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Early Years Foundation Stage 

Nursery and Reception


First and foremost, the intent of our EYFS curriculum is to ensure that all children develop a love of school and a love of learning. We aim to provide rich, memorable experiences that are hands on and help every child develop a true curiosity about the world around them. Awe and wonder #BestDaysOfTheirLives

It is also our intent that our children develop the necessary skills, knowledge and attitude towards learning that allows them to achieve and live fulfilling lives. The EYFS is the start of our children’s school journey and we want it to be the best it can be for each and every child, regardless of their starting points.


We want each and every child who leaves Early Years to :

Be kind and caring for each other.

Be a confident communicator.

Learn through hands on experiences and play. 

Learn how to read and write and be ready for the adventures that await in KS1.

Be fluent in counting, recognising numbers comparing numbers and problem solving.

Be creative and share a love for everything in God’s world, no matter how big or how small.


Here at St Jospeh's Catholic Primary School our curriculum in Nursery and Reception has been developed to ensure that children reach their full potential both inside the classroom and outside in the world around them.  We have planned a curriculum which has been based upon the findings of 'Bold Beginnings'. It incorporates skill development that is appropriate for the age of the child and prepares them to develop their fine motor skills in preparation for writing.

To devise this curriculum we use Development Matters

Learning to read is a high priority and a skill we want every child to achieve by the end of the Reception year, to do this we teach phonics daily in both Nursery and Reception, following the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Phonics Scheme.

Being fluent and confident with numbers is of equal importance. We aim to equip all children with a deep, secure and adaptable understanding of mathematical concepts. To do this we teach daily Maths in Reception and weekly maths in Nursery. In addition to this we are always promoting and supporting children to develop maths skills through meaningful play expereinces on a daily basis. The scheme we follow is White Rose Maths.

In order to develop a creative curriculum, we plan and teach a variety of topics througout the year. This introduces the children to new knowledge and allows them the oppurtunity to discover new interests. In addition to this we enhance provision and other areas of learning based upon children's current interests. This is gathered through daily observations, interactions with the children and conversations with parents. We feel that children who are fully engaged in learning are much more interested in and begin to apply skills which have been taught through child-initiated play.

In addition to all of this we have also created an Experience Curriculum  which are life expereinces we want the children to experience before they leave our Early Years Foundation Stage. You can find a copy of this and our creative curriculum below. 

If you have any further questions about our curriculum, please don't hesitate to contact the school office and speak to our Early Years Leader, Mrs Blenkarn.


Early Years Experience Curriculum