Foundation Stage

Foundation Stage

4.2 Year 1

Hello and welcome to the EYFS page!

At St James we have a Nursery class and two Reception classes.



My name is Miss Griffin; the EYFS Phase leader and the class teacher for ‘RG’, Mrs Cadd is our Teaching Assistant and we have an amazing class full of fun and lively children

Hello – I am Miss Melia and I am the class teacher for RM. I work with Mrs Pincher. We have a class of various characters who are talented in their own ways.  They are curious children who love to explore.

In Reception we build upon the firm learning foundations made in Nursery. We provide a happy, safe, caring and stimulating environment, both indoors and out. Every day the children enjoy a range of practical learning experiences, either through adult led learning or enhanced activities accessed during their child initiated play which help to develop all areas of the EYFS curriculum. As a setting we have planned exciting units that will stimulate and motivate the children and each unit has a core focus on an area of learning.

Click here to see our Reception Curriculum Map

Children’s ideas and opinions are actively encouraged and valued. As a result, even though topics have are planned for across the academic year, they are only a rough guide and the main priority is following the children’s interests, therefore through the use of observations and good relationships with the children, practitioners will incorporate children’s interests and ideas when planning activities, which ensures that all pupils continue to be motivated learners.

Please click here to view our Reception timetable



Hello. I am Mrs Plant, I am Mrs Harper and I am Mrs Hayward.

Our Nursery is a wonderful environment for any young child who wants an excellent start to their journey of learning. We offer flexible hours and some 30 hours places. The Nursery day starts at 8.45am to 11.45am (Morning Nursery) and 12.00pm to 3.00pm (Afternoon Nursery).

Children are safe and well cared for by our superb team of staff who are friendly and welcoming to our youngest children but also to parents and carers who may be unsure and anxious as their little ones make their first steps into their school journey.

During the year a range of exciting topics engage and challenge the children’s knowledge and thinking skills, whilst developing the EYFS areas of learning.

Please click here to view our daily Nursery routine.

We ensure that our children are included in the full life of the school, not only the physical environment but also attending assemblies and church visits for special occasions, involvement in whole school learning topics that result in lots of visitors to their classroom to share their learning!

Most of our Nursery pupils go on to attend our school but not all and we fully support all pupils in their transition to their chosen school. Attendance at our Nursery however does not automatically ensure a place in our school as Local Authority Admissions criteria apply.

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EYFS Curriculum at St James

What to Expect, When?

In Nursery and Reception we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage, which is the statutory guidance published in 2012. It sets out the standards for the development, learning and care of children up to 5 years old. The EYFS is based on four main principles which underpin everything else that we do:

–       A Unique Child

–       Positive relationships

–       Enabling Environments

–       Learning and Development

There are 7 areas of learning which are sub divided into Prime Areas and Specific Areas.

The 3 Prime Areas of Learning and Development are:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Children will learn to play cooperatively and take turns, forming positive relationships with adults and other children.   The children will choose activities and resources and develop confidence to try new things.  They will talk about how they and others show feelings.  They will understand and follow the classroom rules.

Communication and Language

Children will be encouraged to listen and respond appropriately in a range of situations. They will learn to follow instructions and answer questions about their experiences. Children will be taught how to express themselves effectively, showing an awareness of the listener.

Physical Development

Children will develop good control and coordination in large and small movements.  They will learn to move confidently in a variety of ways.  They will learn to handle tools and equipment effectively. Children will learn about the importance of physical exercise and healthy eating.

The 4 Specific Areas of Learning and Development are:


The children will learn the letter sound and blend the sounds together to read simple words and sentences. They will show an understanding of what they have read.   They will learn to write simple words using their knowledge of letter sounds and write sentences.  The phonics scheme that we follow is a blend of Read Write Inc and Letters and Sounds. We implement Talk for Writing for our literacy lessons.


The children will learn to count reliably with numbers from 1-20, place them in order and find 1 more and 1 less.  They will learn to add and take away with numbers up to 10 and solve simple problems.

Children will use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money.  They will recognise, describe and create patterns.  They will learn to name and describe shapes.

Understanding the World

Children will talk about past and present in their own lives and in the lives of family members.  They will look at how they have changed since they were a baby.

Children will find out about similarities and differences in relation to objects, materials and living things, through topics including ‘Animals of the World’ and ‘All about Me’.  They will make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur.

Children will talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another.

Children will learn that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools.  They will complete simple programmes on the computer.

Expressive Arts and Design

Children will use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.

Children will sing songs and make music including a Christmas Nativity concert. They will explore a variety of musical instruments.

All of the areas of learning and development are interconnected to the characteristics of effective learning, which are ‘playing and exploring’, ‘active learning’ and ‘creating and critical thinking’.

Here at St James, we have a balance of teacher directed tasks and child initiated activities, which allow children to develop to their full potential.

If you are looking for a EYFS setting where your child develops their independence whilst in a nurturing environment, we would be delighted to meet you and encourage you to contact the school office on 0121 552 5491 so that a visit to the school can be arranged.

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Contact Details

St. James CE Primary School
Wolverley Crescent
West Midlands
B69 1BG

0121 552 5491