St Swithun's CE Primary SchoolGrundy Crescent, Kennington, Oxford OX1 5PS

EYFS Early Years, Saplings-Reception and Nursery

Learning In Saplings

For more information about how we promote a love of learning through play for our children in Saplings, including information on reading, writing and maths, please go to 'Curriculum and Classes' and then  'Our curriculum'.

Saplings Topic Web - Spring 2018


We have three classrooms for our nursery and two reception classes.  All rooms are interconnected and children have opportunity to explore and use the whole area at different times during the day.  We aim to make it a safe and stimulating environment where children feel confident to explore their creativity and understanding in all areas of the curriculum. In our indoor and outdoor areas there are many resources that are always available, this is part of our ‘continuous provision’.  Children know what resources they can use and where to find them enabling them to explore their learning quickly and independently.  Adults provide additional support and resources to enhance and extend this learning based on observations of what the children are interested in and what they need for their next steps in learning.


Outdoor learning complements indoor learning and is equally important. Play and learning that flow seamlessly between indoors and outdoors enable children to make the most of the resources and materials available to them and develop their ideas without unnecessary interruption. Outdoor learning encompasses all that children do, see, hear or feel in their outdoor space. This includes the experiences that practitioners create and plan for, the spontaneous activities that children initiate, and the naturally occurring cyclical opportunities linked to the seasons, weather and nature. (EYFS, Effective practice; outdoor learning, 2007)

At St Swithun’s we have a large outdoor area which includes climbing equipment, a wooded area, grass and concrete surfaces, a large sandpit, mud kitchen, planting troughs and a covered area.  Children have access to all of these areas every day and in all weathers.  There is a variety of equipment available at all times to provide for ‘open ended’ challenge in our ‘continuous provision’.  Our adults will also provide additional resources to enhance the children’s play in response to the children’s interests and/or next steps in learning.