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Woodlands Academy

Tall Oaks from Little Acorns Grow

Healing Multi-Academy Trust




We will keep this page updated regularly with lots of information about what we have been learning and other key information.




Meet The Team!

Early Years Practitioner – Mrs Herriman.

Class Teacher – Mrs Stanhope.

EYFS Leader - Mr Elliott.


We would also like to welcome our new parents/families that have joined Nursery this term. We love to learn in a variety of ways… Nursery is truly a fun place to be!


You can contact if you have any questions or need to contact a member of Early Years staff.

Home Learning w/c 25/01/21


Remember many of you have different responsibilities, therefore the timetable of learning is up to you. Learning from home can be hard. Lots of you may be feeling stressed, overwhelmed by everything that is happening at the moment. Make sure you are taking breaks and doing exercise in between.


Remember you are doing enough. You are loving your children and supporting them through this difficult time. Please look after yourselves too. Minimising stress is vital at this time. Paper packs are available at the office to those who are in need of them. I will be here to help with Home Learning if needed.


EYFS email: You can contact if you have any questions or need to contact a member of Early Years staff. It would also be great if you could share some of the activities that you’ve done at home.


Keep being amazing Nursery!

Mrs Stanhope

Making Playdough

It is so easy to make long lasting playdough.
The benefits that the children gain from making playdough; following the recipe, discussing the different textures, choosing what their playdough is going to look and smell like, using their finger and hand muscles, make it a winner on all fronts. And unlike lots of things we make, the learning continues as they play with it.


Having made this recipe many times I can vouch for its simplicity. It lasts longer if you add cream of tartar but it is fine without. Add the water carefully as it doesn’t always need a whole cup. The joy with making your own is that you can add different colours, different scents and different textures. But there is nothing wrong with plain playdough as a child’s imagination can turn it from a snake to peas and chips and then croissants in a way that blue playdough smelling of lavender could never be changed.



This is exercise for the fingers to improve fine motor control and gross motor skills. Pupils need to have strong muscles in their hands to enable them to write effectively. Doing these simple, fun exercises will help your child prepare for writing.


Spread the Happiness TV - check out their YouTube channel for updated videos and more fun activities for children:


Or follow some of the below Dough Disco moves to your favourite song!

Don't worry, Little Bear!


 We know that children may be worried about Coronavirus and what will happen to them or their loved ones during this uncertain time. This lovely story on the Early Years Story Book website, is to help explain Coronavirus to children and to assure them that everything will be okay.









Week commencing Monday 11th January 2021


This week has been our first full week and we have been busy learning about our new rules, routine and classroom areas. 


We have met our class fairy who lives behind a teeny tiny door - she left us our lovely little note and the children's pictures for our behaviour chart.




We met our new class friend Little Jake.



He is very shy and new to school - the children were so friendly and welcoming to him! We discussed our new class rules and put them together with the help of Mr Potato Head.







We have a new self register activity for the children when they enter their Nursery classroom every morning. Learning & recognising their name (and others) is a springboard for literacy learning in Early Years and holds meaning and value to them.




On Monday we launched our new topic - Traditional Tales! We had a great time dressing up as our favourite traditional tales character.


Our first story that we have been is exploring is The Three Little Pigs and we have been learning all about where pigs live.








The children enjoyed experimenting mixing with colour by painting their hands. The children chose one primary colour and looked at the change to their colour when they added a second. We added a third colour of white and discussed the changes we could see. 



Week commencing Monday 4th January 2021


We have been very lucky to welcome some new friends into Nursery. We are so proud how the well the children have welcomed new friends into our classroom, which has made their transition into school life so much more comfortable.


We have had an incredible week with the children exploring the natural world. With winter definitely here, we couldn't resist going on a winter walk and exploring the woodland area. The weather has been almost perfect for this – plenty of rain, sleet, ice, frost and fog... even some sunshine! Just no snow! This hasn’t stopped us having fun though and we have brought the snow into our classroom in different ways instead!


We have also been thinking about animals in the winter time. We have talked about the difficulty birds have in finding food during winter, and how we can help them. We made bird cake feeders to hang on the trees in the woodland area. These activities encourage children to develop an awareness of nature and shows them how wintry weather affects British wildlife. 


We couldn’t forget about The Gruffalo in the woods either! The children had sorted which clothes were appropriate for the winter weather and took The Gruffalo a woolly hat and a big fluffy scarf to keep warm! To say thank you, The Gruffalo left a special treat of cookies, hot chocolate and a story!


Winter Walk





Winter in the classroom













Feeding the birds







Do you want to build a snowman?











We love our new Winter Wonderland display showcasing the children's fantastic snow people & penguins they have created!



17/11/2020 - Using resources different to blocks to build towers

16/11/2020 - Using binoculars and finding out what happens when we look through each side of them!

