Welcome to our Acorn Class page!
Teacher: Mrs Styant
TAs: Mrs Warner & Ms Willis
Here in Reception class, we are very committed to child-led play and following the interests and ideas of the children. We do have formal carpet sessions for teaching purposes, including Phonics (using Read Write Inc (RWI)), and circle time but much of the day is devoted to both indoor and outdoor ‘choosing time’, where the children can move freely between our learning areas.
Our classroom has been arranged with children in mind, so that the children can access resources themselves, which then enables them to lead their learning. We have:
In line with our school values, we have a huge focus on taking responsibility and so teach and help our Acorn children to tidy up and respect our classroom environment. We also care about the wider world and we actively encourage recycling; we sort our class rubbish into ‘Paper and Card’, ‘Other’ and ‘Food Waste’. Our Acorn Recycling Monitors then help to empty our food bin into our EYFS composter in our garden. This helps the children to understand how we can help to look after our world (Understanding the World) and about how to be resourceful, as we can then use the compost when we are gardening outside.
We also have a vast outside learning area with plenty of space to ride trikes, throw balls and be as active as we like to be! The outside area is safe and gated and flows from the inside classroom with two sets of doors, one straight from the cloakroom and toilet area, which is perfect for when the children might need to grab their wellies or waterproofs.
The areas that we have and are developing outside include:
The school grounds are also beautiful, with a true countryside setting, where we can see various birds, insects and even squirrels and, on our walk to our local church, we can even see horses in the field.
We have termly topics with a broad theme and with a thematic question that we consider but, as we are child-led, we will also be able to theme the learning more ‘in the moment’ to take account of interests or changes in the children’s lives or to take a look at celebrations like Diwali or Fireworks Night.
You will find a copy of the current term’s curriculum map here on our Class Page.
These are the topics for the three terms, along with the relevant thematic question:
TERM 1: Fairy Tales and Castles (and Celebrations around the World)
Question: Can we say characters are good or bad?
TERM 2: Superheroes and those who help us (and Celebrations around the World)
Question: What makes each person special?
TERM 3: Animals and Plants (and Celebrations around the World)
Question: How can we care for our World?
If you have any further questions or would like to book a visit, please do not hesitate to contact our school office, via our School Contact page.