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.
Week 2 – Rainbows and colours
Little Acorns Blog
Connecting with our friends
Junipers have enjoyed getting to know their friends a lot more this week. The children have been exploring and playing games to find things their friends like and dislike; discussing things they have in common. It has been lovely to see them communicate and understand each other and have no an interest in others around […]
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Shooting for Success
This week Hawthorn Class learnt about the history of rocket science and we attempted to launch our own rocket using vinegar and bicarbonate of soda! In English we have been recapping how to punctuate speech and in Maths we have been exploring numbers up to 100,000. Learner of the Week: Caleb Star of the Week: […]
Toys of UK Past…
Our first full week back is done and dusted. I’m sure that everyone (including myself and Mrs Kinns) will sleep well this weekend! As part of our History and our English this week, we have been reading the book Major Glad, Major Dizzy. The children then discussed and sorted toys, deciding whether they were toys […]
Getting to know our friends
Junipers have had an amazing week getting to know their new friends. It has been lovely to see them form such lovely friendships. We have been enjoying circle times, activities and games. The children have been learning some initial sounds in phonics each day and have been focusing on recognising their own name in the […]
Terrific Two Days!
WOW! What an amazing first two days Cedar have had! All of the children were so excited on Thursday morning and had clearly missed being in school and seeing their friends. Cedar spent Thursday and Friday laughing, playing and learning together, all whilst trying to get used to a new classroom with new routines. There […]