Bonfire Night! We made glittery and gluey firework pictures today. Have a super and safe bonfire night everyone!

w/c 2/11/2020 - Welcome back we hope you had a great half term week! This week we started our new topic - What Happens When I Fall Asleep? All children have made a mask to go along with the story Night Monkey Day Monkey

Exploring how cogs work and what happens when we turn the handles. Our nursery children loved seeing the effect they could create when they added more to the boards

w/c 19/10/2020 - After singing nursery rhymes around the piano, some children were keen to find out where the music came from, so we opened up the lid and had a look inside!

w/c 12/10/2020 - Nursery children have been practising their counting skills through exercises, they also practised stepping through the tyres, as you can see from the picture they very much enjoyed it and helped each other to complete the mini obstacle course!


Week commencing 12/10/2020

This week children in nursery have been learning about Harvest.  We have read lots of stories, including The Little Red Hen and Farmer Duck as well as non-fiction books about what harvest is and why it is important.  Children printed paintings using vegetables that had been cut into shapes and they also explored strange and interesting vegetables in the curiosity cube!

How to help your child put on their own coat - This recording is a YouTube link and as such has not been created by Woodlands.

One of the key areas of development in nursery is learning self-help skills. And one of the children's favourites is when they master the "flip trick" metho...

We Are Nursery - children in nursery have created a self portrait using craft items along with scissors and glue.

Friday 2nd October.


Mrs Herriman and Mr Elliott are so proud of all the children and how they have settled so well in to the daily routines in the nursery class!


We hope they are telling you lots about their day, you can encourage them if they are not by asking "What was your favourite thing you did today?"  Asking them to remember such a great bit of their day usually helps to start the conversation!

A selection of our favourite moments so far in nursery!

 2020 - 2021

Welcome to Nursery

This page will be updated regularly.

13/07/2020 - This week's activities

The Boy Who Switched Off The Sun

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w/c 6/7/2020 The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch Activities

The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch

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Week beginning 29th June 2020


Where is the time going! Wow, almost July!  This week our focus book is The Night Pirates, we really hope you enjoy all these priatey adventures!



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This week's activities

The Night Pirates

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Week beginning 22nd June 2020


This week we are going for all things superheroes!  Traction Man is our story and you can find activities and resources for this story below.  The challenge on Tuesday is the same as the literacy activity on Wednesday so that all children will have a chance to revisit this activity.  Have fun, it is a great story!


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Traction Man is Here

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Week beginning 15th June 2020


This week our nursery children will be learning about the story.............. Tiddler!  Oh no it isn't, oh yes it is!  It's a great story, we really hope you enjoy it at home too.


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Activities this week - w/c 15th June 2020


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Additional resources for Tiddler - if you are unable to print them you could redraw them for your child, use chalk on a floor space or use any other things form around the house that may replicate it.








Week beginning 8th June 2020


Yucky Worms!  Following on from Superworm earlier in the school year we will focus this week on Yucky Worms, it is always lovely to revisit previous books, Superworm can be used too!  


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Activities for this week

Yucky Worms

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Week beginning 1st June 2020


Hello Nursery Children!


We have said a very fond farewell to Miss Fuller who has now started her maternity leave, we wish her all the very best and I am sure you do too!


This week some of you will be staying at home and some children will be in school. The children in school will be completing the same activities as the ones you have been set to do at home, which is outlined below. Please continue to contact us through our email address

The Snail and the Whale

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Activities for this week

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Hi Nursery, as I leave for maternity on Monday (01.06) I would like to say what a pleasure it has been to teach each of you. I am very lucky to have taught such wonderful children, and will miss you all greatly. Take care, hope to see you soon, Miss Fuller :) Please continue to email or contact the school on 500900 should you need anything. Thank you

Nursery's Friend Gallery

Good friends are like stars, you don't always see them, but you know they're always there


If you would like your child to be featured in our friend gallery, please email your child's photo to:

I will regularly update the gallery with pictures, please share this page with your child and allow them to talk about their friends. Thank you, Miss Fuller :) 

Home Learning


Useful links this week:

Mindfulness, Motor Skills and Keeping Active



This week, can you find any old pots and pans in your house? It would be cool if you could make a mud kitchen! 




Dance, rhythm and movement is super important in the early years. Children need to be able to express themselves, they can represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through: art, music, dance, role play and stories. 


In Nursery, we LOVE 

Wake up, Shake up:

Shake your Sillies:

Cosmic Kids Yoga:

Home Learning


Please see the school's Facebook page (Woodlands Academy) if you are interested in reading along with Miss Fuller. The chosen story is The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. 

Useful links this week:



Although these posters talk about starting school, they actually share great and fun activities for children to enjoy! These skills can be practised all the time! We love preparing children to become independent, curious learners. Can you follow any of these tips at home?


More information and fun activities can be found:



This week, can you focus on your counting and number knowledge? 



