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Welcome to the Foundation Stage at St Joseph’s Pontefract!

Hello and welcome to the Foundation Stage class page! The Foundation Stage Team are very excited to welcome you and your child into our school. We have a fun filled classroom that engages and supports learning. The Foundation Stage helps us to settle into school, be happy, make friends and begin our primary school journey. 

Please find below information, key documents and useful resources for you and your child. 

If you ever have any questions, please feel free to contact us. 

The Early Years Team 

The class teachers in Lower Foundation are Mrs McHale and Mrs Birch. The Teaching Assistants in Lower Foundation are Mrs Rotherforth, Mrs Broszko, Mrs Mace and Mrs Wilson. 

The class teacher in Upper Foundation is Mrs Grace. The Teaching Assistants in Upper Foundation are Mrs Conboy, Mrs Taylor and Mrs Appleton.

Our Early Years Principles

Within our Foundation Stage we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Principles, which guide the work of our staff. These are grouped into four themes and are at the core of our commitment to providing quality care and education at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Pontefract - A Unique Child, Positive Relationships, Enabling Environments and Learning & Development. 

The Early Learning Goals

Throughout the Nursery and Reception years, each individual child will develop a range of knowledge, skills and understanding to work towards them achieving the Early Learning Goals at the end of the Foundation Stage. Our aim is to tailor the education of each child, by looking at their next steps of development, through both the prime and specific areas of learning.   

The three prime areas are: 

  • Communication and language 
  • Physical Development 
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development 

The four specific areas are: 

  • Literacy 
  • Mathematics 
  • Understanding the World 
  • Expressive arts and design 

The children will also develop their characteristics of effective learning which are, playing and exploring, active earning and creative and critical thinking.

Our Learning Environment

Our Foundation Stage is a welcoming, engaging and nurturing environment. We offer continuous provision in all the areas of learning to enable our children to thrive, explore and develop with a good balance of child and adult initiated learning opportunities.  The teaching and learning is carefully planned to stimulate children’s development. We believe that children learn best from practical experience, both inside and outside the classroom, and we make use of our outdoor provision areas. 

During these formative years, the progress of each child is closely monitored and through careful planning, observation and assessment, the next steps for their learning and development are continually identified and encouraged to enable each child to achieve their full potential. 



St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School is part of the Bishop Konstant Catholic Academy Trust

For more information about the BKCAT click on the link below:

The Bishop Konstant Catholic Academy Trust is an exempt charity regulated by the Secretary of State for Education. It is a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales, company number 8253770, whose registered office is at: The Zucchi Suite, Nostell Business Estate, Nostell, Wakefield, WF4 1AB.