Early Years Foundation Stage

Welcome to our curriculum page for Early Years.  Our Nursery and Reception classes follow the statutory framework for Early Years Foundation Stage.  Our aim is to provide an engaging and exciting play-based curriculum which is devised based on children's interests.  We offer welcoming classrooms where children are encouraged to make independent choices to support their learning in a safe and secure environment.  Children's learning is celebrated through positive interactions with adults and their peers and shared within our school community.  There are plenty of opportunities to explore our indoor and outdoor classrooms as well as being able to visit our forest environment. Within the early years classrooms there is a good balance of both child initiated and adult led activities.

Our curriculum is developed through topic based activities; these topics initially stem from the children's interests or may link to a seasonal or festive celebration.  At the beginning of each topic we discuss what the children know about this topic and encourage them to develop their own questions about what they would like to learn.  These questions form the basis of a topic map which informs planning.  Children's work, photographs and observations are celebrated in a topic floor book.  At the end of each half term parents are invited to join us for stay and play sessions where these books are shared.

Alongside the class floor books each child has an individual learning journey.  This learning journey evidences their learning throughout their time in the Early Years.  Independent work, next steps and observations are included within these alongside online observations using Tapestry.


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Reception Topic Links:

The Circus



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St Oswald's CE Primary School. Ronald Ross Avenue, Netherton, Bootle L30 5RH

Tel: 0151 525 4580 | E: admin.stoswalds@schools.sefton.gov.uk