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Welcome to Acorns Nursery!

Hello and thank you for showing an interest in Acorns Nursery! We are the nursery class of Woodmansterne Primary School and we enjoy busy days full of learning and fun.

If you would like to know more about what we do in our nursery, we have put together a booklet “A Day in Acorns Nursery” which will give you some idea of the activities, the staff and the routines we enjoy together.

You will find below links to stories and songs recorded by Acorns staff for your children to enjoy and some suggested learning links your child may like to try.

Also below is information on some of the independence skills we help our children to develop before they begin in Reception class.

If you would like more information on our nursery, please contact us at nursery@wps.org.uk. We’re happy to help!

If you would like to apply for a nursery placement for your child, please click here.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Sue Bailey

Nursery Manager


Meet the Staff


Sue Bailey

Purple Hedgehogs

Key Person

Nursery Manager

Nursery Special Education Needs Coordinator (SENCO)

Lisa Davis

Orange Owls

Key Person


Vanessa Vickers

Red Rabbits

Key Person



Emma Phillips

Yellow Squirrels

Key Person

(Monday to Wednesday)

Laura Gowland

Yellow Squirrels

Key Person 

(Wednesday to Friday)

Gracie Pritchard

Blue Badgers

Key Person

Meet the Lunchtime Supervisors

Jade Bunton

Lunch Time Supervisor


 Reading Stories & Singing Songs

We sing the Welcome Song every morning at nursery! Maybe you could learn it before you come to nursery so you can join in with us?

Reading and singing are vital to developing a child’s vocabulary and listening skills. Try to do some every day! Our nursery teachers have recorded lots of stories and songs for the nursery children to watch and join in with at home. You can find a list of links here.

Independence Skills

Here are some independence skills that will be particularly important when your child starts in Reception, but it is never too early to start practising!

We don’t expect children to start nursery with all of these skills, but they are very good things to start practising at home now. We will continue working on these skills with them once they start nursery and will celebrate every little independence milestone they meet!

Here is one of our children practising the coat ‘flip trick’ to put their own coat on.

Suggested Resources, Activities & Games

Alphablocks phonics A-Z

El Nombre! Learn to write numbers 1-10

I am a Shape! Mister Maker shape song

Barefoot Books – The Shape Song Swingalong

Cosmic Kids Yoga. We’re Going On A Bear Hunt

Dough Dance! Down in the Jungle (have your playdough ready! See recipe below)

Rhyming practise with Jack Hartman

Barefoot Books – Animal Boogie

Fine motor skills games 

Small toys and toys / games that require concentrated work with the hands are a great way to prepare your child’s hands for writing. Some examples could be shape sorters, threading activities, lego, puzzles and small world toys such as dolls houses.

Manipulating playdough helps to strengthen hand muscles and develop control over the fingers. Snipping playdough sausages helps develop scissor cutting skills.

I Spy!


I Spy doesn’t have to be played with just letters, you can insert shapes, colours, objects in the environment for example: “I Spy with my little eye, something the colour Red!”


Bug Hunt


There’s no better way to learn about nature than to go looking for it! Here is a handy Scavenger Hunt sheet you can tick off while you go on your bug hunt!


Water Painting

The clean way to practise mark making skills! Give your child a paint brush or paint roller and a bucket of water and let them paint the walls, fences, concrete etc around your garden. They’ll see the marks they make, gain confidence in their mark making skills and you won’t be left with permanent reminders! For added fun, let your child draw with chalk and then use the water as “magic paint” to make the drawings disappear!

Numbers and Shapes


You can incorporate maths skills into everyday activities. Why not count how many jumps your child can make from one side of the garden to the other? How many birds can they see? Is that a big bird or a small bird? Is your plate a square or a circle?