachers and/or leaders

They meet at least half termly with Mrs Bennison to fulfill this role.

EYFS Long Term Planning 2018 – 19


Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2


We are all Superheroes!

Autumn and the Woods/Christmas


Growing – Plants

Growing – Animals

Holidays and the Beach

Length of Half Term

3.9.18 – 26.10.18

8 weeks

5.11.18 – 21.12.18

7 weeks

7.1.19 – 15.2.19

6 weeks

25.2.19 – 5.4.19

6 weeks

23.4.19 – 24.5.19

5 weeks

3.6.19 –19.7.19

7 weeks

Special Events


Visit to Thornley Woods

Careers day

Change 4 life sessions

Chinese New Year

Valentine’s Day

Visit Dobbies Garden Centre – R

Visit to the Farm

Visit to the beach

Journey on the metro (Rec)

Key Texts

The quest for the Rainbird

Mine’s bigger than yours

it’s not fair

Super Daisy

Charlie’s superhero Underpants

Where’s my Bear

It’s the Bear!

Lost bear


Christmas stories



The Toymaker

Albert le Blanc


The Enormous Turnip

Jack and the Beanstalk

Smartest Giant in Town

Days on the Farm

Just like Floss

Farmer Duck

The pig in the pond

Dear Zoo


The Sand Dragon


Owl and the pussycat

Key Questions

What are you really good at?

Who can help us at school/home/out and about/when we are ill?

How can you help your friends/family?


Where do bears live? 

What will we see/smell/hear at the woods?

Did Goldilocks do the right thing?

What did you do in the holidays?

Who are these toys for?

How would you feel if you lost your special toy?

Where would you play with this toy?

What do plants need to grow?

How can we look after plants?

What do plants give us to eat?

Where do animals live?

What do animals eat?

Would you like a pet?


What is the beach like?

What will we see/hear/smell at the beach?

Can you pack a suitcase for a holiday?

Can you write a postcard?

Role Play Areas

Home Corner

3 bears’ Cottage

Toy shop/cafe

Garden centre/giant’s castle

Pet shop/vet

Beach café/train station


Ongoing – making new friends, learning how to play together, take turns in play and in conversation, sharing resources, working together as a team, helping each other, respecting property, resolving conflicts.


Ongoing –using words and sentences to ask for help and resolve conflicts, build up role play situations together, learn new vocabulary, describe our feelings, respond to questions, listen and respond to stories. Recognise and write our names, begin to form letters correctly, blend and segment for reading and writing words and sentences.

Phonics – begin with phase 2 for R, phase 1 for N leading into phase 2



Manage washing and drying hands.

Manage personal hygiene.

Handle tools and equipment safely.

Explore one handed tools.

Move in different ways.

Make movements using gross motor skills.

Practise fine motor skills in various ways.


Health and body awareness and healthy choices.

Gross and fine motor development – move like various toys to music.

Gross and fine motor development.

More outdoor play – ball skills, bikes and scooters for getting rid of excess energy.

Move like various animals with music and without. 

Continue to practise gross and fine motor skills in various ways.

Learn to be more independent – fasten own coat, get dressed for PE (R).

Think about staying safe in the sun, drawing pictures in the sand, making sand castles – measuring, scooping, pouring etc.

Playing games outside such as skipping, climbing and balancing, practising for Sports day.  


Learning to recite numbers in order to ten, counting small sets reliably, singing number songs.

Counting and ordering bears. Playing bingo and dice games with bear theme. Thinking about sizer order for sets of 3, using vocabulary – big, medium, small.

Counting and ordering toys. Matching toy shapes to shadows, Toy shop role play with prices etc. Shape space and measure

Counting and number ordering to ten/20.  Practise recognising & writing numbers and labelling sets. Adding 2 groups together.

Shape space and measure, weight, capacity

Counting, ordering, recognising & writing numbers to 20. Shape space and measure, weight, size.

Addition and subtraction 

 Doubling, halving and sharing  



Counting, ordering, recognising & writing numbers to 20.

Shape and space, measuring time, estimating.


Learning about ourselves and what we can do.  How we fit into our families and this new school community. 

Where do bears really live?

ICT – ipads and itable for individual/paired and group exploration.

Christmas and winter celebrations for those who do not celebrate Christmas.

Sorting and investigating different toys for different ages.

Looking at The Great Wall of China and other aspects of Chinese culture. 

Spring – new life, weather changing. Learning how to looks after plants. Planting seeds and observing growth.

Learning about different habitats and what animals eat.

Learning how to look after animals.

Learning about coastal and urban areas and how these differ.

Talk about different forms of transport and discuss appropriate forms of transportation for different areas of the world.


Painting self-portraits using appropriate colours, mixing our own if necessary.

Dressing up as superheroes and talking about the qualities they have.

Re-enacting various scenarios and stories from own experience.

Paining pictures of the woods and with different natural materials.

Creating a lost bear poster.

Retelling the story of the 3 bears in the cottage.

Singing songs about bears.

Various Christmas crafts and activities.

Junk modelling to create different toys.

Make a moving toy.

Move like various toys coming to life in drama.

Singing toy themed songs.

Chinese writing and crafts.

Valentine’s cards.



Observational painting of various flowers.

Acting out the stories of Jack and the Beanstalk and The Enormous Turnip (Reception performance).

Working together to create a beanstalk for the giant’s castle.

Creating carrying boxes and cages for the animals in the pet shop.

Make dough animals.

Make stories with farm set.

Animal songs.

Making seaside scenes with sand and collage and drawing pictures in the sand.

Singing sea shanties and pirate songs.

Making up stories in the role play area.

Make a boat outside and go on adventures together.

Dressing up as pirates.


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