Curriculum Overview

Download: EYFS Policy 2021-2022 [PDF]

Download: Nursery – Spring 1 Overview 2021-2022 [PDF]
Download: Reception – Spring 1 Overview 2021-2022 (Space) [PDF]

Download: Nursery – Autumn 2 Overview 2021-2022 (Celebrations) [PDF]
Download: Reception – Autumn 2 Overview 2021-2022 (Our Wonderful World) [PDF]

Download: Nursery – Autumn 1 Overview 2021-2022 (Myself and My Family) [PDF]
Download: Reception – Autumn 1 Overview 2021-2022 (Ourselves) [PDF]

Download: Nursery – Long Term Overview 2021-2022 [PDF]
Download: Reception – Long Term Overview 2021-2022 [PDF]


School 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 seven areas of learning:

  • Personal, social & emotional development
  • Physical development
  • Communication and language
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • 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.


Nursery Mouse Club

All children in Nursery will be given a mouse when they start with us and mouse will help them to become ready for Reception. Mouse will live at home with the children and will help them with home learning challenges. Along with mouse you will receive a pack of useful information about ways in which you can help at home to prepare your child for school.

In normal circumstances we would invite you into nursery once each half term to join in with our stay and play activities. Unfortunately, due to Covid restrictions we haven’t been able to do this for some time, however we are hopeful that this will change soon and we can start to do this again. We will send out the dates for this as soon as we are able.

Mouse home learning challenges will be sent out from time to time throughout the year and families are asked to send in photos, videos or notes, through class dojo, telling us about what the children have done at home with mouse to work on such challenges. The children love to share their news from home when you send it in, we put it on the big screen in class and they do a little show and tell about it.

If you have any questions about mouse club or would like support or advice in any area of preparing your child for school please ask one of the nursery team or send us a message through class dojo and we will get back to you as soon as possible.


Nursery Library

Early reading skills are developed in nursery through a range of pre-phonics and early phonics activities. This ranges from listening to sounds in the environment, learning about rhymes to beginning to hear sounds in words. To support this at home we ask that children are regularly read to. The importance of bedtime stories is paramount to children’s mastery of language and literacy skills. Your child will bring home a library book in their book wallet (provided by nursery) each week. We ask you to share the book with them, looking at the pictures and reading the story to them, talking about characters and what is happening in the story.

Please return the books and bags each Monday to be changed.


Homework in Reception

Each Monday children will be given a piece of homework to complete to consolidate the learning from that week. We hope parents will encourage children to complete homework in a calm and quiet environment to help with focus and concentration and where possible ask children to complete tasks as independently as they can.

Homework is due back in on a Friday. Please feel free to hand in homework early to the class TA or teacher.

Reading books should be taken home and brought in daily to school. Each child will be read with at least once a week and the class TA will update and change books and word cards.


Additional Information for Parents

Download: Foundation Stage Curriculum Information Booklet 2021 [PDF]
Download: Supporting Reading at Home (Reception) [PDF]
Download: 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.

Download: 4children – What to expect, when? – Parents Guide [PDF]
External Link: Foundation Years
External Link: I CAN

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.

External Link: PhonicsPlay
External Link: Phoneme Pop Game
External Link: CBeebies
External Link: CBeebies Numberblocks
External Link: Oxford Owl
External Link: Fun with Spot
External Link: BBC School Radio – Nursery Songs
External Link: Crickweb Early Years