Acorn - Nursery


 Teacher: Mrs Wright

Nursery Practitioners: Miss Begum

Lunchtime Support: Mrs Heald

Teaching Assistant: Miss Rusch (Tuesday PM)

Autumn 1

Welcome back Acorn class, you have all settled so well into your new routines and we are already seeing so much progress as you make friends and develop confidence. We are learning all about our families to support transition linking with our topic on bears. Please send in your photographs so we can continue to make our family display. In class we have discussed where bears live in comparison to where we live, looking at photographs of Denholme and different homes. We are looking at body parts of ourselves and animals as we discuss what makes us special and unique.


Please find home learning packs in the cloakroom to consolidate our learning at home and encourage your child to share what we are learning. In Maths we are reciting numbers in order from 0-10 discussing how anything can be counted etc. In P:E we will be using positional language to follow instructions and describe where we are as we move around the hall and over, under and around obstacles.

In Phonics we are focusing on environmental sounds, listening to sounds indoors and outdoors and discussing what we may have heard. We are using sound lotto games to work in teams to find different sounds.There are lots of ways to encourage phonics at home, please see ideas in the cloakroom or feel free to ask any member of the Nursery staff.

**Bear hunt  / Teddy bear picnic is on Wednesday 17th October.

Please send your child to Nursery wearing pyjamas and with their teddy.**

 Independence Skills

The children in Nursery are working hard to develop their independence skills; such as putting on and taking off their own coats and shoes. We hope parents and carers will continue to help by giving children lots of opportunities to practise at home and encourage children to tidy away their things when they have finished playing with them. We use the phrase "choose, play, tidy away!"

Pencil Grip

To support name writing we are encouraging children to use a tripod grip. We use our thumb and forefinger to hold the pencil like a crocodiles mouth, the crocodile doesn't like the taste of the pencil so he scrunches up his face, when we bend our fingers the pencil will be in the correct position for writing, leaning on the middle finger for support.


Name Writing

Children in Nursery practise mark making and writing their names daily in preparation for Reception. It is important that your child has support at home to make marks so that they gain muscle control and develop their pencil grasp.  We begin to do this by encouraging mark making on a large and small scale and using our fingers in different ways to manipulate materials and media such as stickers and threading beads. We then look and talk about the shapes in our letters, feeling the movements that are made when writing, tracing shapes and beginning to form letters.


 As children begin to write their names we explore and discuss the sounds in their own name. To help to remember these we use different rhymes for formation (shown below) and we also sing and use the actions in Jolly Phonics to link each letter and it's sound.