What happens when I fall asleep?

Cornerstones Topic

This half term we are attempting to answer the question ‘What happens when I fall asleep?’

We will be exploring such questions as why are there stars in the sky at night ? How did they get there? Does everyone go to bed at the same time as me?

We will be looking at bedtime routines, the moon and the stars, nocturnal animals, people who work at night and the importance of sleep and rest.


In the classroom and outside the children will continue to form positive relationships. They will be making new friends in the wider environment and learning how to work together in harmony. They will be learning how to take turns in conversation, attending to and taking account what others say. They will be encouraged to explain their own knowledge and understanding, and ask appropriate questions of others.


The children will develop new vocabulary associated with our topic. They will be encouraged to explore the meaning of new words and ask questions about what they are doing. They will develop questioning skills through role play and group discussions. Linked to our topic the children will talk about what they find out and talk in a group.


The children will take part in daily PE lessons where they will work with large and small apparatus to develop fine and gross motor movements. They will talk about the effects of exercise on their bodies and what they need to do to stay healthy. They will learn to handles tools, objects, construction and malleable materials safely and with increasing control. They will be practicing writing daily in many forms to enable them to use a pencil holding it effectively to form recognisable letters, most of which are correctly formed.


As part of the Power of Reading programme we will be using a selection of books relating to day and night, space and time. ‘Whatever Next’ The children will make their own books about themselves and their families. Continuing the RWInc programme the children will become more confident as readers and writers.


The children will be reading, writing and ordering numbers to 10 and beyond, counting in 2s 5s and 10s, doubling and halving. They will use their mathematical knowledge to solve simple problems. They will be collecting and recording simple data such as favourite animals, food, toys, etc and exploring shapes and patterns. The children will also be talking about the passage of time and ordering the events of their day.

Understanding of the World

The children will be finding out about day and night comparing and contrasting. They will look closely at constellations and find out how they are formed. The children will look at dreams and talk about any dreams they have had.  They will investigate nocturnal animals, finding out what they do at night and during the day. They will be developing keyboard skills, naming parts of a computer, finding and completing their own programmes, working on I Pads, computers and in the ICT suite.

Expressive Arts

The children will be learning new songs about the winter time and the night and will begin to sing our spring repertoire. They will explore the sounds musical instruments make and produce their own music. Using their senses they will investigate the environment. They will learn about people who help us through the role play areas; doctor’s surgery, baby clinic, hospital, fire station. Experimenting with colour and paint techniques and combining media they will produce individual pieces of work.