Christmas tree making
05 Dec 17
Today, at Oakwood House Forest School the children have made their own Christmas trees.
They each found a stick and did lots of knot tying with different colourful ribbon attached; the children then used scissors skilfully to cut the ribbon into the shape of a tree.
If you go down to the woods today….
17 Nov 17
If you go down to Oakwood House today you are sure of a big surprise! The children in their Forest School session this morning collect lots of the autumn leaves that have fallen from the trees. They talked about all the different shapes, sizes and colours and the decided they would like to make a Pudsey Bear from them. The result was amazing so we have our
03 Nov 17
The children in Hollybank Bluebells enjoyed helping to make our bonfire display. We talked about fire and how to stay safe. We talked about the colours and the noises the fireworks make.
Holly Bank Scarecrow
03 Nov 17
The children at Holly Bank have been making a ‘Holly Bank scarecrow’ this week. The gardener collected a huge bag of leaves for us which we used to stuff the scarecrow. We drew a face on him with pens in our own design. The scarecrow played on our slide with us, we enjoyed pushing him down!!
01 Nov 17
The Hollybank Bluebells have had a very busy afternoon. After talking about fireworks and bonfires and all the lovely colours they make, we decided to make some out of Lego. Then we used our whole bodies to show the movements and sounds fireworks make.
26 Oct 17
Today the preschool children have enjoyed their first Bilinguasing session. We had lots of fun learning Spanish words though song.
First we sang a Hello song with all the children’s names – Hola!
Next we sang the Peek-a-boo Song “Cu cu”. The children loved using scarves for this song.
Then we turned on the disco lights for “fum,
26 Oct 17
Here at Harlequin the children have enjoyed being “leaf monsters”! We went on an adventure in to our forest area, making monster foot prints in the mud as we stomped along!
25 Oct 17
The Portland House Bluebell children enjoyed their first science session with Professor Emma this week.
Mini Professors are science based classes specifically written for preschool aged children. They allow the children to get hands on with science and learn that science really is all around us. Each session lasts 45 minutes and consists of hands on experiments, storytelling, videos, songs and lots of fun.
19 Oct 17
This week at Holly Bank the children have been celebrating Diwali. We have been talking about Diwali and what it means, using torches and a coloured disco balls to celebrate the light festival.
The Bluebells have made some glitter mendhi hands for our display board. Everything is very sparkly including the children!
17 Oct 17
Today In Harlequin Poppies the children have had a Spanish session with Jade.
The children have enjoyed learning the “hello”, “goodbye” song and they are learning lots of nursery rhymes in Spanish, such as 'Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes' and 'Tommy Thumb'. The favourite song of the session had to be the bubble song! Fantastico!!
16 Oct 17
Leaves are starting to fall from the trees and these are ideal resources for of loose part activities both at nursery and at home. It’s that time of year again, the wind is picking up and the air is getting cooler. What could be a better activity than Leaf Play? Nestled in Oakwood’s garden is nature’s own unique activity centre with lots of
13 Oct 17
The children in Pre-School at Oakwood House have been making their own juice today with fresh oranges.
They counted how many oranges we had and then helped to cut the oranges in half and the we had twice as many! The children turned the oranges upside down and squeezed the oranges hard into the juicer.
“This looks so juicy”
11 Oct 17
At Holly Bank finally with great excitement, the grass heads we have made, watered and watched grow over the last few weeks in Bluebells have sprouted grass hair!
Using scissors we carefully ‘snipped’ and ‘cut’ the grass hair to give the grass heads a new look!
We have talked about ‘long’ ‘short, ‘curly’ and ‘straight
28 Sep 17
Following on from our calming natural environment workshop on the training day the Oakwood House babies went out for a nature walk to Lindley duck pond. Early experiences with the natural world have been positively linked with the development of imagination and the sense of wonder. Although we do spend a lot of time in our wonderful natural environment at Oakwood a walk to visit the ducks is always
Our Annual Staff Training Day
27 Sep 17
On Tuesday 26th September, we closed the nurseries so our staff team could come together for our Annual Training Day. This is an incredibly beneficial day for our teams and instrumental for delivering outstanding childcare. We use our constant observation and tracking of the children's development to inform the staff teams Personal Devleopment Plans and identify topic areas for training.
