St Jude's Catholic Primary School

St Jude's Catholic Primary School

"Together, we learn, love and grow with Jesus"


Welcome to our Preschool Information Page. On this page you will find our termly class newsletter and other information about what we will be doing soon.


In Preschool we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework is based upon four themes:

  • A Unique Child – developing resilient, capable, confident and self assured individuals
  • Positive Relationships – supporting the children in becoming strong and independent self assured individuals
  • Enabling Environments – where opportunities respond to individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents/carers
  • Learning and Development – acknowledging that children learn in different ways and at different rates

More information on the EYFS framework and how it is delivered at St Jude's is included in our Early Years Policy which can be found on our General Policies page.  


Our EYFS Intent, Implementation and Impact Statement

Long Term Plan 

So that everyone knows what we are learning about, please see our curriculum plan for this academic year.

What are Pre-school learning this term? 


What are Pre-school learning this term? 


Early Years Core Stories and Rhymes

What are Pre-school learning this term? 


Termly Class Newsletter

Each term we will send parents a newsletter.  Here is the most recent newsletter:-

What to expect in the EYFS - A Guide for Parents

Pre-school Homework

To support our classroom learning, each half term Miss Penworth will give us a homework project.  This is the homework organiser for this term.

If you have any questions or would like any further information about the curriculum or how you can further support your child's learning at home then please speak to your child's class teacher.  

If you would like any copies of the documents on this page, the school office will be happy to print them for you.  

Phonics and Reading

Systematic synthetic daily phonics is taught following the Read Write Inc Programme throughout Early Years and Key Stage 1, beginning in the summer term of Pre-school. Pupils are grouped according to ability across the year groups. Progress is tracked throughout the year by the early reading and phonics lead and groupings are adjusted accordingly. Pupils in Year 1 have a National Phonics Screening Test in June. Pupils who do not achieve the expected standard re-sit the test the following year when they are in Y2.  Fast track tutoring will be used as an intervention when required to support early reading and writing. 
When pupils complete the Read Write Inc phonics programme they begin 'No-nonsense spelling'.  This programme is taught throughout Key Stage 2. 

We use the Read Write Inc reading scheme throughout Early Years and Key Stage 1 where books are fully decodable and correlate with where the child is up to in the scheme.  When ready, children are sent home two books which are matched to their reading level from Read, Write, Inc. and a book to read for pleasure with an adult, which will be from the school library.



Pre-school News and Gallery 



The children had fun using the crates and outdoor resources to problem solve and make dens.


We have been looking at pumpkins during our Autumn topic. One of the children asked "could you eat a pumpkin?"  After reading the story Pumpkin Soup we found out we could eat pumpkin and decided to make our own pumpkin soup.

December - Christmas Stay and Play

We had a lovely morning when we invited preschool parents to come for a Christmas Stay and Play. We made reindeer food, Christmas decorations, Christmas cards, playdough snowmen and we had some yummy Christmas treats.


We have been looking at homes and we started a discussion about different styles of houses. This got us thinking and we used the interactive whiteboard to look at maps and we looked at different houses within our local area. We have also been using our knowledge and imagination skills to use blocks to create different styles of houses and homes. 


Preschool have enjoyed reading The Three Billy Goats Gruff. We have been in the construction area building our own bridges and retelling the story. 


In Preschool we have been looking at numbers 1-5 in detail. On number day we decorated biscuits with icing and counted chocolate buttons as we put them on top. They were delicious! 


This term we have been looking at the topic “All at sea”. As we introduced the topic with our talking tub some children asked, “could we go to the beach?”  so we decided to give the children their own beach experience in the preschool classroom. This led to lots of conversation and new vocabulary. 


This terms topic is "creatures great and small", we have been researching all about Dinosaurs and how explorers have found Dinosaur fossils. We then thought why not make our own, we set up a dinosaur tuff tray with dinosaurs and fossils and became little explorers ourselves.