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Welcome to Acorns Class


This term our question is ‘What makes me amazing?

In the first half term we will be using the story owl babies to explore the world around us.

We will be talking about ourselves; what we look like, who we live with, where we live and what we like and comparing this to the owls in our story. Where do they live? Who do they live with? What do they look like? What makes them different to people?

We will be creating owls out of different media and materials such as paper, playdough, leaves and feathers talking about the textures of these materials and how we can join them together.

In the second half term we will explore the world through the story ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ looking at the different settings in the story and creating story maps leading to making our own version of the story using our school environment.

We will also be working on our confidence skills as we learn the songs and actions for our Nursery nativity which we will produce for parents at the end of the term.

Rachel Downs(2)

Miss Downs - Class Teacher


What We Do Each Day

Each day, children come to nursery and spend some time relaxing and getting ready to learn. We do activities that help us to develop skills that will prepare us for school and wider life, such as communication, language and social skills. We have plenty of time to play and explore the environment both indoors and outside. Every day we have a healthy snack during story time. We do phonics, maths and reading activities in small groups. Before home time, we sing songs and share a story together. 

Key Worker System

Every child has a key worker who works with them closely, helping them to settle into school and making sure that their needs are met. Key workers use your child's next steps to make sure that they fulfil their potential. Key workers work in partnership with families, providing them with support where necessary. They are responsible for recording children's progress in their Learning Journey book. The Key Workers in Acorns class are:

Miss R Downs (Class Teacher)

Mrs Virdi (Teaching Assistant)

Communication and Language

Communication and Language is one of our Prime Areas of Learning in our Early Years Curriculum. We teach the three aspects of this, Speaking, Understanding and Listening and Attention throughout all of our adult directed and child initiated sessions. Communication and Language skills are important for learning across the whole curriculum so it is vital that we get this right for our children. 

If you would like to see the expectations for your child's Communication and Language skills please see the attached "Small Talk" document. 

Feel free to ask any member of the Early Years team if you have any questions. 

Other Information

We have a special rhyme to learn which changes every week. 

You will receive your rhyme of the week as well as any important information for your diary every Monday. This will also include information about what we are learning that week and ideas for continued learning at home. 

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