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Welcome to Acorns Class


This term our question is: Where can we go? What can we see?

We will be exploring the traditional tale of little red riding hood. We will be looking at the different settings she visits in the story such as her home, the forest and grandmothers house. We will focus on the questions: Where did little red riding hood go? What did she see along the way?

We will be learning the story through talk for writing, using story maps to help us read and actions to help up remember the story. We will then innovate (change) aspects of the story looking at different characters and setting. Where could little red riding hood go instead of the forest? What will she see on the way?

Our focus this term is on physical development and writing skills. We will be mark making using both gross and fine motor skills and developing our tripod grips to help up gain more control when writing.

Rachel Downs(2)

Miss Downs - Class Teacher


What We Do Each Day

Each day, children come to nursery and spend some time relaxing and getting ready to learn. We do activities that help us to develop skills that will prepare us for school and wider life, such as communication, language and social skills. We have plenty of time to play and explore the environment both indoors and outside. Every day we have a healthy snack during story time. We do phonics, maths and reading activities in small groups. Before home time, we sing songs and share a story together. 

Key Worker System

Every child has a key worker who works with them closely, helping them to settle into school and making sure that their needs are met. Key workers use your child's next steps to make sure that they fulfil their potential. Key workers work in partnership with families, providing them with support where necessary. They are responsible for recording children's progress in their Learning Journey book. The Key Workers in Acorns class are:

Miss R Downs (Class Teacher)

Miss C Hoek (Teaching Assistant)

Mrs Costello (Teaching Assistant)

Communication and Language

Communication and Language is one of our Prime Areas of Learning in our Early Years Curriculum. We teach the three aspects of this, Speaking, Understanding and Listening and Attention throughout all of our adult directed and child initiated sessions. Communication and Language skills are important for learning across the whole curriculum so it is vital that we get this right for our children. 

If you would like to see the expectations for your child's Communication and Language skills please see the attached "Small Talk" document. 

Feel free to ask any member of the Early Years team if you have any questions. 

Other Information

We have a special rhyme to learn which changes every week. 

You will receive your rhyme of the week as well as any important information for your diary every Monday. This will also include information about what we are learning that week and ideas for continued learning at home. 

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