Welcome to Acorn Class
We hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas Break and wish you all a Happy New Year!
The Nursery Team
Please read to the bottom of the page to see our latest photographs.
The Acorn Class teacher is Mrs Hyland.
She is supported by TAs Mrs Andrews, Mrs Webb and Mrs Noakes.
Rhyme Time and Activity Bags are for you to enjoy with your child at home. They are placed in your childs' tray on a Thursday and should be returned to the Nursery the following Monday.
Your child may choose any book with a luminous label from our Trust Library. Please ensure they only take one book at a time and that you return your book before taking another. Thank you.
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We have had a great time getting to know each other in Acorn class this term. Our learning has been centred around the theme ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You’ and we have enjoyed exploring a whole range of elements including our families, our homes and birthdays. We have shared circle time sessions to talk about ourselves and celebrate similarities and differences in the way we look. We explored measuring and using mathematical language to compare our heights and also the size of our hands and feet. We celebrated birthdays by baking cakes and extended the children’s independent role play by decorating the home corner and throwing a birthday party for Liam the puppet.
We also were interested in the changes we noticed in our environment so have spent time learning about ‘Autumn’ and using a wide range of the natural items we collected to support our learning. We enjoyed the ‘Leaf Man’ story and created our own illustrations and talked about where he might go on his next adventure. We have also enjoyed exploring how to mix colours that match the beautiful red, orange, brown and yellow leaves we found. The children spent time talking about the shapes and patterns in art work by Andy Goldsworthy and creates some sculptures of their own using sticks, acorns, pinecones and other natural treasures.
Part of our ongoing learning in Acorn class is centred around building the skills the children will need to become writers. We have weekly ‘Art of Writing’ and ‘Dough Disco’ sessions to strengthen our muscles and develop our co-ordination and pen control. The children love these sessions and have also shown some serious dancing skills at the same time!
Acorn Class Trip
On Thursday 6th July the Nursery children went on an educational visit to Shorne Country Park. The children were very excited, especially when they found out that someone from their family would be able to accompany them on the trip. We went on a walk following the 'Purple Route' through woodland and past lakes. The children looked for Ash, Oak and Beech trees as well squirrels, birds and insects. They tested their physical skills climbing trees and trying out the fitness equipment they passed on the walk. In the sensory garden the children were challenged to find 5 plants that would have a strong smell if they rubbed the leaves, they had to find spiders webs and something that was cold when they touched it. With the help of their parents all the children met the challenges. We also found a pigeon sitting on its nest and giant sculptures of insects, arachnids and creatures. We met up for a snack and a chance to explore the adventure play areas, then continued our challenges. To end the visit we had a picnic. The children behaved beautifully, worked hard and had lots of fun!
Snodland Carnival 1.7.17
On Saturday the Nursery children and parents once again made a fabulous contribution to the Snodland Carnival. This year there was no set theme and it was decided that they would dress as characters from Alice In Wonderland. The children were very excited as they gathered for the parade. As you can see from the photographs they looked amazing. Thank you to the parents for making our walking float look so great!
Sports Day & Picnic 29.6.17
Today we had our fantastic Sports Day and Picnic. The weather was just right, cloudy, warm and a breeze, perfect conditions for being energetic. The Nursery children have all been so excited to have their families come and watch. With very little practice all the children raced, balanced bean bags on bats and coits on their head. They behaved beautifully, cheering on their teams and friends. Thank you to all the family members who joined us to make this a special day for all the children.
Chicks! Chicks! Chicks!
There have been new arrivals in our Snodland Nursery and the children have been very excited because our eggs have hatched! The started hatching on Friday 9th June exactly 21 days after they went into the incubator and by Saturday morning we had four strong healthy chicks. The children have talked about how to look after the chicks, ensuring they are warm with a heat lamp, have food, water and something to cuddle up to. The children have been very patient over the last three weeks and the reward is seeing our beautiful fluffy chicks.
Water Day 26.5.17
On the last of term the children in the Nursery enjoyed exploring water. They learnt how objects can be moved by flowing water, they tested floating objects, seeing if they could go down the slide faster if the slide was wet. They used their senses to explore how it felt on their feet and if it was different to water being poured. They strengthened their finger muscles by shooting water through a syringe, seeing who could make it go the highest. Most of all the children had lots of fun while learning outside!
On Thursday 4th May the Nursery children went to Ashenbank Woods near Cobham. They had a fantastic time exploring the new sights and sounds. There were bluebells, blossom on some of the trees and many more very old, enormous trees for them to see and climb. Ashenbank Woods also has two fairies Blue and Bell that took the children on an adventure through the woods. The Fairies asked the children to make arrows and funny faces from twigs and leaves, to find rough bark for the creature 'Old Foot' to scratch his back on and to whistle like the birds. All this fun disguised the learning the children engaged with, they used their creative skills and imagination, they looked for signs and writing in the environment, they made marks in the dirt, developed their confidence and physical skills as they learnt to manage risks while climbing and balancing, they took turns and helped each other and of course they talked about what they could see and feel, building their vocabulary and speaking skills. What an amazing day!
Frogs appear in Snodland Nursery!
