Hello and welcome to Little Acorns!
Mrs Eddleston, Miss Latham, Mrs Edge and Mrs Snowdon are ready and waiting to share lots of exciting experiences and learning opportunities with the youngest members of our Oak View family.
Our sessions run Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 11.30 am.
The children are welcomed into the setting at our nursery gate, the children enter with their coat and bag which are put onto their own pegs with their photo on, which will be supported my the team. The children can then choose from our carefully thought out activities to investigate, explore and play from a variety of creative, small world or imaginary play activities.
A healthy snack and milk is provided and whole group activities such as story and song time, circle games and dance and movement are incorporated into our sessions daily for the children (and staff!) to enjoy, ending each session together with our ‘goodbye’ song.
We use the incidental learning or ‘in the moment planning’, as the main basis of our planning as this is where the children are truly using and applying knowledge, understanding and skills. We also incorporate themed activities during interesting events and times during the year.
We then use our knowledge of the children, using their interests and how they learn, to make careful and meaningful observations to help plan for their next steps with focused activities.
We know that children develop different skills and understanding at different paces and we plan for this using a wide range of play activities and resources. During each session children will have the opportunity to participate in messy and sensory play, which is free flowing. These types of activity help to put your child in control of their play and experiences. Playing in this way helps to build confidence and encourages independence.
We are also working hard to incorporate the usage of ‘loose parts’ play within the setting. This involves the use of natural or upcycled materials that children can move, manipulate, control, and change within their play. This type of play is important for our very young children as it can allow for curiosity and a deeper imaginative play to motivate learning.
We request that Little Acorns wear comfortable, weather appropriate clothing and footwear that parents and carers don’t mind their little ones getting messy in!
Named coats/jackets should be sent in each day along with a drinks bottle for water and a small bag that your child can carry containing a couple of changes of clothing, nappies and wipes (should your child require them).
We like to get outside rain or shine so named wellies and raincoats are very useful.
Please always remember to label and name each item that is sent into school.
Learning Through Exploration And Play
Little Acorns enjoying their snack time on their first day of term
Week 1 of the Autumn term – All about me.
We have been getting to know our friends whilst playing and having lots of fun. Visiting the school chickens and playing in the large school playground. Weekly book ‘ Foxes socks’.
Week 2 – Rainbows and colours
Well what a colourful week we have had in our nursery. We have loved painting and mixing colours together. Singing and playing games with our colourful parachute and lots more !
We love to sing everyday at snack time and carpet time. It would be great to share these songs and actions at home. Please ask your children to share with you Hickory Dickory Dock, Miss Polly had a dolly, I am a little teapot, The wheels on the bus, Wind the bobbin up and two little speckled frog.
Colours and Dinosaurs
Little Acorn children have been playing with dinosaurs this week. We have been painting with them stomping their feet across the paper. Digging up dinosaurs in sand in our tuff tray outdoor. Using different tools and colours to paint with. Making marks in play dough and exploring shapes. We are taking the opportunity as the weather is good to visit the larger school playground, this allows the children to run freely whilst exploring the outdoors. They love feeding the chicken’s fresh grass. We are very busy every morning, I know I don’t always bring a picture home as we are displaying them in our classroom.
We have been very busy this week building and digging. Our book this week has been Tip Tip Dig Dig. Your children are singing beautifully and learning some new songs each week. Our favourite at the moment is HIckory Dickory dock, Baa baa black sheep and Wind the bobbin up, ask the children to sing it fast, they love it!
We have been busy this week exploring autumn using leaves, twigs and conkers in our play. We have looked at Hedgehogs exploring their habitat, mark making, painting and sticking. We had a special visitor to our classroom of a real hedgehog which was rescued by Mrs Holford from our school drain pipe.
Thank you to all our parents who have supported us in sending in your family photos. These photos have now been laminated and displayed on our family tree. These are accessible for the children at all times during the morning. They are loving looking at them and sharing them with their friends. The photos are promoting a lot talking in our carpet area.
Little Acorns Blog
This week, Oak Class have been out and about – twice! On Tuesday, we visited Winsford Library as part of Reading Week. Children met with a librarian, had a tour of the library, learnt about everything the service offered and then had the opportunity to explore. Later in the week, children visited Delamere Forest for […]
This week Sycamore class have enjoyed exploring the story ‘Flotsam’. The children have been adding their own thoughts and ideas around the book due to it being a wordless picture book. The children have re-told the story of the ‘camera’ and have debated about the decisions of some of the characters from the story. Learner […]
Reading Week in Willow Class.
Willow Class have enjoyed extra time exploring books this week. They even had a ‘surprise reader’ visit the class to read a story. We ventured to the school library to share stories with Year 4 for buddy reading and had a go at some drama activities. Some children have even started their sponsored read! In […]
Where’s Spot? The Acorns look for Spot
This week in the Acorn Preschool, the children have been exploring positional language through the wonderful story book – ‘Where’s Spot?’ This simple book develops the children’s understanding of words such as behind, in, inside and under through the loveable character Spot the dog hiding from his mum. We have played some fun games with different […]
Dealing with our emotions
This half term, Maple Class have been learning about relationships as part of their PSHE. This week, we focussed on emotions and how to deal with our emotions positively. We talked about different strategies, using the zones of regulation. We then had a go at practicing some of these strategies: squeezing hands Asking for a […]
Acorns love Owl Babies
Over the last couple of weeks, the Acorn Preschool children have shown a real interest in playing with babies. This week the children have explored the story ‘The Owl Babies’ by Martin Waddell. The ‘Owl Babies’ story has really helped the children with developing their listening and attention at story time, as they have been able […]