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EYFS Curriculum- Reception (the first year in school)

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 and support children through the Development Matters statements. Our school ethos underpins everything we do in EYFS and beyond.


We strive to create a rich and stimulating learning experience for all our children every day.  We plan activities across all seven areas of learning through focus activities, independent and supported learning in provision areas both inside the classroom and in our outside garden too. We choose resources to enhance the provision areas which provide additional learning experiences for our children. We always use high quality texts 'golden texts' to support learning across all seven learning areas and use Elklan techniques to support communication, language and social development. Story baskets and writing opportunities are planned for and regularly changed to engage learners in all continuous provision areas.  We use children's interests to engage them in learning alongside immersing them in new experiences. Additional learning challanges encourage independence and allow staff to direct specific learning activities at different levels for our learners. 


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.


Have a look below at the Characteristics of Effective Learning and the key principles of teaching in EYFS as well as the areas of learning your children will work on this year.  Development matters is the document our staff use to support children's learning and development, by closely matching what they provide to a child's current needs. It shows what milestones children should meet from birth to 5. The Early Learning Goals are the expectation for what a child should be able to do at the end of their year in Reception class at school- some children do well and exceed this!


School Readiness at St John's

 If you have any questions regarding the curriculum we teach please contact the school directly. 
We are taking part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch between the 28th and 30th January. We will do this in our Forest School sessions. Why not join in at home and count how many birds you can see and make your garden more attractive for birds. Go to for more information.