Week 22 Update
We have enjoyed continuing with our story ‘The Gingerbread Man’ in Acorn class. We have role played the story using puppets on our new stage and have pretended we are the little old lady, making gingerbread in the home corner. We have also made our own ginger playdough and have LOVED playing with it! It smells delicious! We have also done a little experiment to see why the Gingerbread Man couldn’t swim across the river!
We have some new toys in our outdoor area, which we are enjoying during Busy Time and we had great fun on our trip to Cattle Country!
Week 21 Update
Week 20 Update
Week 19 Update
Busy Time! This is what busy learning looks like in Acorn class! In the past couple of weeks, we have chosen to do these activities ourselves: observing tadpoles, painting daffodils, name writing, number formation, making up new games with our friends, building, role playing, matching, digging, reading, along with much more! We are learning so many skills when we do this! The children are also showing each and every one of our PRIDE values!
Week 18 Update
Week 17 Update
Mr Southwell and Miss Simmonds have been very busy this week, making the outside and inside learning environments even better in Acorn class! Look at our new sandpit! Have you noticed our new fencing too? Miss Simmonds is looking forward to having some little helpers plant some new flowers in our mud kitchen area. There is now an observational area too, where the children will be able to learn more about nature and draw what they can see. The next project is to build a stage area for performances/role play and to develop the water area. Inside, we have a brand new rug in our carpet area, so that every child has their own special place to sit. Each area has been tidied and some things have been moved around! We can’t wait to see our youngest learners enjoy their learning space.
Week 16 Update
Week 15 Update
Over the past few weeks, the children in Acorn have really impressed us with their play – where they have learned lots of new things.
Recently, the children have enjoyed exploring with the magnets. They walked around the environment, looking for things that were magnetic. They then discussed what the objects were made of and discovered that the magnet stuck to things that were metal. They were then able to predict what would be magnetic and the objects that would not, based on their material. They enjoyed telling Mr Hales all about their learning!
The children have also been practising their number recognition and ordering by completing puzzles. They have also practised number formation on our large whiteboard!
During Busy Time, the children made up their own game of football, where they made a goal using crates and tried to score!
In the construction areas, the children have been building towers taller than themselves and have made their own racing track for the cars – Can you see how they have built a barrier so that the cars remain on the track? How clever! They have also made their own vehicles and have role played an adventure.
We learn so much when we play!
Week 14 Update
Week 13 Update
Week 12 Update
Week 11 Update
Week 10 Update
This week, Acorn class have started some work on the traditional story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’. Today, some children have chosen to build a house made of bricks. As a class, we have also sequenced pictures from the story and we will use this to help us retell the story using actions, later in the week. Some children also chose to sequence the story during Busy Time! They remembered the story well and showed great control with scissors!
Miss Simmonds was really impressed with a group of boys today, who worked hard to construct a ramp for their cars. They took it in turns to push their car, solved problems when the ramp needed fixing and were very engaged for a long time! Well done boys!
Week 9 Update
Last week, the children in Acorn class showed a keen interest in Lego, so Miss Simmonds put it in a tuff tray and lots of children wanted to build models there! They were so good that we decided to display them for a bit, so that others could see how good they were!
A group of children also spent a long period of time in the mud pit! The children loved wearing their wellies and getting INTO the pit! They spotted lots of things in there such as snails shells, seeds, stones and bark. To clean our wellies off, we splashed in the puddles!
We also enjoyed having our grown-ups in for Stay and Play. Lots of fine motor activities were out for us to choose from. We wanted to give our adults ideas of what we could do at home, to help us strengthen our hand muscles!
Week 8 Update
Week 7 Update
Last week, Acorn class enjoyed lots of activities linked to ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’. They retold the story using large construction, small world, story maps and character sticks. They remembered the story in lots of detail!
The children are also really starting to impress us with their writing and number work! Lots of children are choosing to do this during Busy Time!
Week 6 Update
Week 5 Update
Week 4 Update
Acorn class have had a busy week!
We have enjoyed learning the story ‘Goldilocks the Three Bears’ off by heart, using actions. We loved mark-making in porridge oats, making porridge in the mud kitchen and role playing the story in our Three Bear’s cottage. We also made our own Goldilocks characters and dressed them in fabric! We finished the week sorting materials in our classroom that are ‘hard’ and ‘soft’; just like Mummy and Daddy Bear’s chairs!
Today, we have started our new project, ‘Exploring Autumn’. We went for a walk around school and found lots of Autumnal treasures! We have enjoyed exploring them with magnifying glasses and we will continue to use them for lots of different activities over the next two weeks. During our walk, we also learned that evergreen trees stay green all year and that acorns come from Oak trees!
Miss Simmonds is also really happy that we are starting to use our sounds to write initial letters in words and some short words using Fred Fingers. We have been enjoying labelling pictures during busy time and have written stories with grown-ups about our drawings!
Week 3 Update
This week, Acorn class have celebrated the end of their topic on ‘Me and My Community’ by having a visit from the fire brigade. The children learned about how fire fighters help us. They also tried on jackets and helmets, took a seat inside the fire engine and used the hose to squirt water on the cars in the car park! The fire fighter then turned on the lights and sirens – they were LOUD!
The children have also been learning the story of ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’, with actions. The children have really enjoyed this and have been keen to continue their learning during busy time; retelling the story in the role play, making a cottage using construction, writing their own versions of the story and LOTS more!
What a great week so far! We look forward to starting our topic about ‘Autumn’ next week!