Early Years

At St Thomas’ we believe, “every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right.” (Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage)

The Nursery and Reception classes within our Early Years work closely together to promote a lifelong love of learning through the passionate delivery of the Early Years Curriculum. 

Our Early Years Curriculum follows the revised Early Years Foundation Stage (2012). It is carefully planned to ensure a smooth transition into the National Curriculum at KS1 in a way in which is relevant and meaningful to each individual child.

We promote an enriching and enabling learning environment both inside and outside the classroom, carefully organised to enable children to develop across all seven areas of learning. 

Children begin by developing in the three prime areas:

  • Communication and language 
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social, emotional development

As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in the four specific areas:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the world
  • Expressive arts and design

We are proud to enhance and enrich the curriculum provision at St Thomas’ through sessions run by specialist teachers:

  • To promote physical development, P.E is taught by sports coaches  from The Elms

Every child’s progress and development is tracked through an individual Learning Journey. Observation, photograph, independent work all contribute to creating a record of your children’s learning throughout their time in the early years. These observations are linked to next steps identified and used to inform planning. As the profile grows it is possible to highlight and track children’s areas of strength and weakness which then informs planning to extend or support children.

We encourage parents to contribute to our Learning Journeys. Parents are children’s first and most enduring educators and we value their input. Parents and practitioners working together in Early Years settings have a positive impact on children’s development and learning.  Working together as a team, we can ensure your child has a happy and successful start to their school career.