Welcome to Acorn Class
We have had a great term settling in our new children and wish you all a restful half term break.
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 three full time Early Years Practitioners, 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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Our Learning 2017-2018
Ashenbank Woods Visit 16th January 2018
We had a great time visiting Ashenbank woods and were so proud of how our children showed such bravery and independence on their first trip without their parents. At the woods we used our senses to explore the woodland, we found different textures (soft, spiky, hard, bumpy and smooth) and used our ears to hear birds singing, planes flying over head and our boots squelching in the mud. We also had a great time testing out our climbing skills on some fallen trees. We are looking forward to spotting signs of spring time on our next visit!
We were excited to share our bonfire night experiences when we got back to nursery after half term. We did lots of creative activities with paint, chalk, glitter and glue to create firework artwork and we used our descriptive language to describe how fireworks look and sound. We listened to the ‘Firework’ song in our ‘Art of Writing’ and ‘Dough Disco’ sessions and then created large circle and spiral patterns using crayons on paper and water and brushes on the ground in the garden.
We discovered lots of spiders and webs in our garden and were interested in learning more about them. We went on spider hunts around the school grounds and enjoyed listening to the ‘Anansi’ story from Africa. We were also very excited to be involved in the ‘Bring a shovel to school’ event in which we had the opportunity to plant a tree sapling in our new school forest area.
We started ‘Friendship Week’ by wearing something blue to nursery and enjoyed listening to the Rainbow Fish book and video before creating story maps with our key people. The children worked with friends to explore mixing the colours of the rainbow fish and enjoyed developing their mathematical skills by sharing out the correct number of ‘glittering scales’ with the little blue fish. We also had circle times to discuss what being a good friend is all about and ended the week by making friendship bracelets which we gave to a special friend. We wore our pjamas for ‘Children in Need’ which gave us a great opportunity to talk about how happy we are.
Christmas crept up on us before we knew it! We had a wonderful time decorating the nursery, learning about the nativity story, sharing our Christmas songs with all the parents and carers at our Christmas concert and ending the term with our Christmas party.
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!