A ‘Day in the Life’ of our school shows what a usual day at The Willow Nursery involves.  We pride ourselves on providing a carefully chosen mix of free play, organised activities, singing, role play, music and messy play and we ensure the children spend a significant amount of time outside in our wonderful garden.

A normal day at The Willow will begin with a mixture of free play and optional activities followed by ‘Circle Time’, when the children take part in role play, singing, playing instruments and ‘show and tell’.

They then split into age appropriate groups for number and letter work or craft activities. After break the children are offered a variety of activities during the week from outdoor play, Playball, dancing, PE activities, messy craft, paint and collage, music or even a trip outside into their local community.

There is a new topic each week which is threaded throughout all activities and which encompasses the seven areas of learning set out by Ofsted in the Early Years Foundation Stage.

We have also recently introduced afternoon sessions where the children are offered a variety of outdoor activities in our garden, indoor activities like cooking and when they begin to get an idea of a full day at school. These are proving to be hugely popular.

MONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAYFRIDAY
Morning ActivityMorning ActivityMorning ActivityMorning ActivityMorning Activity
Circle Time:
Introduce Letter and Topic of the Week
Circle Time:
Singing
Circle Time:
Role Play
Circle Time:
Rhyme Time
Circle Time:
Show and Tell
Group WorkGroup Work / Ruler*Group Work
or Cooking*
Group WorkGroup Work or Cooking*
Break TimeBreak TimeBreak TimeBreak TimeBreak Time
Craft ActivitiesCraft ActivitiesFree Flow/ Messy Play/ Outdoor Play / RULER*Play BallFree Play
Home time or Lunch timeHome time or Lunch timeHome time or Lunch timeHome time or Lunch timeHome time or Lunch time
Afternoon Session: Yoga/Sticky KidsAfternoon Session: SportsAfternoon Session: Forest School-inspired activitiesNo Afternoon Session. Weekly staff planning meetingNo Afternoon Session
MONDAY
Morning Activity
Circle Time:
Introduce Letter and Topic of the Week
Group Work
Break Time
Craft Activities
Home time of Lunch time
Afternoon Session: Yoga/Sticky Kids
TUESDAY
Morning Activity
Circle Time:
Singing
Group Work / Ruler*
Break Time
Craft Activities
Home time or Lunch time
Afternoon Session: Sports
WEDNESDAY
Morning Activity
Circle Time:
Role Play
Group Work
or Cooking*
Break Time
Free Flow/ Messy Play/ Outdoor Play / RULER*
Home time or Lunch time
Afternoon Session: Forest School-inspired acvities
THURSDAY
Morning Activity
Circle Time:
Rhyme Time
Group Work
Break Time
Play Ball
Home time or Lunch time
No Afternoon Session: Weekly staff planning meeting
FRIDAY
Morning Activity
Circle Time:
Show and Tell
Group Work or Cooking*
Break Time
Free Play
Home time or Lunch time
No Afternoon Session