Our Early Years Philosphy and Aims

Early childhood is the foundation on which children build the rest of their lives.  It is not just preparation for the next stage – it is vitally important in itself.  Children joining our school have already learnt a great deal.  Family/carers have been their main educators and we seek to build on this by developing:

  • a happy and secure environment which will stimulate and cater for each child’s physical, intellectual, social, emotional, moral and spiritual development.
  • trusting relationships and work in partnership with parents.
  • effective planning and monitoring to ensure that every child makes progress.
  • a sufficiently broad range of experiences for the children to develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to achieve the Early Learning Goals.
  • equality of opportunity for each child, addressing their individual needs.

The Foundation Stage is all about active learning in a meaningful and enjoyable way.​

It is about learning to socialise, be curious, explore and investigate, be creative, ask question, build confidence and become an independent learner.

There are 6 areas of learning and development. All areas are of equal importance and all are connected to each other.

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication, Language and Literacy
  • Problem solving, Reasoning and Numeracy
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World
  • Physical Development
  • Creative Development

Provision and activities are based on the EYFS themes:

Unique Child - Our provision reflects the needs of children from a diverse range of backgrounds and gives countless opportunities for children to imagine, communicate and develop their social and listening skills with their peers and with adults.

Positive Relationships - Our provision allows children to explore their feeling through the safety of imaginative play. Adults in the setting have close relationships with the children and extend their understanding through speaking and listening, extending vocabulary and asking open ended questions.

Enabling Environments - Our provision is frequently enhanced to reflect children’s different interests. Props to develop the children’s imaginations reflect a range of cultures and aim to challenge stereotypical thinking.

Learning and Development - Our provision is well resourced and offers a wide range of learning opportunities through the context of play. Staff interact with children to extend learning.


St Mary's Roman Catholic Primary School
Kirkley Cliff, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR33 0DG
Tel: 01502 565384

Please contact the school office if you require a paper copy of the information on our website or wish to speak to our SENCo - Mr Lambert.