Early Years

In Early Years at Owston Park Primary Academy, children’s interests are at the heart of everything we do. We plan opportunities that inspire children, sparking their interests and curiosity. We learn both indoors and outdoors as we believe that outdoor learning is a fundamental part of their development.

At the end of each day your feet should be dirty, your hair messy and your eyes sparkling!


The Early Years Foundation Stage at Owston Park Primary Academy encompasses Nursery (Foundation Stage 1: ages 3-4) and Reception (Foundation Stage 2: ages 4-5).


Key principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage:

1. Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resillient, capable, confident and self-assured;

2. Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships;

3. Children learn and develop well in enabling environments in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers; and

4. Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates.


The importance of learning through play in the EYFS

When children play they are learning at the highest level.

Providing high quality planned experiences for children's play is an important way for adults to support children's learning that is both enjoyable and challenging.

Play can extend particular areas of children's learning such as, developing their language skills by promoting talk between children and introducing new vocabulary that they use within their imaginative play.

A playful approach to learning builds on children's interests and responds to their ideas for play and also allows scope for structured activities to teach specific skills and knowledge.


Outdoor Learning in Early Years at Owston Park:

'Muddy Mondays' & 'Into the Woods Wednesday'

We are so proud of our fantastic Forest School and we love spending a full day in here every week.


Nursery's weekly forest school session - 'Into the Woods Wednesday'

Reception's weekly forest school session - 'Muddy Mondays'.


Our Forest School is an amazing, secure, safe space where we can play, learn and explore. Each week we do so many exciting things, it really is our favourite place to be! This is a fantastic learning environment to develop our resilience, gross motor skills and team building skills. There is nothing better than learning in the natural enviroment.


We love to learn outside whatever the weather!

Every day in Early Years we are so busy learning and exploring. Our large, well-resourced indoor and outdoor spaces provides us with the ability to become:

Firefighters, chefs, bakers, gardeners, scientists, archaeologists, brick layers, builders, mechanics, artists, campers, athletes, musicians, story tellers, mathematicians, bus drivers, train drivers, machine operators – the list is endless!  


Please browse our seperate class pages for Nursery and Reception for more specific information about each year group.


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