Our Foundation teachers are Miss Jenkins (Class RJ) and MIss Penas (Class RP).
In the Early Years Foundation Stage, we aim to provide a safe and stimulating environment that supports each child’s learning in the following seven areas of learning:
The three Prime Areas:
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
The four Specific Areas:
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
We provide a balance of adult-led and child-initiated activities, where children learn through group work and their own play. The children are encouraged and supported to become effective, reflective and well-motivated learners. We build on experiences from home using a range of equipment and materials, with the aim to extend the children’s imagination, creativity and curiosity.
Children are observed regularly and their progress is documented. At the end of the year, children are assessed as to whether they are ‘emerging’, ‘expected’ or ‘exceeding’ in relation to the Early Learning Goals which are linked to the above seven areas of learning. Most children will be working at the level of the Early Learning Goals, some children will have exceeded them and others will be working towards them.
Relationships with parents are of great importance to us and we seek to work with them in supporting their child’s learning and development through their first year at school.
Quotes from Parents
"Under experienced guidance, our child made the transition from nursery to school with ease and has enjoyed every moment. Also, more importantly, I have never walked out of the gates feeling she would be unhappy, ignored or wouldn’t have fun."
"The enthusiastic and stimulating approach to Early Years learning ensures she comes home from school every afternoon full of facts and stories of her fun filled days."
"EYFS at St Joseph’s has been a welcoming and nurturing experience for all of us and I’m happy to say, with another child in Year 3, it is an experience that continues throughout the school."
"We have been really struck by how Catholic the school is—a particular delight was the procession in May for Our Lady; all the children seemed to have a small bouquet to offer to Mary. Our daughter loves school—she’s made loads of friends and loves her teachers."
"As a mum and a member of staff, I am lucky enough to witness the joy and enthusiasm that the teachers have for the children and their education on a daily basis. It is a joy to be a part of and my children (all four) have truly thrived at St Joseph’s."
"I am really thankful from the bottom of my heart for how amazing St Joseph’s is. Very high gratitude towards the teachers who make our children more comfortable and giving them a variety of experiences and knowledge, whilst maintaining a safe environment. The support from the teachers towards my child’s development is excellent."
Please have a look at the Footsteps Parent Guide to helping children learn to be safe as pedestrians. Road Safety is not part of the National Curriculum in schools, so parents/carers need to teach their own children.