Training delivered during the
National Fitness Day
27 Sep 17
The staff and children at Portland House took part in National Fitness Day on Wednesday 27 September. They came to nursery dressed in leisure or sports attire to participate in the challenge to ‘Get your kids moving for 10 minutes at 10am’.
This continued throughout the day with the children demonstrating a wide variety of moves and physical skills. Starting with warm up preparations to get our
21 Sep 17
The children at Oakwood House have been busy out and about in the community delivering harvest hampers both at St Stephens’s Church and at the welcome centre.
We then paid a visit to the Clock Tower where we thought we may see the “Giant who lives there”.
We received a lovely letter both from the Rev Rachel Firth to send out
18 Sep 17
The preschool children at Oakwood House have had their first visit to Bryan Wood Residential Home.
When we arrived the residents faces lit up! The children were happy to hold hands and share cuddles and did some fun activities together. We made collage pictures, using lots of glitter and beautiful feathers. The residents told the children about birds that they cared for when they were younger and
Thank you and Congratulations to Natalie!
15 Sep 17
Today we said a HUGE thank you and congratulations to Natalie, who has worked for Portland Nurseries for a fantastic 15 years!
Natalie has led rooms across all age groups and been an asset to the team with her caring manner and quiet confidence. She has helped so many children settle in to nursery life over the years, while also being a fantastic role model to new staff
Thornhill Care Home visit!
15 Sep 17
The Harlequin children went to Thornhill Care Home on Friday to visit the residents, they took jigsaws and books with them which both the children and the residents enjoyed doing together.
It was one residents 99th birthday, the children made her a birthday card and gave it to her.
PORTLAND HOUSE HOLIDAY CLUB SUMMER 2017
01 Sep 17
The Portland House Holiday Club have had an AMAZING summer holiday 2017!! The children have participated in lots of different activities from visits to The Climbing Wall, Play World, Eureka, hosting a Hill Billy Day and even a trip to Pondarosa where the children really enjoyed looking at all the different animals and reptiles!
The children also took part in a scavenger hunt through Lindley and
01 Aug 17
The Bluebells at Holly Bank celebrated Yorkshire Day on August 1st. They made ‘Yorkshire flags’ created by tearing up and screwing up pieces of tissue paper and gluing them onto card to make a White Rose.
The children talked about different places they had visited in Yorkshire and of course there was a lot of talk about Yorkshire Puddings!
Shredded paper play!
27 Jul 17
In Harlequin Daisies the babies have been enjoying exploration play in shredded paper, they have been using their fine motor skills to see what they could find hidden in the paper.
They are getting very good at grasping objects using hand-eye co-ordination and really enjoying the feel of all the paper. For the older children we introduced descriptive words, encouraging them to begin to describe the
Poppies Leavers Picnic
11 Jul 17
This month has been very busy for the children in Harlequin Poppies; we have had some children leave us ready to start school in September.
We held a leavers picnic where the children and their families all came together to celebrate the end of their time at Harlequin. The sun was shining and the children enjoyed eating all the lovely sandwiches and snacks prepared by our cook
Writing Skills with a difference
23 Jun 17
The Pre-school children at Portland House have been practising their pincer grip hold and experimenting making marks with natural feathers.
The activity began with the children guessing which bird the large feathers came from. Anne gave them clues saying it was a large bird that could swim on water.The children made lots of suggestions such as duck, swan, eagle and albatross eventually guessing it was
Daisy Room’s new pet fish
22 Jun 17
After the sad departure of beloved pet goldfish Winston earlier this month, who had lived in a tank in the Daisy room at Portland House for an outstanding 7-8 years the babies were excited to welcome 2 new play mates into the fish tank.
They have settled in really well and everyone loves to watch them swim around at super-fast speed. Frankie is white with orange spots and
Healthy Eating Week
13 Jun 17
This week it is Healthy Eating Week, the purpose of which is to provide a dedicated week in the year where we can all come together to focus on healthy eating and drinking, and physical activity, in order to encourage healthy living.
At Harlequin Nursery we have been keeping our fruit and vegetables well watered and hopefully we will have some strawberries and carrots soon,
30 Days Wild – Day 9 – Tickle your Toes
09 Jun 17
The Oakwood House babies really enjoyed the sensory experience of going barefoot outside today. Feet are super sensitive and it’s lovely to feel grass between our toes.
