Music and Dancing!
07 Feb 18
A group of Oakwood House Pre-schoolers this week on our visit to our friends at Bryan Wood found music and practiced our dancing. There was a singer with a guitar and the children and their friends had a wonderful time singing along and dancing to the music.
National Storytelling Week
01 Feb 18
The Oakwood House Toddlers really enjoyed the outdoor storytelling as part of National Storytelling week. They learnt all about the 3 Little Pigs and collected the resources from the garden. They heard all about how the pigs built their house out of sticks and were fully engaged in the story the props brought the story to life!
13 Dec 17
The Oakwood House toddlers have been enjoying the weather this past month. They’ve seen frost, snow, rain and sunshine, but they’ve been particular fond of the new experiences with frost and snow!
During this weather we’ve been learning about keeping warm when it’s cold and about how ice is formed and how it melts. The toddlers loved cracking
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.
01 Dec 17
Oakwood House large preschool room were really excited to do a Mini Professors session! We learnt all about different colours and what happens when we mix them. We poured different colour mixes together to see how they changed and at the end we made a colour explosion by mixing food colouring with bicarbonate of soda and vinegar. Just as well we had out mini lab coats and
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
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,
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”
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
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
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
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.
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
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!
Making a Home for the Birds
10 May 17
The children in Oakwood House pre-school have been very busy making a beautiful bird nest.
Before the activity they talked about where birds like to live and the kinds of things they might use when making their nests. The children found a nice quiet spot to position their nest and then collected sticks to make the structure first. They added lots
If you do down to the woods today…...
08 May 17
If you had visited the woods today at Oakwood House you would have been sure of a big surprise. Our parents had come to play!!!
At Oakwood House we have run our first Forest School workshop for parents. A great time was had by all who took part and we all gained an insight into the fun the children have at nursery and how the outdoor learning
20 Apr 17
At Oakwood House our outdoor environment supports the children’s overall development in many ways and they have plenty of opportunities to run around on uneven ground, swing and hang upside down. This helps to develop their vestibular which co-ordinates eye and head movements and supports balance and stability. Children learn to maintain and correct their balance as their vestibular system develops. To develop the vestibular
16 Mar 17
Oakwood House pre-school children have really enjoyed their forest school session today, cooking healthy pizzas on the fire.
The children decided what toppings they would like on their pizza and helped to chop the tomatoes, pepper and onion. We warmed our hands by the fire, learning about how to be safe near fires and the respect kneeling position around fires.
The children love to
World Book Day
02 Mar 17
The children and staff at Oakwood House Nursery got dressed up as their favourite story characters for World Book Day on Thursday 2nd March.
We saw a few Princesses, Spiderman and even a World! The children brought in their favourite books and were given a £1 World Book Day Book Token that can be exchanged for one of TEN special £1 World Book Day books. They are
28 Feb 17
Today at Oakwood House Forest School the children celebrated Shrove Tuesday by making their pancakes outside.
They learnt about why we make pancakes; that it was a way of using up the eggs and fats before Lent. They then made the batter and cooked them on the campfire outside. They all thought they were yummy and ate them with raspberries.
The Enchanted Forest
24 Feb 17
The children at Oakwood House Forest School today heard about a fairy who had lost her wings in the strong winds yesterday. They explored the garden to look for natural materials to make a magical potion so the fairy could grow new wings.
The children mixed everything together, added the magic ingredients and left the potion bottle in a secret place, they decorated with glitter to help
Let’s Get Physical
22 Feb 17
The children have been busy practising their physical skills in the forest at Oakwood House. We have reached great new heights climbing in the bushes. The children used their good judgement to decide which bushes to climb and jump and balance.
Giving the children the time, space and freedom to demonstrate their independence has given them self-confidence and self-belief. The children have also developed their physical
21 Feb 17
The children in Oakwood House Preschool 1 have been showing lots of pride in their own achievements, creating things together as a team and individually.
We have had some fantastic group paintings, mathematical shapes, beautiful collage pictures and some self-portraits on our whiteboards.
Well done Pre-school!
Feed the Birds
14 Feb 17
A great time was had by everyone at Oakwood House Stay and Play on 14th February. We were celebrating National Nest Box Week (14th - 21st February). It is organised by the British Trust for Ornithology and is all about helping birds. It reminds us that now is the time to put up nest boxes for our garden birds at the start of their breeding seasons. Winter
Let me tell you a story… Daisy the bouncing Princess
02 Feb 17
This week is National Storytelling Week. The children have had great fun in the story circle outside. We have had the Gruffalo visit and today the children made up their own story by taking it in turns with each line.
“Once upon a time, a long long time ago there was a princess. The princess was jumping on the bed and fell off. Her mummy came
Burns Night Stay and Play
25 Jan 17
At Oakwood House and Forest School the children, staff, parents and grandparents celebrated the birth date of Scotland’s national bard Robbie Burns on Wednesday 25th January with a Scottish themed Stay & Play. The children tasted haggis, and took part in some Scottish themed activities such as tartan weaving.
The highlight was a visit from Stephanie Ward a bagpipe player. Stephanie talked to the children
Letters in the Forest
25 Jan 17
Today at Oakwood House in Forest School the children collected some sticks and started to form the first letter of their name. The outdoors is a uniquely effective space and the children are often observed talking more, cooperating, socialising, mark making and doing many literacy activities often through their own choice. They then went on to name animals that started with the letter they had made.
Thank You Samantha for 20 Years Contribution to Outstanding Childcare!
22 Jan 17
Staff and children gathered last week at Oakwood House Nursery & Forest School, to congratulate nursery manager Samantha Richmond for her twenty year contribution to making Huddersfield based Portland Nurseries group “Outstanding”. Samantha is the third employee at Portland Nurseries to have worked for the company for twenty years and she was presented with a beautiful bouquet of flowers, a commemorative award, a cheque, a company Holiday
Welcome to Oakwood Kathryn
19 Jan 17
Oakwood pre-school children have been busy getting to know our new cook Kathryn. They made savoury scones as she talked about the ingredients and explained where they came from. She explained the mixing method of rubbing our fingers and thumb to crumble the butter and flour. We then added the cheese using the same method.
When the milk was added it got really messy!
Billy Goat Gruff
12 Jan 17
In Oakwood House forest school today the pre-school children listened to the story of the 3 billy goat gruff while stood next to the troll bridge in the garden. The children began to stomp over the bridge so the troll could hear them.
“The troll felt sad because he didn’t eat any goats”
We then visited our mud kitchen to make some
Fairies and Potions at Forest School
10 Jan 17
The Oakwood Pre-School children really enjoyed making a magic potion for the fairies today in Forest School.
They collected leaves and mud and added it to the fairy cup and then the special magic potion was mixed together with a fairy stirrer. To the potion they added fairy dust and fairy sprinkles and mixed it all together, smelling it to check it was perfect and making wishes.
04 Jan 17
We have been really busy making Kazoo’s at Oakwood House.
We collected some sticks and cut them to size carefully using the secateurs. We then carefully split the stick with a knife and Amanda our teacher used the knife to make a slight hollow on the inside of each half stick. The children then placed an elastic band between the two halves of the stick.