St Teresa’s

Catholic Primary School & Nursery

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EYFS / Foundation (Nursery & Reception)

Children in our Nursery and Reception classes follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework. At St Teresa’s our planning and teaching within the EYFS incorporates topics, the children’s interests and individual needs. Learning takes place in both the indoor and outdoor environments and the children take part in a range of adult-led and child-led activities. The children are encouraged to take part in first-hand experiences, play, explore, experiment, think critically, and solve problems. We celebrate each child as a unique individual and work in partnership with parents to ensure the best outcomes for all of the children.


The EYFS framework

The three prime areas:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional development


The four specific areas are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design


Characteristics of Effective Learning

The characteristics of effective learning run through and underpin all seven areas of learning and development, representing processes rather than outcomes. The Characteristics of effective learning are:

  • Playing and exploring – engagement
  • Active learning- motivation
  • Creating and thinking critically- thinking 


Our reading schemes are:

  • Sounds Write 
  • Oxford Reading Tree
  • Ladybird Books Read It Yourself
  • Start Reading
  • Read Zone
  • Big Cat Books
  • Reading with Phonics
  • Fairytale Phonics