The Catholic School of St Gregory The Great Believe and Achieve



At St Gregory's, we are inclusive and recognise that everyone has their own unique God-given talents. Our curriculum is progressive and builds on prior knowledge, understanding and skills so that we develop our whole school community academically, spiritually, emotionally, morally and socially. This enables our children to develop cultural capital and become righteous citizens who give to society. We provide creative and engaging opportunities that inspire and motivate our children to become lifelong learners, who have aspirations to be the very best they can be.


In EYFS, we aim for all of our children to see themselves as players and explorers, active learners and creative and critical thinkers. We provide a holistic education where cognitive development proceeds hand in hand with social and personal development. We recognise that that Early Years education is the foundation needed to make the most of children’s abilities and talents and develop a broad range of knowledge and skills that provide a firm foundation for good progress in future life. We endeavour to inspire a sense of curiosity in our children to develop their enthusiasm through learning, recognising that the skills and knowledge they learn through the EYFS curriculum can be used to have a positive impact on God’s world around them. Early Years education begins from time of birth until the end of the Foundation Stage year.


Aims and Objectives
Our aims and objectives are: 

  • To provide a safe, challenging, stimulating, caring and sharing environment which is sensitive to the needs of the child, including children with additional needs
  • To support children in developing their spiritual awareness and relationship with God
  • To enable children to learn and develop skills, attitudes and understanding through the Development Matters Framework and Early Learning Goals
  • To support and develop language acquisition and understanding through language-rich environments
  • To enable children to make an effective transition from home to school and nursery to school
  • To use and value what each child can do
  • To foster independence and self-control
  • To encourage children to show respect to adults, each other and the world around them
  • To work in partnership with parents and/or carers 
  • To prepare children for the transition into Year 1


EYFS Curriculum Design
Teaching in EYFS is delivered in accordance with Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage – EYFS reforms early adopter version 2020, supported by non-statutory guidance Development Matters.


When planning and guiding activities we ensure that the characteristics of effective teaching and learning 
underpin all areas of learning and support children to be effective and motivated learners. The characteristics of effective learning are:

Playing and exploring – engagement

  • investigate by finding out and exploring
  • experience things through playing with what they know and enjoy and exploring new toys and activities 
  • are willing to ‘have a go’ and build up their confidence to try new things


Active learning – motivation

  • are involved and concentrate 
  • keep on trying if they encounter difficulties
  • enjoy achievements and develop a sense of pride


Useful Information