Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these” (Matthew 19:14).

Transition Booklet – Welcome to your new classroom!

Please find attached our transition booklet. You can share this with your child during the summer holidays to remind them of their new classroom and the people who will be helping them.

EYFS Parent Meeting – 13th June 2023

Please find attached the PowerPoint shared at the New Parents Meeting on Tuesday 11th June. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions.

RE in the Early Years Foundation Stage

Children will begin to explore the world of religion in terms of special people, books, times, places and objects and by visiting places of worship. They listen to and talk about stories from the Bible. They are introduced to religious words where appropriate and use their senses in exploring religions and beliefs, practices and forms of expression. They reflect on their own feelings and experiences; using their imagination and curiosity to develop their appreciation and wonder of the world in which they live.

Religious Education makes an active contribution to all areas but has a particularly important contribution to make to:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Communication and Language

Understanding of the World

Expressive Arts and Design


Our vision for the EYFS at St Catherines is for a highly stimulating environment, which provides rich, varied and imaginative experiences, where teaching inspires and is highly responsive to children’s needs.
We want our pupils to be surrounded by natural materials and resources in an interesting and ever-changing environment, to help develop their curiosity, provide opportunities for them to ask questions, and talk about things they have discovered.

Starting school is an exciting time: a time of new experiences, new friends and new places. Our school days provide a secure and anxiety-free environment where our children can play, explore, experiment, investigate and learn. We encourage the children to acquire skills and knowledge through first-hand experience, gaining a sound understanding of the world around them.


EYFS follows the Early Years Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. 

This Framework specifies the requirements for learning and development in the Early Years and it is organised into seven ‘Areas of Learning and Development’

Prime Areas

· Personal, Social and Emotional Development

· Physical Development

· Communication and Language development

Specific Areas

· Literacy

· Mathematics

· Understanding the World

· Expressive Arts and Design

Through a well organised, stimulating environment, the children will organise their own play and will demonstrate positive characteristics of effective learning – playing and exploring (engagement), active learning (motivation) and creating and thinking critically (thinking). We plan a broad and balanced curriculum that values children’s prior learning and cultural backgrounds.

Here is an example of what a typical day looks like in our Reception class:

8.45 – 9.10Fidgety Fingers
Morning prayer
We start the morning with fidgety fingers to give the children a chance to practise vital fine motor skills, whilst easing themselves into the school day. The children work in small groups to complete different daily activities before we gather for the register and morning prayer.
9.10 – 9.30Daily Phonics LessonThe children complete a daily phonics session, recapping their previous knowledge and learning new sounds. During ‘child initiated learning’ or Discovery time children will be able to access carefully planned tasks to apply their new learning.
 Wake and ShakeA fast paced, energetic 5 mins for children to stretch and get ready to focus for the next session.
9.30 – 9.45Input/direct teachingDuring this time we are teaching children various skills which they can take away and apply during their Discovery time. This could vary from how to form letters to using scissors safely.
9.45 –11.30Child initiated learning or Discovery timeThe children then move on to Discovery. A time where they can apply the new skills taught that morning. It is also a very important time for children to explore their own ideas for learning and practise social and communication skills with their peers. Staff use this time to record observations of your child learning through play and also carry out small learning tasks to support their development. *During this time children are also encouraged to have their morning snack.
11.30 – 11.55Input/direct teachingThe children have a second session of direct teaching before they get ready for lunch. This session is usually number based.
11.55 – 12.45LUNCH
12.45 – 1.00Collective act of worship or Reflection time 
1.00 – 1.30Reading groups1.30- 1.45- This session will be based around subjects such as RE, Science, Art, etc. Children will again be able to apply new skills taught during the Discoverytime that follows.
1.30 – 3.00Child initiated learning or Discovery timeChildren move on to Discovery. They continue to access resources in the class, to complement their learning.
3.00 – 3.30Home time preparationDuring this time the class will be expected to help tidy up resources they have used, collect their belongings and gather at the carpet. We use this time to read stories and share thoughts for the day.

This is a snap shot of a typical day in EYFS. As in any year group there are always variations to the day. As the children settle in we introduce various additions to the timetable. These include PE, Forest Schools and Farm sessions. We are very lucky to have the teachers, teaching assistants and facilities to broaden our children’s learning and experiences outside of the classrooms.


Within our EYFS Curriculum, children are  assessed through accurate observations informing future planning and children’s individual next steps in their learning. This enables us to ensure learning is embedded and consistent and that all children continue to make the best possible progress within our EYFS setting.

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