Welcome to our chicks !

What a wonderful thing to see this morning when we all arrived at school.  Our first two chicks are bright and chirpy and have already had a few cuddles.  Aren't they adorable?

May 2017

The chicks are on their way !!!!

We are so excited this morning.  We have looked at the eggs using the torch and we have seen some amazing images of the chicks moving about.  They are making a lot of noise too and we have all been listening to them getting ready to start chipping away !!

April 2017

Welcome back to school after a lovely Easter break.  Our classroom is looking very much like Spring now with beautiful observational drawings of daffodils along with drawings completed on the Ipad of Spring flowers.  Thank you to all the parents who took the time to complete their child's 'Did you Know?' diaries over the Easter holidays - it's been wonderful to read what everyone has been getting up to.

We are also excited to have our own incubator which is currently housing seven eggs - fingers crossed we will have some baby chicks in 21 days' time !  We'll keep you updated with pictures.

For further information about what we are learning over the Summer term, please refer to the topic overview below.

March 2017

Parental observations in Little Acorns - Did you know?

"My child has learnt something new...I would like to share it with you!"

A new communication book has been introduced to record weekly news from home and school, information, observations etc. to support parental involvement.  Thank you to all the parents who have already responded positively to these.  I have thoroughly enjoyed reading more about your child's experiences.  Just as a reminder:

Every Friday, we will give your child their diary which can be completed over the weekend.  Add anything to the diary that you think is noteworthy, enclosing a photograph, drawing or evidence if you think it is appropriate.  There will be some information about the learning that has happened during the week at school.

Every Monday, please ensure your child's diary is in their book bag.  During the week, we will take the time to share your child's diary with them.  If you have any additional news you want to share, jot it down on one of the 'Did you know?' slips (blank copy can be found via the link below) and return it to school.

Looking forward to sharing lots more about your child's learning and development.

Did you know blank slips

Did you know letter to parents

 

January and February 2017

Winter and Woollies

The first half term of 2017 has brought Little Acorns many opportunities to explore our gloomy weather.  We were hoping for a little more snow but had to settle for plenty of ice and frost which still gave us many ways of learning how to keep warm in winter.   I suspect Little Acorns thought the hot chocolate tasting was one of the best ways!  The weather, however, didn't stop the tough Little Acorns from enjoying the outdoors where a great deal of exploring and investigating has taken place to understand what happens to rubbish that is found outside and if and how it can be recycled.

Happy Chinese New Year !

Little Acorns and Saplings had a wonderful time celebrating Chinese New Year through a variety of activities.  They learnt why Chinese New Year is celebrated and the different ways that people celebrate this special occasion.  Enjoy the photographs of noodle tasting, paper chain dragon making, Chinese calligraphy and Chinese drawings.

 

Here is the topic overview for the Spring term in Little Acorns.   Photographs will be added to this page to show you what fantastic learning we have been doing.

 

November 2016

It was 'Nursery Rhyme Week' in Little Acorns.  What a fabulous week we had learning Doctor Foster, Baa Baa Black Sheep, Two Little Dickie Birds, Incy Wincy Spider and Hey Diddle Diddle.

Little Acorns dressed up as doctors, learnt where wool comes from, counted in twos and made some chocolate spiders.  They also created matching wellies, made bird feeders and investigated things that fly and don't fly - wow, what a busy week !

We celebrated the end to a great week with a dress down day and dressed up in our favourite nursery rhyme characters.

 

 

Outdoors - November 2016

Look at what we have been getting up to lately in our outdoor area.

Our 'bug hotel' is beginning to look very inviting for small creatures as we continue to build it.

Mr Blair helped to plant our new trees to create an extended play area in the field for Little Acorns.

Lots of excitement with our first snowfall of the year.

 

October 2016

We have had some wonderful fun exploring 'bubbles' outside.

Little Acorns have been having a great deal of fun outdoors.

They went on a looking and listening walk and made super observations of the sights and sounds around them.

They have had fun collecting sticks and comparing the sizes of them.  They were all very sensible at handling the sticks and could even make some 2D shapes with them.

 

 

A wonderful welcome to the new starters and their families in Little Acorns.

"WELCOME TO RIPPONDEN J&I SCHOOL"

 

September 2016 - NEWS !
You will be receiving lots of information over the next few weeks to help you and your child settle into school life so don't forget to check your child's book bag, check your text messages and emails.

Thank you for the super attendance from parents and carers at the welcome evening on Monday 12th September.  I hope you found this useful to understand many of our class routines and expectations.  If you couldn't make it, these are the handouts:

Numbers Leaflet for Parents

Reading Leaflet for Parents

Writing Leaflet for Parents

 

Fun with Phonics!

I hope you find the following documents useful from our information evening on Tuesday 20th September.

Fun with Phonics Open Evening for Parents - website.pptx

There are lots of excellent links to useful websites on the open evening document so that you can support your child at home.

Letters & Sounds Appendix.pdf

 

To give you a taste of what it's like here in Little Acorns, here are some pictures of your child's classroom, where most of the fun and learning happens, along with information about the curriculum that we follow in the early years in the Autumn term.

 

Mrs Campbell

Reception Class Teacher

 

WHAT DO WE LEARN IN LITTLE ACORNS?

We follow the EYFS curriculum (Early Years Foundation Stage).  There are three prime areas of learning, which are:

- Personal, social and emotional development

- Communication and language

- Physical development

These provide the basis for successful learning and development.

There are four specific areas of learning, which are:

- Literacy

- Mathematics

- Understanding the world

- Expressive arts and design

These areas evolve out of the prime areas as a natural progression.

 

For further information about how children learn and develop in their first five years, please access the following document which is a really useful guide for parents and carers, supported by the Department for Education.

What to expect, when?

Guidance to Children's Learning and Development

 

CONTINUOUS PROVISION - What is continuous provision?

Continuous provision is any area (indoors or outdoors) where a range of resources are organised for children to access independently in order to develop a variety of skills via personal interaction, curiosity and exploration.  Resources are carefully selected to meet the needs of the children in the class.  Continuous provision areas are regularly enhanced to support termly themes, in response to children's interests and informed by adult observations and assessments.

It is not unusual for a planned theme or topic to change and this is good practice in the early years, where adults are responding to children's interests.  Children become very engaged and active learners if they have been involved in the planning process.

 

Here is the Curriculum Coverage for this term:

 

Here is the Long Term Plan for Little Acorns for 2016/2017 - we are looking forward to a very busy year ahead !