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Early Years

Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage.


In the Foundation Stage our aim is to provide the very best start in life for your child by developing the skills they need to become independent learners. We follow the statutory framework of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS),  which sets the standards for learning and development for all children up to the end of their Reception year.

Learning through play underpins all of the EYFS, and the framework is split into three 'prime' areas of learning and development and four 'specific' areas of learning and development.

Areas of Learning and Development

Prime Areas:

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

Specific Areas:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Whilst these seven areas provide a framework for the early years curriculum, young children’s learning does not easily divide up into distinct areas. A particular experience may develop learning over several of the seven areas at any one time. All areas are delivered through a balance of adult led and child initiated activities.

At Springhill Academy we recognise that the environment plays a key role in supporting and extending the children’s development. We aim to create an attractive, welcoming and stimulating learning environment.

We also aim to make it a place where children feel secure and confident, and are challenged to develop their independence. Activities are planned for both the inside and outside environment. Children have the opportunities to engage in the indoor and outdoor classroom throughout the school day.

On-going formative assessment is at the heart of our practice. We observe children, which allows staff to plan experiences and learning opportunities through a highly structured environment in order to deepen children’s understanding and drive their learning forward to the next stage.

Our Topics

2016-2017 topics:


Autumn 1 2016
Pirates and Mermaids

This half term in Early Years our Topic has been ‘Pirates and Mermaids’. We have had a wonderful time learning all about pirate’s ships and pretending to be a pirates. Some of us even walked the plank and learned how to speak like a pirate.

We have searched for treasure, written messages in a bottle, designed Wanted posters for the bad pirates and created maps to for treasure hunts.

During creative activities, we have had the opportunity to make fish using CD’s, mould mermaid tails out of play dough, paint pirate pictures, collage mermaids and make paper plate pirates.

Maths activities have involved making a pirate ship using 2D shapes, sorting treasure, counting and matching coins, building ships and lot’s more.

Play and stay Oct 16

Here we have some photos taken during the  'Play and Stay' session on Friday 7th October where parents had the chance to engage in the activities with their children and have a look through their Learning Journeys. 

Halloween and Bonfire night celebrations

We learnt all about Bonfire night and Halloween by making firework pictures, creating potions in our potion shop, investigating pumpkins and we even made our very own chocolate sparklers.


Autumn 2 2016

Spring  2017
Space - Aliens
Summer 2017

2015 - 2016 topics:

Autumn Term 2015 

All About Me



Spring Term 2016 

People who help us


Summer Term 2016 




2016-2017 topic webs:

EYFS topic web Autumn 1 2016

EYFS topic web Autumn 2 2016

EYFS topic web Spring 1 2017

EYFS topic web Spring 2 2017


2015-2016 topic webs:

Topic web-Autumn

Topic web-Autumn

Pantomime Trip

Spring 1 Topic web

Spring 2 Topic web

Summer 1 Topic

Summer 2 Topic






Life In Nursery

Life In Reception