Welcome to Acorn Class
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The Acorn Class teacher is Mrs Hyland.
She is supported by three full time Early Years Practitioners, Mrs Goodayle, Mrs Webb and Mrs Noakes.
It was been lovely to welcome all the children back following their half term break, we are really enjoying watching friendships blossom this term and are excited to get stuck into learning about a topic that is very close to our heart,
'What on Earth?!'
This term we will be learning all about this beautiful planet we live on, we will notice changes in the environment as the weather (hopefully!) starts to warm up and the bulbs and blossom buds wake up from the winter. We will explore different habitats and the wonderful creatures that live in them, sharing stories about them and learning more through information books. Finally and most importantly we will be learning how we can take care of our planet, and why it is so important to do so.
We would welcome any donations of plants and flowers as we encourage more wildlife into our garden and add a new lease of life to our fairy garden.
Your child may choose any book from our lending library in the entrance hall, please ensure you change it once a week.
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Our Learning 2019-2020
Term 6 - Look How Far We've Come!
It has been wonderful to welcome back some of our Acorns this term, here are some photos of some of our learning. We have started learning about Journeys and started with the story of the Gruffalo. The children have had fun re-telling the story, creating art work of the characters with paint and dough and also practicing our mark making skills and phonics by writing labels for the characters. We have had lots of fun in the garden and have practiced our careful counting skills.
We have had so much fun learning about the wonderful story 'Naughty Bus' by Jan and Jerry Oake! The children have impressed us with their ability to re-tell the story and use it as a basis for some wonderful constructions and observational drawings and paintings. The children used their problem solving skills to think of ways to rescue the bus from the pond and impressed us with suggestions such as "Put on my swimsuit and goggles and swim down to rescue him!" (Freya) and "strap a rocket to him so he can blast up and out of the water!" (Henry). They then took on the challenge of saving vehicles from a makeshift pond in the garden and enjoyed finding ways to get them out without using their hands. We have enjoyed exploring the different modes of transport we have been on, discussed the most popular way to get to nursery and had fun in an airport and bus station role play areas. We also created a 'Pit Stop Cafe' in the garden where the children have enjoyed taking on the roles of mechanics and service station attendants.
Healthy Teeth Workshop
We had a wonderful time when Ashleigh from Sure Start came to nursery to teach us how to keep our teeth nice and clean. We listened carefully to a story about visiting the dentist and talked about our own expiriences. We then used a timer to tell us how long we need to brush our teeth, it was lots of fun practicing using real toothpaste and tooth brushes on the giant pretend teeth!
Festive Fun in Acorn Class
Its almost time for us to have a rest and celebrate the festive period with our families. We have been really busy in Acorn class, we made all the grown ups burst with pride when we performed our Christmas songs in the big hall. We were very excited to welcome our mums and dads into the nursery for our Stay and Play session, it was wonderful to see the children (and parents!) showing off their creative skills and having fun with their friends.
Our Brilliantly Odd Bunch!
We had great fun exploring our odd socks to start off Anti-Bullying Week. Our socks symbolised how our own unique characteristics make us beautiful, and how together we make up our diverse and interesting community. We had fun finding a 'sock buddy' in circle time, once we had found our matching pair we had to talk about things we have that are the same, and things that are different. The children were able to identify and talk about different eyes, skin and hair colours as well as other features such as those who wear glasses or those who have hair bows. We then worked as a pair to create an odd pair of socks to celebrate how wonderful it is to be different.
Term Two - A De'light'ful Diwali
We had had an exciting start to the term, one of our children brought in some special items from her family's Diwlai celebration which sparked our interest in learning more about this wonderful Hindu festival. The children demonstrated excellent listening skills as Sienna told us about the 'diya' lamps, special clothing and photos she had brought in. We then put our fine motor skills to work to create our own diya lamps from clay, chopping vegetables to make a delicious curry and mixing ingredients to make some yummy barfi sweets! We also created close observational paintings of the vegetables and enjoyed using a computer program to create some rangoli patterns. Diwali merged into Bonfire night as we enjoyed discussing the fireworks displays the children had visited. We did 'dough disco' and 'art of writing' to the pop song 'firework' and created large scale firework artwork. We are excited to move into the next half of the term when I dare say the glitter will make a reappearance!
