EYFS Curriculum

Curriculum Intent

At Saint Joseph’s, our intention is to create a happy, safe, and nurturing environment where children are excited to learn.

We aim to provide a curriculum which is engaging and motivates children to develop a love of learning from the starting point of their school journey. We aim to create an environment where children can develop their resilience whilst forming positive relationships with their peers and adults. We encourage children to safely explore risks and allow them to apply and challenge what they have learnt. We aim to ensure that learning is accessible for all, and every child’s individual progress is celebrated. We work closely alongside parents to ensure we value a child’s home experiences and to develop a true reflection of the whole child. We aim to effectively prepare children for the next stage in their school life.

Curriculum Implementation

We have a carefully planned curriculum covering the 7 areas of learning:

Prime Areas

  • Communication and language
  • Personal, social, and emotional development
  • Physical development

Specific Areas

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

The EYFS curriculum is taught through engaging books and a variety of real-life, hands-on experiences to help children make sense of the world around them and develop their cultural capital. Nursery and Reception have a book of the week, a range of topic based learning carefully planned across the year and we also follow the interests of the children building on what they already know. Children are encouraged to become independent leaners through asking questions to find out more. Parents are updated on their children’s learning via the Class Dojo pages and through regular discussions.

Curriculum Impact

Through the delivery of a well-planned and challenging curriculum we aim that the pupils will leave the Early Years Foundation Stage ready to build on their skills, knowledge and vocabulary in Key Stage One. At the end of Reception, teachers complete the EYFS Profile outlining whether children have achieved a Good Level of Development (GLD). This is shared with parents and discussed in detail with the Year 1 teacher to support a smooth transition into Key Stage One.