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Welcome to Early Years!



Miss Turner and Mrs Grindle are our Early Years teachers. Mrs Tilby, Mrs Ling and Mrs Cansdale are our Early Years Practitioners. 

We work in different groups throughout the day. 


What is the early years?

In early years we learn about the world in which we live and our relationships with each other. We have fun learning through play, exploring and learning new skills.

The Early Years curriculum is organised into seven areas of learning:

  • Personal, social and emotional;
  • Communication and language;
  • Physical;
  • Literacy;
  • Mathematics;
  • Expressive Arts;
  • Knowledge of the World;

We link our learning so in one session we may be writing, counting, painting, playing, negotiating, role

playing, constructing and climbing. For example in a session about Jack and the Beanstalk we might

measure beanstalks using our feet, role playing as customers in our pretend garden centre, counting

beans into packets using tweezers, designing and making our own seed packets, retelling the story using

puppets in our puppet theatre, climbing pretend beanstalks on the outside climbing frame and printing

beanstalks using repeating patterns. Learning in the early years is great fun and we are always very busy.

In the early years we write for many different purposes. We write letters and post them, write postcards,

write notes to our friends, make posters, write signs and much more. We love to learn in our writing area.

We also develop our physical skills through play and love to explore large and small equipment such as

climbing frames, balancing beams, balls, hoops, stilts, bicycles, scooters, push and pull toys, beanbags

and bats inside and outside in our outdoor area.

We love to be creative and are really good at selecting our own tools and equipment to use in our learning.

We sometimes work in a group on large pieces of artwork such as our splatter firework pictures, we learn

with our friends and sometimes we like to learn by ourselves.

In early years we are great mathematicians and we are becoming super spellers and readers.

We also love improving our ICT skills on the classroom computers and also in the ICT suite.

How Can I help My Child At Home?


As a parent you are your child's primary educator. At New Waltham Academy we like to foster close link with parents and involve you in your child's education as much as possible. There are many things you can do to help your child at home. Click on the link below to give you some ideas. You can also use these helpful hints when adding to your child's 'Home Learning Journey'

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