St Francis C.E. Primary School

St Francis C.E. Primary School

  • “Governors share the passion of senior leaders to secure the best possible outcomes for pupils.”OFSTED June 2016
  • “Relationships between teachers and pupils are excellent.”OFSTED June 2016
  • “Teachers make activities fun and relevant, which captures pupils' interests and ensures their good learning.”OFSTED June 2016
  • “There is a strong and positive ethos in the school.”OFSTED June 2016
  • “Pupils make good progress across the school, particularly in writing and mathematics.”OFSTED June 2016
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Early Years Foundation Stage

What is the Early Years Foundation Stage?

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The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is how the government and early years professionals describe the time in your child’s life between birth and age 5.  It is a framework setting the standards for learning, development and care for children during this period. 

Nurseries and Reception classes must follow the legal document called the EYFS Statutory Framework.

How Your Child Will be Learning

The EYFS Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development. Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.

Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development.

These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.

As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. The professionals teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. This is a little bit like a curriculum in primary and secondary schools, but it's suitable for very young children, and it's designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child's unique needs and interests. Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside. 

Meet Our Foundation Stage Team

Nursery (Ducklings) 

Teachers - Mrs Coates and Mrs Dobson

Support Staff - Mrs Harper, Mrs Harris, Mrs Licata, Miss Hewer

Robins Class (Reception) 

Teacher - Mrs Crick

Support Staff - Mrs Pearce and Mrs Sivasprasad

Parrots Class (Reception / Year 1) :

Teacher - Mrs Thrower

Support Staff - Miss Perry and Mrs Wordsworth


Please click on Development Matters to view the  document which outlines the criteria against which your child is assessed.

What to Expect When is a useful document which provides guidance to parents / carers on their child's learning and development in the early years.

What are we learning about in the EYFS this term?

What we are learning about in Ducklings this term.

What we are learning about in Robins this term.

What we are learning about  in Parrots this term.

Click here to view our Early Years Foundation Stage Policy

How can YOU help with your child's learning?

All the activities that you do with your child at home are important in supporting their learning and development, and have a really long lasting effect on your child’s learning as they progress towards and through school.  For example, talking, reading, singing nursery rhymes with your child or cooking and baking with them. 

Popcorn/Wow Moments 


Reading At Home

Click here for 10 tips on listening to your child read at home.  You will also find some useful websites to support your child's learning.


Your child will receive a short piece of homework on a Wednesday to be returned by the following Monday.  

Useful Websites to Support Your Child


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