A Message to F1

w/c 13th July
Hello lovely children,
We have reached the last week of activities in F1. Your learning challenges this week all relate to sporting events – we will be having a mini sports day but at home! I would love to find out how many challenges you complete throughout the week. Our Class Dojo will come to a close on Friday but do keep a lookout on the school website. You all deserve a gold medal for being super amazing at learning, I am so proud of each and every one of you!
Laugh lots and have bundles of fun throughout the summer.
Lots of love, Ms Nicholls and all at Little Willows x
w/c 6th July
Young buccaneers, I would like to announce that you have graduated from pirate school so no walking the plank for you this time. I was impressed by your commitment to scrubbing the decks; following maps and finding treasure; hunting for crabs for dinner; climbing the rigging and dressing in such fine costumes! If you haven’t managed to check it out yet then please see the news section of the school website for a game of ‘spot the pirate’.
This week’s learning adventures take us into the enchanted woodland to meet the fairies and elves that live there. Let me know what you’ve been up to when you can on Class Dojo.
Missing you all. Ms Nicholls x
w/c 22nd June

Hello Lovely Children,

I hope that you and your families are well.

If you could choose, would you rather be: a wizard, a fairy or a pirate? I wonder why?

Our activities over the next 3 weeks will be based on the following books by Julia Donaldson: The Princess and the Wizard, Freddie and the Fairy and The Troll. We will enter the world of wizardry; the enchanted woodland and set sail on an adventure of piracy on the high seas.

There are activities for each day of the week for you to choose from. Please remember that these are suggested activities and please feel free to complete as many or as few as you would like.

Happy playing and learning.

Ms Nicholls x

w/c 15th June

Hello Lovely Children,

I hope you are well and have been enjoying the sunshine with your families. We now find ourselves in the final week of our Moana adventures and I wonder what you will choose to do this week? Please keep sending me any messages or photographs on Class Dojo; it is great fun to see what you have been doing.
I’m in school this week so will not be able to respond to your messages on Dojo until a little later on but I will keep checking when I can.
Keel smiling, Ms Nicholls xx
w/c 8th June
Hello lovely children. I hope you are all well. There has been a change in the weather but it is perfect for puddle jumping and flying kites!
It is World Oceans Day today – will you dress up in blue for the day? Take a look at:https://worldoceanday.school/ to: find out about hammerhead sharks; watch an animated story called ‘All the way to the Ocean‘ and find out how our rubbish can go all the way from the city to the sea. Listen to stories: Little Turtle Turns the TIde or Somebody Swallowed Stanley; make a fabulous ocean inspired hat or go on a rockpool ramble. I wonder what you will choose.
I look forward to finding out what you have been up to in class dojo.
Keep smiling and learning!
Ms Nicholls x
w/c 1st June

Good morning lovely children,

I hope you are all well and sharing your lovely smiles. I have had a busy week with my family. The things that have made me smile have been: enjoying being in the garden and playing games on the field next to my house; baking and eating lots of yummy cakes; planting my seedlings into the vegetable beds and finding new games to play in the paddling pool with my son. I am looking forward to catching up with you all and your news on Class Dojo during the week.

(I will be in school working with the children of key workers this week and so I will be unable to check your messages during the school day. I will make sure to check in when I can!)

The learning posters have been designed for a three-week period from 1st June – 19th June. We are embarking on a Moana theme which looks at some of the themes from the film. Week 1 is based on ‘Under the sea’ and explores sea life but also has an emphasis on storytelling; Week 2 looks specifically at Moana and Week 3 looks at Sea turtles and protecting our oceans from pollution. It is entirely up to you which order you would like to approach these activities and indeed if you would like to only choose aspects of each one. You can download the activity worksheets from our class page.

Please remember that these are only suggested activities and I am sure that (as always) you will continue to find your own lovely adaptations of ideas and things to do.

If you have any questions then please let me know.

Take care of yourselves and keep smiling!