Over the last few weeks the children have been fascinated watching tadpoles change into froglets. Mrs Andrews one of our Teaching Assistants has a pond in her garden at home and kindly brought in some frogspawn. Within a few days it had hatched and the tank was full of small black tadpoles. After about a week the tadpoles had grown much bigger and had eyes. The children have observed every day and noticed legs growing and tails becoming shorter. We now have small froglets that will be released back into their original pond very soon.
Red Nose Day 24.3.17
This year it was decided that we would all dress in red or spots to raise funds for Red Nose Day. The children learnt that the money would go towards helping other children and families who were not as fortunate as they are to have homes, food and to go to nursery in Snodland. They enjoyed looking at each other's red clothes and red noses. What an amazing effort by all the children and parents!
On Thursday 9th March the Nursery children had their second trip to Holly Hill Woods. We were lucky to have a beautiful warm and sunny day. The children were very excited about going in the mini-bus especially those children who had not been before. On arrival we spotted some oozy mud and a muddy puddle which of course needed to be explored! We found signs and writing that needed deciphering so we knew how to stay safe.
As we began to make our way to into the woods the children spotted a furry dog stuck up in a tree. The immediately wanted to help the dog and set about finding sticks long enough to rescue the dog. The dog was high in the tree and it took many attempts to finally get him down, the children showed amazing perseverance and determination!
For our teacher led learning the children were asked to find different patterns and textures and then take a rubbing. As you can see in the pictures, this was great fun and the children found spotty, bumpy, rough, smooth and patterned leaves, logs, bark and plants. Then it was time to explore! The morning children found new places to hide, primroses and insects, the afternoon children wanted to look for bears and climb tress. Clambering over logs, walking on rough uneven ground and climbing trees is a fabulous was for the children to develop their balance and physical skills. How fortunate we are as a Nursery in Snodland to have the woods so close! We had a wonderful time and are looking forward to our next trip.
Book Week 27.2.17
This week we have based all our learning a book 'Flotsam' by David Wiesner. It is a story that has no words and the Nursery children had to look closely at the amazing pictures and work out what was happening! The book is set at the beach and to encourage the children's curiosity we created possibly the only Nursery in Snodland with a beach! It had real seaweed, pebbles and shells from our coast. We learnt that 'flotsam' means something that floats in or is washed up by the sea. From this the children explored floating and sinking. They made predictions about which objects would float or sink and they were surprised that some heavy pieces of wood would float.
For Book Day every dressed up as a book character even the Nursery Team! Can you guess which character they are?
We ended the week by having a Book Swap. It was a great week and we had lots of fun.
Chinese New Year - The Year of the Rooster
Over the last week the children have been learning about Chinese New Year. This year is the Year of the Rooster in the Chinese zodiac. We listened to the story of the animal race and how the Jade Emperor named all the years. Then we acted out the story using masks. It was lots of fun. We looked at real Chinese lanterns, lucky envelopes, puppets of dragons and tigers. For our creative activities we made our own rooster using coloured feathers and then hung them on our tree. Miss May taught us how to dance like a Chinese Dragon. It was quite tricky staying close together! In China red is considered a lucky colour and gold brings wealth. We also tried creating our own lucky sayings using red paper and gold paint. Our role play area was turned into a Chinese home corner and we could use real woks and chopsticks! The most exciting part of the week was tasting Chinese food. The table was decorated with red cover and we had napkins with Roosters on them. We tasted rice noodles, bean shoots, carrots, cabbage and a small amount of chow mein sauce made into a stir fry and prawn crackers. We were all very keen to try the food. We even tried to use chopsticks!
On Thursday 26th January the Nursery children had their first exciting visit to Holly Hill woods. They all rode in our school minibus for the very first time. The children talked about what they thought they would see in the woods, including bears, tigers, Elsa and Arna! For their first visit the children were encouraged to explore, climb, observe and listen to all the sights and sounds. The Nursery will be visiting the woods every term and we can't wait for our next visit!
On Thursday 6th January two Guinea Pigs joined the Nursery. They had a quiet evening getting used to their new home and time to settle before meeting all the children the following day. The children were very excited to discover what was living in the big cage and even more excited to meet and stroke the Guinea Pigs. After lots of discussion and a vote they have been named Tinkerbell and Rosie.
Tinkerbell and Rosie will be helping the children to understand how to look after pets, making sure they are fed, groomed and loved. The adults will ensure they are clean and healthy.
The Nursery children had a fantastic time at their Christmas Parties. The made and decorated party hats, shared party snacks with their friends and enjoyed a game of 'pass the parcel'. Everyone learned how to pass the parcel while the music played and took turns. Then they played musical statues and it was lots of fun!
Christmas Jumper Day
Teeth, teeth and more teeth!
A Very Blustery Day! 24.11.16
BBC Children In Need Pyjama Day
As part of our learning this term we looked at a harvest time celebrations from different cultures. We learnt about Sukkot a Jewish festival of thanksgiving. The children enjoyed collecting branches from around the school to make a 'Sukkah', a hut with a roof of leaves and branches which is used to eat meals in for several days. They then decorated the sukkah with traditional sun catchers made to look like slices of citrus fruit. It was great fun and enabled the children to think about how they say thank you to the special people in their own lives.