Acorn Pre-School

Home Learning Ideas:

Take a photo or video of any learning your child does and share via Learning Book using the ‘At Home’ tab.


  • Use paint brushes (scrubbing brush, sponge, cloth) and water in the garden to draw patterns and make shapes on the floor, on fence panels or on walls This develops both shoulder strength for writing and also develops control when making shapes.
  • Touch a texture: indoors or outdoors, use an old egg box or similar and collect small samples of materials. Describe how each one feels. Try setting challenges of a particular texture that your little one must try to match and bring back to you as fast as they can!
  • Visit the virtual Chester Zoo 2 online – can you create a list of the animals that you see? You could draw pictures, paint them, use chalk on the ground, write the word using your phonic skills. If the zoo sent your child a ‘pet’, what would they want them to send and why? Talk to your child and encourage them to extend their ideas by using the words ‘and’ and ‘because.’



  • Make shape cards (circle, square, triangle, rectangle) and hang them up around the room. Give instructions for your child to follow: e.g. run to the shape  with 3 sides, skip to a shape with 4 corners etc. For extra fun, reverse this and encourage your child to give the adult instructions to follow.
  • Draw round your hand or foot and cut it out. Find some objects in your home and measure them using the hand or foot. How many hands long is the sofa? Compare which items are the biggest or smallest. Can they put 3 items in order from longest to shortest?
  • Watch the Alphablocks episode ‘The Cat Sat on the Mat’ (one of the children’s favourites!) and enjoy listening to the words that rhyme. Can your child identify the words that rhyme with cat, sat, mat…? Can they think of some more words that rhyme? If they are finding this easy, can they do this for words which rhyme with log, bug, pet etc.



Boogie Mites Support to keep you sane:

We collected the best tips and advice we could find for you earlier this month. Our blog post, The Family Lockdown offers tips for keeping a sane household and it has a few suggested activities at the end…

We’re pleased to announce that our teachers have been quick to volunteer to offer live Boogie Mites music and movement sessions. Please share the Boogie Mites YouTube channel and Facebook page with your parents so that they can find out more and join in. (If on YouTube it asks you to subscribe, just click cancel then you can access all the videos in the collection. Subscription will be needed to access live content.)

You can see a full timetable here:


We are suggesting that parents join the group that is run by their local Boogie Mites teacher (indicated to the left on the image) where possible.

If you are not based in any of the areas listed parents can still join any group, and/or watch the YouTube sessions which are delivered by Boogie Mites amazing singer song writer and founder Harriet Thomas.


  • Use the play dough made on 27.03.20 to enjoy the dough disco – go to the Youtube link and watch and join in with a dough disco to get those little fingers stronger to writing.
  • Can you build a house for your teddy or a small toy using any construction materials you have in your house? Think about making all the parts and naming them using vocabulary such as: roof, door, window, walls etc. You could even encourage you child to write labels on paper using their initial sounds.
  • Watch ‘Where’s Spot?’ – notice the positional language used in the story (in, under etc) – play a hide and seek game with a toy where you place it in different positions in the room and ask your child to use words to describe as they look for it. E.g. is it under the TV? is it in the toy box?

Please enjoy and listen to Chicken Licken every day this week as hearing a story over and over is great for children to build on their vocabulary and language skills.


Plus this weeks idea from the Local Authority Early Years team:

The chatty plan add an adjective

A lovely talking activity which involves using describing words to develop children’s vocabulary.


  • Make a den – use bed sheets, washing racks, chairs and washing pegs etc. Allow the children to use their imagination to design, resource, build and then play in the den.
  • Go on a number hunt around your home – where can you find numbers? Look in cupboards, on shelves etc. Can your child identify the number, take photos on your phone of the numbers they find, copy the number onto paper?
  • Kitchen orchestra – get out the pots and pans, spoons and forks and other utensil. Encourage your children to explore the different sounds that different items make and different materials make. Can they explain which sounds are similar and why they sound like they do? Can they close their eyes and work out which instrument was being played just by listening?

Please listen to and join in with the story Chicken Licken again today -encourage your child to fill in the gaps to identify the rhyming words in the story. Can they give you another word that rhymes with chicken, licken….. bicken, ticken, etc?



  • Cloud gazing: is it a bird? is it a plane? No, it’s a giant marshmallow monster eating a bowlful of squirty cream! Lie down outdoors, or look from a window and enjoy cloud land – let your imagination go wild with what you can see!
  • Get it sorted – collect a group of natural materials such as rocks or leaves (or if indoors toy cars and buttons) even the recycling. Just how many different ways can you sort it? By size, colour, material, use. Try to encourage as much different vocabulary to describe the items and lots of problem solving to compare the items and find something that they have in common.
  • Exercise: make number cards 1- 10. Choose a card. If the card chosen is 5, do 5 star jumps. Repeat this for other exercises: jumps, hops, push ups, sit ups, side steps. toe touches. bend overs etc.

