Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to five. When children start at St Mary's they are completing their final year of the Foundation Stage which will have begun in their pre-school setting.

At St Mary's we make the transition from pre school to school as easy as possible for children and their families. Our staff liaise closely with staff from all the pre-schools in the area, visiting regularly and arranging visits to school for all the children. By the time children start with us in September they are very familiar with the school and the staff. Our team of teachers and support staff meet with parents and take them through every step before children start school. Once term starts children phase in gradually and we consult with parents every step of the way.

We understand that the relationship your child develops with the teachers and support staff in the school is absolutely key to their happiness and development. The teachers and teaching assistants spend the first few weeks of term playing with the children getting to know them as individuals and building positive and trusting relationships. Communication with parents is paramount and teachers and teaching staff are available at the start and end of the day to listen to parents and share any news. 

As children progress through their Reception Year they follow the Foundation Stage Framework which is an integrated approach to early learning and care. Parents are regularly updated on their child's progress throughout the year as teachers carry out informal observations and assessments and we aim to work in partnership with parents to ensure the best outcomes for all children.

Above all we want our children to enjoy their first year at school and feel safe, secure and happy at St Mary's. The Foundation Stage teachers plan an exciting and varied programme of opportunities so that children are enthused and inspired and begin to develop a thirst for curiosity.

Below is our latest Topic web explaining all about our learning this term and our class newsletters.

2018 - 2019

Term 1




Cherry Class Newsletter

Lime Class Newsletter

Topic Webs

Cherry Class Topic Web

Lime Class Topic Web


  • leaf
  • royal
  • dolphin
  • sheep
  • heart
  • balls
  • butterfly