The youngest children in our school follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) this is a framework for children up to the age of five, setting out seven key areas of learning around which activities should be based. Children’s learning must take place in both the inside and the outside learning environments.

Foundation Staff

In Foundation Stage the teachers are Mrs Kerstyn Richards (Class A – Ducklings) and Mrs Vicky Adams (Class B – Chicks)

Mrs Sophie Oliver (Class A) and Mrs Karen Finn (Class B) are the teaching assistants in this team.

Our Ex Days are every Friday morning.

 To find out more about our curriculum, visit the Curriculum section of our school website.

If you have any questions about Reception, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Children work their way towards The Early Learning Goals – these goals summarise the knowledge, skills and understanding that the children should have gained by the end of their Reception year.

The Characteristics of Learning are an important part of the Foundation Stage and underpin all that we do. These are the characteristics that we aim to develop in the children as they are learning through play.

Playing and exploring – this focuses on engagement

  •  Finding out and exploring
  • Playing with what they know
  •  Being willing to ‘have a go’

Active learning – this focuses on motivation

  • Being involved and concentrating
  • Keeping trying
  • Enjoying achieving what they set out to do

Creating and thinking critically –this focuses on thinking

  • Having their own ideas
  • Making links
  • Choosing ways to do things

We have a strong Foundation Stage team here at St Francis and all work together to ensure that your child has a happy, successful and fulfilling start to their school life.

We have put together some help & advice documents to help you & your child work together to progress with reading, writing and phonics.

To download our help and advice with reading document please click here.

To download our help and advice with writing document please click here.

To download our help and advice with phonics document please click here


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