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Woodlands Academy


This week we were lucky enough to have a visit from Pete and his dinosaurs. The children in Nursery had a fabulous time meeting the dinosaurs and learning some fun facts about them. 

Dinosaur Experience

A visit from the dentist

Exploring Sugar Snap Peas

Our story of the week was 'Daisy Eat Your Peas' by Kes Gray and Nick Sharratt. The children learnt that peas are a healthy food. The children explored sugar snap peas. They counted how many peas were in the pod. They found them tricky to open though! They enjoyed smelling the peas and some described them as smelling fresh like grass. 

Summer 1 - Why Can't I Eat Chocolate for Breakfast?


As part of this term's topic we are looking at different types of food. We are discussing which foods we like and don't like. We are looking at which foods are healthy and unhealthy. We did some printing using different vegetables. 

Vegetable Printing

Easter Bonnets

Week 6 - Easter Celebrations


This week we celebrated Easter. The children were all really excited to wear their Easter bonnets for our Easter Parade.  Our parents always do us proud by being so creative and imaginative with their designs. The children all looked fantastic. 

Week 5 - Planting a Rainbow

This week we read the story 'Planting a Rainbow ' by Lois Ehlert. We planted our very own cress heads. We added the seeds to the cotton wool and watered it. We learnt the nursery rhyme 'Mary, Mary Quiet Contrary. 

Week 4 - Elmer's Weather

This week we have looked at the book Elmer's Weather. We have learnt the Makaton signs for different weather types. We went on a spring walk looking for signs of spring. We saw blossom, flower buds, daffodils and insects. 

Week 3 - The Mixed Up Chameleon

This week we read the story The Mixed Up Chameleon by one of our favourite authors Eric Carle who wrote The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The children enjoyed making camouflage collage pictures of different animals. 

World Book Day 2022

World Book Day 2022

Week 2- Mr Wolf's Pancakes

Pancake Day Fun


This week we read Mr Wolf's Pancakes. We enjoyed meeting the different characters from nursery rhymes and traditional tales. We explored the ingredients that are used to make pancakes in this week's tuff tray. All of the children enjoyed taking part in pancake races in the school hall. Finally we finished the week tasting some pancakes and some delicious toppings. 

Mr Wolf's Pancakes

Spring 2 Week 1 - The Day the Crayons Quit

The Day the Crayons Quit by Oliver Jeffers

Week 5 - Chinese New Year


We discovered it was the Chinese New Year of the Tiger. We enjoyed hearing one of our favourite stories again 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea'. The tuff tray was transformed into a Chinese banquet meal. We enjoyed scooping the rice and noodles and tried to use the chopsticks. We found these really tricky!

Chinese New Year Tuff Tray

Week 5 - Tuff Tray


This week we used our tuff tray to improve our fine motor skills. We used scissors to carefully cut the wool dolls. We tried to follow the lines to cut the coloured paper.

Week 4 - Frozen


The children really found their singing voices when they joined in with the song 'Let it Go' from the film Frozen. They enjoyed exploring the characters when the tuff tray was turned into a Frozen small world. 

Week 3 - The South Pole 


We enjoyed finding out about where penguins live. We learnt a song that helped us move like a penguin. 

Welcome back to Nursery and Happy New Year. 

This term our learning question is 'Where Does Snow Go?'. The children have enjoyed exploring the winter wonderland areas of the nursery classroom. We talked about the ice being very cold and watched as it melted throughout the morning. We also explored the story shelf with a winter theme and enjoyed talking about the different animals. 

Christmas 1

Christmas 2

Merry Christmas to all our children and families. We hope you have a lovely time and look forward to see you all in 2022!



The children enjoyed exploring the outdoor are after the snow yesterday. The rainwater had frozen in the tubs which created lots of ice for the children to explore. The children loved building with the pieces of ice. 

This week in Nursery it was Road Safety Week. The children enjoyed hearing the Super Cat story about keeping safe near roads and also learning about crossing the roads safely. We went for a walk to the school car park and looked at a car. The children touched the car and said it was hard. They compared this to their tummy and said their tummy was soft. They knew that the car was big and they are small. They counted the wheels on the car. The children were all very sensible especially when we walked along the path near the field. They knew they had to keep hold of the rope and stay together to keep themselves safe. 


For a craft activity the children added cars to a road. They counted the cars they used and added wheels to them. On Friday the children created a traffic light by decorating a biscuit. They enjoyed this at the end of the day with their milk. 