You might not think it, walking around all day but, protected by shoes and socks, the skin on the soles of our feet is soft and full of nerve endings. That ‘aah’ moment you get when
5 Years at Portland!
09 Jun 17
A big thank you and congratulations to Bethany who celebrated her 5 year anniversary with us last week!
She's such a caring and hardworking member of our Portland House team and we hope she celebrates many more years with us!
08 Jun 17
The children at Oakwood House have been very ‘eggcited’ over the past couple of days. They have watched chicks hatching from their eggs in the incubator and were able to hold them for the first time today. They were all very caring, loving and nurturing towards the chicks. The children were so gentle, talking about how the chicks hatched from the egg and that they may be
30 Days Wild – Day 8 – Building with Natural Materials
08 Jun 17
Why not create and build with natural resources!
The children love building with the logs, this time they have created a pirate ship. They worked together to move the logs and create a fantastic ship!
Why not create a sculpture in the wild using logs, leaves, pine cones, sticks whatever is to hand. Leave it somewhere and it will make a lovely surprise for someone
30 Days Wild – Day 7 – Budding Gardeners
07 Jun 17
The children at Oakwood House today became budding gardeners. They planted some petunias and begonias in the woodland to bring a bit of colour to the forest floor. The children dug the holes and planted the flowers and will look after them making sure they flourish. They will water them daily.
Whittling and Leaf Kebabs
07 Jun 17
Today at Holly Bank the pre-school children were looking closely at all the leaves on the bushes and began comparing and contrasting their shapes and colours.
They collected some sticks and using potato peelers whittled the bark from the sticks. They then used pencil sharpeners to sharpen one end of the stick. The children chose lots of different shaped leaves and began skewering them onto the sticks.
30 Days Wild - Day 6 - Exploring Nature
06 Jun 17
Wildlife and wild places are all around us at Oakwood House. The children went exploring the garden today to see if what they could find. They find a secret place which began the discussion what lives in here!
Take a look out your window. Even in the middle of a big city, you can always see something wild. From your local park to a nature reserve, a
30 Days Wild - Day 5 - Dancing in the rain
05 Jun 17
It’s raining, it’s pouring! The children at Oakwood House have today discovered a muddy puddle in the garden. They began rain dancing and were splashing in the puddles. They then started stirring the water with sticks and began drawing and making marks on the trees.
Puddles are not just for children! – why not get outside and rock some moves and
30 Days Wild - 2nd June day two - Hug a Tree
02 Jun 17
The children at Oakwood House love the trees and are often found giving them a cuddle. It’s a great maths activity, how many children does it take to hug the tree all the way round!
Why don’t you give your favourite tree a cuddle and work out if it’s ancient. If you’ve got an oak that is three adult
30 days Wild - 1st June day one - Nap in Nature
01 Jun 17
The children at Oakwood House are taking part in the Wildlife Trusts 30 days wild throughout June. Today we had a Nap in Nature.
The children at Oakwood often take their naps outside weather permitting. With the warm sunshine, blue sky and gentle buzzing of insects, what could be more therapeutic than really being in the present and feeling your surroundings? We also love to take part in
Natural Printing (Hapa Zome)
31 May 17
Hapa Zome is the ancient Japanese art of beating natural dyes into cloth.
This morning the children at Holly Bank went exploring and collected lots of different shaped and coloured leaves and a few buttercups. We had small squares of calico and the children arranged their leaves and flowers in a pattern then placed the cloth on top. They then pounded the squares with mallets. The harder
Congratulations Huddersfield Town FC
30 May 17
The preschool children at Oakwood have been celebrating Huddersfield Town’s amazing success by creating blue and white pictures and playing a game of football outside.
The children have been chanting the songs and telling us about their memorable trips to Wembley on Monday!
Fairies at the bottom of our garden
24 May 17
Today whilst exploring in the garden the children at Holly Bank found some fairy wings, they heard the story of the sneezy dragon who had sneezed and burnt all the fairy houses.
The children set to work and collected lots of natural resources found at the bottom of the garden and began to make a fairy village. They even decided to make a 2 story dwelling downstairs for