St Joseph's Roman CatholicPrimary School

To grow daily in God's love, blossoming in His will


Welcome to the EYFS class page, I hope to update this page regularly with pictures of our learning in the Foundation class of reception "chicks" and nursery "bunnies".

Pictures can also often be found in the gallery.

We pride ourselves in following a child-centred approach in the EYFS class and try to meet the individual needs of all children wherever possible. With this in mind there is a great deal of flexibility in our planning, but we do tend to have familiar daily routines as follows: 

9.45-9.55 children arrive in school and are taught to develop independence in putting their book bags and water bottles in the appropriate boxes before making their lunch choices. Carefully selected and enhanced learning resources are available for children to access from the moment they arrive- we call this the continuous provision. They also take part in self-registration, finding their name card and adding to the display, gradually introducing signing in for the reception children. 

Once everyone is settled in class, the children gather in key worker groups for a short discussion or activity and morning prayer. This is followed by separate nursery and reception phonics teaching sessions. The children then access a combination of adult led activities and self-chosen learning activities in our indoor and outdoor areas. 

All children help to tidy the classroom in preparation for a mid morning snack of milk (or water) and fruit. Sometimes a "rolling snack" is provided in small groups at the table. Towards the end of the morning there is a short, focussed teaching session for reception and nursery in separate groups, which varies daily and based around the different curriculum areas.

The morning session ends by praying the a simple version of the Examen, when we say our "Thank you", our "Sorry" and our "Promise" to God, followed by our lunchtime prayer. The morning nursery children then go home while others go to the dining hall for lunch and playtime/exercise time.

The afternoon session begins at 1.00pm with short whole reception and nursery maths teaching sessions before more adult-led and self-chosen learning activities using the indoor and outdoor environments.

Before we know it, it's all hands on deck to tidy the indoor and outdoor areas ready for story time and our home time prayers. 

Library book exchange is on Tuesday morning each week.

PE is on Frida.y  

Reading book collection for reception children will be on Thursday each week, with new books sent home on Fridays

Whole school worship and celebration of achievements assembly is held every Friday morning.

A general weekly timetable can be found in the link below:

We are so excited to welcome our children into the brand new EYFS classroom this week, the staff and children started the new school year with huge smiles, chatter and enthusiasm. A wonderful, happy time in the history of St Joseph's!