At St Joseph’s our Early Years comprises of:

Preschool 2+ to 4 years
Reception 4-5years

Our Curriculum Vision

At St Joseph’s Catholic School we aim to provide the highest quality care and education for each and every child by giving children opportunities to gain fundamental learning skills within the Early Years Foundation Stage. We value each child as a unique individual and children’s interests are at the centre of our curriculum. This enables us to create a safe and happy environment which is stimulating and motivating for learners. We endeavour to work in partnership with parents to enable children to reach their full potential and ensure children become successful learners within the foundation stage and beyond.

We follow the Early Years Foundation stage curriculum and statutory guidance. Please use the link ‘What to Expect When’ which is supported by the Department of Education and offers guidance for children’s learning during the Early Years Foundation Stage which runs from birth to the end of their Reception year. 

We plan an exciting and challenging curriculum based on our observations of children’s needs, interests, and stages of development across the seven areas of learning to enable the children to achieve and exceed in their early learning goals. At the crux of our curriculum is:

Language Development – our setting is a language rich environment, where traditional tales and stories are used as themes to scaffold learning. So that children develop an understanding of story structure, a love of reading, acquire new vocabulary and can articulate themselves appropriately.

Physical Development -Children are provided with a range of rich, meaningful, first-hand experiences in which they explore, think creatively and are active. Little leaves provides a natural learning environment in which the children can explore all that the natural world has to offer. Our access to the school hall also enables use to deliver memorable physical development sessions such as bike-balanceability and mini yoga which strengthens fundamental motor skills so that they later develop stamina for writing.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development – At St Joseph’s we use Building Learning Power Characters to promote key characteristics of learning which will enable the children to be successful life-long learners and enable necessary skills for later employment. These are:


Bradley Bat – listening to detail

Have a Go Hare – giving a things a go

Resilient Rhino – being resilient, bouncing back after difficulties

Busy Beaver – being resourceful, thinking of how they can help themselves

Tom Tortoise – being evaluative and thinking of new ways to do things

Team Ant – working as team, listening to others




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