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 2 our theme is: Dinosaurs
Our focus question is:
What if dinosaurs still lived?
Later we will use christmas stories and our Nativity play to understand our RE question of:
Why is christmas special to Christians?
We will be using these books to discover more ...
Our Worship: Christian Values: Love and compassion
Heartsmart Theme: ‘Don't forget to let love in’
British Values: Respect yourself, respect others
Class teacher: Miss Bolton
Teaching assistant: Mrs Ongley
- 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.
Acorns Class Prayer
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...
- 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.
Dinosaurs Knowledge Organiser
The Acorns Gallery
This year we have Year 1 and reception children together to make up our Awesome Acorns Class.
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!
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!🤣
Using our senses on a Gruffalo hunt in the woods ...