acornsMiss Bolton is the class teacher in Acorns, supported by Mrs Ongley. This year we have Year 1 and reception children together to make up our Awesome Acorns Class.

For children in early years education, there is an emphasis on learning through play and independent activities that run alongside. This is designed to develop the foundation skills that the children need in order to develop as successful learners. Therefore, equal relevance is given to the  development of social and emotional skills, as well as phonics, writing and number development.

A typical day for the children in the Acorns class is made up of many different elements: speaking and listening, phonics, reading and writing activities, stories, poetry, art and craft, developing mathematical and scientific skills and knowledge, religious education, P.E. and music. With our new inquiry based curriculum this is now focussed around a question. This is explored through different activities and lessons. During these sessions more questions arise from the children and our learning is directed by them. A  knowledge organiser with some of the areas covered will be available for parents further down this page, with the progression of skills and correct vocabulary clearly explained. This way parents have an insight into the children's learning and can help at home.

The Year 1's will follow their curriculum, but will have access to continuous provision, based around their learning. In this way they are able to demonstrate what their have learnt through in their play and exploration of the relevant activities provided.

The security offered by the firm yet happy setting of our Acorns class enables the children’s educational foundations to be established.

Thank you for all your support.  Miss Bolton and Mrs Ongley

    In term 4 our theme is: Traditional tales

Our focus question is:  

What do stories tell us?

We will be using these books to discover more ...                                         Mr Wolf's Pancakes: A hilarious illustrated children's book, perfect for  Pancake Day  


Our Worship:   Christian Value is forgiveness

Heartsmart Theme: ‘Don’t hold on to what’s wrong’

                                    Our RE question is: Why is Easter special for Christians?



Class teacher: Miss Bolton
Teaching assistants: Mrs Ongley (Monday-Thursday)

Mrs Calderbank (Fridays)


  • Please sign your child's reading record every evening, after hearing them read and put it in their book bag every day.
  • We like to get out as much as possible so please make sure that your child has their coat, hat and gloves with them in school everyday when it is colder. Or a sun hat on very sunny days.
  • Children need their wellington boots in school for any visits to our woods or to the orchard.
  • PE is every Friday with an extra session on a Thursday every two weeks. Please make sure that your child comes to school in their named PE kit on these days for their lessons.

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Acorns Class Prayer 

Dear Lord

Keep us safe this night

Safe from all our fears

May angels watch us whilst we sleep

Till morning light appears



Here are two videos to help you understand how we teach number, reading and writing in Acorns...

  1. Early Number sense

2. Early reading and writing

Messages from Miss Bolton -

A Knowledge Organiser is a document to explain what we will be covering in class. This also enables you as parents to go over new vocabulary with your children and to discuss your child's learning with them at home.

If you click below, you can download the knowledge organisers.

Toys of the past


Click on this link to see what our learning will be this year.

EYFS Year 1 Long term overview A 2022-2023

  The Acorns Gallery

This year we have Year 1 and reception children together to make up our Awesome Acorns Class.

Our visit to the Toy museum and Barn Theatre was fabulous. We learnt about toys from the past, saw and handled a variety of puppets from around the world, and finally made our own shadow puppets. 

              Here are a few videos for you to watch           IMG_2682   

Shadow puppet shows back at school Phoebe, Daniel, Cameron and Louis   

Every Tuesday for six weeks the Year 1 children are lucky to have Wild Beach School at Rye Harbour. Take a look at some of the lovely activities they enjoyed on week 1. The mandala on the beach was spectacular - especially when the tide came in and washed it away! Look for the two photos from the discovery centre. The first is in the morning at low tide the marsh is clearly visible and look at high tide!

Thank you to the parent helpers who have volunteered to help each week.

Here are some photos of the new Acorn children's first couple of weeks.

Mrs Ongley and I are really proud of how well they have settled. We have been learning where everything is, our school rules, how to be independent, how to regulate our emotions and so much more!

Acorns 2021-22

This is the BFG we made for the Hastings Story Telling Festival. He now lives in the library!  

We need to give a big thank you to Mrs Gurr who helped us to put him together. 

Awesome Acorns 2020-2021 

On 1st July (just for Harrison's birthday!!) Acorns went on a fantastic trip to Rye Harbour. We hunted minibeasts in grassy habitats and on the saltmarsh, we spotted birds from the Gooders hide and had a great talk from the artist who created 'The Beacon' on the beach, Joseph Williams. Other surprises included an air ship going overhead and seeing Avocet chicks being taught how to feed by their mothers. Thank you to the staff and volunteers at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve and the the lovely parents that helped up on the day.

The dinosaur exhibit in Acorns Museum!

It looks stunning the children have worked so hard on this. I am so proud. Miss Bolton 😍.



What have we been learning in November?


Other learning in photos from October.


On Tuesday 20/10/20 we went to  Orchard Farm Flowers, thank you to Zoe for letting us gather some of your lovely apples. We took them back to school and made delicious apple muffins and bird feeders which we hung outside of the investigation station window. The children also took some home - what did you all make I wonder?


W/B 21/09/20 - Our second full week in pictures:


A few of the activities that the class explored during the first week at school ...




Take a look at some of the things the children explored on their first day in Acorns Class 9th September 2020. Thank you for staying outside parents and gandparents, it was was reassuring for them to know you were about 😁  - except for those of you who were told to go!🤣

Previous years learning in photos: 

Home Learning 2020 in photos - click to see them!

Using our senses on a Gruffalo hunt in the woods ...