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'In every child there is a space that only God can fill' St Thomas Aquinas

Welcome to the website of Holy Trinity Catholic Voluntary Academy, Newark, Nottinghamshire, part of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Multi Academy Trust.

EYFS - The Woodlands

Welcome to the EYFS Woodlands class page. We have three Family Groups in the EYFS. Mrs Allen and Mrs Smith are the class teachers for the Acorns Family Group (Foundation One). Mrs Parker is the class teacher for the Conkers Family Group and Mrs Fraser, Mrs Clarke and Mrs Mochel are their class teaching assistants and 1:1 assistants. Mrs Willis and Mrs Booth are the class teachers for the Willows Family Group and Mrs Carrington and Miss Piotrowska are our class teaching assistant and 1:1 assistant.  You can find lots of information about the EYFS Family Groups as well as keeping up to date with all of the exciting things that we get up to throughout the school year. 

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We have a very busy and exciting Spring half term planned. Our topic is, 'Snow' and 'Arctic animals' for the first three weeks. We will be carrying out a frozen science investigation and making our very own snow. We will use the results of our investigation to create our very own yummy ice lollies! We will be will be looking at where Arctic animals live and the differences between their homes and our own and even making our own igloos.

 For the last three weeks of the half term we will be learning about Chinese New Year and finishing with a week of bird watching as we take part in 'The Big Schools' Garden Watch' for the RSPB. This will involve us trying some Chinese food, learning a Chinese dragon dance and having a go at Chinese writing. For the bird watching we will be making our own binoculars and visiting the park next to our school to work with Ranger George to find out more about the birds in our local environment. 


We will be learning new sounds daily in our phonics sessions and practising our counting skills in our numeracy lessons. We will be carrying out many different challenges during our continuous provision time related to our topics.  

We have 'Nature School' sessions once a week where we have a full morning or afternoon learning in our school ECO land.  The Willows and Conkers classes will take part in the Nature school sessions on a Thursday afternoon and the Acorns will visit Nature school on a Monday. 


Our RE topic will be, 'Celebrations' where we will be discovering what and how people celebrate. We will even be having our very own EYFS wedding in the Church with Father Michael.

In our class liturgies we will continue to learn some special stories from the Bible and some of the important words that Jesus said to his disciples. We will be learning some special vocabulary to help us with our prayers and we will be visiting the Church next to our school.



In F2 we have PE lessons once a week and the children will need to keep their PE kits at school. This half term, the Willows and Conkers classes will have a PE lesson every Wednesday afternoon. The correct PE kit consists of: a white t-shirt and red shorts for indoor sports. Trainers are required for outdoor activities. Please ensure all clothing is labelled. 


All children in F2 will receive a school reading book to take home. These books will be changed once a week. Please try to ensure your child reads at home for at least 15 minutes each night and gets their home/school diary signed to indicate that this has happened. Please encourage your child to read other books at home as well.