Acorn Class Information

Acorn Class

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Class Teachers

Mrs McGinley (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday) & Mrs Smoke (Thursday and Friday)

Teaching Assistants

Pam Blake & Jane Inglesfield


Important information

Please ensure that you label all of your childrens clothing.  Children often take off jumpers and if they do not have their names in them, they are much more likely to get lost.


Please ensure that an extra set of clothing (shirt, trousers/dress/skirt and pants) is left on your childs peg at all times.  Having a spare set of clothes is essential in case children have accidents or in the case children get messy when they are playing.  We encourage outdoor/messy play as there are many benifits to children's learning and development but it can mean that children's clothes get wet and dirty (we provide aprons for paiting, water and sensory play to minimise mess).


Please ensure that your child is toilet trained prior to starting nursery. 


Children need to come to school dressed apporpriatly for the weather.  This includes:

-Winter coats / rain coats for cold or rainy weather. Children can also bring wellies to change into.

- Sun hats and suncream (applied before school) for hot and sunny weather.




Learning Challenge Curriculum 2017-18


Autumn 1 - Who lives in my house?

     Books- We're Going on a Bear Hunt, This is Our House, Owl Babies, Three Little Pigs, Peepo, Goat Goes to Playgroup

     Songs- Build a house with 5 bricks, This is the way we wash our clothes, 5 little monkeys jumping on a bed, There were 10 in a bed, What do we do when we go to nursery, I went to school one morning, The bear walked over the mountain, Wind the bobbin up

Autumn 2 - What happend to Jack's Beans?

     Books- Jack and the Beanstalk, The Enormous Turnip, The Gingerbread Man

     Songs-  Christmas Nativity, 10 fat sausages, 5 mince pies in the bakers shop, Here we go round the jingle ring, When santa got stuck up the chimney

Spring 1 - Which colours make you feel happy or sad?

     Books- Brown Bear, Brown Bear, The Mixed up Chameleon, Elmer

     Songs- Twinkle twinkle little star, Sing a Rainbow, 10 green bottles, I hear thunder, Wheeles on the bus, Wind the bobbin up, Sandy girl, The Colour Song (If your clothes have any red), Pass the colour,

Spring 2 - What would you find at the farm?

     Books-  Farmer Duck, Little Red Hen, Mrs Wishy Washy

     Songs- Old MacDonald had a farm, B-I-N-G-O, One man went to mow, 5(10) fluffy chicks, 5 currant buns, 5(10) little ducks went swimming one day, Down by the station (farmyard) early in the morning, When all the cows were sleeping, The farmer's in his Dell, I went to a farm one day, 1 little bunny wondering what to do

Summer 1 - Who goes to the Ugly Bug Ball?

     Books- The Very Hungry Caterpillar, There was an old Lady who Swallowed a Fly, The Very Busy Spider,

     Songs- 1 little, 2 little, 3 little spiders, There's a little caterpillar on a leaf, Incy Wincy Spider, There's a worm at the bottom of my garden, Dig, dig, dig in the ground, One little elephant went out to play on a spider's web one day

Summer 2 - What can I do with water?

     Books- Mr Gumpy's Outing, 5 Little Ducks, 10 Little Pirates

     Songs- 5(10) little fish swimming in the sea, 5(10) little speckled frogs, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 once I caught a fish alive, 10 green bottles, 5(10) little ducks went swimming one day, Row, row, row your boat, Wheeles on the bus, Fishermans ship (When I was one I hurt my thumb)




Reading with your child is vital. Research shows that it's the single most important thing you can do to help your child's education. It's best to read little and often, so try to put aside some time for it every day.

Think of ways to make reading fun - you want your child to learn how pleasurable books can be. If you're both enjoying talking about the content of a particular page, linger over it for as long as you like.

Books aren't just about reading the words on the page, they can also present new ideas and topics for you and your child to discuss.

Tips for helping your child to enjoy books:

-Encourage your child to pretend to 'read' a book before he or she can read words.

-Ask your children questions about the pictures and encourage them to look at them to help them understand the story.
-Visit the library as often as possible - take out CDs and DVDs as well as books.
-Schedule a regular time for reading - perhaps when you get home from school or just before bed.
-Buy dual-language books if English isn’t your family’s first language - you can talk about books and stories, and develop a love for them, in any language.
-Look for books on topics that you know your child is interested in - maybe dragons, insects, cookery or a certain sport.
-Make sure that children’s books are easily accessible in different rooms around your house.



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Free Education websites:

Funbrain Jr


Boowa & Kwala

Fisher Price

BBC School Radio

CBeebies Nursery Rhymes