Term One - What Colour is Happy?
We had a wonderful start to the year with our theme 'what colour is happy?'. The children enjoyed listening to, and retelling the story 'The Day the Crayons Quit' and talking about what they could see in the illustrations. We have explored our own emotions and compared our likes and dislikes and produced some excellent data handling to show what our favourite colours are. Towards the end of the term we enjoyed exploring the changing colours in our environment, we shared the 'Leaf Man' story and had fun collecting autumn treasures and matching them to colour charts.
Our Learning 2018 - 2019
End of Year Family Outing
We had a wonderful last day of the year at Wingham Wildlife Park. The children and their parents joined us to explore the many different animals and play areas where they were able to show the monkeys a thing or two about climbing and swinging. What a wonderful way to say 'goodbye' to some of our children and 'see you soon!' to those returning in September. We were super proud of their excellent interactions and behaviour on such an exciting day.
Sports Day 2019
A huge thank you to all the children and parents who came along and took part in our annual Sports Day, we had a wonderful time watching the children challenge themselves at a variety of physical activities and feel confident we will see many of them in future sporting events on TV!
Term Five - Spiders are 'Brilliant Beasties!'
The children's interest in spiders continued throughout the term and we were very excited when Mrs Allingham brought her pet tarantula 'Naughty' into to meet us. Meeting Naughty helped us to understand what spiders eat and how to take care of them. The children had a good look at Naughty and his enclosure and used some excellent descriptive words when talking about his features and movements. We also got to hold and look closely at the locusts that Naughty eats for dinner, the children impressed us with how brave they were! We continued the spider theme by doing lots of number work based on the story 'Spinderella'. Spinderella is a spider who wants to learn how to count so that she can ensure her football matches are fair. We created number lines, ordered numbers and compared sets to say when they were the same or 'even', we also enjoyed playing a variety of team games in which the children used tally marks to record scores and say who was winning. We ended the term with a focus on the story 'Aaaargh, Spider!' which we used to start exploring the initial sounds in words, we have played with oral blending and segmenting and made 'silly soup' using ingredients that all start with a 's' sound. Sausage, spider, sun, sock, slug and snake soup anyone?!
Term Five - Brilliant Beasties!
We have had a lovely couple of weeks exploring what the children believe a 'beastie' to be and the discovery of a (toy) spider in our planning basket has sparked interest in these wonderful creatures that can seem scary at first sight. We have had a wonderful time re-telling the arican folk tale 'Anansi' and are looking forward to creating story maps and traditional art work next week. We have also been learning about the number 8 and practising our careful counting by placing spiders on webs and sticking the correct number of legs onto creatures. We have also made the most of the lovely weather and created some delicious mud pies and spider soup in the mud kitchen.
A huge thank you from the nursery team to all the parents who came out to support their children at our Easter Stay and Play session this week. Everyone looked like they were having a fabulous time and the you all bowled us over with your creative skills! Have a wonderful Easter break and we will look forward to welcoming you back on the 23rd April.
Maths, Mothers Day and More
We had a great time in nursery this week, we practiced our careful counting and sang lots of number rhymes before we went out looking for numbers, we found lots of them around the school! We also had a circle time to talk about why our mummies are so special and created some cards and heart messages for them in our art of writing session. We had fun learning about the story 'Oliver's Vegetables' and talked about the foods that give our bodies lots of healthy energy. We were so envious of Grandpas garden we planted some seeds of our own, watch this space to see how they grow! (Gardening help from any green fingered parents and grandparents would be most welcome :))
We are All Artists!
We had a wonderful time exploring the school art gallery this week. The children were super excited to see their own art work framed and proudly on display and also had a wonderful time pointing out what they liked best in the art work produced by the older children in the school.
Book Week 2019
For book week we joined the rest of the school in focusing our learning on a book set in another country. We did lots of work based on the book 'We're Going on a Lion Hunt', we acted it out, created story maps and engaged in lots of activities linked to African culture. We had a go at traditional African Dancing, made and tasted some Nigerian Jolof Rice and decorated a tree in the colours of the Nigerian Flag. We also had lots of fun dressing as book characters on World Book Day.