In Nursery, we love to use song and rhyme to help us with our counting skills. 

Click the YouTube links below to sing along to our favourites: 


How Many Fingers?: 

5 Little Ducks:

5 Current Buns:

5 Little Men in a Flying Saucer:

Home Learning


Useful links this week:


A Parent’s Guide to Promoting Early Learning and Development at Home (0 - 5 years):


Simple, fun activities for kids, from newborn to five:


Coronavirus (COVID 19): list of online education resources for home education:


Home crafts for all the family! 

This week it would be great if you are able to select an activity from the list below and have a go at home. Once completed you're welcome to send pictures to:

I can then upload your work to this page. Thank you :)


A message from Miss Fuller:

Hello Nursery! 

I am sorry I'm unable to call you personally. To do this teachers are only permitted to use the school telephone and at the moment, I'm staying safe at home. I hope you understand and I wish I could chat to you all. Each week I look forward to texting you, and receiving lovely emails and pictures. 

Missing you all! 


Home Learning


Useful links this week:

Non -screen activities you can do at home. 

A little information regarding, Early Reading Skills and Phonics 

In nursery, it is important that children are able to identify sounds. This includes: environmental, instrumental, body percussion, rhythm and rhyme, alliteration, voice sounds. All these help develop listening skills. 


Environmental - What can you hear when you go on a local walk?

Instrumental - Can you identify sounds made by different instruments and noise makers (are they loud or quiet sounds)?

Body percussion - Can you sing songs and nursery rhymes, can you listen to music? Tell me your favourite song and why. 

Rhythm and rhyme - Can you read stories that rhyme, can you play rhyme bingo? Can you clap the syllables in your name or words?

Alliteration - Can you play I-spy and match objects with the same sound?

Voice sounds - Can you distinguish between different vocal sounds (loud, quiet, robot voice, fairy voice)? Game: Metal Mike, where children feed pictures of objects into a toy robot's mouth and the adult sounds out the name of the object in a robot voice - /c/-/u/-/p/ cup, with the children joining in.


Nursery LOVE Jolly Phonics! Please click the link to hear sounds and actions: 


Nursery LOVE Geraldine Giraffe! On YouTube, type in: Geraldine Giraffe, then the letter you would like to learn. Example - Geraldine Giraffe 'a' 

Click the link to play along at home:


Other YouTube recommendations: 


Fairy Tale rhymes: Debbie and Friends - 

(3 Little Pigs, Goldilocks, Jack and the Beanstalk and Little Red Riding Hood are our favourite)

Action and dance songs: Wheels on the bus -

Sleeping bunnies -

Dingle dangle scarecrow -


Rhymes for sounds, to help with letter formation in your child's name:


Other phonics information


Online books - use these websites to access free audio books: 

Also This Week:

Bank Holiday - Friday 8th May 2020

"When VE Day dawns on 8th May 2020 it will be 75 years since the guns fell silent at the end of the war in Europe. We are encouraging to take part in the ‘Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of WW2’ at 3pm on the 8th May, from the safety of your own home by standing up and raise a glass of refreshment undertake the following ‘Toast’ – “To those who gave so much, we thank you,” using this unique opportunity to pay tribute to the many millions at home and abroad that gave so much to ensure we all enjoy and share the freedom we have today." 

More information can be found 

Home Learning


Useful links this week:

On 19.04.20 the Department for Education published this guidance for parents and carers of children who have not yet started school (age 2-4). 


Other tips for parents and carers around; social, emotional and mental health (there are some great resources to support home learning at the bottom of the document) click the PDF link below:

More home learning links:

Games for children and early years activities:

BBC Bitesize:

BBC starting primary school:

Home Learning


Some useful links this week: 

 Lots of home learning resources can be found on Twinkle. They're offering a free service to parents and children! 

Enter the code: UKTWINKLEHELPS


Twinkle home learning hub: 

Twinkle advice for parents and home learning ideas (remember to choose age 3-5):


Please take a look below for some home learning fun!!!!


Jo Wicks P.E:

Dough Disco:

Days of the week song:

Jolly Phonics:

Home Learning


Miss Fuller's Play Dough

This recipe should last around 2 weeks!

*You will need to use a decent size cup (not too big, not too small) and use the same cup for all your measurements

You Will Need: 

- 2 cups of plain flour

- half a cup of salt

- 2 table spoons of Cream of Tartar (shown below, each sachet contains 1 table spoon)

- 2 table spoons of any cooking oil (vegetable, sunflower, olive etc)

- 1 to 1 and a half (1.5) cups of boiling water (around 400ml) 

- food colouring (optional)

1. Add your first cup of flour to the mixing bowl. Add your second cup of flour to the mixing bowl. 

2. Add half a cup of salt to the mixing bowl. 

3. Add 2 table spoons of Cream of Tartar to the mixing bowl (or 2 sachets that contain one table spoon each). 

4. Add 2 table spoons of oil. 

5. Mix with a whisk. 


6. Boil a full kettle. (Adults only)

7. Pour 1 cup of boiling water, slowly, into the mixture. Begin to mix with a wooden spoon. 

8. Measure the remaining half a cup of boiling water. 

9. Add food colouring to the cup of boiling water. 

10. Pour this, slowly into the mixture. Continue mixing with a wooden spoon. 


This should create a sticky mixture and you're probably thinking what on earth have you done. 

