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Welcome to Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) - St Francis of Assisi (R Francis)


''Feast Day 4th October  For it is in giving that we receive''    

Our teaching and learning team consists of the following Early Years Practitioners:

Mrs Daubney, Mrs Chendhilkumar

Message from Mrs Daubney

Welcome to Year R's website page. At St Joseph's we value the importance of the Early years and our children are able to learn through play-based activities. Our recently refurbished classroom is filled with natural, neutral resources that inspire curiosity and wonder for our children. Throughout the day the class are able to move freely between our classroom and outdoor area where there are a wide variety of items available to explore that reflect all aspects of the Early Years curriculum. Our skilled members of staff work with the children to extend their learning through their interests and play. Through their knowledge of the curriculum, staff are able to respond to children's individual needs and skills, developing them through ways that are relevant to the children. Activities such as sewing, baking, music, dance and outdoor learning are all regularly included in our timetable. At St Joseph's we want to ensure our children grow spiritually and develop their connection with God. In our class we join in with daily worships, either in class or as a whole school, we say our prayers and learn about key stories from the Bible, we even have a class prayer bear! We recognise the importance of family in our young children's development and actively encourage our families to share with us through our online learning journal system. We are able to send photos about the school day to families and they can send us photos too. When the children start with us we pair them up with one of our Year Six pupils as buddies, who look after them during their first year in school. They play with them, sit with them in church, help with their learning and more! The children often develop a lovely friendship with their buddies, that continues beyond their time with us. 

We also do a lot of shared learning with the Year one class, so when the time comes for our children to move on to their next class - the transition is not such a scary one!

Please take a look at all the lovely pictures on our page showing the children enjoying themselves at various at activities!

Virtual Tour Video

Take a look at our reception class area through the virtual tour video below.

St Josephs video.mp4

Fun with the Autumn Leaves today 19th October 2022


Our first PE Lesson

You Can't catch me I am the Gingerbread man!!

In Reception we have been learning about the story of the gingerbread man, here we were putting pictures of the story in the correct order.  A couple of weeks ago we made some biscuits ourselves and then were shocked when some went missing! It turns out they had come to life and run away! Since then we have received cheeky postcards from all around the world saying 'run, run as fast as you can, you can't catch me!' I wonder where he will go next!


Communication and Language

Giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.


Physical Development

Helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.


What are we are learning this year…

We follow the Revised Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum 2012 which is founded on these core principles:

  • every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured;
  • children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships;
  • children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents
  • children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates.

EYFS Pizza Express Trip

On Wednesday Reception went to visit the Pizza Express restaurant in Newbury town centre! We walked down there and upon arrival at the restaurant the chef talked to us about the importance of hygiene and washing our hands. After we were all clean the chef dusted the tables with flour (we had a lot of fun playing with this!) and then we each got a piece of dough. The chef showed us how to shape it and stretch it out - we even got to see one of the chefs toss the pizza dough in the air! We then added our tomato sauce and cheese before they went in the oven. While they were cooking, we got to try some different pizza toppings like onion, mushroom and even artichoke (not that many of us tried that one!) Then when the pizzas were cooked the adults had to carry them all back to school, Mr Lucas nearly dropped them! But when we got back to school we all got to enjoy our pizzas for lunch - they were delicious!! 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.




encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.



providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures. 


Understanding the World

Guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.


Expressive Arts and Design

Enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.


What can parents do to support learning?

We set weekly hometasks to support our learning in school.  Often these are linked to our Phonics work (we follow Letters and Sounds), early reading skills, pre-writing and handwriting and key mathematics skills.

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