Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 form Acorn Class and work with Mrs Thorp and Mrs Baines. As well as following the statutory curriculum for their year group, children in Acorns are encouraged to follow their own lines of inquiry in our well-resourced indoor and outdoor provision. This page aims to give you an insight into what the children have been up to in lessons and during their independent learning in our provision. If you scroll to the bottom of the page you will find links to websites and documents to enhance your child's learning.
Below you will find the long- and medium-term planning documents for the Acorn class, with a brief overview of what teaching and learning will cover for KS1. Children in Reception will access theme work as appropriate to their learning needs and styles - we plan in-the-moment supported by objective-led planning to secure their individual development and progress in line with their interests. For more information about the statutory curriculum for Early Years, please click here.
Spring term proved to be very exciting for Acorns, with not one but two dressing up days (World Book Day and Comic Relief), visitors to the school (including a visit from the police!) and our trip to Whitby with Saplings class. The children enjoyed immersing themselves in all things Captain Cook this term, from visiting the HMS Bark Endeavour to writing a tourism leaflet all about Australia.
In Forest Schools with Hidden Horizons, we have been enjoying the (somewhat) improved weather, heading outside to participate in the RSPB Bird Watch, build fire structures and develop our knowledge of shelter building.
We are very much looking forward to the Summer term. Our new topic will be Imagine, in which we will be inspired by Roald Dahl's George's Marvellous Medicine before moving on to imagining what it would be like if we found a visitor from another planet in our playground and celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landings. We will also be welcoming our trainee teacher, Mr Vincent, back to the Acorns following his Spring placement elsewhere.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the parent helpers that accompanied us on the Whitby trip - we know some of you had as much fun as the children!
Mrs Thorp and Mrs Baines
We have been blessed with some gorgeous weather this term, which is fortunate because it has enabled us to do lots of outdoor learning as part of our Treasure topic.
We hosted our friends from Hackness' Class 1 to celebrate all we learned about pirates. We sang sea shanties, ate some pirate grub and did lots of pirate-themed activities including making pirate puppets, sea paintings and our very own pirate hats. It was a really fun day and the children really enjoyed getting to know each other better.
In addition to our pirate party, we also took our learning about pirates to South Bay. We took to the water on the Regal Lady - thankfully the water wasn't too choppy and all children found their sea legs pretty quickly! We followed this up with a tour of the lifeboat station where we learned how to stay safe at the seaside and the role of the RNLI in keeping people safe. Last, but certainly not least, we cooled down with an ice cream! The children were a credit to the school - well done, Acorns!
Acorns have also completed a four-week Forest Schools workshop with Rich from Hidden Horizons. We learned how to build shelters, light fires and identify plants and trees in the school grounds, in addition to making our own bread and cooking it outside on the fire. This enabled children to develop and understand the value of perseverance, resilience and teamwork. Unsurprisingly, the children demonstrated real enthusiasm for their Forest Schools learning, and we have been finding lots of mini-shelters around school ever since!
We hope you have a lovely and safe summer and look forward to seeing you all in the Autumn term.
As the Spring term draws to a close, it is finally starting to look a little bit more like Spring! We have really enjoyed being able to take our learning outside more, from exploring the most efficient way to free someone trapped in ice (please be assured that we only froze plastic people, not real ones!) to observing seasonal changes around the school grounds.
We were fortunate to have trainee teacher Mrs Cobbett-Collier with us this term in Acorns. She has now moved on to her final placement and we were all sorry to see her go - but wish her lots of luck for a successful career ahead.
Children have been rehearsing their Easter song for the Easter service and are set to be in fine voice! We have also been reading the Easter story from the Bible and exploring its meaning through art. Mrs Baines and myself are always amazed at the depth of insight displayed by the children in Acorns, with children participating in discussions about sacrifice, the Holy Trinity and love.
We hope you all have a lovely Easter break and look forward to seeing you all in the Summer term.
Closely observing daffodils.
Still life drawing.
Building a replica of Shackleton's boat
Freeing Shackleton from the ice!
Spring term so far has seen the Acorns head to Antarctica! We have been busy learning everything we can about one of the coldest places on Earth - from discovering what animals we would expect to find there to writing stories and poems inspired by the continent. We have been very lucky (unlucky, depending on your point of view!) to have had lots of snow which has helped us put ourselves in the boots of intrepid Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton.
SJT helped us with Antarctic stories.
Exploring how to stay warm.
A polar expedition.
A class full of Shackletons!
Colour mixing in the snow
Using the snow to develop our motor skills.
Creating our own snowflake close ups...
...exploring nature's patterns and symmetry.
What a busy term it has been! The Acorns have really embraced the Christmas spirit over the last few weeks, with our trip up to Dalby Forest with the Saplings to decorate a tree for their Christmas tree competition. Unfortunately, we didn't win (well done, Kirkbymoorside Primary School!) but Savannah, our school representative, did get to meet Miriam Margoyles and we all loved taking part!
We had a wonderful time at the Stephen Joseph Theatre watching Aluki and Nanuk. Reception children have really enjoyed orally retelling the story since and the play served as a brilliant introduction for next term's theme: Exploration (more information to follow!).
Finally, can we just say an enormous WELL DONE to all the children in Acorns for their superb performance of 'Hey Ewe!' in church. All staff are so impressed at how beautifully the children sang, how well they remembered their lines and how wonderfully they showed off their dance moves (especially our dabbing angels!). Thank you to all parents and carers who helped children with their lines - we're sure you'll agree they all did you proud!
Have a lovely, safe and restful Christmas break and we will see you in January.
Bug ClubPlease speak to Mrs Thorp for more information about Bug Club.
Phonics PlaySome free interactive games to give children the opportunity to practise and apply knowledge covered in our Letters and Sounds sessions. Reception are focusing on Phase 2 and Phase 3, before moving on to Phase 4 in the Summer term. Year 1 are developing their knowledge of Phase 5 letters and sounds and Year 2 are reinforcing their knowledge of Phase 5 as well as learning new spelling patterns and suffix rules.
Our Early Years outdoor canopy, built summer 2014, further enhances our outdoor provision
Mayor, Cllr Pat Marsburg and Mayoress, Mrs Hilary Groves of the Borough of Scarborough officially open our outdoor learning area.