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 settings for their pre-school years. At St. John’s CE Primary School we follow the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. Our school ethos underpins everything we do in EYFS and beyond.
We strive to create a rich and stimulating learning experience for all the children every day. We plan our half terms through topics and we always use high quality texts to introduce this to the children as a way in for their learning to begin. We link all areas and activities as much as possible so the children immerse themselves in new experiences.
Our focus is to secure learning and development in the three prime areas of learning- personal, social and emotional development; communication and language; and physical development as well as begin teaching children through the four specific areas of learning- literacy; mathematics; expressive arts and design; and understanding the world.
Learning to read is one of the most important things children will learn at our school. Everything else depends on it, so we put as much energy as we possibly can into making sure that every single child learns to read as quickly as possible. We use the Read Write Inc. (RWI) phonics literacy programme which helps all children learn to read fluently and at speed so they can focus on developing their skills in comprehension, vocabulary and spelling. We want children to love reading – and to want to read for themselves. This is why we work hard to make sure children develop a love of books as well as learning to read.
Spirituality and Religious Education are the backbones of all learning here at St. John's and they complement the EYFS Curriculum whilst continuing to be nurtured once children enter Year 1 and move onto the National Curriculum.