Early Years

Welcome to the Foundation Stage at Sacred Heart School.

Hello and welcome to the Foundation Stage class page! The Foundation Stage Team are very excited to welcome you and your child into our school. We have a fun filled classroom that engages and supports learning. The Foundation Stage helps us to settle into school, be happy, make friends and begin our primary school journey.

Please find below information, key documents and useful resources for you and your child.

If you ever have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

The Early Years Team 

The class is led by:

Miss Whalley – Class teacher and EYFS Leader.

Mrs Birkensaw – Teaching assistant.

Miss Mitchell – Teaching assistant.

Our Early Years Principles

Within our Foundation Stage we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Principles, which guide the work of our staff. These are grouped into four themes and are at the core of our commitment to providing quality care and education at Sacred Heart Hemsworth – A Unique Child, Positive Relationships, Enabling Environments and Learning & Development.

The Early Learning Goals

Throughout Reception, each individual child will develop a range of knowledge, skills and understanding to work towards them achieving the Early Learning Goals at the end of the Foundation Stage. Our aim is to tailor the education of each child, by looking at their next steps of development, through both the prime and specific areas of learning.

The three prime areas are:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

The four specific areas are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive arts and design

The children will also develop their characteristics of effective learning which are, playing and exploring, active earning and creative and critical thinking.

We also follow our school RE scheme, “The Way, The Truth and the Life” in which children learn about and explore the Christian faith. It also gives opportunities for children to learn about other major world faiths.

Our work across the curriculum is built around topic areas which change each half term. Each topic is linked to stories to promote the children’s speaking and listening skills alongside a love for reading.

 Our Learning Environment

Our Foundation Stage is a welcoming, engaging and nurturing environment. We offer continuous provision in all the areas of learning to enable our children to thrive, explore and develop with a good balance of child and adult initiated learning opportunities.  The teaching and learning is carefully planned to stimulate children’s development. We believe that children learn best from practical experience, both inside and outside the classroom, and we make use of our outdoor provision areas.

During these formative years, the progress of each child is closely monitored and through careful planning, observation and assessment, the next steps for their learning and development are continually identified and encouraged to enable each child to achieve their full potential.

We want all of our children to be independent and inquisitive learners. We place great emphasis on supporting children to develop their confidence and self-esteem, and to realise their full potential. Children are encouraged to explore and investigate, and to question and develop their own ideas.

Learning should be fun and learning through play is at the heart of the EYFS. We provide a safe, stimulating and inviting environment where children can experience a wide range of activities and learning opportunities both inside and outside.

We are committed to giving our children the best possible start to their school life. We work in close partnership with parents, carers and families to ensure their well-being now and success in the future.

EYFS Welcome booklet 2022-23

Being School Ready

Being School Ready – Useful weblinks and top tips from the BBC and Cbeebies:

Useful Links to help prepare your child for school: