Acorns

Autumn Term 2021

Hello and welcome to the wonderful Acorns! In Acorns we have 3 members of staff, Mrs Brandreth the class teacher and Mrs Qureshi and Ms Michel our teaching assistants. Acorns are 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: The Jungle. During this geography based topic, we will be learning about what a jungle is, where they are, what the weather is like there, who lives there and we will be making comparisons with forests we find in the UK. In science, we will be learning about Plants (their names, structures, how they grow and stay healthy). We will also be learning about Animals, Including Humans (naming body parts, learning about senses and what our basic needs are) and finally, Living Things and their Habitats (we will be identifying and naming a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including micro-habitats).

Letters and Sounds. Were 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: https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk

In English, later in the Autumn term, 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 follow the White Rose scheme of work and we will begin by learning about place value.  All of our children have login 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.   

       https://www.sumdog.com/user/sign_in          https://login.mathletics.com/

Our PE focus for this term will be orienteering. Our PE lessons are on a Wednesday and Friday. 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. We will also be having a Boogie Bounce session every Tuesday and taking part in our school ‘Daily Flash Dash’ to help us to keep really healthy and be ready to learn.

In Acorns, we get our wellies on and head out for some outdoor learning every Monday morning. This helps us to develop our problem solving skills, work together and to have 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!