St. Joseph's Catholic Primary Academy

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The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum

The Early Years is a vital building block in a child's school career. At St. Joseph's, we have a strong commitment to ensuring our children achieve a high level attainment but not at the expense of child initiated learning, a play based curriculum and some FUN!

In FS2 we deliver a structured Phonics (Read, Write, Inc) and Mathematics session each day as well as a weekly RE and PE session. Here we teach some of the knowledge and skills that the children are encouraged to apply through their free flow time. A lot of thought is put into our environment to enable the children to meet the ‘Early Learning Goals’ through child initiated play. This works alongside our 'in the moment planning' approach. This means we regularly identify children's current interests and plan and evaluate from day to day or during the moment it is happening. Staff are skilled at seizing the moment, when a child shows interest in an activity, which can be built upon and is a 'teachable moment'. We offer an environment that enables child initiated play.

Within the Early Years, we follow a long term plan that clearly shows coverage of the following areas:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)

Making Relationships

Self-confidence and self-awareness

Managing feelings and behaviour


Communication & Language

Listening and Attention




Physical Development

Moving and Handling

Health and Self Care


Expressive Arts and Design

Exploring and using media and materials

Being Imaginative




Shape, Space and Measures






Understanding the World

People and Communities

The World


 If you would like any additional information about the Early Years Curriculum, please speak to your child's class teacher.

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