At Holy Rood Catholic Primary School, we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. It is called the Foundation Stage as it gives a solid ‘foundation’ from which to build upon your child’s learning. We believe in providing a secure foundation for future learning and development for each and every child, taking their starting point into consideration. We continuously encourage and nurture children to be independent, curious, creative and resilient learners who show respect for each other, their communities and the environment which God created for us.
Our aim is to make every child’s learning experience exciting and enjoyable by delivering a creative and stimulating curriculum, based on the skills and outcomes highlighted in the Early Years Framework. Wherever possible, learning will be linked to the interests of the children as well as providing insights and experiences of the wider world around them. Further to this, our teaching and learning approach aims to develop children’s communication skills, ensuring that they know how to appropriately express themselves, share their opinion and feel heard.
We recognise the importance of not only building a strong foundation of learning, but also strong foundations of positive relationships between the child, their family and the school. Through this, we aim to ensure that pupils feel valued as an individual created by God, are empowered to meet their own needs and enjoy their learning experience whilst achieving the Early Years Learning Goals (ELGs).
Take a look inside our EYFS Classrooms
EYFS Parent Workshop Information
2023-2024 EYFS Parent Workshops
Autumn 2: Tuesday 28th Nov - 1:45pm – 2:45pm
Autumn 2 Theme: Developing Key Skills in the EYFS
Spring 1: Thursday 8th Feb - 9:00am – 10:00am
Spring 1 Theme: Phonics in the EYFS
Spring 2: Friday 22nd March - 1:45pm – 2:45pm
Spring 2 Theme: Personal, Social & Emotional Development and Communication & Language
Summer 1: Monday 20th May - 1:45pm – 2:35pm
Summer 1 Theme: Mathematics in the EYFS
Summer 2: Monday 24th June - 9:00am – 10:00am
Summer 2 Theme: Supporting Transitions into Year 1
2022-2023 EYFS Parent Workshops
Autumn 2: Wednesday 30th November – 9.00am - Developing Key Skills
Spring 1: Thursday 2nd February – 1.30pm - Personal, Social & Emotional Development
Spring 2: Monday 24th April – 1.30pm - Phonics
Summer 1: Friday 19th May – 1.30pm - Mathematics
Summer 2: Wednesday 7th June – 9.00am - Supporting Transitions into Year 1
2022-2023 EYFS Parent Workshop Handouts
Autumn 2 - Self-Care, Developing Independence and Communication and Language
Spring 1 - Personal, Social & Emotional Development
Spring 2 - Monday 24th April – Phonics
Summer 1 – Friday 19th May – Mathematics
Some parent and carer feedback from sessions this year:
2021-2022 Parent Workshops
At Holy Rood, we believe in the development of home school partnerships – when these are strong, your children thrive and flourish. Throughout the year, we provide you with a range of workshops to help you support your children with their learning. Please find the slides to the workshops below.
Our first EYFS Parent Workshop of the academic year was a huge success with over 35 parents attending. The feedback provide will now inform our planning for the next EYFS Parent Workshop.
Autumn 2 EYFS Parent Workshop - Self-Care, Developing Independence and Communication and Language
Click here to view the slides from our Autumn 2 EYFS Parent Workshop.
Please see just a snippet of feedback from the Autumn 2 EYFS Parent Workshop.
Spring 1 EYFS Parent Workshop - Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Click here to view the slides from our Spring 1 EYFS Parent Workshop.
Please see just a snippet of feedback from the Spring 1 EYFS Parent Workshop.
Spring 2 EYFS Parent Workshop - Phonics
Click here to view the slides from our Spring 2 EYFS Parent Workshop.
Other useful information
The Seven Areas of Learning in the Early Years
Both Nursery and Reception follow the Early Years Curriculum which is split into seven areas of learning.
We teach these areas through a balance of adult-led activities and child- initiated learning (CIL). This ensures appropriate differentiation and challenge for all children. During CIL, children have access to a variety of areas both within the classroom and in the outdoor area to support their learning and develop their curiosity. These areas are enhanced with ‘Can you ..?’ questions to further challenge and stretch children’s learning. In addition, children are able to select from a range of free-access resources to enable them to relate their learning to their own interests.
Your child's work ...
Wow Work Folders
Your child will be very busy throughout each week completing different tasks across the curriculum. During some of the tasks, your child will complete some amazing, wow work which shows their best writing, best ideas, the first time they cut something independently, the first time they could identify an initial sound etc. This is ‘WOW WORK’ – work that your child has really tried their best, done something for the first time or shown an improvement in their learning – and this should be celebrated. Therefore, this wow work will be collated in their wow work folders and during open evenings, and at the end of the year when the folder is sent home, you can look through these and celebrate the many achievements of your child.
Our Special Books hold all the children’s RE learning. They are called ‘Special Books’ because everything the children learn about God and their faith are put into these books. The children’s Special Books are kept by the RE prayer tables in each classroom and the children really take pride and care in making sure they complete their best work in these.
Phonics in the Early Years
In EYFS, the children are introduced to phonics through the Essential Letters and Sounds programme. This is supplemented by teacher’s own assessments of their class and, for some children, with a smaller group intervention programme. Phonics is also taught discreetly through Nursery rhymes, singing and stories.
To find out more about how we teach phonics, please click here.
30 Hour places in Nursery
Nursery places are offered on a 15 hour basis. There are a limited number of 30 hour places available depending on eligibility.
For further information on 30 hours childcare please go to www.childcarechoices.gov.uk.