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 teachers are Mrs Slater on a Monday and Tuesday and Mrs Kane on a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Our class teaching assistants are Mrs Allen and Mrs Wood. 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!
Autumn Term 2020
The children in our care will each have had unique experiences of and responses to the events of 2020. This has been a year of significant world events, disrupting and changing the ways of life of people across the globe. Our recovery curriculum will support the children in our school community to connect with each other and engage with school life. It has been devised for a whole school to work together using a single text to support them as they start school. We will be using ‘Here We Are’ by Oliver Jeffers. It builds a personalised sequence of work providing a powerful vehicle for children to reflect on and make sense of the world we are all living in. The words and pictures work together to help children to understand their place in the world and to move forward together in a positive and constructive way.
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.
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.