Oak: Reception and Nursery

Oak: Reception and Nursery

Welcome to Oak Class - Reception and Nursery. Oak Class teacher is Mrs Wheeler, supported by Mrs C, Miss Curtis and Ms Samways.

Welcome to Term 3

Well, this is not how we were expecting to start the new year, however, we know that Oak Class will shine through and show us all how amazing we know you are!  Already, we can see how you have all shown amazing resilience and focus on your learning that you are completing at home and we are all so very proud of you – keep up the fantastic work!

This letter explains what to expect for children who are in Reception (Acorn 3s).

Acorn 3s Term 3 Class Letter

The links to work will be uploaded to Dojo for you. For children in nursery we are also uploading suggestions of activities you may wish to access whilst your child is at home.

Links to Remote Learning this week:

Acorn 3s Monday 22nd February

Acorn 3s Tuesday 23rd February

Acorn 3s Wednesday 24th February

Acorn 3s Thursday 25th February

Acorn 3s Friday 26th February

How to get help through the day

If you are finding some of your work a little tricky, this is okay, remember this is normal and happens when we are at school – finding things tricky and making mistakes are all part of learning!  I am here to help!  Your grown ups can use Dojo to send me a message and I will send a message back to help.  Grown ups, please also look out for posts on dojo for any further help and guidance.

We also have our check ins throughout the week, so this is another opportunity where you can ask if you find something tricky and I can help.

Supporting your child with reading

It can be really tricky to know how to support your child with reading.  To support this, I have created two videos to give you some ideas and tips when reading with your child.

Supporting your child with reading

Asking questions when looking at a book – Comprehension

Celebrating our Remote Learning in Term 3 

Looking back at 2020-21 so far…

Our theme in Term 2 was Space.  We have a fantastic outdoor role play area set up as a space rocket and have including some props from the book Whatever Next.  We have space playdough, moon sand and sensory rice in our sensory tray and have enjoyed using our slide.  We have also started Forest School this term on a Tuesday afternoon and are having lots of fun exploring.

Celebrating Term 2:

All about Oak Class

Purposeful play is at the heart of our unit.  Friendships are formed and basic skills are learned through play based activities and social skills are developed at every opportunity.  We welcome each child as an individual and look forward to celebrating their successes and achievements whilst working with families to help them meet their full potential.

In Oak Class we have reception and nursery aged children creating a wonderful Early Years Unit.  The age groups are named as the following:

Children who turn 3 from September onwards, who won’t start reception until 2021, are known as Acorn 1s.

Children who are pre-school age and will be starting school in September 2020, are known as Acorn 2s.

Children who are in reception this year, are known as Acorn 3s.

Acorns 1 and 2

Nursery children can begin in Oak Class when they are 3. The sessions available are:


9-1pm (this includes lunch time)



Children receive Early Years Entitlement Funding (15 hours per week) the term after their 3rd birthday.  Children may also be entitled to 30 hours funding.  If children are not in receipt of funding the hourly rate is £5 per hour.  More information about funding can be found here: BANES Funded Childcare for 3 and 4 year olds. 

Children can attend our breakfast club (£2.50), this is available Monday and Friday from 7.45am.  If your child is staying for lunch you can order a cooked lunch at a cost of £2.80 or they can bring a packed lunch.  A morning snack is provided.

To ensure a smooth transition all children have settling-in sessions, these will be discussed once confirmation has been given that your child has a space within the nursery.  To come and visit us at the school please contact the school office to book an appointment.

Our Curriculum in Oak Class

Our curriculum is based on the interests of children and relevant events and occasions, through planned, purposeful play and through a mix of adult-led and child initiated activity.  Whilst learning, children are encouraged to access all areas available to them throughout the day – the classroom and the two wonderful free-flow outdoor spaces.  Forest school takes place one afternoon per week.

Al children in Oak Class follow The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage – a stage that caters for all children under 5 years of age.  Learning and development is categorised into the following areas of learning:

Prime areas of learning:  Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Communication and Language; Physical Development.

Specific areas of learning:  Literacy; Mathematics; Understanding the World; Expressive Arts and Design.

Achievements of these areas of learning is through the characteristics of effective learning:  Playing and Exploring; Active Learning; Creating and Thinking Critically.

More information about the Early Years Foundation Stage can be obtained here:

EYFS Parents Guide 

Early Years Outcomes 

What to expect, when?

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