Davey Drive, Hollingdean, Brighton BN17BF

St Joseph's Catholic Primary, Brighton

Educating in Faith, Hope and Love


The non-statutory curriculum for Early Years children, Development Matters  has been updated and will form the early part of the Reception children's curriculum from September 2021. The new Early Years Framework has been released and is statutory from September 2021.


The Early Years Curriculum  covers the areas of learning and development which shape the activities and experiences that children have in our reception class. Here is an overview of the changes but please read the documents in full for further information.


The 7 areas of learning and development remain the same.

The 3 prime areas:

  • communication and language
  • physical development
  • personal, social and emotional development  

The 4 specific areas:

  • literacy
  • maths
  • understanding the world
  • expressive arts and design


The Changes


Changes have been made to the wording in the educational programmes. Specifically, this means:

  • they are longer, there is more depth, and they contain examples of things that you can do with children
  • there is a new focus on early language and extending vocabulary, with more examples on how to embed and develop vocabulary skills across all 7 areas, because this improves child development in a broad curriculum


Early Years


Welcome to Early Years Foundation Stage!

We have fun when we learn in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Our emphasis is on first hand experiences where children can investigate and have a go. We encourage active learning where children can concentrate, persevere and enjoy success. Children will have and develop their own ideas, make links and develop their own strategies with the support of the adults who work with them. We know it is important to develop children's confidence and a love for learning. We value early language and aim to develop vocabulary across the curriculum every day.

The following link is a parent friendly guide to the new EYFS and what to expect when they start school. 

Parent's Guide

Reading and phonics are areas that parents always worry about. Children will bring home a library book each week to share at home with you. When they begin the EYFS phonics programme they will bring home simple sentence books. When they have developed 1 to 1 correspondence skills they will begin to read phonetically decodeable books. Each child has a reading diary where adults will communicate with you about your child's reading. You can respond here too.

If you would like to give your child a head start; please download this Early Reading Leaflet.

To develop our fine motor skills we spend 10 minutes everyday doing Funky Fingers activities! We are twisting, squeezing, threading, pinching and our pencil grip gets better and better.


We love Phonics in St.Anne’s.

The children are taught phonics soon after settling in. Using the Letters and Sounds programme, and Jolly Phonics they quickly learn how to recognise letters and say sounds and apply these new skills to reading words. They work through phases 1-4 of the programme.

 For more information click on the links below.

Phonics Games


Phase 2 Jolly Phonics Songs

Phase 3 Jolly Phonics Songs

Letters and Sounds


Early Writing requires children to be confident with their mark making. In St.Anne's Class we follow the Writedance programme incorporating essential physical development skills for writing, with the ability to make marks with confidence.





We know that children learn through first hand experiences and finding things out for themselves. We ensure our curriculum contains many opportunities for Active Learning. We supplement our curriculum with visits and visitors.


We assess children in the EYFS through direct observation and interaction. We record these observations using an online learning journey called Tapestry. You can log into this to find out about your child's learning and add your own comments and information. This information is all private to you.

If you don't have an account yet ask Mrs.Thompson.