Play explained

Play helps young children learn and develop through doing and talking, which is the way young children learn to think. We provide a range of play activities, which helps children to make progress in each of the areas of learning and development.

Outdoor play

These areas help the children to develop increasing control over both the large and small movements that they can make with their arms, legs and bodies, so they can run, jump, hop, skip, roll, climb, balance and lift. The physical activities we have inside, as well as the large safe play area outside and our weekly visits to the Infant School’s gym all help the children to understand about the importance of, and how to look after, their bodies. 

Creative play

These areas help the children to develop the use of paint and materials to express their ideas and feelings. Creativity helps us to think of new ways to solve problems without being influenced by other people’s feelings. We are aware of giving approval to encourage their creativity without imposing our own ideas on what they are doing. We provide an exciting environment to stimulate the creativity in the child’s mind.

Circle time

The register is taken every morning and the children sit on the mat and answer their name. Along with all counting the pupils and any other news it is the children's first part of their day.


The children develop knowledge about the world, and how it is made and how it works. They learn to choose, and use, the correct tools for a task. They learn to understand how objects can fit together, how much space they take up and how they take apart what they have built

Wider world

This area helps children to learn about different aspects of the world in which we live. The children decide how they wish to interact with the changing role play area and which equipment they need to help them with their play. The role play area can mimic a hospital, a shop, an airport or any topical setting.


We help the children to develop understanding and ideas about how many, how much, how far and how big; about patterns, shapes and parts of objects, and the amount of space objects take up. We also provide opportunities for them to use these skills on a practical level by counting and ‘how many’ when sharing at snack time, and going to the local shop for milk. Many activities include developing their fine motor skills, which aids their development in writing as well as working with objects on a smaller scale.


This area encourages the children to extend their vocabulary by learning the meaning of – and be able to use – new words. They understand that words in print have meaning and therefore are a source of information and communication. We show them respect and appreciation for books.