However, that's great! Keep mixing with the spoon until the mixture is cool enough to touch. 


Lightly flour your surface.

Then, knead the dough very vigorously!!! 

It is important that you keep going, minimum 5 minutes.


The dough should loose it's stickiness. If it remains too sticky, add a touch more flour. 

Be careful at this stage, you do not want too much flour else the dough will be dry and crumble. 

You are now ready to go to The Dough Disco!

On Youtube: Subscribe to

Spread the Happiness TV

Live every day at 9.30am



Please email or post photos on our school Facebook page - I check these every day! 


Other useful links this week: 

P.E with Joe Wicks 

On Youtube: Subscribe to

The Body Coach TV

Live every day at 9am



Home Learning


A note from Miss Fuller –


Hello Nursery!

I hope whilst you’re at home, isolating or social distancing; you are safe, happy and able to access our class page as often as felt necessary. As adults (Parents/Carers) it is really important you keep yourself up to date with the current government guidelines to make informed decisions about how you go around your day to day life at this time. For more information, please visit:



Before I begin to upload weekly home learning activities, may I take this opportunity to remind you:


Talk to your child: have they heard any news about the germ that is going round? Keep language appropriate to their level and discuss why they are no longer going to school. They do not need to know about the daily updates the government provide us with. They need to know they are safe and protected. They need to feel your love and interaction and they need a calm, happy home environment.


This is a great opportunity to practise self-hygiene methods: washing your hands; using a tissue when you’re about to cough/sneeze; blowing your nose; toilet routines.


Catch it, Bin it, Kill it!


Please try to encourage your child to be as independent as possible, model and guide them through how to do these simple every day self-care routines! Now is the time to take control and teach your little one the skills they will need for the rest of their lives.


Play and interaction IS CRITICAL: Play is absolutely vital and critical in child development. Children need you to be present, put your phones and other electronic devises down and set aside time each day for a whole range of fun and exciting role play activities! Get on the floor with your child and play games. Notice what your child is doing, intervene and enhance their activity! This in itself is the perfect learning experience.


Whilst I know most kids love using technology, please remember that technology will not teach children communication and language skills. Children need you to TALK TO THEM, interact! Allow your child to hear different vocabulary, explain the meaning of words, discuss the illustrations in books, make up your own stories! You can use so many household items to create imaginary role play situations. My advice above all is PLAY, PLAY, PLAY, INTERACT AND TALK.


Physical health and mental well-being IS CRITICAL: Keep your little one ACTIVE. Children have bundles of energy, utilise this in the right way! Yes, get your child to sweep the crumbs from under the sofa, get them to help dust and hoover the house! They will love washing the pots and chopping food to prepare for dinner. So many skills can be practised right in the heart of the home.


Set aside physical time each day. This could be in any space you have within the home, or use the garden. Did you know the majority of nursery choose to play outside? Kick a football, make an assault course; star jumps, rolls, balancing, slithering, rolling, jumping, crawling. Go on a local walk, get to the local park. Breathe fresh air! Observe the natural world around you: look at flowers and trees, nature is so beautiful. And Spring is here! Teach them about the minibeasts and flowers you may see whilst you’re walking about.


Snacks: I've recently seen this online and LOVE the idea! Alongside routines and mealtimes, each morning your child has a basket set aside full of snacks and a juice bottle for the day (obviously refill the bottle as often as needed). Routines and food times will help your child relax and reduce anxiety about the unknown day.

They may choose a snack, and return it if not all eaten. But once the basket is empty, it is empty! This way you are saving yourself from your child being in the cupboards every 15 minutes!


And finally,


EYFS email: As you should already be aware, you can contact if you have any questions or need to contact a member of Early Years staff. It would also be great if you could share some of the activities that you’ve done at home.


I will be uploading MANY activities and home learning ideas over the coming weeks.

I think that is all for now, stay safe…


Miss Fuller :) 

Week Commencing Monday 2nd March 2020


World Book Day

World Book Day

Bug Hunt

Week commencing Monday 24th February 2019

Mr Wolf's Pancakes 

Week commencing Monday 10th February 2020

Internet Safety Week

ICT in Nursery


Week commencing Monday 3rd February 2020

The Three Little Pigs


Week commencing Monday 27th January 2020

Goldilocks and The Three Bears