Woodhouse Community Early Years
Welcome to Woodhouse Community Early Years Foundation Stage. The Early Years Foundation Stage is made up of Little Rainbows, Nursery and Reception Class, who work closely together to provide an exciting and stimulating learning environment.
At Woodhouse Community, we are passionate about children learning through play and as much as possible, using real-life experiences to underpin their learning. We know that children learn best, when their levels of wellbeing and engagement are high, so our team work collectively to ensure children feel safe, secure and valued. Our Nursery and Reception Class are not only a happy place for pupils but a welcoming place for families too. The current team working in the Early Years Foundation Unit are:
Mrs V Curry – EYFS Manager/Deputy Headteacher /SENDCO /Reception Class Teacher
I am an experienced teacher, the school SENCO and the EYFS lead, at Woodhouse Community Primary School. I have taught Woodhouse Community’s Reception Class since 2014. I have a passion for early childhood education and I am committed to inspiring, motivating and challenging all children to reach their full potential.
Miss R Fisher – Nursery Teacher / Forest School Lead
I am an experienced Nursery teacher, who joined our team in January 2021. I am committed to providing high-quality early years education. I have a passion for Forest Schooling and I am looking forward to giving our children this opportunity.
Miss L Hayes – Associate Teacher / Lead of 2 Year Olds
I am an unqualified teacher and lead of our 2 year old provision. I plan and deliver activities, with our youngest children and also support the planning and implementation of the EYFS Curriculum, to provide a safe and stimulating environment to learn and play.
Miss Blenkinsopp – Reception Teaching Assistant
I joined the team in 2017, to support the learning and development of our Reception aged children. I ensure that the children feel safe, secure and valued, while accessing a range of exciting and stimulating learning opportunities. I have a passion for outside learning and thoroughly enjoy sharing this passion with the children.
Miss C Foster – Nursery Teaching Assistant
I’m Miss Foster. I began my journey at Woodhouse Community Primary School in September 2016, when I started my apprentice here. I have since qualified and work as a teaching assistant, supporting our nursery children. I have a passion for creativity and really enjoy music with the children.
Miss D Gorton – Higher Lever Teaching assistant
I have been at Woodhouse for a long time, however I have recently brought my skills and knowledge to early years last year. I am a highly skilled higher-level teaching assistant, who primarily supports the phonics teaching and learning within our Reception class.
Mrs D Kent- SEND Teaching Assistant
Miss H Longstaff – Little Rainbow’s Teaching Assistant
I’m Miss Longstaff. I’ve worked a Woodhouse Community Primary School, since September 2019. During my time here, I have worked with all ages in the EYFS unit and I am currently situated in the Little Rainbow Room. Here I am able to use my nurturing nature to really get to know our youngest children and love watching them thrive during their time with us.
Mr C Longstaff – Little Rainbow’s Teaching Assistant
I am Mr Longstaff. I’ve worked at Woodhouse Community Primary School, since April 2017, completing an early years apprenticeship. I have since qualified and work with the youngest members of our school, in the Little Rainbow room. Here I can use my creativity to extend the children’s learning in a fun and exciting way, which is something I have a strong enthusiasm for.
We will be reading ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and other stories and books about growing this term.
Have a look at the photos below to see what learning took place in Autumn term:
In early years, we will begin the half term exploring winter through activities such as winter walks, creating winter pictures using a wide range of media, winter themed small world, role play games and taking an in-depth look into winter animals, exploring what they eat, where they live, what they look like etc. We will then move onto senses, throughout this topic we will explore all of our five senses in a wide range of different ways. We will finish the term with activities focusing on our favourite stories and valentines. Alongside topic work, Nursery children will take part in Maths activities focusing on count out objects and number formation, whilst reception children will continue to work on simple number problems, number formation, shape and time. Nursery children will engage in a range of early phonics activities focusing on refining listening skills whilst reception will continue to focus on introducing new sounds, blending, segmenting and reading. Little Rainbows will continue to follow planning in the moment with communication and language activities and physical activities daily.
Visit the “Little Rainbows” section of our website to learning more about our 2 year old provision.
Have a look at the photos below to see how much fun we have in EYFS as we are busy learning and working together…
For information about admissions and applications to Early Years, including Little Rainbows, please visit our school Admissions page.