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EYFS Curriculum

At Holy Rood Catholic Primary School, we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. It is called the Foundation Stage as it gives a solid ‘foundation’ from which to build upon your child’s learning. We believe in providing a secure foundation for future learning and development for each and every child, taking their starting point into consideration. We continuously encourage and nurture children to be independent, curious, creative and resilient learners who show respect for each other, their communities and the environment which God created for us.

Our aim is to make every child’s learning experience exciting and enjoyable by delivering a creative and stimulating curriculum, based on the skills and outcomes highlighted in the Early Years Framework. Wherever possible, learning will be linked to the interests of the children as well as providing insights and experiences of the wider world around them. Further to this, our teaching and learning approach aims to develop children’s communication skills, ensuring that they know how to appropriately express themselves, share their opinion and feel heard.

We recognise the importance of not only building a strong foundation of learning, but also strong foundations of positive relationships between the child, their family and the school. Through this, we aim to ensure that pupils feel valued as an individual created by God, are empowered to meet their own needs and enjoy their learning experience whilst achieving the Early Years Learning Goals (ELGs).

EYFS PARENT WORKSHOP - friday 28th January - 1.30pm

Following the success of our first EYFS Parent Workshop, and based on Parent Feedback, we are pleased to share with you our second workshop will be happening on Friday 28th January at 1.30pm. This is slightly earlier than previously as feedback showed parents would have enjoyed a slightly longer session. This time, our Parent workshop will focus on Personal, Social and Emotional Development, sometimes referred to as PSED, (another one of the three prime areas in EYFS). As before, Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided – we hope to see lots of you there.

Parent Workshops

At Holy Rood, we believe in the development of home school partnerships – when these are strong, your children thrive and flourish. Throughout the year, we provide you with a range of workshops to help you support your children with their learning. Please find the slides to the workshops below.

Our first EYFS Parent Workshop of the academic year was a huge success with over 35 parents attending. The feedback provide will now inform our planning for the next EYFS Parent Workshop. 

Autumn 2 EYFS Parent Workshop - Self-Care, Developing Independence and Communication and Language

Click here to view the slides from our Autumn 2 EYFS Parent Workshop.

Please see just a snippet of feedback from the Autumn 2 EYFS Parent Workshop.

The Seven Areas of Learning in the Early Years

Both Nursery and Reception follow the Early Years Curriculum which is split into seven areas of learning. 



 We teach these areas through a balance of adult-led activities and child- initiated learning (CIL). This ensures appropriate differentiation and challenge for all children. During CIL, children have access to a variety of areas both within the classroom and in the outdoor area to support their learning and develop their curiosity. These areas are enhanced with ‘Can you ..?’ questions to further challenge and stretch children’s learning. In addition, children are able to select from a range of free-access resources to enable them to relate their learning to their own interests.

Phonics in the Early Years

In EYFS, the children are introduced to phonics through the Letters and Sounds programme. This is supplemented by teacher’s own assessments of their class and, for some children, with a smaller group intervention programme. Phonics is also taught discreetly through Nursery rhymes, singing and stories.

30 Hour places in Nursery

Nursery places are offered on a 15 hour basis. There are a limited number of 30 hour places available depending on eligibility.

For further information on 30 hours childcare please go to www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

EYFS Useful Information

EYFS Story Books

Pencil Grip Development

What to expect, when?

Tapestry Guide for Parents

The Early Learning Goals