up-arrow phone down-arrow email facebook down-arrow-accordion external-link up-arrow-accordion language search twitter
School Logo

St John's

Church of England Infant School

A small school with a big heart, a great place to grow.





Early Years

Assessment update from the DFE - 2/2020


An update on the Reception Baseline Assessment 

What is the Reception Baseline Assessment

The Reception Baseline Assessment (RBA) is a short and simple check of a child’s early literacy, communication, language and maths skills when they begin primary school. The assessment will be age-appropriate and there will be no need for children to prepare for it, either at home or in school.

The RBA can be used to complement other on-entry assessments you may already conduct with your reception pupils. It can also provide teachers and teaching assistants with a useful opportunity to have some one-to-one time with individual children, when they first start school.

Full rollout 

Yesterday, we confirmed that all new primary school pupils will take the RBA from September 2020. The assessments will eventually replace key stage 1 SATs, which are intended to be discontinued from the 2022/23 academic year.

Welcome to Early Years learning at

St John’s Church of England Infant School


At St John’s, we believe all children should be supported to become independent and happy learners – no matter their starting point.  There is no better place to start than in Rabbit Class, our Early Years Foundation Stage classroom.


We are passionate about providing a stimulating and exciting learning environment for all children, following their personal interests and development.  We recognise that every child is unique, and has something extraordinary to bring to our school family.  Every achievement is championed because, as we say each day in prayer during worship, we are all different, and we are all special.


Every child has a right to the rich interwoven learning opportunities vital for their development and key to extending their potential.

We encourage our independent learners to develop through play – supporting them through carefully planned playful activities that ignite their creativity and resilience.  We use the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum to inform our planning.


Topics of learning each term:

We endeavour to follow the children’s interests as much as possible at St John’s, so our termly topics for this academic year are likely to change; no two groups of children are the same, and neither is their learning!



Term 1: All About Me 


Term 3: Animals         



Term 5: Minibeasts    



Term 2 : Bears


Term 4 : Traditional stories   



Term 6: By The Sea



We use books as the springboard to propel our happy learners to become literature-loving story enthusiasts.  


 All of our activities, provocations and lines of inquiry are designed to enhance vocabulary, build curiosity and engage children with delight and enthusiasm.

Children are provided with an inspirational environment that changes and includes quirky objects and things that lie outside the ordinary. They will hear words that are strange and alluring, hear stories that open up new worlds of imagination and wonder; participate in drama and songs, adventure and the great outdoors. 


Cultural capital and Cultural entitlement: Every child has a spark inside him or her and it’s our responsibility to ignite that spark.

We share the view that cultural capital can be strengthened through the extension of language and through the introduction of interesting resources, including food which would provoke greater conversations; more trips to the sea and trips – with the aim of deepening children’s understanding and strengthening their language.


Learning opportunities in the Early Years extends to language, arts and crafts, music, singing, poetry, drama, storytimes, outings, museums, theatre, art exhibitions, science, shopping and eating – with our school aim to open children’s senses to a new world. All children at St John's experience regular trips and outings.


Throughout their first year at school, each child will be introduced to all of the RWI phonics sounds and the processes or segmenting and blending sounds in a word in order to read it.

The following is a webpage that displays all the sounds we are introduced to in Phonics sessions and when learning to read. Please feel free to have a practice with your child -


Furthermore, below is a webpage containing the Development Matters Framework for the Early years foundation stage - This is our version of the curriculum within the Early years. The practitioners observe the children as they act and interact in their play, everyday activities and planned learning opportunities.

Please pay close attention to the 30-50 and 40-60 years age brackets as this is where your child will be working towards in their reception year. The document gives examples of tasks that can be completed in order to achieve the learning goals highlighted on the left-hand side.








Home Learning Journal - Each term we invite you to work with your child at home and add to their very own journal of learning.

Social Media

Visit Us on Facebook Visit Us on twitter

I am the vine and you are the branches

-John 15