Acorn Class Oak Class
Teachers- Miss G Cranswick Mrs C Tyson
TA's- Mrs Henderson, Mrs Moorby, Miss Baygot
Our classrooms are a fun place to be
SUMMER TERM 2
Our topic for the second half of the summer term is ‘Minibeasts’. We will be reading a range of books including fiction, non–fiction and rhyming books. We will begin the topic thinking about caterpillars and lifecycles. We hope to recreate nursery rhymes and create our own minibeast stories. We hope to become minibeast experts and plan to develop our knowledge of minibeasts as well as hunt for them in the eco-zone and during welly Wednesday sessions.
Planting and growth will be included within our minibeast topic. We have extended this into Acorn classes role play area; where a flower shop has been arranged for the children to explore. We also hope to plant lots of herbs for our potion station in the outdoor area and grow flowers for our gardens at home.
We are lucky enough to be getting some caterpillars in the classroom which we will watch grow and change over the next few weeks. We will also be having some slimy visitors in the classroom as we observe their slimy snail trails.
Our last Parent Session this academic year will be a Minibeast Garden Party on Wednesday 17th July at 2:15pm. During this session you will compete a minibeast hunt in the eco zone with your child followed by minibeast biscuits and cakes that the children will be making that morning.
As we come to an end to the academic year, we will be working hard to secure our mathematics work. As we secure our number recognition to twenty and continue to add and subtract confidently. We also have a lot of shape, space and measure activities planned and hope to extend this into our outdoor learning.
Thank you for all your ongoing support this year.
The foundation stage and year one team.
Summer Term 1
Hello and welcome back as we begin our summer term. The topic this first half of the term will be all about sea life. We will begin the topic by exploring the book The Rainbow Fish, Tiddler and The Greedy Octopus. We will also explore non-fiction books and research materials as we explore the oceans and the amazing creatures living within them.
We have a very exciting school trip planned; on the 1st of May we will visit Blackpool Aquarium.
We hope to extend the topic through both classrooms; through the continuous provision and the outdoor area. In Acorn class we have our very own Acorn Aquarium. Where we can practise using money to buy tickets before entering the aquarium and become a visitor or tour guide.
This term we have lots of fun art work planned; the children will have the chance to look at and feel fish scales before using water colours to paint. We also plan to create clay masque work with a fishy theme in mind. During our physical education sessions, we plan to focus on creating movements and dances to the well known song ‘Under the Sea!’
We will continue to enjoy Welly Wednesday and look forward to the sunshine as we learn in our natural environment. The children of Acorn and Oak are becoming confident readers; we will have focused sessions where we focus on books during guided reading sessions. Individual reading books will continue to change each week. Please read with your children at home and help them to enjoy and talk about the books they share with you.
During mathematics sessions we will develop our number recognition, counting skills, addition and subtraction work. We will also continue to develop our knowledge of halves and doubles, shapes and measure work.
Thank you for all your support and care. Look out for our fishy art work and aquarium pictures.
Spring Term 2
To end the second term to our school year we will now begin our woodland topic. The children will begin the topic by exploring the book, ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’. This is exciting as the book is celebrating it’s thirtieth birthday.
The children of Acorn and Oak class will learn about the various aspects to a wood. They will enjoy retelling the story through sequencing tasks, small word activities and Welly Wednesday bear hunt trails. We hope to learn about all the different animals which might be found in a wood; also identifying the nocturnal animals. We have lots of exciting books to explore through the topic; including, ‘The Gruffalo’, ‘Percy the Park Keeper’ and traditional tails such as ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and ‘Little Red Riding Hood’.
We have a very exciting school trip planned. The children are going to complete the Zog trail at Gisburn forest. They will explore the woodland areas and search for signs of wildlife. We hope for good weather and signs of Spring for our visit.
In Acorn and Oak classes we will continue to develop our number recognition and addition work. We will introduce subtraction and learn to record as we switch from addition to subtraction. Please continue to enjoy your family maths challenges.
Thank you for all your ongoing support; please keep reading at home and help your children to enjoy talking about the books they bring home to share with you.
The children of Acorn and Oak classes are enjoying the story the naughty bus; by Jan and Jerry Oke.
The children will use the book to take a journey within the world around them. They will think of all the different forms of transport which can help us to travel. They will learn about London and the differences between a city and a town; or village. They will visit their class bus station and travel in the naughty bus as they create their own mischief and adventures.
The children will also learn about dinosaurs and pond life as they follow the pages in the book. To end the topic, we will be thinking about hygiene as we will find throughout our adventures the naughty bus will become a little dirty.
In Acorn and Oak classes we will be learning how to use money and create an amount or add two amounts together. We will learn about ordinal numbers and shapes. The children will learn to count accurately and consistently as they focus on recognising their target numbers.
During our DT sessions the children will design and create their very own naughty busses; we look forward to hearing about the adventures and mischief which take place outside of school.
Thank you for all your ongoing support; please keep reading at home and help your children to develop their love of reading; they are all working incredible hard during phonics and reading sessions.
