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Clayton St. John C of E Primary School

Growing together in God’s love

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Early Years

EYFS Intent:


In their first year in school our Reception children follow the Early Years Curriculum and develop their knowledge, skills and understanding through a combination of both play-based learning and more focused teacher led sessions. Pupils learn to share, work independently and play with others. We focus on speaking and listening and improving communication skills.


At CSJ we are keen to promote the diversity of life and celebrate difference and promote respect for all. Through our teaching, learning and behaviour expectations, we give pupils the knowledge and understanding of how discrimination and prejudiced behaviour is dealt with, including the prevention of bullying.


Pupils with special needs are well-supported in school with extra support and/or resources deployed where necessary to help close individual learning gaps.


Assessment is used to identify children’s progress and find out areas where they are less confident. These assessments inform teacher’s lesson planning. Assessment is carried out across the curriculum through questioning and specific assessment tasks.  Children complete summative assessments termly to show progress in reading, writing and maths.


How we do it:

  • Through child led learning, developing children’s skills and curiosity through their interests
  • Continuous provision encouraging independence and consolidation of skills and knowledge previously learned
  • Through enhanced provision encourages children to make choices an initiate their own play, which develops their characteristics of effective learning

Reception Curriculum

Nursery Curriculum