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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.

In the Curiosity Cube this week...



Tasting vegetable soup

Painting daffodils

We are Nursery!

In the Curiosity Cube this week...




Tropical fruit sensory exploration


We explored the fruits Handa takes as a surprise to her friend Ayeko... We felt pineapple, passion fruit, mango, tangerines, tangerine and avocado with our hands. We also tasted pineapple, mango and guava juice.






Making African inspired necklaces

Planting seeds for Mother's Day

Mother's Day


As it's Mother's Day this Sunday, we are proud to show the children's hand made cards and plant pot. The children have taken care to plant a special Sunflower seed - we hope you enjoy watching it grow!


In the Curiosity Cube this week...




The Tiger Who


to Tea


The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea.

Who could it possibly be?

What they certainly don't expect to see at the door is a big, furry, stripy, tiger!

The tiger left us some ingredients to make some chocolate crispy cakes for our Tiger Tea Party.



Tiger crafts

World Book Day 2021


Thank you parents and families for all your hard work and contribution for World Book Day this year. 

Tiger Tea Party

Jack and the Beanstalk

In the Curiosity Cube this week...


We threw magic beans out of the window and...


Next day we woke up early,

Came into school and got a fright.

Those magic beans had turned into

A beanstalk overnight.


The children couldn't believe their eyes,

For the footprints were the most gigantic size.

Who could have left these gigantic size footprints? 


The children had some great suggestions... "The Wolf", "The Bear", "Red Riding Hood", "My Mummy" and "The Giant." 

The answer came when we returned.


We heard great footsteps boom.

A voice like thunder filled the room...



Disclaimer: Any resemblance to Mrs Matthews is purely coincidental.

Happy Half Term!


Thank you parents and families for all your support this half term. As this week is Valentine's Day, we are proud to share with you the children's hand made cards and craft. We hope you like and treasure these.


Week commencing 8th February 2021

In the Curiosity Cube this week...


Snow Kitchen

Snow Angels

Snow much fun!

Pancake Party

Love Potions

Week commencing 25th January 2021

In the Curiosity Cube this week...


We could not believe our eyes this morning in Nursery - there had been a crime in our classroom! Oh no!


Clue number one was a QR code. Very curious! We scanned it using the iPad and it led us to this video...


Oh no! Crime!

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Luckily, we have the best detectives in Nursery and it wasn't long until we found the culprit. You've probably heard of her - if so, you will know these three things. She is small. Her hair is all golden curls. And she looks like one of those very good children who never ever seem to get into trouble for anything...


With our best detectives on the case, we set about making WANTED posters.

Tasting The Three Bear's Porridge

Discovering n'ICE' ways to paint and mix colour!

The Birthday Fairy paid us a visit!

We've been caught reading!

Nursery have been busy this week for Children's Mental Health Week.


The children have been exploring different ways to EXPRESS YOURSELF.



Express Yourself Nursery celebration

Thank you to all our parents and families who supported our 'Dress to Express' Day! We loved seeing all the different outfits that children chose to wear - so many superheroes and princesses!



All aboard the Nursery Disco Train!

Our Friday Dough Disco merged into some freestyling with the children throwing some awesome shapes! This soon was followed by the Nursery Disco Train - so much fun! Dancing can make a person feel physically refreshed and improve their mood, tackling serious issues including anxiety and depression, and not just in adults. Group dancing is a tool to release daily stress, a distraction from everyday worries and an outlet for imagination and emotion. 

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Nursery Rock Band.MOV

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Calming Chamomile Sensory Salts!

Perfect mindfulness, relaxation activity for ALL ages to enjoy with no purpose in mind except simple sensory play.


The two-dimensional world children are living in right now is not natural and is starving their multi-sensory, tactile and creative needs. We need to build play, art and movement opportunities into their days as a matter of priority. Thankfully it's easy to do!


This example is simply:

Fine salt combined with Chamomile tea, set out with bowls, spoons and a pestle & mortar to pour, mix and explore.


The scent and feel of this set up is calming and relaxing. No end purpose reduces pressure.


1-7 February 2021 is Children's Mental Health Week.


What's it all about?

The week is run by children's mental health charity Place2Be to focus on the importance of children and young people's mental health. This year's theme is EXPRESS YOURSELF.


When children are able to find creative ways to share their feelings, thoughts or ideas it can help them feel good about themselves and who they are. Children can do this through art, music, writing, dance and drama, and doing activities that they enjoy.


It's really important to remember that being able to express yourself is not about being the best at something, or putting on a performance for others. It is about finding a way to show who you are, and how you see the world, that can help you feel good about yourself. 


Given that the past year will have left many of us feeling out of control and helpless, supporting children and young people to express themselves is arguably more important than ever.


What can you do?

Tips for parents and families


Let your children know that if they are worried about something, they should always talk to an adult they trust. It could be you, someone in your family, a teacher, or someone else in school.


If you're worried about your child's mental health you can talk to your GP or someone in school.


You can also find a list of organisations that provide support and advice here:



Week commencing Monday 18th January 2021



Building houses for The Three Little Pigs

HAVE YOU SEEN THIS WOLF?? Spotted in the Nursery Classroom!

The Big Bad Wolf left us a challenge to build a house that he couldn't blow down!

Using props to tell The Three Little Pigs story.

Mark making