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The Willow

Welcome to The Willow

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Spring Term 2024

This term we are starting with a Nursery Rhymes topic. Each week we will learn a new rhyme and enjoy activities linked to it to practice our skills.




Week 4 - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Once I Caught A Fish Alive 

We have continued working on our number skills this week using our fingers to count up to 10. We've enjoyed using glitter glue to make sparkly fish and working on our scissor skills to make tissue paper fish as well. We have used the numicon shapes to poke the right number of fingers through. 


We're also so proud of the progress some children are making in taking turns in play, interacting with adults, showing patience and requesting more of a preferred activity. 




Week 3 - Five Little Ducks

This week we have enjoyed lots of number activities linked to our song of the week, 5 Little Ducks. We have played with the the ducks in the water tray, practised counting to 5 in lots of different way and had great fun painting. 

Week 2 - Hickory Dickory Dock

This week, we've been looking at numbers on a clock, and learning about circles, squares, rectangles and triangles. 




Week 1 - Incy Wincy Spider

We enjoyed making handprint spiders, posting things down our drainpipe and adding legs to playdough spiders. We enjoyed Magic Spider pictures and painting sun and rain artwork too!




Keeping Our Bodies Healthy!

This week we have thought about ways to keep our bodies healthy. We have practised brushing our teeth and washing our hands. We thought about healthy foods and explored fruits and vegetables in different ways. We enjoyed investigating the shapes and smells, and some of us even tried some new flavours.  

Our Senses

This week we have been exploring our senses. We tried to identify different smells, we looked for chocolate coins on our 'seeing hunt', we had a fabulous tasting session, touched many new textures with our hands and feet and played instruments to hear a variety of sounds. 


We're learning about our bodies this week and all the different parts. We listen to the Pantosaurus song and My Body Belongs To Me because we want to learn to keep our bodies safe and private. We put pants on our baby doll and chose funny pants to cover up private parts. In PE, we found different ways to move on our bottoms to practise using the names of body parts.

Talk PANTS with Pantosaurus and his PANTS song #TalkPANTS

Meet Pantosaurus - our pant-wearing Dino! He wants every child to stay safe and strong, just like him, and he's on a mission to share an important message. We're currently trying to create a brand new PANTS storybook so we can reach more children.

My Body Is My Body Song (+Intro) Child Abuse Prevention Program for Child Safety #mbimb

My Body Is My Body Song Child Abuse Prevention Program for 3 - 8 year olds teaching body safety, and a fun way to learn the subject good touch /bad touch. (Please visit our website for the full programme) http://www.mybodyismybody.com This song is to teach children that their body is their own and no-one has the right to hurt them or touch their private parts.

11th Nov - The Willow Remembers

We made poppies on Remembrance Day using handprint and fingerprinting.



Make a Funny Face!

For the first week of our 'Marvellous Me' topic, we have looked at faces. We have explored the parts of our faces using mirrors, made faces using cornflour, fruit and vegetables and spaghetti. We loved the stickers too and used them to make some very silly faces! We enjoyed a song all about different faces.

Welcome to the Pumpkin Patch!

It's been a 'pumpkin-y' week with lots of sensory exploration. Carrying and rolling our HUGE pumpkin, feeling and examining the different small ones, and of course lots of scooping, squeezing and sliminess! We've sung the 5 Little Pumpkin song to help us think about different feelings too.

Water Play!

Water play has been our main focus this week. It is wonderful for sensory exploration, mark making, working with others and have great fun!

Autumn Days!

What lovely sunny weather we are having! In The Willow, we are making the most of the sunshine to enjoy exploring Autumn. Today, we have investigated lots of different autumnal objects from nature, mixed up autumn colours with foam and paint, been on a leaf hunt to find leaves of different shapes and colours and then used them to print some beautiful patterns using rollers to mix different shades.


You can enjoy our two Autumn songs using the links below.

Enjoy our popular seasons, autumn (fall) and preschool song for children with lyrics, "Autumn Leaves are Falling Down" (To the tune of "London Bridges"). From the CD, Children's Favorite Autumn Songs & Fingerplays.

Orange, Yellow, Red and Brown - Seasons Songs for Kid - Kids Color Songs - By The Learning Station

Enjoy our popular seasons, autumn (fall) and preschool color song for children with lyrics, "Orange, Yellow, Red and Brown" (To the tune of "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes"). From the CD, Children's Favorite Autumn Songs & Fingerplays.

Daily PE in The Willow

Every morning we go to the hall for our PE session it is a popular part of the day. This term we have tried a wide variety of activities from ball games, running and chasing, dancing, large apparatus, obstacle courses and gymnastics. We are very skilled climbers!


In The Willow, we are working to develop all kinds of new skills. We like practising using them to create our beautiful artwork. This week, we have snipped with scissors, and used a range of different objects to paint with. Do you like our polka-dotted donkeys?

The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse

We have been looking at the Eric Carle book, "The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse". You can watch the story below. We have learned the signs for colours and animals. We also used our cutting and sticking skills to make some beautiful collages that helped us recognise red, blue and yellow. We have been counting and building colourful towers in Maths, and singing and signing our song "I can sing a rainbow." Well done everyone in The Willow! 

Our first week in Willow!

It has been lovely welcoming children to The Willow, our new enhanced provision. We have had lots of fun exploring the environment and getting to know each other.