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Healing Multi-Academy Trust

Woodlands Academy




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


Meet The Team!


Reception 1 Class Teacher – Mrs Stanhope.

Reception 2 Class Teacher/SENCO – Mrs Matthews.

Pastoral Support Worker - Mrs Catlyn.

Teaching Assistant - Miss Jackson.

HLTA - Mrs Bell.

Early Years Practitioner – Mrs Herriman.

Handa’s Surprise

We recently read the story ‘Handa’s Surprise’.

We took part in a food tasting activity where the children were able to taste a pineapple, orange, tangerine, mango and passion fruit. Some children hadn’t tasted some of these fruits before and I was very impressed that lots of the children had a try. There were some funny faces being pulled in response to the more bitter and sour fruits!

Well done to our Stars of the week

Well done to our Star Readers

Making nature wands in the outdoor classroom

Dentist visit

Well done to our Stars of the Week!

Well done to our Star Readers this week!

Our first outdoor PE lesson

Nature walk

Making nature crowns

Expressive arts and design

Take a look at our papier-mâché fruit and vegetables! The children have been busy taking bits of plain, boring old paper and a gloopy paste and turning them into solid 3d structures.

Papier Mache Fruit and Vegetables

Welcome Back to Term 5


Our learning this term is based around this question

Why can't I have chocolate for breakfast?


We opened our topic with a bake off. All the children were put into teams and baked some delicious treats.

We then invited the parents in to be the judges.

Well done to Team Jackson who were the winners. 

Star of the Week

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

Star of the Week

Planting seeds

Superheroes for Comic Relief

Star of the Week

Spring Walk

Star of the Week

Thank you for supporting World Book Day!

Star of the Week

The Colour Monster


It’s important for children to identify and express a wide range of feelings, while also understanding that others have feelings too!


Learning about feelings and emotions is part of developing positive self-esteem and better relationships with others. As a child’s emotional intelligence grows, they are increasingly able to use their emotional information to guide their own thinking and behaviour. Children who are able to name and understand their own feelings are able to handle the ups and downs of childhood with so much confidence and maturity than their peers who lacked that understanding.

What we love about The Colour Monster, aside from being a perfectly charming monster, is that the author names each emotion and describes it and gives an example of how it might feel. She normalises the emotions and doesn’t label them as good or bad they just ARE. She repeats the format in three simple sentences for each of the emotions for sadness, anger, fear, calmness and happiness.


For example,


“This is sadness. It’s gentle and blue like a rainy day. When you’re sad you might want to cry or be alone.”


This week you may want to share this book with your child and talk about their emotions and feelings. You may want to encourage your child to draw or paint their own colour monster to reflect on how they are feeling at that moment in time. Or perhaps use lego or duplo bricks to create all the different colourful emotions from the story and use these models to talk to your children about how they are feeling.


The book can be found on YouTube on the following link:


I feel sad...

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Lilly feels sad when her mummy goes

I feel happy

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Destiny feels happy when she dances with her mum.

Calming Sensory Salts

Stars of the Week

The moon is right the spirits up Reception have been having fun! We’ve simply been having a wonderful Christmastime celebrating Christmas Jumper Day!

Christmas Nativity News!


Every year, the Reception children take part and perform in our Christmas Nativity. They act out different parts, sing songs, dress up and have fun performing together! It is a really lovely way for the children to learn about Christmas and to learn the Christmas story. This year the children were also joined by Nursery for some parts too! Sadly, due to the current situation, we are unable to have parents and families come into school to watch the Nativity this year. Mrs Brown has kindly filmed our Nativity performance to share with you. Details will be in next week’s Digital Newsletter.

Stars of the Week

This week Reception have been learning about woodland animals habitats. The children set off to explore the woodland to see if there was anywhere the animals might want to make a home. We were excited to find holes leading underground! There was some fantastic discussion about what we had found. Could they be the entrance to a rabbit’s warren or a fox’s den?! And why does a fox live underground?

After the big storm of the weekend, the children were worried that the woodland animals would no longer have a home.  The children took to the outdoor classroom to build a new home for a woodland animal using natural materials that we had found on our woodland walk. We now have numerous fox dens, rabbit warrens, squirrel dreys, bird nests and badger setts dotted around our woodland area for all the animals! Take a look at the children’s amazing work!