Autumn Term 1
P.E. Day for Oak and Acorn Class - is Monday. (If your child wears ear rings please could you remove them before school on these days. Thank You)
Welly Wednesday – each Wednesday afternoon we will be taking our learning outside in all weathers. Please ensure your child has wellies and waterproofs in school with them each Wednesday.
Library Day- will be a Friday.
Reading Book Bags- need to be brought to school every day once your child brings them home.
May I take this opportunity to remind you, that as a Healthy School, the children are encouraged to bring water to school each day- in clear, plastic bottles which are named. Infant Children are given a piece of fruit to eat at morning playtime. If they prefer to bring a piece of fruit from home, they may do so.
We are really looking forward to working with your children and getting to know them during the next few weeks. We have lots of exciting things planned; we are sure that the children will settle well into their classes and have lots of fun!
Welcome back as we are beginning our summer term in Acorn class. This half term we are going to be learning all about food; glorious food. We will begin the topic by learning about the different food groups and what is important in our daily diets.
We will cover different fiction and non-fiction books as we learn about food. We will begin by looking at two well known stories; ‘The Little Red Hen’ and ‘The Ginger Bread Man’. We will then move on to read ‘Handa’s Surprise’ and ‘Oliver’s Vegetables’. We will be reading and following different recipes in school and hope to create some lovely surprises for you at home.
We will be observing in the eco zone as we start to see food grow and name the different vegetables and fruit we find. We also hope to visit an allotment in Clitheroe and hope to become busy as we search for food which is growing.
Our role play area in Acorn class has been transformed into a bakery. The children have been involved in planning this area and have shared their ideas before it was created. If you do get chance to visit a bakery it would be fantastic for your children to go and smell the different foods being cooked and watch as customers buy their favourite bread or cakes. This will help them to imagine that they are in a real bakery as they explore the new area.
Please continue to enjoy sharing this first part of your child’s learning journey at school and continue to practise their number work and reading at home. Your children should have lots to share with you about the topic and might even want to get busy with you in the kitchen; just make sure they remember to wash up!
SPRING TERM 2
This half of the term we are going to be learning all about growing. We will begin the topic by thinking about a favourite fairy tale of mine which I’m sure the children will love. ‘Jack and the beanstalk’ will be used to help the children to think about the structure of a story. They will also have the chance to grow their very own beanstalk.
We will cover different fiction and non-fiction books as we learn about how growth begins and the life cycle of the various plants and trees we think about. We also have an exciting trip to the eco zone planned where our school expert will help us to name all the different plants and flowers in the eco zone. As spring begins this is a very exciting time to explore the topic.
The children in acorn class have been working really hard in their mathematics sessions and have developed an understanding of number and addition. We will begin to think about subtraction during the next half of the term and master how to follow a number sentence which asks us to take away objects from an amount instead of adding them together.
The role play area in Acorn class has been transformed into a flower shop. The children will have the chance to visit the very colourful shop and make orders and arrangements for weddings and parties. They will use money to create an amount for the shop keeper or work on the till and receive the payments.
In school this half term we are also planning a health and wellbeing week. The children will take part in a different events during the week; this will include, yoga, a skipping workshop and street dancing. We will end this next half of the term by exploring the Easter story and going to church. The children will also enjoy art and craft sessions as they create Easter and Spring themed designs and also think about using a pencil to shade.
Thank you for the ongoing support at home. Please enjoy talking to your children about the topic and help them to share and enjoy the knowledge they gain.
The children in Acorn class are excited about
their new topic.
Spring Term One…
Welcome back and happy New Year!
This half of the term we are thinking about bears. We have a short term back so there is lots for Acorn class to learn and explore. This topic will be full of information which the children will enjoy learning about. We will use the topic to help us learn across our foundation stage curriculum.
We will explore a wide range of reading material all about bears; this will include lots of stories about bears and information books. We will think about the difference between fiction and non-fiction as we cover the topic. We will think about all kinds of different bears; including brown bears, spectacle bears, pandas, koalas, grizzly bears and polar bears.
The role play area in Acorn class has been transformed into a bear cave where the children can go on their own bear hunt! They will be encouraged to write about the bears they meet on their adventures. We also have a speaking and listening area where the children can retell the story of, ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’. In the outdoor area we will become little brown bear as we explore and observe our natural environment.
Autumn Term Two
This term our topic is ‘toys!’ This an enjoyable topic where the children will learn about toys. They will think about how toys have changed from past toys to present toys. They will explore what toys are made from and how they work. They will also think about the toys which are special to them.
In Acorn class will be exploring a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books as we think about toys. The children in Acorn class are excited to share this experience with you; they are looking forward to our stay and learn session on the 14th of November.
Throughout December the children will begin enjoying the build up to Christmas. Hopefully they will have some special visitors in class. During this term your children will become part of our infant production. They will work hard to learn various songs and actions.
