PLAN EYFS resources

The PLAN EYFS resources have been developed to support early years teachers introduce children to the foundational knowledge of science, included in the Statutory Framework for the Early Years and Development Matters, that they will need in order to be well-placed to access the science National Curriculum in England at Key Stage 1. They are currently in draft form and the PLAN Team welcome any feedback on their content before final versions will be published in January 2022. Please use the Contact page on this website to provide any feedback on the content of the PLAN EYFS resources.

The PLAN EYFS resources include topic matrices for Nursery and Reception and the PLAN Summary of Science in EYFS which provides an overview of the science content within the matrices.

 

 

 

Before explaining the content of the PLAN EYFS matrices, it is important to make clear that, though the matrices are linked to the relevant topics from the National Curriculum in England: science programmes of study in order to illustrate the progression of learning from the EYFS to Year 6, this should NOT be taken as an indication that the content should be taught as topics in early years settings, as they might be in Key Stage 1 and 2. The science content in the matrices is from Development Matters and could be included in either continuous provision or typical themes used in early years settings. Unlike the PLAN matrices for Years 1 to 6, these matrices are not intended to define content coverage or be used for assessment purposes. They simply provide ideas for how children can be introduced to the foundational knowledge of science included in Development Matters.

To help early years teachers identify the opportunities for including the science content from the matrices in the more common themes used in early years settings, we have mapped them to those themes in the table below.

What does each matrix include?

The table below is included at the start of the PLAN EYFS matrices. In the document, the titles of the matrices are hyperlinks to the relevant matrix. This enables early years teachers planning a theme to easily identify the science content from Development Matters that is well-suited to being included in that theme. This is not to say that content from other matrices cannot be included in any theme, merely that the theme represents a good opportunity to include that particular science content.

There is a matrix for each relevant topic from the National Curriculum for each year-group in the EYFS for which there are statement(s) in Development Matters. There are only Electricity and Plants matrices for Nursery, and Seasonal changes and Earth and space matrices for Reception, because there are no relevant statements in Development Matters for these topics for the other year-group. Each matrix includes the relevant statement(s) from the ‘Understanding the world’ area of learning from Development Matters that link to the topic, as well as any linked statements from the other areas of learning. Each matrix also includes the prior and future learning either from Development Matters or the National Curriculum for that topic.

There is then a section entitled ‘Creating appropriate experiences to initiate learning’ which sets out what adults might provide and do to facilitate the learning, including encouraging scientific enquiry, as well as vocabulary that children should use and supplementary vocabulary that children might be exposed to but not necessarily be expected to use. Common misconceptions that children may have are identified, texts that support the learning are suggested and linked relevant careers are listed for role-play.

The final section of each matrix, ‘How the children might show their learning’, provides examples of what children might be doing or saying that would demonstrate their skills or understanding.

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To download the Summary of Science in EYFS, click the image above.
To download the EYFS matrices, click the image above.
Theme
Nursery
Reception
All about me

Humans

Humans

Animals

Animals, excluding humans

Animals, excluding humans

Living things and their habitats

Seasonal changes

At the seaside

Animals, excluding humans

Animals, excluding humans

Living things and their habitats

Building and construction

Materials, including changing materials

Electricity

Forces

Light

Forces

Sound

Castles

Materials, including changing materials

 

Dinosaurs

Animals, excluding humans

Animals, excluding humans

Farms

Animals, excluding humans

Plants

 

Food

Materials, including changing materials

Plants

 

Holidays

Materials, including changing materials

Animals, excluding humans

In the garden

Animals, excluding humans

Living things and their habitats

Plants

Living things and their habitats

Animals, excluding humans

In the woods

Animals, excluding humans

Animals, excluding humans

Living things and their habitats

Magic, witches and wizards

Materials, including changing materials

Light

 

People who help us

Humans

Plants

Humans

Pirates

Materials, including changing materials

Forces

Materials, including changing materials

Forces

Robots

Materials, including changing materials

Electricity

Light

Sound

Materials, including changing materials

Earth and space

Space and the planets

Materials, including changing materials

Materials, including changing materials

Earth and space

Superheroes

Materials, including changing materials

Materials, including changing materials

Earth and space

The high street

Humans

Materials, including changing materials

Electricity

Light

Humans

Under the sea

Animals, excluding humans

Animals, excluding humans

Vehicles

Materials, including changing materials

Electricity          Light

Forces          Sound

Materials, including changing materials

Forces

Earth and space

Weather and seasons

Living things and their habitats

Seasonal changes

Materials, including changing materials

Living things and their habitats

Sound          Light