WELCOME TO ACORN CLASS 2017/2018
Miss Richens . Mrs Inglis . Mrs Bates . Miss Tanner
Welcome back to school and the Spring Term. In Acorn Class, we work hard every day and have lots of fun learning new things. Take a look at some of the fun things we have been up to recently.
Spring Term Topic- 2nd Half
This half term our topic is 'Do Cows Drink Milk?'. In the classroom, we’ll monitor beans as they grow, noting how they change. We will be exploring questions such as Do cows drink milk? What are baby pigs called? We will be finding out where food comes from and discovering which animals live on a farm. We will design and make delicious flavoured breads to sell in our very own farm shop! At the end of the topic we will be visiting a Rays Farm to take in the sights, sounds and smells. We’ll spend the day pretending to be a farmer, helping to look after all the farm animals.
World Book Day
The children all enjoyed dressing up as their favourite book character. We would like to say thank you to all the parents for providing fantastic costumes.
This week the children enjoyed using the new 'Farm Shop' role play area, playing farm animal bingo, creating woolly sheep using paper plates and using the farm small world area. The children also received a letter from Farmer Fred who had found some seeds for us to plant and look after. He is not sure what they will grow into, so we are going to help him to find out.
Spring Term Topic- 1st Half
This half term our topic is 'Will you read me a story?'. We will be focusing on a new fairy tale/ traditional tale every week which will be highlighted to you in the weekly letter. We will be asking and answering lots of questions such as, was the Big Bad Wold really bad? How many bowls of porridge did Goldilocks eat? Please feel free to share lots of stories at home with your child and upload observations to tapestry too!
Parents 'Stay and Play' session- Phonics
This week the parents were invited in to work on lots of phonic activites with their children. The children enjoyed showing their parents their classroom as well as all the activities they can choose from and how well they can use the sounds they know to read and write.
This week we have been reading the story 'Jack and the Beanstalk'. We have been learning to pay for items using 1p and 2p coins, we have made spiral beanstalks, puppets and using constructions materials to build castles, giants and beanstalks. We have also started to learn to use a knife safely to cut up vegetables for our 'magic bean stew'.
We have been reading lots of versions of the story 'The Three Little Pigs'. We described the wolf and created a wanted poster to find the Big Bad Wolf, made pigs and wolves out of paper plates, acted out the story using masks and other props and much more. We also carried out an investigation to sort different materials into items we can ‘huff and puff’ and items we ‘cannot huff and puff’. This week we have really been concentrating on working together as a team to look after our classroom and our friends. We have introduced our mud kitchen to make Wolf Stew and the children had lots of fun working together.
Rock it Music Workshop- 29.1.18
This week the children were lucky enough to have Mr Baugh visit teach them how to play the steel drums. The children had a 30 minute session where they practised playing the notes C and D on the steel drums with their friends. At the end of the day, the children all joined in with a performance in front of the parents and children from other classes. They were all amazing, listening to the instructions from Mr Baugh. We are really proud of them. Well done Acorn Class.
This week we read 'Little Red Riding Hood'. We made baskets, acted out the story, made puppets and much more.
We have been learning about the 'Gingerbread Man' this week. We made gingerbread men, made our own puppets, programmed beebots to move around the gingerbread man mat, we described the gingerbread man and made lost posters, along with many more activities.
This week we have been reading the story Goldilocks and the 3 bears. We spent time writing a shopping list so that we have the ingredients to make porridge. Then we made porridge and added lots of different flavours to find out 'What makes porridge yummy?'. We wrote a letter to the three bears from Goldilocks, stating how sorry she was for eating the porridge, breaking the chair and sleeping in baby bears bed. We have also been using the junk boxes, we have been making the 3 bears cottage.
Autumn Term Topic- 2nd Half
Why are the stars in the sky at night? Does everyone go to bed at the same time as me? This half term we are going to be exploring these questions and move as we look at the topic 'What happens when I fall asleep?'
In the last few weeks of term we talked about Christmas and practised for our nativity. Below are just some of the pictures of the children performing our 'Wriggly Nativity'. Thank you to all the parents for providing such amazing costumes, practising the children's lines with them and coming to watch our performance. We are very proud of all the children for all their hard work and we can't believe how amazing the performance. was.
This week we learnt about nocturnal animals and all their special features that help them to find food in the dark. We went on nocturnal animal counting hunts, painted pictures of owls and conducted an investigation to find out whether we can see in the dark.
This week we had a pyjama party and thought about lots of questions we would like to find out the answers to. We spoke a lot about space so we made rockets out of junk materials, rocket sun catchers, and used our sounds to label a rocket.
This week the children learnt about Bonfire Night. We created firework pictures, learnt a little about the gunpowder plot and made firework biscuits.
This week the children learnt about Diwali and learnt about the story of Rama and Sita. We made puppets to act out the story, made bridges to help Rama and Sita get home, made rangoli patterns and made divas. In maths we talked about symmetry and created lots of symmetrical patterns. We also used our new role play area (a rocket), which all the children have thoroughly enjoyed using!
Autumn Term Topic- 1st Half
This term our topic is Nursery rhymes. We will be singing different Nursery rhymes and planning all our learning around them. Please share these rhymes at home to help your child's understanding.
This week the children enjoyed their first PE session. We were learning how to control our body.
This week the children learnt about the Nursery Rhyme 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star'. They made rockets, sparkly stars and starry night pictures. In PE this week we were improving our awareness of left and right.
This week the children learnt about the Nursery Rhymes 'The Queen of Hearts' and 'The Grand Old Duke of York'. They made jam tarts and the children will also have the chance to make crowns, castles and drums. Below are some pictures of all the lovely thing we got up to this week!
This week the children have been looking at the Nursery Rhyme 'Incy Wincy Spider'. They have painted rainy day pictures of Incy, made play dough Incy Wincy spiders, built houses and painted some wonderful glittery webs.
This week the children have been looking at 'Humpty Dumpty'. They have made a Humpty Dumpty out of eggs, Humpty Dumpty out of paper, brick walls, and even tried egg on toast.
This week the children have been looking at 'Old Macdonald'. They have enjoyed singing the nursery rhyme using puppets, creating scarecrows using different materials, playing with the small world farm and creating a farm using construction materials. We have also been on an Autumn Wellie walk this week where we were searching for the changes in the trees.