Welcome to Acorn class


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We are a mixed class of Reception and Year 1 children who enjoy learning and exploring the curriculum in a hands-on practical environment, both inside and outside.

This term we are learning about China. We will locate China on a map and recognise key geographical features such as key rivers, mountains and cities. We will be learning how living in China differs to life in England such as language, clothes and food. We will be ending the term with our Chinese dragon dance to celebrate Chinese New Year.

We will be learning to identify and classify different animal groups and to understand the key differences between the different groups including diet, habitats and body parts. We will also be thinking about humans as animals, naming different body parts and understanding the five senses.


We follow the Read, Write, Inc phonics scheme (RWI) from the very start of Foundation Stage. Children will begin by learning the Set 1 sounds, then learning how to blend the sounds to read words.
They then move on to ‘Red Ditty’ books which include simple phrases to begin to build fluency. Red words are then introduced for children to learn by sight.
Set 2 sounds are then introduced and reading books will come home which reflect the sounds that are being taught in class.

Supporting Phonics at Home
'Early Years Learning is Fun' is the Youtube channel created by Michelle Hayers to support children with their phonics at home. These short videos are in the same style of the class lessons, they are designed to be interactive with children joining in and to develop confidence and fluency with reading at home, in line with what is being taught at school. Click on the links below: 

Set 1 Phonics sounds

Set 2 Phonics sounds

Set 3 Phonics sounds

Green words using Set 1 sounds for speedy reading 

Green words using Set 2 sounds for speedy reading

A Guide to the phonic screening test including real and alien words (Year1)    


Reading books are changed on a Monday and Thursday.

Year 1 recap Set 2 sounds and are then introduced to Set 3 sounds and will continue to use the RWI scheme to develop reading and writing skills.

P.E. days
Acorn Class P.E. days are Wednesday and Friday. This term our P.E. focus is balancing, Spatial awareness/body strengthening exercises, Multi skills for Year 1. Children need to come dressed in P.E. kit including trainers.

Forest Friday

Every week we also take part in Forest Friday activities where we explore a range of learning opportunities through nature based activities. This includes looking at our local environment, plants, animals and the changing seasons.
Outdoor learning is a large part of our learning in Acorn class and children have access to an outdoor area all of the time. It is important that children come to school every day with a waterproof coat with a hood and keep a pair of wellies on the rack outside which they can access independently.



First day isolation

If your child needs to self isolate then work will be placed on seesaw every night ready for your child to complete the next day. For their first day of isolation when there is no work on seesaw please use the ideas on this page for your child.

Self isolation ideas Foundation

Self isolation ideas Year 1



Please keep your child’s reading book and diary in their book bag and sign it each time you hear your child read.


PE takes place on a Wednesday and Friday afternoons. Children may come to school dressed in P.E. kit


Please log in to your child’s Seesaw (Year 1) or Tapestry (FS) account to see what they have been doing.


Long Term plans 1  2020/2021

Long Term plans 2

Spring Curriculum newsletter

Parent information - Reception baseline assessment