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Acorn

Welcome to Acorn Class, a mixed Reception and Year One class where we aim for all children to become ready, responsible, reflective, respectful, resilient and resourceful learners. We encourage children’s inquisitive minds and hope for every child to be a confident learner who enjoys learning new things.

Miss Swinburne (Class Teacher) and Mrs. Daniels and Mrs. Miller (Teaching assistants) work in Acorn Class.

As a team, we work hard to support each child to reach their full potential, grow in independence and to approach learning in a happy and contented manner helping them grow into well-rounded individuals.

In the mornings we focus on Literacy (including spelling, grammar, phonics and reading) and Maths.  In the afternoons we use a topic based approach to teach the rest of the curriculum which includes such subjects as History, Geography, PSHCE, Design and Technology, and Art.  Science, PE, Computing, Music and RE are taught as discrete subjects. All learning is underpinned by our 6R’s whole school values – ready, responsible, reflective, respectful, resilient and resourceful. Further information on specific learning goals can be found on our Theme Web each half term. Our class timetable is also published half termly and is responsive to pupil needs.

In Reception, child-initiated and adult-led learning is balanced within the class timetable, giving the children opportunities to choose their own learning and challenge themselves. Observations of the children are undertaken by the staff and used to provide stimulating challenges and activities in the classroom, using both the inside and outside learning environments.

The classroom is split into different areas of learning with a variety of resources in each to help give children different learning experiences. They can use these experiences to help build on existing and new concepts to extend their knowledge and understanding, with effective scaffolding from the staff.

We strongly believe that parents have an invaluable contribution towards their own child’s learning, and work cooperatively to create good links between home and school. Each week we send home information in the form of a diary with some activities to complete at home with their parents to consolidate their learning.

A typical homework week consists of:

Monday
  • Reading and Word Box
  • Spelling (Y1)
A few tips regarding homework:

  • Find a quiet, well lit place
  • Make sure you have the tools for the job
  • Be positive
 Tuesday
  • Reading and Word Box
  • Spelling (Y1)
Wednesday
  • Reading and Word Box
  • Maths (Y1)
Thursday
  • Reading and Word Box
  • Spelling (Y1)
Friday
  • No Homework

Taking an active interest as your child learns to read is one of the best ways you can help your child to do better in school and in life.  A little reading goes a long way!

Children will be have one colour-banded book and word box which suits their level of reading. In reception they will be allocated new books on a Wednesday, in Year One they will be encouraged to select any text from this colour band box when they wish. New words will be issued in the word box for a Monday. You may help remind your Y1 child to change their book by using the ‘I need a new book’ sticker from their book bag.

Every child will be heard read at least once a week by the class teacher or another adult in school.  Children will bring home their reading book and box of words every day along with a reading record book. We ask that you try to find time to spend reading with your child every night and that you make a comment in their record book. Books should be re-read to build confidence. The record books will be checked and children will be rewarded for reading at home by a sticker being placed on their bookmark. When their bookmark is full they will receive a prize.

The children have PE on a Tuesday and Thursday, led by Caroline Downing and a group called Rising Stars. It’s important that children come adequately prepared to take part in these lessons so as to get the most out of them and develop  positive attitudes to health and  high levels of physical fitness which they can take on to adult life. Please ensure children have a white-t-shirt and shorts, jogging bottoms, appropriate footwear and fleeces for the cold weather. Long hair should be tied back and jewellery removed or covered. Children’s clothing should all have names on – particularly jumpers and PE kit items.