Early Years Foundation Stage

eyfsEvery child deserves the best possible start in life and support to fulfil their potential. A child's experience in the Early Years has a major impact on their future life. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important and provides the foundation for children to make the most of their abilities as they grow through school life. We work closely with parents to gain an insight into their child's interests, to provide the best possible learning opportunities. At Our Lady of the Rosary, learning through play underpins the delivery of the Early Years curriculum.



The curriculum covers six areas of learning. These are:

1. Personal, Social and Emotional Development

2. Communication and Language

3. Physical Development

4. Literacy - Reading and Writing

5. Mathematics - Number and Shape, space and measure

6. Understanding of the World

7. Expressive Arts and Design

We will provide well planned experiences based on the children's interests both indoors and outdoors, with staff supporting children to learn with enjoyment and challenge.

Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) and Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6)

All children follow a broad and balanced curriculum and staff are continually looking for new and exciting opportunities to widen their learning experiences, capturing their interests and making each day challenging and engaging.

Teaching the basic skills of literacy and numeracy is our first priority. Once these are secure we encourage pupils to use these skills independently in all aspects of school life. For example, pupils lead meetings, take on leadership roles and liaise with the wider community on a daily basis.

In addition to the core subjects we offer a rich and varied curriculum around the following subjects:

Religious Education Art
Information & Communication Technology (ICT) Music
Geography History
Physical Education Design & Technology
Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) Science
Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)


These subjects are taught individually, or as part of The Creative Curriculum. Pupils have many opportunities to develop higher order and thinking and questioning skills.

The children are encouraged to work individually, in a group or as a whole class. Co-operative teaching and learning styles are used.

We believe that a good attitude to work, careful presentation and consistent effort are important for children to achieve their targets. We value the importance of parents' involvement and the impact it has on their child's learning and endeavour to form close working relationships.