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Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum- Reception

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) applies to children from birth to the end of the reception school year. In our school, children join our EYFS for their reception year after attending several different setting for their pre-school years.

At St. John’s CE, Thornham Primary School we follow the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage

(April 2012). We fully believe that-

  • Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfill their potential
  • We follow the standards set out for all Early Years providers to ensure that the children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. Teaching and learning is at the heart of our provision to ensure children’s readiness for school, giving them a broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school life.


Our school ethos underpins everything we do in EYFS-

Our St. John’s family nurtures a culture of Christian love and respect for each other and the world around us. Through togetherness, patience and compassion is encouraged. By providing creative experiences and challenge for all learners, children grow in resilience, learn to persevere and develop belief in themselves and build hopes and dreams for their future.


EYFS is subject to whole school policies and procedures. The EYFS Policy outlines some important priorities for EYFS at St. John’s CE, Thornham Primary School.


Spirituality and Religious Education are the backbones of all learning here at St. John's and they compliment the EYFS Curriculum whilst continuing to be nurtured once children enter Year 1 and move onto the National Curriculum. More information about these two areas as well as further information about teaching and learning in EYFS at St. John's can be found by clicking on the sub pages below.

School Readiness at St John's

 If you have any questions regarding the curriculum we teach please contact the school directly. 
It was lovely to show prospective parents around school last week during our Open Day. If you were unable to attend the sessions please contact us so we arrange to show you around and have a look in the parents section of this website where the Power Point presentation from the Open Day is shared.