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St Joseph's Catholic

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Early Years

Where does Early Years fit in?

Our Class 1 has a mix of EYFS pupils and Year 1 pupils- we use the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and the National Curriculum as a basis for age-appropriate progression in knowledge and skills.  We have organised of the content of these into topics; due to our mixed-age classes, this is often on a two-year rolling cycle.


Our series of mini-topics are linked to a wonderful range of fiction and non-fiction books and texts.  We choose these carefully to engage our learners and spark imaginations.  We also like to make use of excellent digital resources such as short films and documentaries.


Within the classroom you will see evidence of different areas of learning which are carefully planned for and resourced by the class teacher.  We use continuous provision and free-flow so that the learning is led by pupil's interests.  During the day our teachers will be spotted engaged in rich conversations with the children to support learning and aid assessment.


Class 1 absolutely love the outdoors and have a well-resourced, exciting outdoor learning environment which both EYFS and Year 1 get to benefit from.  The outdoor space is used for activities that may be a little bigger, louder or more physical then what are set up inside.  We are also lucky to be able to make full use of the school grounds, including our orchard and our wonderful local environment including local nature reserves, woodlands and of course the beach!

What we aim for in Early Years... what we call our 'intent'

Our Early Years curriculum is designed to ensure that all learners:

  • Learn and develop in a healthy and safe environment showing determination, responsibility and respect.
  • Gain the knowledge and skills to create foundations for future progress in school ensuring they are Key Stage ready.
  • Are given the best possible start to school and are supported to fulfil their potential.

Below is an overview of the Class 1 curriculum- this gives an overview of learning, which follows a two-year cycle to ensure children that stay in Class 1 for their Year 1 experience get to experience different topics, books and interests. 

Year 1 in Class 1 get to experience the rich play-based environment of Early Years alongside small focused group teaching of English and Maths.  Year 1s in class 1 will still cover the content of the Year 1 National Curriculum.