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Friday 9th February 2018

posted 17 Feb 2018, 12:28 by Deputy Head

Acorns finished this half term with a very busy day all linked to pancakes! Although pancake day is in the half term break, Acorns have been working very hard all week to find out more about the day itself. During their literacy sessions they have been exploring pancakes through a story called 'Mr Wolf's Pancakes', the children weren't very impressed with how Mr Wolfs neighbours treated him though. On Thursday the children wrote their shopping lists, counted out their money and visited a shop to buy the ingredients so they would be ready for the afternoon. During the afternoon the children worked in three groups to take it in turns to make pancakes, take and place orders and wash up afterwards. The children all enjoyed their pancakes and our visiting governor was very impressed with their accuracy in recording and delivering the orders as they had been asked for. A great way to end a busy half term!  

Wednesday 31st January 2018

posted 31 Jan 2018, 07:06 by Deputy Head

This week Acorns have been very busy learning through the story of 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt'. On Monday the children came to school wearing their best explorer clothing, many of the children also came with their binoculars to help them in their hunt for the bear. We watched Michael Rosen perform the story to us before we got ready and  walked in two's and practised our counting, then we said the repeating parts of the story as we continued on our bear hunt. We had to go through the long grass, the cold river, squelchy mud, forest and the swirling snow storm. When we got to our wildlife area we made our own caves for our own little bears. The children have now started to write their own story. A very busy week which will be finished with circuits on Friday. Well done Acorns!

Friday 12th January 2018

posted 12 Jan 2018, 08:09 by Deputy Head

Here we are two weeks into the new term already! The children came back refreshed and ready to learn and we have started our new topic of Underground and Overground by looking at minibeasts. We have built houses for minibeasts and talked about animals who hibernate over the winter, we've also been busy writing our own information book about minibeasts. In our maths lessons this week we have been learning how to add two groups of objects together by using singapore bars and we've been counting in 10s. With Mrs Hyman we have been learning how to use the learn pads, understanding what the different icons do and how we can change from one program to another. A great start to our new term, next week we will be thinking about how things move in the air. 

Friday 15th December 2017

posted 16 Dec 2017, 08:33 by Deputy Head

Over the past two weeks we have been very busy getting into the festive spirit. Acorns and Oaks performed their nativity play twice and did brilliantly, they remembered their words, the songs and where to go when and looked fantastic in their costumes. Last week we went with the rest of the school to MK theatre to watch Cinderella. We were very excited to see two children from Oaks go on to the stage to sing a song with Brian Conley (Buttons). Following on from this we have been doing lots of re-telling of the story ourselves with some children being particularly keen to be directors helping the others remember the story. In Santa's workshop the children have been very busy writing cards and wrapping presents and we really enjoyed exploring the snow and ice at the start of this week. The final three days of term will be equally busy with a trip to church, a Christmas party and Christmas cards and calendars to make, we will definitely be ready for our Christmas break!

1st December 2017

posted 4 Dec 2017, 00:08 by Deputy Head

December has arrived and with it some very cold weather! The children are still accessing the outdoor area but with several additional layers! The children have been keen to continue to sweep the leaves out from our area and understand the importance of keeping the floor as clear as possible to reduce any chance of slipping over. In the mud kitchen we have been busy baking biscuits just like we made for our Christmas bazaar stall and we have been continuing to explore different ways to measure things. In our literacy lessons we have been continuing to blend and segment our sounds whilst sharing different stories. In our role play area we had a toy shop, but not for long as the children decided to change it into a hospital. It was lovely to see so many parents in for our open door session for the children to share their learning journeys. This coming week will see us perform our nativity play, something we are very excited about!

Friday 17th November

posted 18 Nov 2017, 12:32 by Deputy Head

Another busy couple of weeks have passed and the Acorns have continued to impress us with their love for learning. In maths they have been learning how to tell the time for o'clock and half past, compare weights using balancing scales and learning the names of 3D shapes. In phonics they have begun to put their knowledge of sounds together in writing cvc words and in literacy extending this to look at sentence formation. As part of our whole school remembrance service at the local war memorial, Acorns all made their own poppies to wear and during the understanding the world lesson explored what the day represented. Acorns have also been continuing to practise for this year's Christmas nativity, learning songs, actions and staging! Finally, this week finished with Children in Need day, Acorns were busy in the morning making their own smartie biscuits ready to sell and raise money in the afternoon, our attached governor came to support them in their baking and was impressed with their teamwork. Please see our latest news section to find out more about the range of activities all the children completed as part of the day.  

Friday 3rd November

posted 5 Nov 2017, 10:01 by Deputy Head

The children have all come back fresh and excited to carry on with their learning journey. This week in phonics we continued to learn some new sounds, m, d and g, we have been practising writing them as well as spotting them in words. In our literacy sessions we began to look at different types of books, exploring how story books are different to information books. During maths we have been finding out how to identify more and less, we have been counting to check our ideas and seeing how we can use balancing scales to identify more and less. This week has also seen the start of our Christmas play, the children have been picking up the songs really quickly so we are looking forward to seeing the play come together over the coming weeks. A great start to the new half term.

18th October 2017

posted 18 Oct 2017, 06:15 by Deputy Head

We aren't quite sure where the weeks have gone but here we are in the last week of half term already! In the last week we spent lots of time looking at harvest and preparing ourselves for the harvest festival. We learnt the story of the Little Red Hen and added our own actions, we performed this up at the church. We also made our own bread rolls and in our maths lessons we have been looking at the names of 2D shapes and trying to think of ways to help us remember the trickier ones, such as hexagon having a x in it, like the word six. In our phonics lessons we have now learnt the sounds s, a, t, p and i. We have been practising how to blend our sounds to help us read words using these sounds. A fantastic start to the school year Acorns, well done!

Friday 6th October

posted 8 Oct 2017, 04:33 by Deputy Head

The weeks are flying past and the Acorns have now fully settled into their school days, even though we may be getting quite tired now! This week we have been looking at words that rhyme and we have been trying to blend and segment some simple words with the help of Robbie the Robot. We have also been practising our listening skills by identifying which animal from the zoo is in a box, we have really enjoyed playing this game!  In our maths lessons we have been ordering numbers, spotting the missing number and we have been learning the days of the week. We have been using our positional language too talking about where something is, we enjoyed hiding Rolo (our class monkey teddy) and having to explain where he was using our positional language, we had to sit on our hands or we kept pointing though! We went for a trip up to the church at the start of the week, Mr Malleson one of our school governors came with us and answered lots of our questions, we got to look around the church and Mr Malleson even made the bell ring for us. We took our own photographs and we have made our own stained glass windows at school. We are looking forward to going up there again next week for the Harvest service. 

Friday 22nd September

posted 24 Sep 2017, 02:52 by Deputy Head

Another week completed for the Acorns! This week we have been thinking about emotions and how we feel, we used paper plates to make happy faces and then during independent learning time we explored how to make other emotions on a face. We talked about how we can use our words to help explain to others what we are feeling and we have got much better at using each other's names. In our maths lessons this week we have been looking at how to create repeating patterns, we know that repeat means doing the same thing again and again. In phonics we have been continuing to listen carefully to different sounds and we started to think about words that rhyme this week. In our PE lessons we have been thinking about how to create spaces and why it is important to do a warm up before starting the main activities. Next week we will continue to think about our families and how we are all different as individuals to each other.

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