Nursery & Reception

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Welcome to Early Years.


Bloxwich Academy has a purpose-built Early Years department with safe large outside learning area. Within the setting is a Nursery class (with morning and afternoon sessions) and two Reception classes. Children take part in adult-led activities and child-initiated learning opportunities. We provide a calm, nurturing environment where well-trained staff develop positive and supportive relationships with both children and parents.

Our provision both indoors and outdoors, is regularly reviewed to ensure we are providing the best possible opportunities for Bloxwich children. This positive start to school life gives children the potential to make excellent progress as they move through primary school. The dedicated staff are always determined to provide rich learning experiences ensuring that every child is treated as an individual as they grow and mature into confident, independent learners to become,’ The best they can be’.


Children in nursery and reception learn by playing and exploring, being active and through critical thinking. This takes place both indoors and outdoors. During structured play the teacher/teaching assistant supports your child to apply the new learning they have completed during carpet sessions. This supports their understanding of the various skills.

Prime Areas:

- Personal, social and emotional development

- Physical development

- Communication and language

Specific Areas:

- Literacy

- Maths

- Understanding of World

- Expressive Arts & Design

You can see an overview of what we learn in Nursery and Reception below:

Nursery Curriculum - HERE

Reception Curriculum - HERE


Children learn to write, firstly individual letters by developing their pencil control through dough disco, squiggle while you wiggle and handwriting sessions. This enables them to see writing as a fun and exciting activity.

An example of dough disco can be found HERE.

Reading & Writing

Children learn to read and write through the Read Write Inc phonics programme. Rhymes and pictures help children to remember each of the sounds. Children are supported to practise writing these sounds, reading them and writing them within words. In Independent activities children are enthusiastic to practise these new skills in the Writing area and Reading corner.


Children learn maths through daily maths sessions, both full class and in small groups. Basic maths skills such as counting, number recognition, numicon recognition and naming and describing 2D shapes are taught. These new maths skills are then added to the maths meeting session as a daily review. This builds children’s knowledge and confidence. Children are keen to practise these skills in daily independent activities, for example in Roleplay.


If you require a place for Reception in September 2021, the deadline for applications is Friday 15th January 2021. You can register your interest by emailing us at or submit an online application through the Walsall Council website HERE.