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Welcome to Acorn Class



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 Goodayle, Mrs Webb and Mrs Noakes.


Term Six

Welcome to Acorn class, we have had a very exciting Term Five learning all about spiders and know that we have lots of tired children ready for a week of family fun over half term.  We wish you all a safe and restful break and we will look forward to seeing you back on

Tuesday 4th June when we will start our new theme

'Dream Big, Little One'.  

As always we will let the children lead us in the direction of learning but we are hoping to explore lots of interesting professions and think about the things we are excited about for next year, be that YR or more Acorn class fun :)



Please remember...


  • Activity Bags are for you to enjoy with your child at home. They are placed in your childs' tray to be taken home for a week, and new one will be given out when you return it.

  • Be sure to check the 'Ready, Steady, Read!' Display for a rhyme of the month, we will be performing them all at our end of year celebration.

  • Your child may choose any book from our lending library in the entrance hall, please ensure you change it once a week to gain a sticker on your child's 'Race to Read Rocket'.  Please ensure they only take one book at a time and that you return your book before taking another. Thank you.

  • Don't forget...If your child has a 'Marvelous Moment' to share, we would love to hear about it. Please reply to the 'Parent Share' emails, you can now include photographs and short videos with your children's achievements.  The children have really enjoyed sharing their amazing learning with their friends.



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Our Learning 2018 - 2019

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?!

'Naughty's' visit to Acorn class and other activities 12.4.19 to 24.4.19

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.

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Happy Easter!

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 :))

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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.

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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.  

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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?"

The children were excited to discover dinosaur eggs in nursery in later half of the term - on exploration the children decided the eggs were made of ice and worked in different groups to free the baby dinosaurs, some children explored smashing the ice with rocks and tools, some chose warm places to put them, others experimented with water and other solutions to drip on.  We also did lots of problem solving to find the most popular dinosaur, the children enjoyed making pictograms and tally charts and using their fabulous counting skills to decide which dinosaur had the most.

Our Learning - February 2019 Dinosaur Egg Exploration, problem solving and more!

Our learning January 2019 - babies, dinosaurs, mark making and more!

Party Time!

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'!

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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.  

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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.

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Pumpkin Investigation


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.

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We were very lucky to have some visits from Holly from SureStart in October.  The children had a wonderful time in her 'Wizard Workshop' where they explored different potions and made magic wands on her first visit, the children were able to explore using all of their senses and got creative when thinking of spells to make her turn into different animals!  On her second visit the children were very excited to dress as astronauts and explore her space pod, the children thought of some great space adventures and enjoyed learning facts about space from the information books that she brought along.

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.