Preschool & Reception

Preschool & Reception

Hello and welcome to our Early Years Foundation Stage. Here at St Thomas More Catholic First School, our Early Years unit is at the heart of our school community and is where our children begin their fun-filled journey. Our dedicated Early Year’s website page will help you gain an insight into what we can offer you and how we can ignite your child’s imagination and equip them with the tools they need to become successful learners. If you would like any further information, do not hesitate to contact us on 01527 525821 and we will be happy to help you.

Best wishes,

Mrs Cull

Early Years Lead

Our EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) consists of:

Here at St Thomas More, the Catholic Faith is at the heart of all we teach, believe and celebrate. As our children start Pre-school, they will begin their journey in our faith-filled community where we embrace everyone’s gifts and talents and support our children in reaching their full potential. We welcome daily communication with parents and carers to ensure that we can provide a stable and secure environment in which your child can flourish.

Our environment is rich opportunities for children to develop and grow. Throughout the day, your child will take part in various activities and experiences which will nurture their curiosity, develop their talents, stretch their boundaries and develop their confidence and independence. Every adult in our EYFS celebrates the importance of play; we observe, we challenge and, most importantly, we get involved! We capture magical learning moments using Tapestry to involve you in your child’s learning journey.

As parents ourselves, we recognise a main worry: ‘Will my child make friends?’. Sharing, turn taking and communicating thoughts, feelings and ideas can be tricky. That is why we begin our journey using circle time, emotion puppets and different games to develop key skills needed in negotiating a new environment filled with lots of lovely little personalities. This, with the support of caring and nurturing adults, will help your child to make long-lasting friendships.

Our school days consist of variety of learning, we encourage lots of speaking and listening to begin with. We create a set of class rules that reflect our own beliefs about what a classroom should be like. The children have time to talk in many different situations; during independent activities, circle time and role play, for example.

Physical Development is key in ensuring children grow into healthy learners. Children have the opportunity to develop their gross and fine motor skills in our indoor and outdoor environment. Our hall space that children have weekly access to encourages exploration of body movement in a bigger space. Children also have daily access to our large outdoor area.

We value the importance of listening to stories and appreciating story books. Children gradually progress from learning sounds and words to applying their knowledge when reading our ‘Read, Write, Inc.’ books. The children become ‘teachers’ as they work together to support each other with decoding words, reading sentences, comprehending the text and also finding answers to questions.

Our daily Maths sessions embrace maths in context to show children how and why we use it. Our role plays provide children with a familiar context where they can experience ‘number’ in a real situation. For example; reading numbers on labels in our ‘shop’. We sign nursery rhymes daily to reinforce vocabulary.

The knowledge and understanding of the World form the basis of our topic work as we believe that the more you know about the world, the more your imagination is fed. Children are encouraged to explore and investigate the environments and world around them. 

We also aim to teach children using real life experiences. We enhance their provisions with school trips and also ask special visitors to come and talk to them about the wider world.

As part of our art, we really get to know our children and embrace their individual forms of expression. We encourage children to experiment with different modes of art in order to represent their ideas.