At St Francis, the aim is to provide the very best possible start to every child’s education and enable them to fulfil their potential.
A stimulating, secure environment is provided, where children are encouraged to develop key learning skills. A broad-
There are seven areas of learning and development. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, for building their capacity to learn and a firm foundation to the start of their academic career. Also to form relationships and thrive. These three areas are known as the prime areas:
• Communication and Language
• Physical Development
• Personal, Social and Emotional Development
The four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied are:
Reading is key to your child making good over-
• Understanding of the World
• Expressive Arts and Design
Early Years Foundation stage staff (Class Teachers, Early Years Practitioners and Learning Support Assisstants) plan and work closely together. They regularly observe and assess learning to inform the next steps in teaching.
Before children start in Reception, a nursery setting or home visit is offered to new parents to our school, to be able to talk informally with the Early Years Foundation Stage staff. The open morning gives each child the chance to explore the opportunities and activities in the Reception Class before starting school.