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St John's Catholic

Primary School

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St John's Catholic

Primary School


INTENT - St John's EYFS curriculum intends to...

  • provide a Catholic setting in which all children can grow in understanding, acquiring valuable skills, attitudes and values.
  • foster a growth of commitment to the love and service of Christ through the teaching and practices of the Catholic Church.
  • educate the whole child; assisting in the formation of happy, confident, caring, responsible citizens who know themselves and the world in which they live.
  • shape today's children to meet tomorrow's challenges in an ever changing world.
  • address the requirements of the EYFS by adequately resourcing curriculum areas and creating a wide range of learning opportunities.
  • strive for the highest possible standards of behaviour and all-round achievement.


IMPLEMENTATION - St John's EYFS curriculum is implemented through...

  • careful mapping of the requirements of the EYFS through meaningful and exciting units of learning.
  • structured sequences of teaching which build upon children’s prior experiences, knowledge and skills whilst introducing new ideas, vocabulary and concepts in a timely way.
  • a flexible approach allowing for children’s needs and motivations.
  • a balance of adult-led and child-led learning.
  • the opportunity for skills and knowledge to be embedded and revisited.
  • careful ongoing assessment ensuring we respond to the needs of our children.
  • an active, play based approach to learning – exploration of ideas and problem solving.
  • an environment that supports learning and independence both indoors and outdoors.
  • knowledgeable staff who plan next steps for children and develop positive characteristics of learning.
  • opportunities for learning beyond the classroom – strong links with home, other educational partners and the local community.


IMPACT - We want children to leave EYFS...

  • beginning to have an understanding of the teachings of Jesus.
  • realising their potential on the EYFS profile.
  • as engaged, confident and happy learners who approach challenges with determination and resilience asking for help when necessary.
  • as polite, friendly and caring members of the class.
  • having developed and secured a range of skills across the curriculum.
  • having developed greater independence and self-awareness.

Parents’ Guide to the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework

Exciting times ahead for you and your child

Welcome to the Reception Class page



Here you can see what we are learning about in class, view our weekly routines and keep up to date with notices.





Prayers We Say in School


At Start of Day

In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

From my head to my heart, from one shoulder to the other, I belong to you - God my Father.


Oh my God I give to you

all that I say and think and do,

all my work and happy play

I will give to you today. Amen.


Before Meals

Bless us, Oh God as we sit together,

Bless the food we eat today,

Bless the hands that made our food,

Bless us, Oh God, Amen.


After Meals

Thank you God for the food we have eaten,

Thank you God for our good friends,

Thank you God, Amen.


At End of Day 

God our Father, we've come to say

Thank you for your love today.

Thank you for my family

and all the friends you give to me.

Guard me in the dark of night

and in the morning send your light. Amen.


We also say

The Our Father

Our Father, Who art in heaven,
Hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. Amen.


The Hail Mary

  Hail Mary,
Full of Grace,
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit
of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary,
Mother of God,
pray for us sinners now,
and at the hour of death.


Please help your children to learn these prayers by saying them at home with the family.

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