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23rd October 2020

posted by Deputy Head

This half term has gone so quickly I'm not quite sure where it has gone! In phonics this week we have learnt the three ways of making the same sound, c, k and the digraph ck. In maths we have been finding out how to tell the time, we have looked at o'clock and half past times and the children enjoyed playing 'What's the time Mr Wolf.' In our Understanding the World lesson this week we have looked at stained glass windows and painted our own using water colour paints. In music we used indian bells, castanets and claves again to help us find the beat in a piece of music and we had a go at making our own pumpkins using just a piece of paper and a pipe cleaner. Another great, busy week in Acorns. We look forward to seeing all the children back after a restful half term.

16th October 2020

posted 16 Oct 2020, 08:59 by Deputy Head

This week in Acorns we have learnt the sounds n,m,d,o and g, the children have been amazing at writing these and they can already sound out and read some words with these sounds in. In maths we have been finding different ways to represent a number, for example looking at 5 we showed 5 fingers, counted 5 counters, found a 5 on a dice etc In our PSED lesson we thought about choices we can make to help us be happy, healthy and safe and in our music lessons we have continued to find the beat of a piece of music, this week we used claves to help us. Another great week in Acorns and we got to welcome a new Acorn too which was lovely!

10th October

posted 11 Oct 2020, 07:52 by Deputy Head

I can't believe we are already coming towards the end of the first half term! Acorns have been amazing, in phonics we have already learnt the following phase 2 sounds, s,a,t,p,i and n. The children have been amazing at blending and segmenting these sounds, they have been practising how to write them and so already they are able to write simple words such as tap and sat independently. In maths we have been exploring numbers and talking about the world around us using mathematical language, we have learnt how to order numicon to 10 and have enjoyed spending time playing games such as numicon city, where the children have to find the matching shapes. We have been thinking about our families, friends and pets and have enjoyed role playing some of these scenarios. This week we have been thinking about harvest and what all the farmers do for us. This coming week we will be finding out a little bit more about our school community and the area that our school is in.

Welcome to our new Acorns

posted 12 Sep 2020, 08:13 by Deputy Head

This week saw us welcome our new Acorns into school and what a great first week we had! Due to the current circumstances the week started with the children visiting with their parents before attending on Thursday and Friday morning on their own, we had lots of smiles and the children have already begun to learn each other's names. All the children have also managed to climb over the A frame independently during the week too. A small cohort this year has been perfect for helping the children quickly settle after a long time away from pre-schools.  Next week we are looking forward to beginning phonics lessons and having our first PE lessons in school, whilst also staying for lunchtime. 

Spring 2

posted 4 Mar 2020, 06:24 by Deputy Head

Acorns have come back to school after half term and have already been very busy! In phonics we have finished learning all our new Phase 3 sounds and we are now consolidating our learning before we move onto Phase 4 sounds. In literacy we have been learning how to put all our sounds together to make phonetically plausible words and then writing groups of words to make sentences. In maths we have been exploring money and we have been finding out what estimating means. Last week for pancake day we all designed a pancake, then cooked it, flipped it and decorated it before finally eating it. This half term we will be visited by the police, a nurse and a therapy pet!

New Year!

posted 16 Jan 2020, 03:44 by Deputy Head

Acorns have had a busy start to the New Year! The topic in Acorns this half term is 'Explorers' and as part of that we have been learning about pirates. On the first day back Acorns all arrived in fantastic pirate costumes, we made a treasure hunt for another member of staff, tea stained our treasure maps to make them look old and made our own parrots out of cups. In our phonics lessons we have continued to develop our knowledge and understanding of phase 3 sounds, including lots of new digraphs, the children have taken these on board really well and we are impressed with how their writing is developing. In maths we have been looking at different ways we can make 5,6 and 7. We have been learning about whole part models and reading our number stories aloud to everyone. In our art lessons we looked at an artist called Kandinsky and have used his circle method to make an underwater scene. In our understanding the world lessons we found out some information about pirates and have looked at how to programme a beebot. We are looking forward to continuing our learning through the topic. 

Friday 22nd November

posted 24 Nov 2019, 02:06 by Deputy Head

It has been a busy half term in Acorns so far, last week we learnt all about why we wear poppies at this time of year and we all walked to the local war memorial to remember those who gave their lives for us. On the Friday we held some fundraising events for Children in Need, we took part in a range of activities, came to school in non uniform and baked some cakes for a cake sale after school. This week we have been focusing on how things have changed from the past to now, we compared different toys and looked at how transport has changed. We have finished learning all of our phase 2 sounds and will now spend a couple of weeks consolidating our knowledge before moving onto phase 3. In our literacy lessons we looked at how a sentence is constructed and it's key features such as a full stop at the end of the sentence and in our maths lessons we have been looking at finding more and less. We have also started learning our Christmas play, with lots of songs and actions to remember!

Friday 11th October 2019

posted 11 Oct 2019, 03:32 by Deputy Head

This week Acorns walked up the hill to All Saints Church with Mr Malleson helping us, we talked about some of the features of a church and talked about what would happen next week when we visit the church for our harvest assembly. Following on from our visit to the church where we looked at stained glass windows we made our own version in the classroom on our window, with all the children adding their handprints. In our maths lessons this week we have been learning how to find one more and next week we will be exploring how to find one less. In our phonics lessons we have learnt the sounds s,a,t,p,i,n and m, we are continuing to practise our blending skills. We have enjoyed our visits to the library on a Friday and the children have looked in books to find out about healthy eating, our topic for this week. 

Friday 27th September 2019

posted 27 Sep 2019, 08:41 by Deputy Head

Today we finished the day by going to the bake sale in the hall to support Macmillan, we had made some chocolate crispy cakes to help raise some money too. In our phonics lessons we have been thinking about segmenting and blending sounds with the help of Robbie the Robot and we got to jump the golden river! In our maths lessons we have been thinking about counting objects that have the same number and comparing their differences. We talked about how our friends can have similarities and differences to us and we know how to be a good friend. We spent our time in class worship thinking about how we can show kindness to one another.  

Friday 19th September

posted 23 Sep 2019, 23:44 by Deputy Head

This week Acorns have continued to be very busy exploring things for the first time. We have been to our first sharing assembly, our first library visit and we completed our first full time week. The children have all been fantastic and have taken each new thing in their stride. We particularly enjoyed our library visit on Friday and are looking forward to going again next week. In our PSED lesson this week we were talking about how we can make someone feel better if they are feeling sad, the children had lots of lovely ideas. In maths we were looking at different ways to group things and in our phonics sessions we were thinking about different noises and how they are made, along with exploring rhyme. 

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