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John Cross CE

Primary School

Believe and Achieve

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John Cross CE

Primary School

Believe and Achieve

Early Years Foundation Stage

Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum

The Early Years Foundation Stage is the stage in your child's learning from birth to 5 years old. This is the time in school that we call Reception. In your child's first year at school, we aim to prepare the children for the rest of their school career through relevant and play based activities. Children will have a range of experiences and opportunities to gain skills and develop through both adult guided and child initiated activities. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.

Due to the nature of our curriculum, the topics we teach vary throughout the course of the year. We plan a range of topics to be covered but these can change when children's interests and needs are taken into account.


We plan and teach for:

  • Personal, Social, Emotional development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • down to the specific areas of :
  • Understanding the world
  • Mathematics
  • Literacy
  • Expressive Arts and Design


Young children learn through play and the school provides continuous provision for our EYFS children. We have excellent indoor and outdoor facilities.

Our directed sessions include:

  • Phonics- following the Oxford Reading Tree Sounds and Letters stages.
  • Mathematics- following White Rose Maths for reception.


During the spring term the children will continue with their phonics and maths carpet sessions and complete small group work activities to develop their writing skills. The children will continue their phonic work completing stage 2 and 3 sounds. They are already able to blend to read decodable words using the sounds they have been taught and segment to spell simple words so we will continue to develop these skills. 


In maths we will be learning the stories of different numbers to 10, how to write them, represent them in different ways, partition numbers and start to solve problems involving addition, subtraction, sharing, doubling and halving. 


Children will also spend quality time choosing their own activities in our continuous provision both indoors and outside.

Our classroom topic this term is Once Upon a Time, the children will enjoy a range of activities linked to their favourite stories and a range of traditional stories!

The children will develop their physical skills in our outdoor area riding bikes, developing throwing and catching skills and in PE taking part in gymnastics and dance lessons.


Our RE topics for the spring term will be 'Stories Jesus Heard' and Easter as well as 'I am Special', 'Special Places' and 'Special People' which are covered throughout the year, through our Christian Values and the EYFS curriculum.

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