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Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage 2022 - 2023


Uffington Class with Mrs Larcombe

Liddington Class with Mrs Corbett


Our Philosophy

At St Mary's Catholic Primary School we believe that every child deserves the best possible start within the Early Years.  We ensure that the children feel safe, secure and happy in order to lay the foundations for good progress through school and life.

We aim to...

Form Positive Relationships

Form a positive relationship with the children in our care through inviting the children into school for induction activities, having the local pre-school attend our Christmas production and sharing our news and achievements within the class.


Provide a Stimulating Environment

Provide a stimulating environment where children can explore, investigate, discuss, think critically and plan through a wide range of adult planned and child iniated activities indoors and outdoors.


Observe and Support

Identify and support the children who require extra support in order to learn and contact the relevant professionals.

Observe the children within their play and collect learning evidence within their learning diary.


Form Partnership with Parents

Form a partnership with parents and carers through a structured induction process, regular parent-teacher meetings, workshops, volunteers within the class and having an open door policy.


Responsive Planning

Ensure that our planning is in line with the EYFS curriculum and is flexible in order to respond to individual needs and interests.

Tea set



At St. Mary's, teach reading through Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised, which is a systematic and synthetic phonics programme.Throughout the year, your child will learn a variety of sounds to support them in their reading and writing. We ask that you read with your child as much as you can and that you sign their yellow reading record at least once a week. The reading book and library book will be sent home every Thursday (unless you are informed otherwise). REading records will be collected every Monday and reading books will be collected every Wednesday. 

Click here for more information about reading and here for more information about phonics.


Articulation of phonemes

Sounds taught in Reception Autumn 1

Sounds taught in Reception Autumn 2

Sounds taught in Reception Spring 1

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