Meet the staff!
Class Teacher Mrs Ault
Early Years Practitioner Mrs Cholewa
At St Francis Xavier Catholic Primary School, we believe that a good early education is fundamental for a child’s success. Through achieving the balance between play and adult led sessions, our early year’s curriculum is designed to provide children with the best possible start in life. The children’s interests are at the heart of our syllabus which enables us to deliver a high quality and child led learning.
We strongly believe that children thrive in an environment where they feel safe, happy and respected. At St Francis, we achieve this through providing children with fun and engaging lessons, forming positive relationships with parents and listening and responding to each individual child’s need.
Each half term, we plan a topic which we feel will interest the children. This topic is then broken down into seven areas of learning which are: personal social and emotional development, communication and language, physical development, literacy. mathematics, expressive arts and design, and understanding the world. When delivering these sessions, children will participate in physical activities, discussion and role play activities to enable them to gain good knowledge and understanding of what is being taught. We strongly believe that children learn best through play therefore, anything which is taught is placed into the provision for children to explore in their own time either independently or with their peers.
Communication and language is essential in ensuring that children are able to reach age expected levels (or higher), across all areas of learning. Communication and Language is broken down into three vital parts which are: listening and attention, understanding and speaking. At St Francis, we provide the children with these skills through introducing a wide range of stories, poems and rhymes. We also ensure that children are exposed to high quality texts which build their vocabulary and promote questioning to develop their understanding further.
Delivering an enriched curriculum in the early years will provide children with the foundations they need to reach their full potential. By the time the children leave the foundation stage unit, they have learnt skills which will enable them to be successful throughout their school life. Explicit modelling, promoting independence and providing ongoing assessments, promotes high levels of engagement in learning, and enables the children to make rapid progress throughout their early years.
Within the foundation stage curriculum there are 3 prime areas and 4 specific areas of learning.
In Early Years at St Francis Xavier, we follow the EYFS statutory framework. The framework is based upon four themes and principles which shape the way in which we teach.
Unique child- Every child is unique who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self assured.
Positive relationships- Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships with both peers and staff.
Enabling environments- Children learn and develop through engaging in an enabling environment. Within the environment, individual experience responds to meet all needs.
The learning process- All children learn and develop at different rates. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs or disabilities.
Throughout the day, children will engage in various stimulating activities within both the indoor and outdoor provision. There are activities that are adult led where we work alongside your child to support new skills. There will also be numerous open-ended activities for children to choose that promote independence and curiosity. Within the Foundation Stage, children learn through play which is fun and engaging!
To assess areas of learning, we use a learning book to record observations. We then link the observations directly to the Development Matters. The Development Matters is non-statutory guidance which all those working in early childhood education settings to implement the requirements of the Statutory Framework for the EYFS.
If you would like to take a look at the Development Matters Guidance, please follow the link below- https://www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2012/03/Development-Matters-FINAL-PRINT-AMENDED.pdf.