Ms Nicholls x

w/c 18th May

Good Morning Lovely Children,

I hope that you are all ready to wriggle and squiggle your way into our new story adventure. Yes – let’s all say “Hip Hooray for SUPERWORM!” Thank you so much for joining in with our vote on ClassDojo. Our activities will be based on Super worm by Julia Donaldson for the next two weeks. I will post some ideas for the Bad-Tempered Ladybird on Class Dojo over the next two weeks should you wish to have a look at those too!

I continue to be impressed by the wonderful messages and photographs that you are sending me, please keep doing so as they brighten my day. Children, please remember to say a big thank you to your parents for helping you with your amazing learning. It is great to see so many of you showing our 7 C’s in your learning – I spy – confidence and commitment to learning in new ways; communication through sharing your thoughts on Class Dojo; consideration for those who are helping us during this time; creativity and craftsmanship in all of your activities; and curiosity in the world around you. You are all superstars and we are very proud of you all.

Keep smiling…wiggling…wriggling and squiggling F1!

Ms Nicholls x

w/c 11th May

Good morning F1 Superstars!

I am super proud of all of the activities and learning that you have been doing at home with your families so, give yourselves a big thumbs up, a tap on the back and a hip-hooray!

Please remember that the learning posters are only suggestions to support you, if you are not able to do all of the suggestions then please do not worry – all playing is learning.

I know that some of you are missing your friends and coming to school. We all miss you too and we are watching the government guidance very closely to see when we can return to school and look forward to welcoming you back to school as soon as it is safe to do so. In the meantime, we have to stay determined and keep ourselves safe.

Mrs. Sharpley says that she cannot wait to see you all again. She has 3 ducks that have decided to visit her every day and are really not shy. She also wonders if anyone celebrated VE day.

We will be having a vote on Class Dojo this week for the book we would like to explore next so please come and join us.

Happy playing and learning F1.

Keep smiling!

Ms Nicholls x

w/c 4th May

Good morning everyone!

I hope that you are all well and have had a smiley weekend. This weekend I have been out cycling with my family and I discovered a new pond. It was very still and covered in pond algae so it was difficult to see if any water creatures were living there. I wonder if you could help me to find out more about pond life? This week we will use a book called Growing Frogs by Vivien French to inspire our activities. If you haven’t managed to do all of the previous activities then please do not worry, you can either continue with them or mix and match; the choice is yours!

It has been lovely to see your learning on Class Dojo so please do keep in touch by sending messages of your achievements or photographs of your activities. Invitations to Class Dojo have been sent to parent emails, if you haven’t received it then please check your spam folder or let us know and we can resend the invite to you.

Lucie wanted to let you all know that she misses you all and can’t wait to see everyone’s happy smiley faces again and to read Fluffy Wuffy!

We have two new children who have joined us this term – Lana-Rose and Nina. So, we welcome them both to our class and will look forward to seeing them in the future.

Remember to keep smiling and share lots of cuddles with your special people.

Ms Nicholls x

w/c 27th April

Happy Monday Everybody!

Thank you so much for all of your wonderful learning- you are all superstars! I have seen so many busy bee activities happening which has made me very happy. I particularly like to see how you are developing your creativity and craftsmanship whilst exploring your own ideas. I will think about what you are showing me when planning new activities.

I have been spotting signs that spring has sprung on my walks around Woodbridge and in my garden; bees are buzzing, butterflies travelling from flower to flower and birds busily collecting materials and flying into the hedgerow. Please let me know is you spy anything exciting happening around you. I wonder how birds make their nests? Do you think that you could make one?

We have a new online classroom, Class Dojo on which I will be posting different messages and learning ideas so if you haven’t managed to sign-up yet and would like to, then please take a look. If you have any questions or need any support with any aspect of your child’s learning then please let me know.

Stay safe everyone, be kind and helpful and keep smiling!

Miss Nicholls

w/c 21st April

Good morning, Lovely Children & Parents,

I hope you are all well and have had a great Easter break. Did the Easter bunny hop along to see you?

