Early Years Foundation Stage
The Early Years Foundation Stage at St Joseph’s provides a solid foundation for children's learning and development. Our aim is that every child receives high-quality provision that is inclusive, stimulating and supportive of their individual needs and interests so that ultimately our pupils go on to be active citizens of society and be happy, inquisitive, life-long learners. The principles and purpose of our curriculum are driven by developing:
- a love for learning
- a sense of self
- awe and wonder
- aspiration and achievement
The Reception curriculum allows children’s creativity, curiosity and confidence to flourish whilst developing interpersonal and social skills, building resilience and fostering a growth mindset. We aim to provide a nurturing, fun, positively challenging and rich educational environment that enables each individual to thrive. We celebrate children’s individual talents and achievements and provide them with the skills they need for the next steps of their education.
Our Mission statement, ‘We work, learn and grow together in God’s love’, is at the heart of everything we do. We place a strong emphasis on the religious, spiritual, social, moral and cultural development of all our pupils, encouraging all to achieve positive human potential.
At St Joseph’s we ensure our curriculum provides children with both a range of familiar topics, linked to their previous experiences, as well as unfamiliar topics, to spark their interests and exploration of the wider world. This helps to provide a curriculum where children feel safe and secure when developing new knowledge and skills, yet challenged and exposed to new learning.
We encourage all our children to be resilient and aim high. An emphasis on the development of the characteristics of effective learning provides children with the skills they need to thrive and reach their full potential. We work collaboratively with parents to ensure they have the confidence to support their child’s holistic development.