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St John the Baptist Primary School

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The period of education from ages 2 to 5 is known as the Foundation Stage and we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.

There are four themes that underpin this curriculum:

  • Unique Child
  • Positive Relationships
  • Enabling Environment
  • Learning and Development

Within this curriculum there are three Prime Areas of Learning:-

  • Personal, Social, Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language

There are also four Specific Areas of Learning:-

  • Literacy
  • Maths
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design


Our creative curriculum gives your child the opportunity to learn through a play based curriculum, both indoors and outdoors, with a focus on all of the above areas.


Play is crucial for developing children’s communication skills.

Here are 10 reasons why it is so important:

  1. Play lays the foundation for literacy. Through play children learn to make and practise new sounds. They try out new vocabulary, on their own or with friends, and exercise their imagination through storytelling.
  2. Play is learning. Play nurtures development and fulfils a baby’s inborn need to learn. Play takes many forms, from shaking a rattle to peek-a-boo to hide-and-seek. Play can be done by a child alone, with another child, in a group or with an adult.
  3. Play encourages adults to communicate with the children in their lives. Adults support play by giving children opportunities to play, and by knowing when to intervene, and when not to intervene.
  4. Play gives children the chance to be spontaneous. You may think your child should be rolling the truck on the ground but that doesn’t mean that truck is not equally useful as a stacking toy.
  5. Play gives children choice. Having enough toys or activities to choose from will allow children to express themselves.
  6. Play gives children space. To practise physical movement, balance and to test their own limits.
  7. Play gives adults the chance to learn how to play again. One of the most challenging parts of play is incorporating yourself in it.
  8. Play allows adults to learn their child’s body language. Knowing when you should incorporate yourself in your child’s play is key.
  9. Play teaches adults patience and understanding.  If you do choose to join in your child’s play make sure that you do not try to take it over and force incorporation of your ultimate learning objectives into their play. Structured adult-led activities have their time and place but remember to allow for time for children to control and decide their own play.
  10. Play is fun. Learning to play well, both by themselves and with others, sets children up to be contented and sociable.


Foundation Stage – Culture and Ethos


Our Top Ten

  • We offer a safe and stimulating environment where children flourish.
  • We pride ourselves on listening to children and those who care for them and using this information to personalise each child’s learning.
  • We offer a quality play based curriculum with quality adult-child interactions as well as child initiated play.
  • Adults respond to children’s interests and skilled practitioners model language, show, explain, demonstrate, encourage, question and recall through narrative.
  • Every opportunity for learning is taken and we ensure we offer enabling environments to allow children to make sense of the world.
  • Challenge is part of our day for all children in order to extend their learning.
  • Learning should be fun and we strongly believe in first hand learning, valuing the importance of the outdoor environment to develop children’s thinking and problem solving skills.
  • We believe that every child is unique and should be treated so allowing them the opportunity to develop and learn in a safe and nurturing environment where play and learning is combined.
  • We understand the importance of practical learning experiences and strive to equip children with a love of learning and a natural curiosity.
  • We are committed to giving our children the best possible start to their school life, teaching children skills which ensure their well-being now and success in the future.


What we do well

  • Pastoral care – getting to know children and their families and their circumstances and supporting them in any way we can, identifying needs.
  • Home visits to build up good relationships with families.
  • Relationships with children – establishing routines.
  • Behaviour – respecting each other and their differences – Everyone different everyone loved school motto.
  • Highlighting disadvantage and breaking down barriers.
  • Focusing on Prime Areas in order that children can access the rest of the curriculum and make good progress – PSED and CAL addressed by excellent modelling by all staff.
  • Active and healthy lifestyle is encouraged – mile a day, oral hygiene, healthy breakfast, daily activity.
  • Speaking and listening is a priority on arrival in school – BLAST, Early Language Development Programme, SALT, Talk in the Early Years.
  • Quality of teaching and adult interaction is key.
  • Accurate assessment and moderation to feed into planning and the environment.

Everyone Different, Everyone Loved