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Woodlands Academy

Tall Oaks from Little Acorns Grow

Healing Multi-Academy Trust


 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



Week Commencing Monday 20th January 2020






We hope you had a lovely Christmas and New Year. We would just like to say how wonderful the Nursery Christmas Concert was, and that it wouldn’t have succeeded without your help, so a huge THANK YOU from all of the Nursery Team. We are ready for lots more learning and are excited to start the Spring Term. We would like to welcome all our new children.  We hope you had a lovely Christmas and New Year. We would just like to say how wonderful the Nursery Christmas Concert was, and that it wouldn’t have succeeded without your help, so a huge THANK YOU from all of the Nursery Team. We are ready for lots more learning and are excited to start the Spring Term. We would like to welcome all our new children.  

This term we are going to be looking at Traditional Tales.

From 20.01.20 we will be exploring Frozen, Goldilocks and The Three Little Pigs. We know the children are already familiar with some of these stories, but are excited to explore them deeper. We are also going to have a porridge tasting session!

We will also explore different mediums of the stories such as – books, big books, songs, videos, and puppets.

This term, we welcome lots more friends into Nursery! We are lucky that all the children are so welcoming and friendly.

7th January – Back to school

13th January – New children start

20th January – Frozen week

27th January – Goldilocks

3rd February – 3 Little Pigs

11th February – Safe Internet Day

14th February – Valentine’s Day


Coming up this term

Number Day 2020 – Friday 7th February

Non – Uniform.

Please send your child to school wearing a top/bottoms that show a number or numbers. This can be anything you already have in your child’s wardrobe or if you prefer to design your own number t-shirt, that would be great.

More details to follow closer to the time.


Christmas 2019


Week Commencing Monday 2nd December 2019


Week Commencing Monday 25th November 2019

The Tiger Who Came to Tea


This week we have read The Tiger Who Came to Tea. This picture book is a classic, and favourite of the childrens. On Monday, there was a HUGE tiger that sat in the middle of our classroom, he had brought us a story, and a tin of tiger food, but why?! 

We read the text and throughout the week did various activities around the story. We also found out some 'Tiger Facts' by watching an infomation video. We then played a game, where we had to sort some facts into true and false. The children loved learning about tigers. We also had literacy based activities, where the children have studied the beginning, middle and end of the story. It is important children start to recognise story structure, what is happening, during, before and after.

Week Commencing Monday 16th November 2019

Road Safety Week

Council Visit - Road Safety Session

Week commencing Monday 11th November 2019

Friendship week - Children in Need

In nursery, we have created a ‘good friend list’ of all the qualities that we look for in a good friend. To help us understand these qualities, we read ‘Have you Filled Your Bucket Today?’ by Carol McCloud. This book helped teach the children about kindness, caring and sharing. We made our own bucket and displayed it in our classroom.

When the children are seen displaying positive behaviour in class, they are given a ticket to put into the bucket. Each Friday, we celebrate good friends.

We have also thought about how each one of us is unique and different and why that makes us special. If we were all the same, do you not think the world would be dull and boring? The children have loved exploring the story, Elmer. We have created a display for our windows.

Elmer was the perfect story to fit in with Friendship Day, we each came into school wearing odd socks. This helped to support awareness of anti-bullying.


Throughout the week, we continued our friendship theme. We played a game where every child got a coloured cube and had to find other children who had the same colour cube. They then linked arms and stayed together until all groups were complete. This was a fun way to get different kids together and to reinforce the idea that different people can have things in common.

And finally, on 15.11.19 Children In Need! We went Pudsey crazy! Thank you to everybody who put in a small donation.

Have you Filled Your Bucket Today?

Friendship Games and Odd Sock Day

Children in Need

Week commencing Monday 4th November 2019


Autumn, Bonfire and Remembrance




Week commencing Monday 28th October 2019

SpOoKy WeEk

Take a look at some of our spooktacualr activities from this week!

Pumpkin Soup

The Witch's Potion

Spooky Party

Week commencing Monday 14th October 2019


There's a pea on the loose, have you seen him in our classroom?


This week we have worked flat out to solve all the terrible crimes Evil Pea has committed. We started out by going on a vegetable rescue mission, as they had been trapped around our classroom. Once we had found them, we sorted them into groups and then counted them to check we had found them all. 

We have created our own craft army of potatoes and peas to display in our classroom. We have also used the vegetables as a tool to print paint with. 

The children were particularly found of mashing the frozen peas, and talking about what they could see, feel and smell. We found that when the peas are out the freezer, they melt because it isn't cold anymore.

Supertato Super Week!

Week commencing Monday 7th October 2019

Stay and Play event

Reading launch for reading challenge in nursery. Book performance by the children to show reading as fun and exciting: can be done in a variety of ways such as audio/ video, book trailers. Sharing with parent/carers story sacks and puppets for enjoyment. Craft activities around the story.