CORNER: WINTER UPDATE
The term has flown by and we can’t believe how quickly Christmas is
approaching! We have welcomed several new children and families to Woodland
Corner and all have settled in really well. Michelle is also now fully embedded
in the team having started with us before the summer. We are so grateful for
her years of nursery experience and for her transformation of the creative area,
which is a hit with both the pre-schoolers and the extended schools children.
We have loved seeing the wonderful artwork that has been made.
Speaking of art, Woodland Corner hosted its first ever art exhibition, Our Colourful World, over two days in November. Skymeadow Gallery exhibited a collection of beautiful paintings which, in addition to being brightly coloured, had a connection to Suffolk or East Anglia. On the Friday night, art lovers (aged 18 and over!) browsed while enjoying delicious wine from Nayland-based wine merchant Anglia Wines and we hosted child-friendly activities on the Saturday. The exhibition was a huge success and raised more than £800. We have already put some of the funds towards a giant easel so we can continue to stimulate creativity in all the children who attend our setting.
We celebrated Halloween with a pumpkin volcano science experiment and
spooky yoga. Yoga sessions are on Tuesdays and multi sports, run by Maxim
Sports Coaching, is on Mondays. The children really enjoy both of these
We have also focused on literacy and speech and language development this term. We read books such as The Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Whatever Next! and acted them out with props. We celebrated nursery rhyme week and did an outing to the phone box to choose some new books, as well as hosting a maths week. While our outing to the war memorial was cancelled due to the terrible weather, we commemorated Remembrance Day, making a poppy wreath and explaining the significance of the event to the children.
The children will perform their Christmas songs next week at both the care home and the Nayland Church coffee morning. We are also getting ready for our Christmas party on December 20th _ the children are very excited to show their families the songs they have been practising so enthusiastically for weeks!
We have plenty to look forward to in the New Year, including putting a
recent curriculum course into practice and developing Woodland Corner’s new
website. We also plan for Laura to start hosting weekly forest school sessions.
She is passing her training with flying colours and will start in March, when
the weather is a bit warmer. More children will also join us from January and
we are so busy that we are looking into doing an extension!
Wishing all our families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!