About the Early Years

Welcome to our Early Years Foundation Stage at St Paul’s C of E Primary School. We have one Nursery Class and one Reception Class. Our settings provide an engaging and nurturing environment where teaching and learning is child centred, safe and fun.

The EYFS Curriculum

The Early Years curriculum consists of seven areas of learning. These are Communication & Language, Personal Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts & Design. This year we are trailing the new EYFS framework that comes into effect in all schools in the academic year 2021-2022.

Children learn holistically by accessing all areas of learning in their play alongside adult directed teaching. Children in the EYFS have access to our purpose built outdoor area. At St Paul’s the children follow the Read, Write, Inc. programme to develop their phonics and early reading skills. We use the White Rose Maths scheme and a differentiated text approach for Literacy activities. Some children also receive additional support through the Early Communication & Language Screen, The Nuffield Early Language Intervention, Talk Boost and Launchpad Literacy. We also have two forest school leaders who carry out additional activities on a weekly basis.

To promote positive behaviour and children’s self- regulation we use mindfulness sessions throughout the day. Our behaviour policy is supported by the online learning and behaviour management platform- Class Dojo. This is also our main form of communication between practitioners and parents/carers.

Learning Through Play

The foundations of the EYFS curriculum is learning through play. Children learn best when they take ownership of their learning, interact with others and experience things first hand. We encourage the children to use their imagination, problem solve, share their ideas and investigate the world around. Practitioners respond to the children’s needs and interests, planning activities that are purposeful and build upon the skills they already have. Our team are experienced at scaffolding and interacting with the children to challenge the children.

Useful Links

Early Adopter Framework


Stoke Speaks Out


White Rose Maths


Hungry Little Minds