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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!

Our first topic in the Autumn term was 'Welcome to Acorns,' during which we got to know all of our new friends and explore our new classroom and outdoor environment. 

See our Summer Term Looking at Learning leaflet and a useful Top Tips to Support Phonics at home leaflet.

Drawing our own 'Starry Night' pictures
Drawing our own 'Starry Night' pictures

James Mayhew Books - Katie's Adventures

We have been reading the 'Katie's Adventures' series of books by the author James Mayhew. In these stories, Katie jumps into different famous paintings and goes on lots of exciting adventures. We have been learning about famous artists and paintings and doing some of our own versions of the paintings. The children have enjoyed doing role play in our class art gallery and are writing their own adventure stories, in which they jump into a painting of their choice. 

Religious Education - Spring and Summer Term

Our value for this half term has been 'Perseverance.' We linked this with our topic, 'Try Something New' because when you try something new you have to persevere a lot in order to learn how to do it. As a home learning task, the children drew a picture and wrote about when they have persevered in their own lives. 


We have also been learning about Justice and considering how we can show justice and fairness in our classroom. We decided that we could do this through sharing, taking turns and treating others as you would want to be treated.


We have loved learning all about Easter! We made an Easter Garden, Easter cards and learnt about why we enjoy special foods at Easter such as chocolate eggs and hot cross buns.

In the Summer term, we have been learning about the Christian and the Hindu creation stories. We have been learning about how God wants us to look after our world and reflecting on all the wonderful things that God made. 

Campsite role play
Campsite role play

Let's Go Camping!

We have really been enjoying our topic of 'Let's Go Camping!' It has given us the opportunity for lots of physical development, outdoor play and exploration, team building activities and social development. Some of the activities which we have been doing include:

- Den building

- Camping role play and cooking around a campfire

- Telling stories around the campfire

- Creating artwork using natural materials

- Exploring woodland stories such as 'The Gruffalo' and 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt.'

- Positional language using tents and camping equipment

- Building bridges to help animals cross the river

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 are thankful for lovely flowers
We are thankful for lovely flowers

Religious Education Autumn Term

Our Christian values for this term are thankfulness and trust. We learnt about what it means to be thankful and talked about what things we are grateful for in our own lives. Then we went on a thankfulness scavenger hunt in our outdoor area. For example we had to find things which make us happy, things which would make someone else smile, things that are our favourite colour. We discovered there are lots of things to be thankful for here at Northaw. 

We have been talking about who we trust and what qualities we would find in someone that we would trust e.g kindness and loyalty. 

Making 'Kipper's Balloon' from leaves
Making 'Kipper's Balloon' from leaves

Mick Inkpen Stories Topic

We really enjoyed our 'Mick Inkpen' topic in which we learnt all about his fabulous stories and their characters such as 'Kipper's balloon, a Year with Kipper, Lullabyhullabaloo' and 'Stories that Jesus Told.' This topic helped us develop our story telling language, retelling skills and led to us investigating different subjects such as the months of the year and religious stories. 
Working in the Recycling Centre
Working in the Recycling Centre

We've Got the Whole World in our Hands

In this topic, we have been learning all about how to care for the world that God gave us. Our learning has covered areas such as recycling, pollution, littering, saving water and looking after nature and our local environment. 
Working as a mechanic
Working as a mechanic

When I Grow Up

We have been thinking about the jobs that we might want to do when we grow up. With so many to choose from, we decided that the most important thing is to always try our best at school and to aim for the sky, so that we can reach our full potential!

We have been learning about all different jobs and have had a go at being all sorts of professions, from mechanics to fashion designers and from art critics to firefighters. We have been working in a bakery in our role play area, and looking after babies in our small world! The children have been architects and engineers and during British Science week, we even became scientists!


Role play in the magic shop
Role play in the magic shop

Abracadabra!

Our first topic for the the Summer half term is 'Abracadabra' and we are learning about all things magical! The children have enjoyed doing role play in the magic shop, performing tricks and writing about magical creatures. We have been investigating frozen dragon eggs and which material would make the best wizard's cape. In Maths, we have been adding one more, using magical items such as golden beans and potion ingredients.