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Reception - Acorn


Hi all.

You have all been signed up to a Wellbeing challenge! It will not only help to support mental health, but you have the option of entering a competition to win yourself a prize! Good luck :) (See attached PDF file)

Also, our PSHE scheme 1Decision are now providing home-learning resources. I would highly recommend signing up for these.


Stay safe. Thinking of you all. 

Best wishes.

Mrs Faragher (PSHE coordinator)

Acorn - Please find your home learning tasks in the link below: 

Welcome to Acorn Class


Miss Dower is the class teacher and we have two teaching assistants Mrs Pritchard and Miss Shields.

On this web page we will be putting lots of information about all the exciting things we will be doing in our class throughout the year.



Welcome back and a happy new year, we hope you all had a restful break. Thank you very much for all your lovely cards and gifts



What will we be learning this term in Acorn class?


This term we will immerse ourselves in a ‘around the world’ topic. We will be starting our journey by exploring our local community and where we live. At the end of January we will discover and learn about China and we will be looking at the celebration of Chinese New Year. We will look at changes in weather and talk about holidays we have been on. We will also continue to work on creating personalised learning opportunities within Acorn Class, developing the unique individual interests of the children.


We are proud to promote British Values within Acorn class. Each day the children vote for the story they would like to hear at Story time. We strongly encourage our children to share their ideas and value others opinions and views. This term the children have voted to change our class role play area into a hair and beauty salon. We also voted to change our outdoor role play. The children are excited to help design and create a police station. Who knows maybe we will have a visit from some real local police officers to help extend our learning.


In maths we will be been looking at one more and one less. We will begin to estimate the amounts of objects we see and check by counting. We will develop our use of number and begin to explore simple addition and subtraction in practical ways. We are also on the lookout for lots of 2D and 3D shapes that are all around us in our environment.


In Literacy we continue to work on our phonics, reading and writing. We will begin to explore the features of books and read a wide range of texts. The children will develop their writing recalling their own experiences and rewriting stories in their words. We are working hard to hear the sounds in words and write these down. We will also begin to explore importance of finger spaces, capital letters and full stops and try to use them when we write ourselves. 



Useful information:

Our school day begins at 8.55am each morning. The lower school playground doors are open from 8.45am until 8.55am. When the door is open children can walk into school, hang up their own belongings and enter their classroom.


Our day finishes at 3.30pm and the Reception children will leave through foundation stage garden.


Each day the children will have a snack and the weekly charge for this is 50p. We ask that this is paid to a member of the Reception staff each Monday morning.


We do P.E. on a Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon and we ask that the children have a labelled P.E. kit that is left in school. Our P.E. kit consists of a pair of maroon shorts, a white t-shirt with the school logo and black pumps. Please ensure that this is in a named draw string bag



  • PE is on a Tuesday and Wednesday

  • Computing is on Friday

  • Daily Phonics lessons



  • Reading is expected every night. Please record a comment in your child's reading record.
  • At times there may be additional tasks set which will help your child to consolidate their learning. 


What will the children need in school?

  • Everyday each child should bring to school their book bag containing their reading record, reading books and phonic book.
  • Each child should have a water bottle to be kept in school which will be sent home to be washed.
  • Each child is expected to have a PE kit in line with the school uniform policy




Each morning the children complete a phonics session where they learn sounds and how to use them in their reading and in their writing. Each week the children will bring home a phonic book. Phonic books will contain letters and sounds that the children will focus on learning that week. Children will use their phonic books to practice these letters and sounds with you at home. Please work through these sounds with your child to help consolidate their learning.


Parents as Partners

From birth, children are continually learning. They develop and learn in a variety of ways and you as parents are their first and most enduring educators. Close working between teachers and parents is therefore vital for the identification of a child’s learning needs. So that we can plan the most effective and meaningful activities for your child, it would be most helpful if you could share your child’s experiences out of school with us. This could be anything from a special trip out or dancing in a show, to baking a cake or going to swimming lessons! We highly value your opinions and input and it would help us greatly if you could write down any experiences your child has enjoyed away from school. We are sure this will have a positive impact on the experiences we provide within the school setting. You can record these experiences in your child’s Special Moments book - please feel free to write about any learning experiences or special activities undertaken at home. We look forward to hearing all about the hobbies, interests, experiences and achievements that you share outside school.




We hope you find this information useful. If you have any queries, please come and see us.


Warm regards,


Miss Dower and the Reception team

Chinese New Year Celebrations

Trip to Pizza Express

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