Oak: Reception and Nursery

Oak: Reception and Nursery

Welcome to Oak Class - Reception and Nursery. Oak Class teacher is Mrs Wheeler.

Welcome to Oak Class!  This term we have welcomed new children and old nursery children into the class, ready to begin their journey as Acorn 3s in reception.  Old nursery children (Acorn2s) have rejoined us in nursery, as well as some new children joining us.  All the children have settled so well and it has been a joy to getting to know them.

Our theme this term is Homes and Houses and we are going to be learning a story making version of The Tiger Who Came to Tea.  Story making is a wonderful way to enhance children’s communication and language as well as developing their drama skills.


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 

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