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Welcome to Early Years learning at St John’s C of E Infant School!

At St John’s, we believe all children should be supported to become independent and happy learners – no matter their starting point.  There is no better place to start than in Rabbit Class, our Early Years Foundation Stage classroom.

We are passionate about providing a stimulating and exciting learning environment for all children, following their personal interests and development.  We recognise that every child is unique, and has something extraordinary to bring to our school family.  Every achievement is championed because, as we say each day in prayer during worship, we are all different, and we are all special.


We encourage our independent learners to develop through play – supporting them through carefully planned playful activities that ignite their creativity and resilience.  We use the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum to inform our planning in the following areas:



Characteristic of Learning

Prime Areas

Specific Areas

Playing and exploring-engagement

  • Finding and exploring
  • Playing with what they know
  • Being willing to’ have a go’


Active learning-motivation

  • Being involved and concentrating
  • Keep trying
  • Enjoying achieving what they set out to do

Creating and thinking critically-thinking

  • Having their own ideas
  • Making links
  • Choosing ways to do things

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • Making relationships
  • Self-confidence and self awareness
  • Managing feelings and behaviour


Physical Development

  • Moving and handling
  • Health and self-care


Communication and Language

  • Listening and attention
  • Understanding
  • Speaking




  • Reading
  • Writing



  • Numbers
  • Shape, space and measures


Understanding of the world

  • People and communities
  • The world
  • Technology

Expressive Arts and Design

  • Exploring and using media
  • Being imaginative





















Topics of learning each term:

We endeavour to follow the children’s interests as much as possible at St John’s, so our termly topics for this academic year are likely to change; no two groups of children are the same, and neither is their learning!


Term 1: All About Me!


Term 3: This is Not a Box



Term 5: The Garden


Term 2 : Bear Hunt


Term 4 : Farm



Term 6: By The Sea


We use books as the springboard to propel our happy learners to become literature-loving story enthusiasts.  These are some of the texts we might cover in each topic:


Term 1:

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Term 2:


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Term 3:


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Term 4:







Term 5:


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Term 6:


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