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Great Harwood St John's

CE Primary School

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Great Harwood St John's

CE Primary School


Welcome to our

Foundation Stage Class!


We are the 



Our Teacher is Mrs. Gawthorpe

Our Teaching Assistants are Mrs. Threlfall & Mrs Ragen


OFSTED 2023 - Outstanding EYFS 🎉🎉🎉

Click on the icons to see examples of our learning!

            Online Reading Scheme                   Purple Mash

                                     Purple Mash


Please click on the pictures and they will take you to your login page for our Bug Club online reading scheme or Purple Mash.

Each child has their own login and password for each site. If you cannot find them, please ask Mrs Gawthorpe.


Purple Mash - Robins (EYFS) Complete any set activities on the alerts and have a little explore.





Important Information




Early reading is so important, it helps to improve children's language and communication skills. Children love to listen to and read stories developing their imagination and creativity along the way.

Please read with your child 4 times a week and sign their reading record.


Reading Books

Books will be changed on Monday and Thursday.

Please read with your children 4 times a week and sign their reading record.



The Early Years Foundation Stage


Our Foundation Stage children learn in a secure and stimulating environment where first-hand experiences encourage the development of imagination, creativity and a love of learning.

The content of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum reflects the developmental needs of each child. There is a strong emphasis on play-based learning, both child initiated and carefully structured play to ensure the development of appropriate knowledge, skills and understanding. 

Throughout the year, the children work towards the early learning goals. These determine what most children are expected to achieve in each of the seven areas of learning by the end of the year. The early learning goals set high expectations, which are achievable with good quality provision, an appropriate curriculum and effective teaching.


What are the 7 areas of learning and development?


The Early Years Foundation Stage statutory framework is organised into 7 areas of Learning and Development. These are divided into two categories, Prime areas and Specific areas. The prime areas of learning remain at the heart of all learning and development in our Foundation Stage unit and include communication and language; physical development; personal, social and emotional development . The specific areas include essential skills and knowledge that allow the children to participate and thrive in our school. These include literacy, mathematics, understanding the world, expressive arts and design.       


In planning and enhancing the children's activities, we consider the different ways in which children learn, and reflect these in our practise. The three characteristics of effective learning are: playing and exploring; active learning and creating and thinking critically.




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