Little Acorns

March 2023

The children in the Little Acorns have been exploring Burns Night, we looked at all things tartan and Scottish and made some yummy porridge. The children tasted and had a smell of the toppings on offer!! Cinnamon was a firm favourite.

The Little Acorns have been enjoying weekly visits from the music students from the university. They bring lots of fun instruments and props and sing our favourite songs.

March 2021

Little Acorns have had a very busy few weeks since we have been back. Everyone has been working hard on all their communication and MOVE targets. We continue to spend lots of time outside. We love a spot of water play especially with water squirters and have also been trying to keep the weeds at bay with some gardening. The bulbs are beginning to pop and we have some lovely colours appearing. We have been having great fun in PE – especially on bikes around the school. Weekly visits to the woods have been very exciting as we search for jungle animals hidden there! Most recently we have had four birthdays in nine days. Lots of parties, games, balloons and best of all CAKE!

We wish everybody a very HAPPY EASTER and look forward to a (hopefully) sunny summer term.

December 2020

Little Acorns have had another busy outdoor term! It was World Nursery Rhyme Week in November, so we decided to choose a different rhyme for each week of the term. We had fun rolling wheels and jumping into hoops, as well as painting with cars and trucks for the Wheels on the Bus. A tuff tray full of mud for worked brilliantly for Old MacDonald. 5 Little Speckled Frogs jumped in and out of the water table and we all got very wet! And we took care of the sick dolly for Miss Polly! We have also had a busy time gardening, planting bulbs for the spring and weeding. Best of all we have been able to play together outside on the equipment in the nursery garden or during chilly winter walks and scavenger hunts in the Millennium Woods. We have welcomed a new friend to our class this term and have all been working hard to make progress with our communication. We have enjoyed some art and craft sessions – but you will have to wait and see what we have created. A Christmas surprise for our parents and carers!

March – May 2019

We can’t believe that the end of the school year is already in sight, but before we get there here is a wee snapshot of the Little Acorn’s many learning experiences from March to May.

Outdoor Learning

Much of our learning has taken place outside, even when the weather is not so warm we get our coats and cosy blankets and have fun in our outdoor spaces. One of our topics this year has been Goldilocks and the Three Bears and this has been explored in many ways. There was sensory storytelling in the woods which developed into a treasure hunt which saw the children searching for bears, bowls, blankets and even porridge! The pupils have had art lessons in the Nursery garden and were busy with mops, rollers and paint sprayers creating a background for our MOVE day picture.

Out and About

We visited Scotland Yard on a very rainy day but that didn’t stop us exploring. We donned our all over suits and had fun regardless of the weather. When it did get a bit too much we took shelter in the dome and had an impromptu puppet show.

Messy Play

The children have had lots of opportunities to take part in messy play activities. There has been pastry making with flour and water, porridge making with oats and water, pasta investigation with spaghetti, bubble play and sand and water exploration.

Special Events and MOVE Day

Move Day was quickly followed by Outdoor Learning Week and the many different experiences on offer included sensory Fairy Story trails in the woods and garden, a real campfire, water play, a Sound Garden and Singalong. Phew!

And More….

As if all that wasn’t enough the Nursery pupils have also sown a wild flower meadow in the garden and have been very keen to water it (and each other!) with our new hose. Music lessons have been a firm favourite too with different styles of music and instruments to explore each week.

We look forward to a busy and very exciting time ahead and will keep you informed in our next post.

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