September 2017 - INFORMATION AND PICTURES

What a fabulous start to the school year - well done Little Acorns for settling into school  life so well.  It is only week 3 and I can't believe how busy we have been already.  We have collected apples from our very own apple trees and enjoyed making an apple crumble - the bowls were literally licked clean !

We are beginning to explore our new outdoor area and it has been a joy to watch Little Acorns enjoying the new extensive space we have - we are so lucky !  I hope you enjoy some of the pictures below which shows just how much your children are enjoying our new home in the super bungalow.

Please see below to click on the links to the termly and long term plans as well as information from recent presentation evenings.

 

Long Term Plan

PE Long Term Plan

Autumn Curriculum Coverage

...and from the EYFS/Key Stage 1 Phonics Evening, here is the presentation which includes useful website links:  

Phonics for Parents Presentation

Phonics Handout for Parents

 

...and from the Little Acorns 'Welcome Evening', here is the PowerPoint presentation:

 Welcome Evening PowerPoint

Thank you to all the parents who attended both evenings.

 

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 A very warm welcome to our new Little Acorns and their families.

"WELCOME TO RIPPONDEN J&I SCHOOL"

 

September 2017 - 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 to those parents and carers who attended the welcome evening on Monday 11th September.  I hope you found this useful to understand many of our class routines and expectations. 

Here are some initial information booklets which I hope you will find useful (please click on the links):

Numbers Leaflet for Parents

Reading Leaflet for Parents

Writing Leaflet for Parents

 Further information will be added this week.

 

DIARY DATES:

Individual/Family Photographs: Thursday 14th September

Fun with Phonics! - There will be an information evening on Monday 18th September 3.45-4.45 p.m.

Early Years/Key Stage 1 Celebration Assembly: Friday 22nd September at 3.00 p.m. 

Please keep checking the newsletters and text messages to keep up-to-date with all events.

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 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.

 

All seven areas of learning are implemented through planned, purposeful play and through a mix of adult-led and child initiated activities.  Learning is linked to topics which are changed throughout the year (i.e. Autumn, Special Me & Special Others, Traditional Tales etc.) but also in response to children’s interests. This allows lessons to be cross-curricular in order to cover all the areas of learning as well as making children’s learning relevant, fun and engaging. 

Quality observations of children in Little Acorns are embedded in every day practice to build up an accurate picture of them.  They are purposeful, informative and capture what children know, can do and are currently interested in.  These demonstrate their current stage of development. 

On-going formative assessment is at the heart of Early Years practice.  It is the link between observing children and effective planning to support children’s progress.    Observations are made in a range of contexts, for example in their independent play, during every day routines and when engaged with others.  They reflect multiple perspectives – the child, their family and practitioners.

Assessments are summarised formally and children’s progress reviewed and discussed with senior management to ensure children are making expected progress.  Your child’s progress is also shared with parents at two significant points of the year via parent evenings in Autumn and Summer as well as an end of year report.

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.