In Acorn class we will begin using our role play area as a toy shop. The children will begin using money to buy objects and think about creating a needed amount. The toy shop will then be transformed into our very own Santa’s workshop. The children will enjoy writing letters and preparing presents in the workshop. Please enjoy talking to your children about the new topic and help them to explore the topic as they share their ideas and experiences.
Autumn Term Two
This term our topic is ‘ourselves!’ This a super topic where the children will learn all about themselves and those around them. It will also give them the chance to learn about their new friends; as we discuss what makes everyone special and unique.
In Acorn class we will soon begin phonics sessions where the children will engage with fun and interactive activities. They will learn to;
hear sounds around them.
recognise and repeat rhymes.
blend sounds together.
recognise letters and find objects matching
the initial sound of the relevant letter.
read simple words.
During this first term we will also work hard to
promote a love of reading where your children
will begin to enjoy and feel confident when
learning to read.
They will engage in a variety of reading materials. As they;
listen to new stories.
think about our class themes and topics; using information books and stories.
learn to engage with stores and predict whatmight happen next.
learn to read!
Please enjoy celebrating the books and rhymes your children bring home and help them to feel confident and proud as they begin their journey and learn to read.
In Acorn Class we work hard to keep the learning environment exciting for the children to learn in. The areas are changed on a weekly basis. Hopefully your children will tell you what is new in Acorn class each week. At the moment we have a kitchen as our role play . The children have enjoyed preparing meals as they work in this area and get to know their new friends.
Welcome to Oak and Acorn Classes!
Our classrooms are very busy places where there is always lots happening!
SUMMER TERM 2
Our topic for the second half of the summer term is ‘Minibeasts’. We are sure that the children will enjoy the many activities that we have planned, such as a ‘Minibeast Safari’ in the Eco Zone which will be led by Mr Dykes. An exciting way to start our new topic!
We will be reading a range of books including fiction, non –fiction and rhyming books. We will be using the internet to find out information about different minibeasts.
Oak Class role play area is going to be ‘Minibeast Garden’ with ladybird, spider, wasp/bee and butterfly costumes for the children to dress up in. It will also be ‘Little Miss Muffet’s Garden’ during our ‘spider’s week’. The role play area in Acorn Class will be a bakery where the children will be making cakes and bread too sell in the shop. The children will need to select the coins they need to pay for each item they buy.
We are lucky enough to be getting some caterpillars in the classroom which we will watch grow and change over the next few weeks. We will also be having a wormery and snails in the classrooms for the children to observe and care for. After our Minibeast Safari with Mr Dykes we will also be looking for minibeasts around our Outdoor areas.
Our last Parent Session this academic year will be a Minibeast Garden Party on Friday 14th July at 2:15pm. During this session you will compete a minibeast hunt in the eco zone with your child followed by minibeast biscuits and cakes that the children will be making that morning.
Don’t forget to look at ‘Learning Door’ to find out the focus of our activities each week and to look at the schools Facebook page to see photos of the children in action.
Summer Term 1
This half term’s topic is ‘Animals’. This is an interesting topic which we know the children will enjoy! They will learn about different kinds of animals such as Pets, Farm Animals and Zoo Animals. We will also look at the different habitats for animals around the world.
We will be reading a range of books including fiction, non –fiction and rhyming books. We will be using the internet to find out information about different animals and to watch zoo animals on web cams. This topic provides a fantastic stimulus for learning.
We are starting this work by looking Pets. The role play area in Oak class will become a Pet Shop and in Acorn Class the children will be working in a vets looking after sick and injured animals! We are sure that the children will have great fun working and learning in both of these areas.
We have planned two weeks focused upon Pets, two weeks upon Farm animals and two weeks upon Zoo Animals. Don’t forget to return the letter about our last trip of this academic year. We are going to Hesketh Farm Park on Wednesday 10th May.
Once again can we please ask for your help and co-operation with reading this half term? Please can you make sure that you find ten minutes a day to listen to your child read their reading book and to help them practise sounding out and reading words on their word walls. Daily practise writing down spellings with your child when they bring them home would also give them more confidence in their work at school. You could even ask your child to think of a sentence with one of their spellings in and ask if they can write the sentence down.
Our topic for the second half of the Spring Term is Our Amazing World. This is an interesting topic which we know the children will enjoy! It will enable them to learn about the different environments which we can find within our world such as the Town, the Country, the Jungle, the Antarctica and Space.
We will be reading a range of books including fiction and rhyming books. We will be using the internet to find out information about different environments. This topic provides a fantastic stimulus for learning as we will be looking at different environments and their features.
We are starting this work by looking at the town and the country. As part of this work we have planned a train ride to Blackburn and back to look at the features of the countryside and the town. This is also linked to a fiction book in Literacy called The Train Ride.
The role play area in Oak class will become a Jungle for the children to go exploring and on safari in! In Acorn Class the children will be whizzing through space when the role play area becomes a space ship! We are sure that the children will have great fun working and learning in both of these areas.
Don’t forget to look at the display which tells you what we are focusing upon each week. This can be found on the cloakroom door of Oak class as you walk around the front of the school building.
Look out for photographs of the children in action on our School’s Facebook page!