Welcome to Acorns!

 

 

Parents help our Acorns grow...

How you can help your child at home:

  • Make sure your child can go to the toilet independently.
  • Spend time showing your child how to put on his/her coat and shoes.
  • Make time to talk about school.
  • Keep us informed of family change, ie. new baby, moving house etc.
  • Borrow school library books to share with your child at home.
  • Encourage your child to use pens, pencils, chalks and simple tools such as scissors.
  • Write your child’s name and help him/her to recognise it.
  • Introduce counting during activities such as shopping.
  • Look at shapes, colours, numbers and words on food packets, street signs etc.
  • Share and talk about home learning activities.

 

 

 

Home Learning

What Home Learning your child will receive: 
Each half term your child is given their home learning activities. These are activities for your child to share with you and often other members of the family. The challenges will support home and school learning and help your child towards achieving the early learning goals set out in the Early Years curriculum. 
When Home Learning  is to be handed in:
All activities are worth 5 points. Try to aim for 30 points per half term = 1 activity per week (5 extra points for completing at least one activity in every column).  
You could also complete two activities one week and have a break the following week. Either pick activities that are in the same column or simply pick and mix the activities you wish to choose. 
How Home Learning will be marked:
Your child’s learning will be shared and celebrated with their peers and teachers. 
BONUS POINTS: 5 extra points for completing at least one activity in every column.
Colour in the ‘Points Record’ box to show how many points you have scored in total each week.
How much support your child may need:
Please make a comment and share a picture about your completed child’s learning activity on Tapestry.  Also, you can come in with your child on Friday, if you have chosen an activity that can be stuck into their home Learning Journey. Colour in which activity your child has completed.
 

 

 

Reading at home

We also encourage children to be read to/with for 5-10 minutes a day.

 

 

 

Websites

Support for parents:

Parents’ Guide to the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework

Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage

 

Letters and Sounds

Ruth Miskin Phonics Training

 

 

Please remember that we are here to work with you to give YOUR child the best start at school so if you have any worries or questions, please come and talk to us.

Thank you for all your support!

 

Please continue to send in anything which you think would be useful and is clean for the children to use in junk modelling type activities. Also, used birthday cards have been very useful for cutting practice - thank you!

Your children like to use empty washing up bottles to make lines, circles and curves (getting ready to write carefully!). Please send in any of your rinsed out bottles.

 

 

Coming soon...

 

Bring a bear and blanket for ‘Stay and Share a Book’.

Parents and carers will have the opportunity to share and talk about some of our exciting books from our school library with their children.

 

 

Latest...

What makes a good book?

bear

Our topic this term is 'What makes a good book?'. We are looking at famous authors including Michael Rosen and Judith Kerr.

tiger

 
 
 

Previously... 

Can we create art?

colour

We explored all about different artists and also explored different resources we can use to create art. Could we only use pencils and paint brushes?

 

 

 

grandad

 

What is a hero?

We explored all about real life heroes such as people in the police, ambulance and fire services. We met some of these people. Are there heroes in these books?

                    

ladybird

 

 

 

 How does your garden grow?

We found out about growing, minibeasts, plants, flowers and food, including fruit and vegetables. We discussed favourite food, reading books about plants and flowers, exploring minibeasts we have outside and helping to make meals.  

hungry  jasper  titch

 

 

 

What if dinosaurs lived today?

What do you know about dinosaurs? Do you have any good stories about dinosaurs? Have you seen any dinosaurs? Can you say any dinosaurs’ names? Are you the dinosaur expert in your house? 

                                                                                                    

 

 

 

How does it work?

Can he fix it? No he can't! Duck wants to show off his DIY skills. But, the trouble is, when Duck starts fixing things, the problems are only just beginning.  We investigated how things worked.

fixit 

 

 

Is there always a happily ever after?

One story we looked at was ‘The Gingerbread Man', where we had a go at making our own Gingerbread and we didn't let him run away!
                                                             gingerbread                                    3littlepigs

 

 

What’s your talent?

rhymebook

We explored by learning about different ways and resources we can use to entertain our family and friends, including Nursery Rhymes.

 

 

Are all families the same?

We explored this theme by learning about different family members and activities that we do with our families. 

                                                           goldilocks

  

 

Do you like to be beside the Seaside? boat

We explored what is at the seaside and what animals are at the beach.  One themed activity included eating ice-cream from a choice of flavours and toppings, from our very own ice cream shop inside the foundation unit!  

 

 

Who can we ask for help?

 redriding

We role played different occupations to learn about this. We were lucky to have many visitors from our community to talk about what they do to help us.  We thought about who could help Little Red Riding Hood?

 

 

How do you grow your dinner?

hen

We explored this theme by learning about where food comes from, how it is grown, what food is like in other countries and how food is cooked.

                                         

 

Earth or Space?

 space                                 whatever

 

We explored this topic by learning about the differences between Earth and the Moon, space travel and its history and the features of space.

 

Scales, skin, feathers or fur?

                                                       chicken licken                                                                    3 billy goats

We started by learning about farm animals through the story of ‘Chicken Licken’.  We also looked at the stories ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’ and ‘Jesus’ Christmas Party’.

 

 

Pirates Ahoy

piratesocean

 

 

We read about pirates and creatures that lived under the sea.  To introduce our topic we are had a pirate adventure day.

diggers                                                  

 

Castles

castle

We focused on how people lived in them, our Queen's castles and castle characters such as knights, princesses and dragons.

queen

 

Marvellous Me

We explored language about families and family members, thought about our own families and talked about them. We found out what's inside our bodies, named body parts and tried out different activities using different parts of our body.

 

Bears

 

We read a selection of bear stories and used information books to find out about Bears.

 

Going Places

We read lots of stories about transport and found out about travelling on different transport around our town including bus rides, train rides and even boat rides! 

 

 

 

 

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