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Friday 4th December 2020

posted 4 Dec 2020, 02:00 by Deputy Head

These last couple of weeks Acorns have been getting into the festive sprit with the help of Tink the Elf. Tink brings us a book everyday and leaves a message about what he has been doing. This morning he had been playing uno with some of his friends in Acorns, this is a game which Acorns themselves enjoy, matching the colours and the numbers. Acorns have started learning their phase 3 sounds in phonics and have covered j,v,w and x this week. In maths the focus has been on days of the week, months of the year and night and day. 

15th November 2020

posted 15 Nov 2020, 09:57 by Deputy Head

What a busy week we have had this week. In our lessons we completed the last of our phase 2 sounds this week learning, f, l, ff, ll and ss. The children are getting better at spotting tricky words such as I and the too. In our maths lessons we have been thinking about how numbers can be represented and practised showing numbers using counters and other objects. In our understanding of the world lesson we focused on Poppy Day, finding out why we wear poppies and why we think it is important to 'remember'. On Wednesday 11th November we walked down to our village war memorial and talked about what we could see, then at 11 o'clock we held a service and a minutes silence on our playground with the rest of the school stood in their bubble's. On Friday it was Children in Need day, the children came in 'odd' clothing as was our theme for the day chosen by our school council, we took part in different activities from Joe Wick's morning workout through to baking Chocolate Crispie Cakes and we spent time finding out about the Children in Need charity and who it raises money for. A very busy but great week! 

First week back

posted 8 Nov 2020, 09:57 by Deputy Head

In our first week back after half term Acorns have been learning the phase 2 sounds e,u,h and r. We have nearly finished learning all of our phase 2 sounds and the children are recognising them really well without using pictures, we are super impressed. In our maths lessons this week we were focusing on the number 4 and finding out what happens when we add one more, the numberblocks really help us to show this. In our understanding of the world lessons we have been finding out about how to keep ourselves safe around bonfires and fireworks, the children knew so much already! In PE w are continuing with our dance lessons and ball skills outside and we have moved on to developing our fine motor skills by looking at particular letters in our handwriting lessons, this week we looked at long ladder letters such as l, i, t and r. Next week we will be learning about some celebrations and finding out about the Children in Need charity.

23rd October 2020

posted 23 Oct 2020, 04:19 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 Sept 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!

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