Early Years Curriculum

St. Christopher's EYFS Unit work in accordance with the Early Years Foundation Stage Development Matters Guidance (2012) in line with schools in England.  For each theme of work there is a corresponding 'Learning Links' document.  These briefly outline some of the concepts and skills and attitudes that we will be developing in line with the theme.  The planning is always on display for you to see as you come into the school and the fortnightly newsletter will keep you updated about any changes. For copies of the newsletter published so far this year please see the 'News and Events' pages. 

The staff at St.Christopher's are committed to supporting children make the best possible progress across all areas of learning.   "What to expect, when?" by "4 children", the national charity for children and families (www.4Children.org.uk) have produced a great booklet.  The purpose of this booklet is to help you as a parent/carer find out more about how your child is learning and developing during their first five years, in relation to the EYFS. Children develop more rapidly during the first five years of their lives than at any other time. This booklet has been written to help you as a parent know what to expect during these vitally important years by focusing on the seven areas of learning and development which are covered in the EYFS.  Please click on the link to download the booklet.

Phonics and Reading

We follow the 'Letters and Sounds' guidance to ensure that children receive purposeful, planned progression in their phonics learning.  The scheme that we use to teach through is 'Read, write Inc.'  This scheme was chosen as it supports children's handwriting through the introduction of handwriting rhymes.  For more information on Read Write Inc and Letters and Sounds please see the link below:


The children will re-inforce the sounds that they have been learning by reading carefully structured Read Write Inc texts which they will bring home. 

For more information about the Early Years Foundation Stage and how you can support at home please see the links on the parents page.