Welcome to Acorns!
Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 form Acorn Class and work with Mrs Thorp (class teacher) and Mrs Baines (GTA). Below you will find the curriculum overviews for the Acorn class.
As well as following the statutory curriculum for their year group, children in Acorns are encouraged to follow their own lines of inquiry to consolidate their learning 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.
Children in Reception will access theme work as appropriate to their learning needs and styles, but have plenty of opportunities to access continuous provision 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.
It has been a busy month for Acorns as all the children have adjusted to their new year groups. We are particularly pleased to report how well our Reception children have settled in to school life!
Our Christian value this half term is Friendship and our topic for the Autumn term is Belonging - if you'd like to know more about what the children will be learning, please see the PDF at the top of the page. We are also exploring democracy and we have already voted for our Acorns School Council representatives.
So far this term, we have been exploring the school grounds and considering what Wykeham has to offer. As well as harvesting the fruit that belongs to our school, we also found some items that seemed a little bit out of place... it didn't take the children long to work out they belonged to different traditional tales - our focus in English this half term!
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
Below are a list of interactive games your child should be familiar with from work we have done in school.
Hit the Button
children race against the clock to answer as many number facts as they can! We are currently developing our recall of multiplication/division facts and number bonds to 20 and 100.
Please speak to Mrs Thorp for more information about Bug Club.
Some 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.