Hello and welcome to the wonderful Acorns! In Acorns we have 2 members of staff, Mrs Brandreth the class teacher and Mrs Breckwoldt our class teaching assistant. Acorns are some of the youngest children in the school, ranging from Years 2 to 4.

Our first mini theme during Autumn is ‘Inside Out’. During this PSHE based topic, we will be learning about what makes us unique and how our emotions can change the way we feel. We will be looking at what we need so we can learn and what we can do if we have a problem or worry.

We will then move onto our next whole school topic during the Autumn term: DINOSAURS. Oakgrove will be welcoming Sophie the T-Rex and her carers into our school to begin our learning with a big bang! During this science based topic, we will be learning about Animals, Including Humans, identifying and naming a variety of common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores, describing and comparing their structure. We will also be learning about Living Things and their Habitats, thorough exploring and comparing the difference between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive, identifying that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describing how different habitats provide the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other. In history, we will begin to create a timeline of dinosaur events and we will use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom and its countries, as well as the countries, continents and oceans during our geography sessions.

Letters and Sounds. We following the ‘Letters and Sound’ programme to help us recognise, recall and use phonemes. You will find useful games and resources at the following website:

In English, we will be focusing on improving our letter formation and our sentence writing skills. Our lessons will begin with a focus on shape poetry and what we need to know to create our own dinosaur shape poems. There will be a focus on writing ‘high five’ sentences with additional handwriting practice.

Reading. There is an expectation that all of our children read or share books at home. If your child reads at home 4 times in a week, they will receive a ‘Reading Raffle ticket’, which enters them into a draw held every term. Everyone loves the Reading Raffle, as participants can win games, books, day trips and other exciting prizes.

In Maths we will be continuing to follow the White Rose scheme of work and we will begin by learning about place value.  All of our children have log access to online maths games called SumDog and Mathletics which they can access from home. You will find the sign in information in your home-school diary.

Our PE focus for this term will be orienteering and invasion games. Our PE lessons are on a Monday and Wednesday. As the weather is getting colder and wetter, please send in an outdoor kit (a jumper, jogging bottoms & trainers). We will send PE kits home every half term.

In Acorns, we are very excited to be attending Forest School every Tuesday morning throughout the year. Whilst there, we will be developing our problem solving skills, working together to help each other and having a lot of fun too! Please make sure that you send in appropriate clothing for the colder weather. Kit lists can be found in your child’s home school diary.

We are really looking forward to another exciting term, and will be working extra hard to earn the prestigious ‘Class of the Week’ Oakgrove Owl!