Our vision for the Early Years Foundation Stage

In St Oswald’s Catholic Primary School, children feel happy, safe and secure in a stimulating and age appropriate learning environment, where play and learning is combined. Our Foundation Stage environment supports every child’s learning, through planned and child-initiated activities that are both challenging and achievable. We treat all children as unique individuals and we support and encourage them to become resilient, capable and confident learners.

A high quality, inclusive education is provided for all pupils, with an emphasis on learning through practical, hands-on experiences. The children learn through purposeful play with a balance of adult led and child initiated activities, with the aim to maintain focus on learning during both. Children learn in whole class and small groups, short adult led activities, and self-chosen activities both indoors and outdoors; the environment is regularly enhanced to reflect new topics and children’s own interests and experiences

Both prime and specific areas of learning are delivered through an exciting, engaging and challenging curriculum. It gives children opportunities to access a wide range of experiences, to consolidate skills and develop a deep understanding of the world around them. Communication and language skills are promoted through all areas of learning and by developing meaningful conversations between groups of children, and between adults and children.

All adults are positive and enthusiastic about indoor/outdoor play and will support, scaffold and model learning.  They support children on the road to developing greater independence and develop children’s thinking and problem solving skills by building on their natural curiosity.  All adults continually observe and assess children’s learning and development and use this information in discussion with other members of the team to plan relevant, engaging and challenging activities, which meet each child’s individual needs.

We value the contribution parents make and build an atmosphere of trust and respect between home and school. As the people who know their children best, parents are encouraged to work in partnership with staff in the learning and development process.

The Early Years Foundation Stage is made up of six areas of learning


Personal, social & emotional development

Physical development

Communication, language



Understanding of the world

Expressive Arts and Design


The children will have many, wonderful opportunities to discover and explore, enquire and experience in St Oswald’s EYFS.


Download: EYFS Policy 2018


Curriculum Overview

Nursery long term plan 2018-19

Reception Long Term Plan 2018_2019



Additional Information for Parents

Foundation Stage Information Booklet (PDF)

Supporting Reading at Home (Reception) (PDF)

Reception Homework Guide (PDF)

Parents and carers of children in the Early Years Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception) can access useful information regarding their children’s learning and development from the below websites.

We also have listed some useful websites you may wish to visit with your child at home to further support their education. If you have some favourites not listed, please speak to a member of staff so we can add to the list and share with other families.

Home School Learning

Maths Monkey

In both Nursery and Reception we have maths monkey who will occasionally come home with your child to do some learning related to maths with your family. Sometimes this may be a specific maths challenge or game and other times will be very open ended allowing the children to explore maths opportunities at home with you. There are some suggested activities in the book and the children really enjoy sharing their learning with their class when they bring it back to school. Maths monkey goes home on Mondays to be returned on Wednesdays, Wednesdays to be returned on Fridays and Fridays to be returned on Mondays.

Reception Homework

Homework is sent home every Monday in Reception and needs to be back in school on Fridays. In addition to this the children all need to bring their book bag and reading book into school each day as they will be read with at school at various times across the week as well as the reading they do at home with you.

Extended Observations

Across the year we complete extended observations for every child. In the Early Years Foundation Stage we value the partnerships we have with parents and carers and appreciate your comments on these observations so that we can work together to help your children with their next steps in learning. Extended observations are sent out once per term and we ask that you read, comment and return this observation to your child’s key worker within a week of receiving it. A copy will then be put into your child’s learning journey which will be sent home for you to keep at the end of their time in our class. If you would like to discuss these observations further please see a member of our team.

Wow Moments

We value the knowledge that you have about child’s skills and what they are interested in and we ask you to share this with us. When you have something you feel you would like to share with school please fill in one of our wow moments sheet and bring it into school. The completed sheets will be displayed in class and will be used to help to make your child feel special as we share their news from home with their friends. We will also stick the sheets in your child’s Learning Journey book.
Perhaps your child has learnt how to do something for the first time e.g. recognising numbers to 5, using their knife and fork independently or recognising their name. Or it could be something that they, or you, are proud of e.g. persevering at something they found hard, putting their coat on, scoring a goal, trying different food, investigating and talking about objects they found in the park or doing something kind for someone else. Why not add a photograph - the children love to share photos! You could even email one to us at school and we will share it in class.

Our email address is nursery@stoswaldsschool.com