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Acorn Class - Reception

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:


  • A comfy reading corner with lots of interesting books and displays relating to signs and words that they may already recognise.
  • A writing area, stocked with paper, books and various pens, magnets and resources.
  • A role-play corner, themed to Goldilocks and the Three Bears for our Autumn term, complete with 3 bears and 3 different sized chairs!
  • A themed tuff spot, themed to our topic of Fairy Tale Castles for the Autumn term, to encourage story-telling ideas, set within our Small World area where there are many different self-access resources such as toy animals and a World map.
  • An art and craft area, where the children can select their own resources such as junk modelling materials, sticky tape, glue, ribbons, scissors and paper of various types.  Also within the same area, we have a dressing up area, with lots of different costumes and props, for the children to be whoever they want to be and to act out their own stories!
  • A Puppet Theatre area, with puppets stored just behind, so that the children can act out a story and then show it to us as an audience on the carpet for a real show!
  • A Maths and construction area, where the children can access and explore learning resources such as Numicon, counting cubes and various building blocks so they can weave Maths into their play and see the link between number and shape.
  • A dedicated and hygienic snack and food preparation area, for us to enjoy our healthy, daily snack (provided) and to teach basic cooking skills.


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:


  • Versatile tuff spot tables under the rain-proof canopy
  • A Maths area, with lots of outdoor resources like giant Numicon
  • A Writing area, with a giant blackboard and a mark-making area with chalks and mops
  • A Reading area
  • A water play area with outside tap
  • A TeePee type construction, for Role Play
  • A Physical area, with tyres and a spongy surface.
  • A large mud kitchen, with an assortment of pots and pans and lots of mud!
  • A sand digging area, where you can climb in and hunt for numbers, letters or even treasure using diggers
  • A Jurassic-style dinosaur area with giant dinosaurs
  • A Weather station
  • An adjoining outdoor garden for planting and watching seasonal changes, with a bird-watching look out and bug area.


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.


Curriculum Map Acorn Class Term 1 2019 to 2020