Curriculum - Early Years
Introduction to the Early Years Foundation Stage
The Early Years Foundation Stage is a statutory framework that sets high standards for the learning, development and care of pupils from birth to five years old. There are four key principles of the EYFS, which shape our practice as teachers. These are:
At St. John's EYFS setting, we provide a 'Pupil Centred' approach that engages pupils through their interests, meaningful contexts and through celebrating all of our differences.
We actively encourage strong parent-partnerships that enable your child to grow and develop whilst at the same time feel safe, secure and happy at school.
If you are interested in sending your child to our Nursery, please contact the office for a 'stay and play' morning or find the relevant documents on the Nursery page.
Click on the links below to find out more about the EYFS
English Lead: Miss J Johnson.
Thank you for taking the time to visit St. John's English Page. We are passionate about providing an enriching English Curriculum and endeavour to create a love for the subject by providing suitable audience and purpose and capturing the imaginations of our young learners.
Reading is a huge part of the curriculum and it goes beyond the English Curriculum by merging into all other subjects. We aim to provide our pupils with a range of different reading opportunities to encourage their love of reading and ensure that it is a pleasurable activity for them. We aim to do this by providing a wide range of texts that will appeal to their diverse interests, providing positive, calming reading areas in each classroom, following Pie Corbett's Book Talk comprehension strategies, which aims to get the children discussing their thoughts and feelings about books we read. For more information about our plans on developing reading for pleasure, please contact me for an appointment.
Below are some useful documents/links about reading at home with your child and how you can support their development. Please remember that a child is never too old or too young to be heard read. Try to read as much as possible with your child, in short bursts (5 minutes). This doesn't need to be their reading books all of the time, it can be library books, newspaper articles, books from home, eBooks etc.
Our aim is to provide memorable opportunities to enable our pupils to become confident, competent and enthusiastic writers. Across the school, we will focus on different texts that will provide exciting writing opportunities for all of the different pupils and their interests. As of September 2018, we will be introducing 'The Big Write' to pupils from Class 2-Class 4, which provides a writing stimulus (e.g. a video clip or picture) and the pupils will use this to generate lengthy pieces of independent writing. Once we have embedded this, we will then invite parents/carers to come and join us for a shared writing morning.
Writing at home is equally as important as reading at home and can be done in fun ways so that pupils are understanding the importance of writing in every day jobs. I have provided some examples of how this can be supported below. These will vary according to your child's age.
- Create a photo scrap book and pupils can write captions below the pictures.
- Your child can help you write your shopping list for the week
- Cut out letters from old magazines and make messages for your family members
- Encourage children to write a diary when something special happens. This can be on the computer or through a blog, it doesn't have to be paper.
- Write letters, cards, notes to family, the Tooth Fairy, Santa Clause etc.
- Do some baking and write the recipe for other people to follow
- Make up an alternative ending together for their favourite story, you could share the writing.
-Talk about interesting words and find out their meanings. Display them on the fridge and try to use them in other conversations.
Phonics is taught daily for 20 minutes in EYFS and KS1, it is also accessed by pupils from KS2 when it is appropriate. Phonics is the first strategy that children are taught to help them to recognise letters and sounds in words. This then supports their reading and writing skills enormously. At St. John's we teach through the Letters and Sounds Program and use Jolly Phonics alongside this to ensure that the pupils are having memorable and happy experiences when learning. During the Autumn Term, I will be holding a Phonics Open Morning for parents to come and find out a little bit about how we teach phonics and how you can support it at home.
Below I have outlined some useful websites to support phonics at home:
If you have any questions regarding the above information, please do not hesitate to contact me by booking an appointment via the office.