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St Wulstan's & St Edmund's Catholic Primary School & Nursery

“As God’s children, we touch the lives of others through our thoughts, words and actions.”

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"Good parenting and high quality teaching and learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up"

(Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage)


Welcome to our EYFS page! 

We have a nursery class and a reception class but we work as a unit and have lots of fun together sharing our classroom both indoors and outdoors. 
The reception class teacher is Mrs Cook, our nursery leader is Mrs Parkinson (Mrs P) and our teaching assistant is Mrs Casey.  


We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum which is a play based approach to learning and development, enabling children to develop in all areas.  We plan creative and practical activities that support the children's interests, which enables them to build confidence, explore, problem solve, relate to their peers and  develop independence. We have lots of fun in the Early Years!


There are seven areas of learning and development: within the 'Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum'

Prime Areas

Communication and Language

Physical Development

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Specific Areas



Understanding the World

Expressive Arts and Design 

As a catholic school we also teach RE 


Our aim is for both you and your child to have a happy and confident beginning to an exciting learning journey with us. Together we can guide your child through this important year and lay the firm foundations for their school education.

Please find attached a copy of our Spring 1 Letter which will inform you of our current topic and the learning that will be taking place this half term.


Characteristics of Effective Learning

The 'Characteristics of Effective Learning' are how children learn.  These are reflected within the learning environment; when the teachers and teaching assistants observe and plan for children’s next steps in learning and through high quality questioning and dialogue between the adults and children in the setting.  A child’s individual learning characteristic will determine the way they respond to both the teaching and learning taking place in the environment. 

Three characteristics of effective teaching and learning identified by the EYFS are:

  • playing and exploring - children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’;
  • active learning - children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements; and
  • creating and thinking critically - children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.


Communication and Language

Within EYFS we develop the skills and confidence to express ourselves, and enjoy speaking and listening to each other and our teachers.   


Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Within our Personal, Social and Emotional Development we learn to feel good about ourselves and others, and develop positive relationships.   This supports us in becoming independent, excited and motivated learners.


Physical Development 

In EYFS making progress in Physical Development gives us confidence and enables us to feel the benefits of being healthy and active. We enjoy taking part in structured PE and dance sessions, improving our skills of co-ordination, control and movement.  Opportunities to develop gross and fine motor skills - e.g through using scissors, glue, paintbrushes and pencils are also encouraged through daily hands on planned and independent activities.



In EYFS we like to read lots of different books with our friends and teachers.  We practise mark making, writing our names, letters, sounds and words in fun and creative ways.  We always make sure we are careful listeners when having conversations with everyone.



In this area of our learning we develop our mathematical understanding through stories, songs, games, everyday activities and imaginative play.  We also experiment and become confident and curious about numbers, shapes, patterns and measures.


Understanding the World

In this area of learning, we develop our knowledge, skills and understanding that help use to make sense our local community and the world, with opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.


Expressive Art & Design

This area of learning includes art, music, dance, drama and imaginative play – we enjoy trying new experiences and express ourselves in a variety of ways.

Creativity is an important part of successful learning; it enables children to make connections between experiences, solve problems and be inventive.