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What does Early Years Foundation Stage look like at St John's?


At St John’s we have three Reception classes within our big Reception area with lots of different zones to explore! We have two cosy book corners, special writing & craft areas (though we love to write wherever we can!), a brilliantly resourced maths area, and two exciting role play areas, as well as lots of other inviting zones for us to learn in!   


We also have an outside area, so we can learn outside, as well as inside. Our children particularly enjoy baking in our Mud Kitchen. The children have lots of fun learning through play!


Our class teachers are Mrs Smith, Mrs Gartside and Mrs Christie, and we have our fabulous Early Years practitioners Miss Fox and Mrs Betterton, supporting the children throughout the week.

We really love working in Reception and want your child to be happy. If you have any questions or concerns, please come and see us!   

The Early Years Foundation Stage is organised into seven areas of learning.

These seven areas are as follows:

PSED - Personal, social, emotional development (developing self-confidence and self-awareness, making relationships as well as managing behaviour and feelings).

CL - Communication and Language (speaking, listening and understanding)

PD - Physical development (moving and handling as well as health and self-care)

LIT - Literacy (reading and writing)

MATHS - Mathematics (numbers, shape, space and measures)

UW - Understanding the World (people and communities, the world and technology)

EAD - Expressive Arts and Design (exploring and using media and materials as well as being imaginative!)


Learning Journals

Throughout your child’s time in Reception we will collect observations about what your child can do. We take photographs of your child completing different activities and make notes about what they are doing.  Don't forget to log on to 'Evidence for Learning', so you can also let us know of any 'wow' moments you witness at home, to add to your child’s learning journal.

Parent Partnership

We believe in having a good partnership with parents and carers. Together we can help your child to become a happy and successful learner! If you have any questions please don't hesitate to come and see us. We are happy to give you lots of ideas of ways you can support your child in their learning at home.


Helping at Home

There are lots of things you can do to help your child. Below are some ideas of what you can do which are quick and easy and will help your child consolidate skills we have taught in school. If you would like any help or support please ask any member of the Reception staff. We would be more than happy to help with ideas!



Your child will bring home sheets with the letter sounds on and actions which go with them.  Please practice saying the sounds and complete the rainbow writing. We'd love to see these, so please bring them in to show us, once they've been completed.



Your child has a reading book and reading record. Please share this book for 5 - 10 minutes every day if possible. We will hear your child read in school and will practise letter sounds and high frequency words in our daily phonics sessions.



Encourage your child to practice writing using their name sheet. They can also write their names on invitations and cards, reminding them to have a capital letter at the beginning! As they learn their letter sounds, help them practise writing them, using the correct letter formation.



Play board games such as 'snakes and ladders' to encourage your child to count spaces to move their counters forwards or backward. When you are walking as the children to count how many foot steps from one place to another and ask the children to identify different numbers they see on doors or buses. Practise counting in order to at least twenty and backwards to zero.


Life skills

Encourage your child to put on and fasten their own coat, to put on their own shoes and to get dressed and undress by themselves. Remind them to wash their hands after going to the toilet and before eating a meal. When eating encourage your child to use a knife and fork correctly.



The children will be given termly targets, which will be put into their reading records.   We will be busy working towards these in school, but would be very grateful for any extra help you can give at home, to help them achieve these.