Prospective Parents September 2022

Information for Prospective Parents

We warmly invite prospective parents to join us on one of the dates below to tour our school and see for yourselves what makes our school community special.

Friday 15th October 9am and 2pm

Friday 5th November 2pm and 3:15pm

Friday  19th November 9am and 2pm

Please contact the school office to book your place. Each tour will be limited to 6 people and we ask for all visitors to wear masks whilst on the school site. Please be aware that tours may be cancelled if local guidance on managing the spread of Covid-19 is changed.

If you are unable to visit, we hope this page answers any questions that you have about joining Ely St John's Primary.  If you have any other queries, please contact us via the school office and we will arrange to speak to you as soon as we can. 

We hope many of you will apply for a place at ESJ and we look forward to welcoming you into our school community. 
Click play on the video below for a virtual tour of our school.
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  Our EYFS Curriculum 

The children in the EYFS follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and teachers plan for progression in seven areas of Learning and Development. The framework is a continuation from the curriculum followed by nurseries and pre-schools. It is a holistic approach to learning and places a strong emphasis on the individual child.

Play and exploration is fundamental to learning in our EYFS classes. Children will learn through first-hand experiences; by actively ‘doing’ as well as through scaffolding and modelling by adults. We will provide them with sufficient space, both indoors and outdoors, time and choice of resources. Each week, teachers plan and prepare activities linked to children’s next steps and also give opportunities for the children to initiate their own learning. Through this, the children are able to develop the characteristics of effective learning: playing and exploring, active learning, and creating and thinking critically.

We have a long term plan of skills and knowledge to teach each term, ensuring progression in all areas of learning. More information can be found on our curriculum page. The resources and activities that we use in the classroom will be planned through discussion with the children, allowing us to take into account their current interests, learning styles and stages of development. We find that this approach results in high levels of engagement which supports progress in learning. We encourage children to explore and make mistakes as part of the learning process.

Please take a look at the presentation below to find out about the different areas of learning and see some examples of our current curriculum provision.