St Gregory's

Catholic Academy

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Spring Garden Road, Longton Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire ST3 2QN

01782 235340

Part of

All Saints Catholic Collegiate

Early Years Foundation Stage

At St Gregory's Catholic Academy we recognise that every child is a competent learner who can be resilient, capable, confident and self- assured. We recognise that children develop in individual ways, at varying rates. We use praise and encouragement, as well as celebration/sharing circle times to encourage children to develop a positive attitude to learning. We give our children every opportunity to achieve their best. We meet the needs of all our children through various ways including planning opportunities that build upon and extend children’s knowledge, experience and interests.

In our Catholic school the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is based on promoting the spiritual and moral development of every pupil through three prime areas and four specific areas of learning, as outlined in the revised ‘Development Matters’ document for the Early Years Foundation Stage.   

Prime Areas of Learning

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development

Specific Areas of Learning

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design.

Through play our children explore and develop learning experiences, which help them make sense of the world. They practise and build up ideas, and learn how to control themselves and understand the need for rules. They have the opportunity to think creatively alongside other children as well as on their own. They communicate with others as they investigate and solve problems. All staff work together to foster the characteristics of effective early learning.

  • Playing and exploring
  • Active learning
  • Creating and thinking critically

Please see our web pages for more information about our EYFS classrooms.

Foundation Stage Nursery Class Page

Reception Class Page


EYFS National Curriculum Document

Development Matters Document