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!
Our whole school topic this term is Explorers and Invaders and we will be setting off on an adventure to find out what made people head out into the unknown and what they discovered whilst they were there. We will compare the true explorers stories with the stories of pirates and ask the question: What is the difference between explorers and invaders?
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!
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.
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.