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Stockcross CE (VA) Primary School

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Acorn Class

Welcome to Acorn Class!

Acorn Class are our Early Years children, we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum.  Play is central to our learning. It allows us to develop new knowledge, understanding and skills, whilst providing rich opportunities to consolidate and practise what we know and can do.
Our Acorn class teacher is Mrs Kane on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and Mrs Slater on a Wednesday.  Our class teaching assistant is Mrs Allen.  Each morning we have an English and maths focused carpet time and a fun group phonics session.  We work with the teacher or teaching assistant as well as independently to give us time to develop and deepen our learning.  In the afternoon we concentrate on developing other areas of learning such as geography, science and PE.

 

Every day we have the opportunity for independent learning.  In the morning and the afternoon we will plan our own time and use our interests to explore and apply our skills that we have learnt.  We will develop our speaking and listening skills by explaining what we have been doing and thinking about ways to continue to develop and adapt our ideas further.  We learn through play and there is never a dull moment in our class!

PTFA

Every year the PTFA very kindly gives us some money to spend on resources for the classroom.  This money is essential to help us buy all those "extra" bits and bobs that really help the children to engage in their learning and bring that learning to life.  The fundraising ideas are always inventive and great fun for all involved.  Over the past few years we have bought bikes and trikes for our outdoor area, chargeable beebots to help with programming, a wigwam to encourage a love for reading as well as numerous topic related story books.  The list of creative resources such as glitter, fluorescent paint, coloured card, jewels, fabrics, wool and bright buttons is endless.  We simply can't thank the PTFA enough, they are amazing!

Family Learning Week

Family learning week was a truly inspiring week during which the children learnt about the 17 Global Goals agreed by the United Nations.  They all pledged to help our Goldilocks planet by making small changes.  If we all pledge to help our beautiful planet little by little by 2030 it will be a better place.

Every day brought a new focus goal and with it fun and engaging activities to help the children get the most out of their learning.

A Woodland Walk

What a fantastic day we had in Portsmouth learning all about life on board HMS Warrior.  We searched the boat high and low for the "rats" and even got to swing in the ships hammocks!

Bikeability

So proud of each and everyone in acorn class, after only 4 weeks of using a balance bike they all had a go at riding a bike without stabilisers.  The children all showed great core strength and balance as well as amazing perseverance.

Useful Links 

The Importance of Reading

Children need a large amount of experience feeling books, looking at books, talking about books and developing  a love of books independently before they learn to read words.

"Children who are read to will mimic reading behaviour and see reading as important" Campbell 1999

Click on the link below to see Micheal Rosen read the story of "I'm Going On A Bear Hunt".  He acts out the story and really brings it alive for the reader/viewer.

Tripod pencil grip rhyme

A great rhyme to help young children hold a pencil in a tripod pencil grip. Visit our website at www.teachhandwriting.co.uk for more tips on handwriting and learning how to improve handwriting.

Sounds of the English Phonic Code -Synthetic Phonics.wmv

Tami Reis-Frankfort, reading specialist and trainer, demonstrates how to pronounce the sounds of the English Phonic Code, when teaching children to read with Synthetic Phonics. http://www.phonicbooks.co.uk

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