Early Years

In the 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 resilient, 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:

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!  

We learn outdoors everyday in Early Years and we are also so lucky to have our own Forest school that we regularly visit to enrich our learning journey. Our Forest School sessions are called:

'Muddy Mondays' & 'Into the Woods Wednesday'

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. We spend our time in the forest learning through play, exploration and supported risk taking. The sessions help to develop our confidence, self-esteem and resilience through our fun, hands on experiences within our safe and natural environment.

Each week we take part in various adult-led and child-initiated activities. Some are based around seasonal pursuits such as growing, planting and minibeast hunting, whilst other activities are entirely following the children's interests; such as den-building, role play or creating natural feasts in the mud-kitchen!

Please browse our seperate Nursery and Reception class pages under the 'Year Groups' tab, for more specific information about each year group and our indoor and outdoor learning journeys.


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