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  • The Catholic School of Saint Gregory The Great,
  • St James Square,
  • Cheltenham,
  • Gloucestershire,
  • GL50 3QG.
  • Tel:

    01242 513659


Welcome to Foundation Stage

Miss Keenan - Snowshill Class Teacher
Miss Buckland - Bourton Class Teacher
Mrs Lewis - Bourton Class Teacher
Miss Anstis - Teaching Partner
Miss Augusthy - Teaching Partner
Mrs Cox - Teaching Partner
Mrs Lorman - FS Governor

Foundation Stage Preparation & Transition


What are the expectations of EYFS?

  • We expect Foundation Stage to have lots of fun!
  • We expect Foundation Stage to respect others and be kind to their peers.
  • We expect Foundation Stage to have a positive attitude to their learning and support those around them.
  • We expect children to become more independent as the year progresses - getting dressed by themselves, using the toilet themselves and doing up their own coats.


Foundation Stage Curriculum


What will EYFS be learning this year?

Terms 1 & 2 Terms 3 & 4 Terms 5 & 6
  • Supertato
  • Julia Donaldson   
  • Amazing Animals
  • Dinosaurs
  • Fairy Tales
  • Around the World


Useful Information


What does my child need to bring to school each day?

  • Book bag (containing a reading book, reading record and a spare change of clothes if needed)
  • Water bottle (water only!)
  • Coat
  • Weather dependent – hat, scarf, sun cream etc.
  • Lunch box if necessary (remember no NUTS in any form – including Nutella or nut spreads)


Which days will you have PD in EYFS?

We will have PD sessions on Thursday. We will also have outdoor PD sessions as well as free flow in to our EYFS outdoor areas.


How can I be part of my child’s learning journey?

We will keep you up to date and invite you to contribute to your child’s Online Learning Journal using Tapestry. We encourage you to contribute as often as possible as this will give us a broader view of your child and their interests.

There will be opportunities for you to come in to ‘stay and play’ throughout the year. These sessions will allow you to learn and play alongside your child.

Please also follow us on Twitter and check out our school website for regular updates.


Foundation Stage Trips


Will my child be going on any trips this year?

EYFS will be going on lots of fun trips this year, including Waitrose, the pantomime, Boston Tea Party, Pizza Express, Birdland and Jurassic Journey and Multi-Skills. We will also be bringing learning to life by inviting visitors in to school too!


Other useful information about EYFS

  • The children will be entitled to a free school dinner from EYFS up until the end of Year 2.

  • Children will receive a free piece of fruit each day from EYFS up until the end of Year 2.

  • Children will also receive free milk up until their 5th Birthday.


Reception Baseline Assessment (RBA) 2019


In the first few weeks of starting school, the EYFS Team will be really getting to know and tuning in to the needs of each of the EYFS children in their care. Each child will have the opportunity to spend some one-on-one time with their teacher, to carry out a Baseline Assessment. This will allow us to discover more about each child and aid us in providing for their individual needs. Here is a little bit more information about the EYFS Baseline:


What is reception baseline assessment?


The reception baseline assessment (RBA) is a new national assessment that will be administered in all primary, infant and first schools in England to pupils in reception classes. It will be introduced in autumn 2020.


What is it for?

The assessment will provide a snapshot of where pupils are when they arrive at school, establishing a new starting point to measure the progress they have made by the end of year 6.


What's involved?

It is a short (approximately 20 minutes), practical assessment focusing on their early literacy, communication, language and mathematics skills. A teacher or teaching assistant will carry out the assessment one-to-one with each pupil, any time in the first 6 weeks of reception. It does not require any preparation at home or at school, and will help teachers to understand what their pupils can do at the beginning of their time in reception.


Useful Information