The Early Years at Newhall Primary Academy and Nursery.

The importance of play

Your child will begin to learn by doing things for themselves, by exploring and investigating, watching and listening, talking and discussing, creating, and communicating – in other words, playing.

Play is children’s work and playing hard is very tiring! Play can also be very messy as your child will be learning both inside with sand, water and paint, and also in the outdoors with mud, leaves and so on, so you can expect some mucky clothes at the end of the day.


The Early Years Foundation stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a curriculum for 3–5-year-old children. This is broken down into three prime aspects and four specific areas of learning. The three prime aspects of learning are:


Personal, social, and emotional development

An important aspect of your child’s time at nursery will be their personal, social, and emotional development.

They will be encouraged to develop positive relationships, to play with a variety of friends and to understand the feelings of others. They will have lots of chances to build confidence and self-awareness, and also to manage their feelings and behaviour.


Communication is a key area of your child’s learning in nursery. They will spend lots of time sharing rhymes, songs, stories, and playing games to develop their speaking and listening skills.

They will be encouraged to learn to listen carefully, to develop concentration, to respond to questions and instructions, to share ideas and experiences, and to take part in conversations.

Physical development

Your child will be given lots of opportunities to move in different ways, for example, running, jumping, balancing, and playing with balls. Another important aspect of physical development at this stage is learning to hold and use tools, such as scissors, and to use pencils and pens to draw lines and shapes.

Your child will also begin to understand how to look after themselves and be healthy.


In addition to these three prime aspects of learning, there are four specific areas:


The ‘Communication’ section above outlines some activities to develop speaking and listening skills. In addition to sharing lots of stories, your child will probably be encouraged to handle and look at books independently and to start learning how stories are structured.

There will be opportunities for your child to recognise their own name. Your child will be encouraged to draw, paint, and make things, so that they develop control and hand-eye co-ordination. They may begin to learn to copy the letters in their name.


At nursery, your child will be given many opportunities to explore numbers and shapes in their play. For example, they may be encouraged to count objects they are playing with and to compare two groups of objects. They will probably begin to represent numbers using their fingers, marks on paper, or pictures.

Understanding the world

Your child will learn about the world around them and they will be encouraged to use simple technology and equipment. They will learn about different lifestyles and cultures as well as the world around us and what has happened in the past.

Expressive arts and design

Imagination and creativity are explored and developed in the area of expressive arts. Your child will explore different media and materials and will use their imagination in a range of different experiences.

Most of the time, your child will be learning all seven areas of learning together, in a jumbled way. So if they spends lots of time in the sand area, for example, there’s no need for concern! They may well be covering all kinds of important learning, such as:

  • working with different materials
  • finding out about shape, quantity, and volume
  • creating imaginative worlds
  • feeling different textures
  • and even developing motor skills and strength for writing!
  • Blossom room

    In our Blossom room, the children are aged between 1year -2years 10 months.

    They are learning to be in a nursery environment and away from their parents for the first time.  We focus on Personal, Social and Emotional development and encourage the children to interact and build relationships with adults and their peers.

    Our topics are





    Snowdrop room

    The children in this room are aged between 2 years, 10 months and 3 years 10 months.

    At this stage of their learning, your child will be mainly learning through play-based activities. They will also be learning about routine and developing early literacy and maths skills, learning about the world around them and learning social skills.

    Topics and themes are carefully planned to capture the children’s interests and imaginations and our experienced team work hard to make sure the children make excellent progress during their time with us.

    The topics in this room are;

    All about me

    Twinkle Twinkle here we are

    Our Furry Friends

    Food Glorious Food

    Down at the bottom of the garden

    Under the Canopy


    Bluebell room

    The children in this class are due to start school in the September.  Our preschool room has a mixture of adult led and child led learning.  The topics are carefully chosen to link from previous learning in Snowdrop room to the next stage of their learning in Reception class.

    Although the children have been learning about rhymes, word play as well as initial sounds and set one phonics games in Snowdrop, we begin to immerse the children in our Read Write Inc phonics programme where they are taught the same programme that we use within the school.

    We also begin White Rose Maths within our Nursery. It is a maths mastery programme we use within the school and it encourages secure knowledge in number and numerical patterns before they start school life.

    There are lots of opportunities for them to practice early literacy and maths skills as well as learning lots of new skills and knowledge through our topics.

    The topics in this class are;

    Me, Myself and I

    Superheroes/ People who help us

    Dinosaur Detectives

    Once upon a Nursery Rhyme

    Roots, Fruits and Juicy Fruits

    Ocean Life

    You can find out more about what each topic contains through our Early Years Road map