'My Mighty Body - Term 4'
It was been wonderful to welcome all the children back after their Half Term break, they have been excited to share all the news from their adventures and have settled back into nursery life like little superstars. We discovered a variety of people in our planning basket this week - they were different ages, races and had different needs such as mobility aids. We have has some super discussions about how we need to take care of our bodies so we grow big and strong and have labelled some large body diagrams.
Term Three 2019 'A Long, Long Time Ago...'
We have been so incredibly proud of Acorn class this term, they have settled back into nursery life like super stars after the Christmas break. We have had a lovely time welcoming 13 new children into the group, our older children have been great role models and have helped to show them where things go and how to use our equipment as well as showing them how to be kind and brave. We had a great start to the term thinking back to when we were babies, this helped us to understand the concept of time and change. Be sure to look at our 'Look How We've Grown!' display to see how we've changed and what beautiful babies we were! We have more recently gone further back in time to the time when dinosaurs roamed the earth. The children have enjoyed finding information books in the library, moving like dinosaurs to music and creating large representations of dinosaurs in our mark making sessions. We can't wait to ponder more of the children's questions such as "Did dinosaurs need to sleep?"
We had a great time celebrating the festive season at our nursery party on the last day of term. The children enjoyed playing games, turning their key people into snow people and showing off their awesome dance moves.
Tinsel Time in Acorn Class
We have had a wonderful time in the run up to Christmas at nursery. The children made us all so proud with their wonderful singing and groovy dance moves in our Christmas concert. They sat and listened like superstars when watching the KS1 Nativity play and lots of the children were very excited to see their siblings on stage.
We were thrilled when so many parents came along to join us for our Christmas Stay and Play, they helped their children to take part in a variety of craft activities as well as searching for the hidden snowmen in the garden in our festive treasure hunt.
The children had a wonderful time when they joined the older children to watch a theatre company perform the pantomime 'Peter Pan', they found the dancing hilarious and used their loudest singing voices to join in with 'Baby Shark'!
Dark Den Investigations With Holly
We had a great time exploring the Sure Start Dark Den when Holly came to visit this week. We used all of our senses to explore the different lights and textures and used our descriptive language to talk about what we could see and how we felt.
What a Fabulously Odd Bunch!
Acorn class joined the rest of the school in raising awareness of how cool it is to be different by wearing Odd Socks at the start of Anti-Bullying week. We had circle times to talk about how we are similar and different to our friends, we found photos of children with the same hair colour and helped to teach an alien about how to be kind to his friends following our story 'Aliens Love Underpants'. The different socks led to lots of wonderful discussions about patterns and finding matching pairs and we are excited to use our knowledge of patterns to design some underpants for the alien next week.
We had a wonderful time exploring pumpkins at the end of term 1. The children investigated pumpkins and different types of squash, we compared sizes, colours and shapes before cutting them open to look at the seeds inside. The children are excited to learn what they seeds will grow into so we have saved some to plant later in the year. The children enjoyed drawing and painting the pumpkins before finally cutting it up to make pumpkin soup. We shared the story 'Pumpkin Soup' and talked about working co-operatively and used all of our senses when preparing and cooking the ingredients.
This half term we have been busy learning about the story 'What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday'. It was a great way to encourage the children to talk about their own adventures in the summer holidays and also gave us lots of opportunities to explore all areas of the curriculum - we have been busy re-telling the story and taking on roles to act it out, creating maps and collages of the animals and engaging in building challenges to create palaces and jails for the robbers. The children have enjoyed learning about numbers 1-4 through the 'Ten Town' program, we have practiced our careful counting and even had a go at forming the numbers. We also spent time thinking about how to be responsible and caring citizens, we have reviewed our Acorn class rules and learned how to take good care of 'Tinkerbell' and 'Rosie' - our class guinea pigs.
As Harvest approached we switched to our theme 'Whats' in the Box' where the children were excited to discover some keys - this lead to discussion about our houses and homes. The children have compared how their homes are similar and different, created representations of their homes to develop their mark making skills and had circle times to develop our listening and speaking skills. We were very proud of the discussions that took place in our 'Pennies for Porchlight' circle time, the children were able to talk about the things they are grateful for in their own homes and they showed great empathy for the children who will benefit form all the kind donations for the charity.