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How we learn in Early Years

Welcome to Early Years Foundation Stage at St John's CE Primary School and Nursery


In this section of the Nursery page you will find information about the curriculum and the daily practise of your early years child.


We are extremely passionate about ensuring children learn through play based activities both indoors and outdoors.


At St John’s Church of England Primary School and Nursery we understand that we are legally required to comply with certain welfare requirements as stated in the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (April 2017). We understand that we are required to:


  • Promote the welfare of children.
  • Promote good health, preventing the spread of infection and taking appropriate action when children are ill.
  • Manage behaviour effectively in a manner appropriate for the children’s stage of developmental and individual needs.
  • Ensure all adults who look after the children or who have unsupervised access to them are suitable to do so.
  • Ensure that the premises, furniture and equipment is safe and suitable for purpose.
  • Ensure that every child receives enjoyable and challenging learning and develop experiences tailored to meet their needs.
  • Maintain records, policies and procedures required for safe efficient management of the setting and to meet the needs of the children.
  • Ensure that all children in the EYFS have access to water and they have a healthy snack each day.


We endeavour to meet these requirements.


What does Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

look like at St John's?


At St John's Primary School and Nursery we have our new purpose built nursery (EYFS1), located behind the main school building in Laund Nook with independent access and has a classroom, quiet area, kitchen, toilets and change facilities. It also features outdoor safety play surfaces within a safe fenced area.


Within our open plan Nursery, we have many different zones to explore! We have a colourful book corners, large construction area, writing & craft area, a maths area, an exciting role play area, as well as lots of other inviting zones for us to learn in!

In our secure outside space, we have a climbing frame, room for children to move freely on scooters, water play, a dig pit, large chalkboards and many other outdoor learning opportunities.


Our Nursery class teacher is Mrs Gallen who is supported by Mrs Grigoriu. Our Reception class teachers are Mrs Smith (EYFS Team Leader) and Mrs Christie, and are supported by our Early Years practitioners Miss Fox and Miss Bailey.

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


How is the curriculum organised?


The Early Years Foundation Stage is organised into seven areas of learning and development, which are split into 17 aspects.

These seven areas are as follows:

There are also the Characteristics of Effective Learning, which tells us how a child learns


Learning Journals

Throughout your child’s time in Nursery and 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 'Tapestry', 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

Every half term your child will come home with our 'Busy Bee' Newsletter, which informs parents of what we are learning each week. 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 do not hesitate to come and see us. We are happy to give you many ideas of ways you can support your child in their learning at home.


Helping at Home

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 Nursery staff. We would be more than happy to help with ideas!


 In Nursery:


Our initial focus in Nursery is to develop children’s listening skills, which then helps them to hear and say initial sounds of words. In the third term the children learn a letter sound each week. Activities are focused on this sound and many opportunities are available for your child to recognise letters in their environment.



Reading is part of our daily routine in Nursery. Not only do we have story time to finish every session, staff are constantly reading stories with the children, inside and outside.



At this age, children should be experiencing large movements to help build the muscles in their shoulder, arms and fingers, this will help them make smaller marks when using a writing tool (this could be a paintbrush, crayon, chalk or pencil etc.). Once a child is confident to make marks and talk about them, this will naturally develop to a more formal method of writing. We are always encouraging children to write in Nursery and allowing them to be expressive with their mark making and embedding a love for writing!



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 footsteps 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 ten 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.