Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage

The Children exploring the areas...

Early Foundation

Late Foundation 

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Late Foundation Christmas Inspire morning.

Our Foundation Stage Unit is split into two classes, Early and Late Foundation. We work collaboratively as a unit to plan and deliver a wide range of experiences through our continuous provision.

Throughout their time in the unit children work progressively through the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.

The learning and development of each individual child, throughout the Nursery and Reception years, nurtures the development of knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes that children will need if they are to achieve the Early Learning Goals. Our aim is to tailor the education of each child, by looking at their next steps of development, through both the prime and specific areas of learning.

The three prime areas are:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

The four specific areas are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive arts and design

During these formative years, the progress of each child is closely monitored and through careful planning, observation and assessment, the next steps for their learning and development are continually identified and encouraged to enable each child to fulfil their potential.

We also follow our school RE scheme, "The Way, The Truth and the Life" in which children learn about and explore the Christian faith. It also gives opportunities for children to learn about other major world faiths.

Our work across the curriculum is built around topic areas which change each term.

 Within each topic we have both 'Adult Directed Learning Tasks' and those which are based upon 'Child Initiated Learning'.

As a Foundation Stage Team we aim to provide our children with an active, fun filled, exciting learning experience which will lay the foundations for the children's future. 

Our Nursery has morning and afternoon sessions. Our classroom is a print rich environment with bright and colourful work displayed to enhance the children’s learning.

Our Reception class is light and colourful, providing a welcoming and nurturing environment.

The Early Years offer continuous provision in all the areas of learning to enable our children to thrive, explore and develop with a good balance of child and adult initiated learning opportunities.  The teaching and learning is carefully planned to stimulate children’s development. Children follow a programme designed to help them achieve the Early Years Foundation Principles. We believe that children learn best from practical experience, both inside and outside the classroom, and we make use of our outdoor provision areas.

Meet the staff

Late Foundation (Reception)

Miss B Noone – Early Years Leader, School SENDCO and Late Foundation Class Teacher

Mrs J Robinson – Nursery Nurse working in Late Foundation

Early Foundation (Nursery)

Mrs Spittle - Early Foundation Class Teacher

 Mrs Coney - Teaching Assistant working in Early Foundation (Mornings)

Mrs C Hill - Teaching Assistant working in Early Foundation (Afternoons)

Outdoor fun...

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Important Dates 

 Monday 7th January – School opens

w/b 28th January - Other Faiths Week

w/b 4th February - Internet Safety Week

15th February - Break up for February half term

25th February - School Re-Opens 

 4th March - Book Week

18th March - Class photos

9th April - FS/KS1 Palm Sunday Assembly 2.30pm-3.15pm - all welcome to attend

12th April - Break up for Easter

Keep an eye on the weekly school newsletter for further dates


Improving the Good Level Of Development in the Early Years Foundation Stage at St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School

Tiny Tales and Tunes delivered a great "Goldilocks and the three bears story" the story came alive through music and dance. Monday 3rd December 2018