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Learning together, growing together

Acorn Class (Nursery)

Hello, and welcome to Acorn Class! 

I’m Mrs Dornan, the class teacher and Early Years Lead. I work in Nursery with Mrs Metcalfe and Miss Hassan.

Click here to see our Nursery and Reception welcome video.

Summer One - this half term we are exploring growing and changing. We are looking at the life cycles of caterpillars and frogs, how plants grow and how we have grown and changed this year.

We will be observing our own caterpillars and releasing them in our outdoor area; exploring the different stages of frog life cycles; planting and growing our own seeds; tasting and exploring different fruits and vegetables and exploring our own history. 


For more information about our learning this term please take a look at the curriculum tab, and as the half term progresses, the gallery tab.



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Both Nursery and Reception work closely together as a unit where we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. We are able to access both indoor and outdoor environments and enjoy playing and learning together. We have key workers for each child and a letter will be sent out to inform you who your child’s key worker is. 


Throughout the year we look at broad themes and topics, including ourselves, the seasons, traditional tales and celebrations, to name but a few. In these topics we will aim to follow the children’s interests and ideas. This may lead us into other mini-topics, taking the classes in different directions; so be sure to ask your child, check our learning journey wall and pop back to our page to see our most current learning. Don't forget, we also have our Class Dojo page and online observations to keep you involved in your child's learning. 


  • Please ensure you tell us if your child has any medical needs, food allergies or asthma. If your child has asthma please complete a school asthma card (available from school office) and provide school with an inhaler in its original box labelled with your child's name. This inhaler will remain in school. 


  • In Early Years outdoor learning is incredibly important for our children and we do go outside in sun, rain and snow. Please ensure your child has appropriate footwear and a waterproof coat in Early Years; as well as gloves, a scarf and hat as the weather gets colder, sun cream and a sunhat in the warmer months. If possible please bring in waterproofs and wellies to remain in school.


  • We also do a lot of messy play and active, physical, learning. Although we do our best to stay clean, we recommend that your child wears school uniform (school tracksuit or school jumper and black tracksuit pants/leggings is recommended for Nursery) and coats/shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty. This will enable the children to fully participate in their learning. Please also clearly label all belongings to help avoid confusion. We cannot be held responsible for lost or missing items, but having names on them will greatly help us in finding them. 


  • If you need to speak to us regarding anything at all please feel free – we are partners in your child’s learning and communication is key to them getting the most out of their time with us.


Thank you for your support and we look forward to a fantastic year!