The Early Years Foundation Stage is a very important stage in a child’s life as it helps prepare for school ‘readiness’ as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes. Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. At St Joseph’s, we believe in providing a secure foundation for future learning and development for our pupils. We continuously encourage pupils to be independent, curious, creative and resilient learners who show respect for each other, their communities and the environment. Through our teaching and learning approach, we develop pupils’ communication skills, ensuring that they know how to appropriately express themselves. By establishing effective and supportive relationships with pupils, our EYFS aims to ensure that pupils feel valued as individuals, are empowered to meet their own needs and enjoy their learning experience whilst achieving the early years learning goals. Our Catholic Ethos permeates through all that we do and is at the heart of our spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all learners.
Both Nursery and Reception follow the Early Years curriculum which is split into seven areas of learning.
There are 3 prime areas of learning:
- Personal, social and emotional development (making relationships, self-confidence, managing feelings and behaviour)
- Communication and Language (speaking and listening and understanding)
- Physical development (development of fine and gross motor skills and health and hygiene)
There are four specific areas of learning:
- Literacy (phonics, reading, writing)
- Maths (number and shape, space and measure)
- Understanding the world (people and communities, the world, technology)
- Expressive arts and design (which includes music, dance and art)
We teach these areas through a balance of focused tasks with an adult and through structured play within the areas of the classroom and outdoor area, which are enhanced with activities relating to our topics and the children’s interests. We teach a different topic each half term, which are based around a theme. We endeavour to ensure that by the time the children leave our EYFS to embark on the next stage of their education, they are equipped with academic skills and knowledge, and have developed the personal attributes needed to enable them to reach their full potential.
We aim to develop curiosity and a love of learning through high quality first teaching, well-planned and prepared learning activities and continuous provision and engaging and memorable learning opportunities.