Whilst I was on a daily walk with my family, we spotted a butterfly which settled on a wildflower close to where we were standing. It was so beautiful and is called an orange-tip. It made me think about our new learning for the summer term and I have started to put together some activity ideas for you to try with your parents at home.

The activities are all based on a story by Eric Carle which I know is already familiar to you – The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I have organised the activities by day as we would do if we were at school. So, each day has a particular learning focus. I am sure that you will all have lots of other great ideas to explore and if you wish to follow your own structure of activities then, that is fine to. We will focus on these activities for the next two weeks.

Alongside these activities it would be fantastic if you could practise: saying your phonemes (sounds) using your phoneme fans; counting from 1-10 or 1-20; use your number cards to trace the numeral and say the rhyme (these are quick activities that can be done at any time) and continue to write some or all of the letters of your name.

Remember that it is really important to follow your own ideas too. I know that you are all amazingly creative in all that you do and are always inspiring what we do next in the nursery. So, keep going, keep building on what you can already do and what interests you.

Please keep sending your photographs and messages, they make me very smiley.

Happy playing and learning everyone. Stay safe and keep smiling!

Ms Nicholls xx

Easter Holidays

Happy Easter holidays everyone!

A super well done for all of your home learning so far. I have enjoyed seeing some of the lovely things that you have been doing. Seb, I thought that your stories were fantastic and cannot wait to hear more and Freya, I like the craftsmanship that you are showing in your activities.

If you would like to continue some activities over the holiday then that would be fabulous. A daily read will be something that I continue, so grab a book, snuggle down and share a new adventure every day.

For my little scientists – you could try creating some fizzy eggs; spot signs of spring in your garden or on your daily walk or bake some Easter nests. Can you spot what happens to the chocolate?


For my budding artists – you could decorate an egg as your favourite character, perhaps your egg could transform it into a superhero or unicorn; decorate your window with salt dough eggs or play ‘Where’s the Easter Bunny/Chick/Egg’ (each person takes it in turn to hide the objects).

Here is a question for you to think and talk about: Would you rather …. slide down a rainbow or dance in the rain? Can you tell someone else -why?

I will write to you again soon but in the meantime – keep smiling!

Ms Nicholls xxx

w/c 30th March

Good morning Lovely children,

I hope you are all still smiling and enjoying some of the adventures with Peter Rabbit and his friends. It would be lovely to see some of the fun things that you are doing at home so please ask Mummy or Daddy to email a photograph to the school. I miss seeing all of the lovely learning that you are always so keen to show me when we are at school. Children please give your parents a big squeezy hug for helping you with your learning and parents please do not worry if you cannot achieve all of the suggested activities; a daily read and chat with your child is just as valuable.

I have been busy helping my daughter and son with their home learning and have been learning lots of new things myself. We have been keeping busy with Jo Wicks and Cosmic Yoga and I think that my Spider man moves are getting better; although probably not as good as yours so I will keep practicing!

This week I am going to challenge myself to a dough disco to ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams because this song always makes me smile; I am going to learn the words to the Peter Rabbit song https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/watch/peter-rabbit-theme-song  and make myself a Lily Bobtail or Peter Rabbit mask https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/makes/cbeebies-house-lily-bobtail-mask. Can you do that to?

Mrs Player has told me about International Children’s Book Day on April 2nd; another great opportunity to snuggle up and share a book, make your own book or sing a song. The following website also has some good ideas: https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun/

Stay happy and keep smiling!

Lots of love, Ms Nicholls x

w/c 23rd March

Hello Lovely Children,

I hope you are all well and are enjoying the lovely sunshine. Please try and have a look at your learning poster and choose an activity each day; remember to ask your Mummy and Daddy to send me a photograph of the things that you are proud of.
I am now going to do a dough disco, why don’t you teach our moves to your family? (Mums and Dads if you need an example please see:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3K-CQrjI0uY


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-IfzeG1aC4 )

Take good care of yourselves and I look forward to seeing you all soon.
Keep smiling!
Ms Nicholls