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Early Years Foundation Stage

Our mission:

At St Joseph’s we strive for excellence in the development of the whole child – academically, spiritually, morally, and emotionally. We aim to make a better world by ensuring our children gain the skills they need to be successful at secondary school and to lead a fulfilled life.”

Our values:

Aspiration, Respect, Resilience, Community, Creativity

Our EYFS Team: 

Curriculum Implementation: (Learning Reification)

Our curriculum design is based on evidence from cognitive science; three main principles underpin it:

  1. Learning is most effective when classroom instruction breaks learning down into small steps and cognitive load is managed
  2. An integrated approach to curriculum development and planning helps pupils to discriminate between topics and aids long-term knowledge retention
  3. Retrieval of previously learned content is frequent and regular, which increases both storage and retrieval strength.

In addition to the three principles we also understand that learning is invisible in the short-term and that sustained mastery takes time.

At St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School we meet the welfare requirements laid down in the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage and actively safeguard and promote the welfare of all our children. 

We prioritise creating a ‘language rich’ environment through the use of songs, nursery rhymes, stories and providing time for quality interactions between adults and between peers. Trained staff ensure that interactions are positive and progressive, allowing children to flourish and gather words at pace in order to become confident communicators. Children are encouraged to become early readers through enjoyment of books and the systematic teaching of phonics. The children learn nursery rhymes and develop their mathematical thinking through direct teaching and exploration. Topics are supported by quality key texts.

These are chosen carefully to encourage children's speech, language and communication development. All planning however, is flexible and responsive to children’s needs so plans can be changed and adapted depending on children’s interests.

We understand the importance of parental engagement and believe that our parents have a crucial role to play in their children’s education. We work hard to create strong partnerships between home and school.   As part of the learning and teaching process, children are assessed in relation to their progress towards Development Matters and the Early Learning Goals. These judgements are made on the basis of accumulative observations and in depth knowledge of the children acquired through ongoing assessment. These ongoing assessments are used to inform planning and next steps in teaching and learning for all children throughout the year.

Curriculum Impact: (Cultural Capital)

Measuring the impact of our highly ambitious curriculum will need to be done in two ways.

First, through the success of children meeting a Good Level of Development and further up the school through standardised tests in Key Stage 1 and 2. Then, second, through the personal development they show as resilient learners, who can live a healthy life and who are respectful Catholic citizens.

In relation to the Good Level of Development and standardised tests, our aim is for every child to make outstanding personal progress. In particular our pupils will;

  • From their different starting points, make good academic progress and have strong attainment in the Prime and Specific areas when compared to local and national results.
  • Have knowledge, understanding and skills that is secure and embedded so they are fully prepared for Key Stage 1 & 2, secondary school, further education and the world of work.

In relation to their personal development, our pupils will;

  • Have strong communication skills and will listen respectfully and with tolerance to the views of others. They will take pride in all that they do, always striving to do their best.
  • Demonstrate emotional resilience and the ability to persevere when they encounter challenge.
  • Develop a sense of self-awareness and become confident in their own abilities creatively, socially and physically
  • Be kind, respectful and honest, demonstrate inclusive attitudes and have a sense of their role in our Catholic community and the wider society.
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