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Woodlands Academy




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!

Deconstructed role play - the children got creative after asking if they could make a space rocket!

In the Curiosity Cube this week...



Dinosaur Swamp

Dinosaur Volcano

Learning in the Outdoor Area

In the Curiosity Cube this week...


Outdoor Classroom

We're Going on an Egg Hunt! We're going to find them ALL!! We're REALLY excited, HOORAY for Easter Day!

Easter Crafts

Nature Crowns

Easter Maths

Easter Cards

Making Fruit Salad

Fruit and Veg Shop