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Summer 2

Acorn Class has had a fantastic term! We cannot believe the children have reached the end of their Reception year.  

Acorn Class has particularly enjoyed learning more Traditional Tales this half term, and their favourites include  The Little Red Hen, The Elves and the Shoemaker, and The Gingerbread Man. They have enjoyed acting out scenes from the stories, sequencing the action, singing songs, and watching The Elves and the Shoemaker Ballet.  

In Maths, we have continued with First, Then, Now,  where we learned addition and subtraction facts, and we have moved on to shapes and patterns . We have looked at odds and we also continued counting to 20 and beyond, and our number bonds to 5 and 10.  

We loved our trip to Leeson House, exploring the grounds, hearing about the history, and pond dipping, scavenger hunting, and mini beast hunting. We’ve enjoyed going on nature walks, particularly to the allotment where we were thrilled to see our new plot. 

We loved Outdoor Classroom Day, and can’t wait to do it again! French Day was 'tres bon'! We loved dressing up, French food, music and songs!  

Sports Day was great, and we all tried our best in our races. The best part was the ‘art lesson’ race where we had to dress up in an apron and carry a paint palette and brush!  We loved all the activities and getting as many points as we could on each one in five minutes! Sometimes the five minutes felt like a very long time!  

We have continued to think about bring a good friend and what this means, and this has culminated in our performance of ‘Friends’ at the end of year service. We have also been thrilled to welcome new friends into our class this term, and Acorn Class have welcomed them with open arms which has been a delight to see.  

We have spent some time reflecting on our favourite things from our first year of school. It has been lovely remembering all the things we have done together. We agreed we have all enjoyed, baking, sewing, Lexia, Doodle, playtime, nature walks, Leeson House, Maths, Phonics, and Reading! Acorn Class enjoyed their transition morning to Year 1, and are ready, willing, and able to embrace all the challenges their next year in school will bring them.  

Congratulations Acorns. We are very proud of you all!  

Mrs Hollard and Miss Bower

 

Summer 1

Acorn Class have had a wonderful half term. We have particularly enjoyed getting outside in the sunshine and seeing our sunflower and tomato plants growing, and we are very excited about the prospect of an allotment! The flowers in our Easter garden have also grown really tall, and they look and smell amazing.

During our outside learning, we have enjoyed our Maths topic ‘To 20 and Beyond’ and have explored these numbers using blocks, chalkboards, and numicons in the garden.  We have ordered numbers to 20, forwards and backwards, we have explored tangrams by manipulating shapes which was great fun (and quite tricky!), and we have counted backwards and forwards playing dice games including Snakes and Ladders.

                           

 

      

 

 

We have also enjoyed our new literacy shed, which magically changes into a house or a train when our learning takes us in that direction. We have really enjoyed our Traditional Tales topic, including The Three Little Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk and The Ugly Duckling. We have re-enacted these stories outside and changed the endings!

In RE, we have been enchanted by stories from around the world, particularly Bilal and the Beautiful Butterfly when we acted out a caterpillar’s transformation in to a butterfly and looked at their life cycle. We also enjoyed The Crocodile and the Priest and loved playing the Crocodile game in the playground.

We’ve also enjoyed exploring Doodle Maths, playing tricky word matching games on our interactive white board, and pretending to be robots in our Understanding the World explorations.

We have enjoyed our Castle role-play area and we have designed shields and crowns, as well as handing out tickets to explore the castle, and making models of castles in our art lessons.

On the last day of term, we explored what the Platinum Jubilee means, and made crowns to celebrate this exciting event.

 

Spring 2

What a wonderful Spring Term we have had! This half term, Acorn class have been enjoying Birdwatching as part of our topic, The Natural World. They made a fantastic display, went on a bird watching walk, and had a talk on birdwatching from our resident twitcher Mrs Portsmouth. It was lovely to see how engaged the children were in this subject.

We loved dressing up for World Book Day, the costumes were amazing and all the children adored sharing their favourite books with the rest of the class. They especially enjoyed the Books at Bedtime event too.

 

                

 

In Maths, the children have explored tallest and shortest, and longest and shortest, and enjoyed going on outside scavenger hunts looking for items to compare, as well as arranging themselves in height order.  

 

We have also been looking for Signs of Spring, talking about Spring flowers, baby animals born in Spring time, as well as planting our seeds which linked to one of our books of the week ‘The Tiny Seed’. Another book of the week, ‘Owl Babies’, gave lots of opportunities for making puppets, story sequencing and word building. 

In RE, we have been looking at the Christian Festival of Easter, and the special days associated with that, which the children have found really interesting. We’ve made hot cross buns, palm leaves, and an Easter Garden as part of our learning.

The children were also thrilled to make and decorate a clay bowl to take home to someone special on Mothering Sunday, and discussed how this formed part of the period of Lent.

 

 

We have been so impressed with the progress the children have made in reading, writing, and maths this half term, they have been a pleasure to teach, and we are looking forward to the Summer Term when our new topic, ‘Traditional Tales’, begins. 

Have a lovely Easter holidays.

Mrs Hollard

 

 

Spring 1

Acorns have had a fantastic half term exploring our topic, The Natural World.

We have introduced a ‘Book of the Week’ which the children have loved, and we have linked activities to this.

In phonics, we have begun our phase 3 phonic sounds, which the children have really enjoyed, and every child has now received at least their first reading certificate this half term – well done! Lots of the children have now completed Lexia for Reception year – well done to those who have - and those who haven’t started it yet will now get the chance.

In Maths, we have been following White Rose, ‘Alive in 5!’ activities. This has included looking at equal and unequal groups, composition of numbers to 5, and comparing mass. The children enjoyed getting outside using the scales to weigh objects. We have also introduced Doodle Maths and the children have all enjoyed this, and there has been some brilliant learning taking place at home – well done again!

We have travelled around the world in RE, looking at how the New Year is celebrated in different religions, and the children have exhibited some really deep thinking while discussing these celebrations. As part of our New Year celebrations, we have talked about our dreams and goals, for the coming year. The children have talked about when they have achieved a goal and felt proud of themselves and what dreams they would like to come true in the future.

We have been lucky enough to get out for some walks in our local environment, taking part in a nature scavenger hunt and a thankfulness walk, and it was fantastic to see the children outside engaging with and enjoying these opportunities. 

It has been a fantastic half term, and we remain proud of every child and what they have achieved, and the progress they have made.

 

After a well-deserved break, we will continue our topic The Natural World, in the final half of the Spring term.  

 Best wishes,

Mrs Hollard