Ask your child if they can remember how to stay safe near the road. 

We have enjoyed taking part in Children in Need Day in Nursery today. We were excited to wear our own clothes and make lemonade for Pudsey. 

Children in Need 2021

This week at Woodlands Nursery we have been learning about bonfire safety. The children were able to talk about keeping safe on Bonfire Night. We enjoyed making edible sparklers. The children used the vocabulary melt, dip and cover when they were making them. They also enjoyed eating them at snack time. 



This week we have been focusing on our children developing their fine motor skills. This involves the children strengthening the muscles in their hands and wrists. This can involve, amongst others,  picking up small objects, doing up their own zips and mark making. We have found fun ways for the children to develop their fine motor skills. 


Fine Motor Skills in Nursery

We have had a very busy September in Nursery. All the children have adapted well to the new routines. They are beginning to explore their environment and getting used to the expectations of our Nursery class.  We are very proud of all of the children. 


This week we have been learning all about 'family'. The children have enjoyed hearing stories about different families and talking about their families. Thank you to everyone who has sent in a family photograph for our display. 


Today the children have chosen a school library book and have received a reading diary. Please share and enjoy the book with your child and please remember to write a comment in the diary. Please return the book and diary by next Friday as the children will be able to change their book. 


Your child also received a letter regarding the school photographer coming into school next Wednesday. Please return the permission slip by Monday.


Have a lovely weekend and thank you for your support.


Mrs Bell and Mrs Herriman


Welcome to the Nursery Class page for Autumn Term 2021.


We have had a great transition week with all the children visiting us for their one hour session. On Thursday we had all of the children in for their full 3 hour session. It has been lovely to see the children explore their new environment at Woodlands Academy Nursery Class.


We are looking forward to watching the children grow and blossom throughout the Autumn Term. 


Please checking the class page to see what your child has been learning during their time in Nursery. 


From Mrs Bell and Mrs Herriman smiley



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.

Ice cream role play

As you may know, we are passionate about all things playdough in Nursery!  This week we had fun making up some different play dough ice cream flavours for some ice cream role play. The children got stuck straight in and took orders for ice creams from their friends. Scooping into the soft dough was a great fine and gross motor strengthening exercise and took a lot of concentration to form into a neat ball shape.

Mr Whippy soap fluff sensory play

We are HUGE fans of messy, sensory play! Today we made some gloriously goopy soap fluff for sensory play time fun!  Soap fluff is made simply with two ingredients: soap flakes and water. It is then whisked into a lovely pulpy, bubbly, smooth mush! It has a WONDERFUL consistency. You really have to try it to experience it! It made for the perfect recipe to use for our Mr Whippy ice creams. 



Puffy paint ice cream

Celebrating Euro 2020

It has been a very busy week here in Nursery! As part of the curriculum football days, the children enjoyed a morning of football activities to celebrate Euro 2020. It finished with the children taking up the challenge to beat the teacher in a penalty shootout.



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Penalty Shootout - Children vs Teachers!

Lighthouse Keepers Lunch

Ahoy me hearties! 


This week we have learnt all the skills to become a fully fledged Pirates! We scrubbed the decks, walked the plank, sailed the Seven Seas and searched for treasure!

When I was One

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Pirate Counting

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International Dough Disco Day!


Wednesday 9th June 2021 was International Dough Disco Day! We joined hundreds of schools from all over the world in this exciting event. This is an activity the children do every day to develop their fine motor control and gross motor skills through exercising their fingers. Children 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.


In the classroom this week...


Yukky Worms




Exploring Minibeasts

In the Curiosity Cube this week...


Our story of the week this week is The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.


The Very Hungry Caterpillar tells the story of a tiny caterpillar who is very hungry!


We explored the story by reading along and trying a new piece of food with the caterpillar. The pears were the class favourite and the pickles the least! We explored the taste and texture of the foods and joined in with repeated parts of the story e.g. “…but he was still hungry.” We tried to guess what the caterpillar might eat next and talked about our favourite foods together.



Caterpillar paper chains - whose caterpillar is the longest?

Symmetrical butterfly painting

In the classroom this week...


Ocean Sensory Tray

Great questions on our Wonder Wall this week!

Deconstructed role play - sailing away in cardboard boats!

Using a variety of media to create artwork for our Commotion in the Ocean display!

In the Curiosity Cube this week...





Developing our fine motor skills

Funny Faces Loose Parts Play!