Northaw C of E Primary School

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Welcome to Acorns - our nursery and reception. 

Making new friends
Making new friends

Welcome to Acorns!

On this page you will find information about our Acorns class; Nursery and Reception. We hope you enjoy seeing our learning journey!


See our Welcome to Acorns information, our Looking at learning leaflet and a useful Top Tips to Support Phonics at home leaflet.

Wellness activities
Wellness activities

Wellbeing in Acorns

The personal, social and emotional development of all our children is key. To support this, we have a daily mindfulness session and a regular 'nurture' session, in addition to the ongoing care and emotional support which we offer the children. Mindfulness activities include those such as breathing activities, story massage, meditation, yoga, mindful listening, tai chi and being in nature.
Forest school
Forest school

Forest School

In Acorns, we love Forest School! We get to explore our lovely wooded area and join in with many activities such as den building, leaf rubbings, comparing and measuring natural objects and creating pictures using sticks. Our Acorns children are very interested in nature and animals and are often found hunting for minibeasts or creating them homes.

We ,made Christingles
We ,made Christingles

Religious Education Autumn Term

Our Christian values for this term are generosity and compassion. We learnt about what it means to be generous and talked about how we have shown generosity in our own lives. We listened to the story of 'The Magic paintbrush' and thought about how we would spread generosity if we had a magic paintbrush. 

In RE lessons, we have been learning about Saint Francis and how he looked after animals and birds. We went on a nature walk and talked about how we could look after our own natural environment in school. 

We have also been learning about festivals such as Harvest and talked about special foods that are used in festivals. We even got to taste some yummy donuts like our friends at the local Jewish school told us that they had at 

Hanukkah. 

At Christmas, we learnt about the nativity story and why Christians perform nativity plays at this time of year. We also enjoyed making Christingles and finding out about what the different parts of them represent.

RE Spring Term - Courage and special books

In RE this first half term, we are learning about the Christian value of courage. We listened to the story 'Daniel and the Lion's Den' and learnt how Daniel showed courage by trusting in God. We then  created a 'courage jar' each, which we decorated and then filled with pictures of when we have shown courage in our own lives. 

We are also learning about why the Bible is a holy book for Christians 

and what it tells us about the values of honesty, courage and friendship.     

Making our own church

We have been learning about the features and symbols that you would find in a Christian church. We watched a video tour of the inside of a church and talked about what we see when we go to visit our local Church on a Monday. The children then worked in groups to make parts of the church, so that we could create our own mini church! Everyone worked really well in their groups and used the junk modelling materials very creatively to create their models. We made a font, a lectern, a bible, stained glass windows and a cross.  


We are scientists

We are scientists in Acorns! We have been doing lots of experiments and investigations. We have been learning about different types of scientists such as chemists, palaeontologists and botanists.