The story for this week to enjoy is Chicken Licken – it is to encourage the children to develop their understanding of rhyming words. Before we closed schools, we had been working on this lots – firstly rhyming with the children’s names – ask your child to give you a rhyme with their name (e.g. dylan pilan etc.)


Here are some useful links shared by the Local Authority Early Years team to provide more ideas of how to support your little ones whilst at home.

Useful information to support parents in eyfs with home learning

Lots of general links to educational websites, advice, online support, ideas for fun stuff to do etc. All of these recommendations have been made with 3-5yr olds in mind.

The chatty plan sort it out

A lovely sorting activity which develops listening and understanding through language.


** Mrs Alford would definitely recommend that you make some playdough whilst at home. It is very easy to do – just follow this recipe.

The chatty plan dough disco

** Use the playdough made to join in with a dough disco everyday to support your child’s finger and hand strength for writing and other find motor tasks.



  • Use empty toilet rolls to make skittles. Draw dots on each skittle (1-5). Make a ball with rolled up socks. Roll the ball, knock down the skittles, count how many you knocked down, or count all the dots. Play this as a family and see who gets the most.
  • Visit the virtual Chester Zoo online – see if you can identify the initial sound of the different animals that you visit. E.g. ppp panda, lll lion. Remember to use the sound you hear, not the letter it begins with e.g. giraffe would actually be jjj sound.
  • Draw a picture or make a card for a family member who you cannot visit in person at the moment. Put it in an envelope, walk to a post box and post this card to them to bring them a smile.


  • Make your own sandwich.
  • Can you draw a picture of your favourite farm animal from ‘Oh Dear’ and then use your phonics to try and write the sounds you can hear in the name?
  • Use pegs and a washing line – get all of your socks out of your drawer and use your fine motor skills to peg them out on the washing line. You can count them, make maths problems with them etc.


  • Paint or draw a picture of the members of your family or pets.
  • Perform a puppet show for your family using socks.
  • Get all the chairs together and make a bus – pretend to take your family on a trip, be the conductor, driver or passenger.


  • Go on a shape hunt with your child. Encourage the use of names of shapes they can see: circle, triangle, square and rectangle.
  • Explore items which can float and sink in a bowl of water or the bath. Can you encourage your child to predict (guess) before they try it out?
  • Sing 3 of your favourite nursery rhymes in silly voices together (as directed by your child) – e.g. high voice, low voice, posh voice, pirate voice, cowboy voice, mouse voice, giant voice, quickly, slowly etc.

Termly Newsletter

Dear Parent/Carers,
Welcome to Acorn Pre-school!

Mrs Alford, Mrs Woodall, Mrs Owen and Mrs Williams would like to give a warm welcome to the children who have returned to the Acorn Preschool, and also to those children who are new to the setting.

To help them each day, please could you remember to send in:
– A named, filled water bottle;
– The purple book bag;
– A waterproof coat (we enjoy playing outside in all weathers).
– A sunhat and suncream (during hot weather) and
– Gloves, hat and scarf (during cold weather)

To support your child with any self-care needs, we ask that where needed, you provide us with a change of clothing for the lower half,  in case of a toilet accident or just too much wet play!

Your child will be enjoying a PE lesson every Tuesday morning with our Sports Coach, James, this year. No special PE clothing is required.

The children will be enjoying a wide range of activities throughout the Spring term which will include themes such as: Winter, Food, Growing, Transport and Seasonal events.

These themes will provide a loose structure to the planning, however notice will be taken to the interests being shown by individual children in the Nursery – so that the curriculum is relevant and of interest to them. Please feel free to share with us any interest that your child is showing at home.

We are also planning some exciting visits and visitors including a visit to our local farmer Rosie, at Weaver Dairy House Farm to go and see the newborn lambs and a visit to Manchester Airport to see the planes.

You will be able to see how your child is getting on in Acorn Pre-school by looking at Facebook, Twitter or logging in to your child’s ‘Learning Book’ online, using the details that have been provided by the teachers.

We work hard to make your child’s time at Nursery a happy and stimulating experience. If you have any concerns, we are very happy to speak to you before or after Nursery.

Mrs Alford, Mrs Woodall, Mrs Williams & Mrs Owen









Once staff have had time to get to know your child/children and have completed their baseline assessments, they will plan for the next stage of their development. This will form a Medium term plan, the focus for learning in each half term.

Please click on the links below to download the Acorn Preschool Medium Term Plan.

Theme plan Autumn 1 2019

Theme plan Autumn 2 2019

Theme plan Spring 1 2020

Theme plan Spring 2 2020