Welcome to Acorns Class
Acorns Class is our Early Years and Key Stage 1 class. We have 9 friends aged 4 to 6, 3 teaching assistants and a teacher. Our pupils follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. Our areas of learning are: Communication & Language, Physical Development, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Mathematics, Literacy, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. Some of our younger pupils start school part time and build up to full time for their 5th birthday.
Our classroom is a total communication environment and we use lots of Makaton and PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) to support our language and understanding. We have a very busy week with swimming, soft play, P.E, visits to the sensory studio and a weekly welly walk in which we explore our local environment and the changes in the seasons. We also visit our school tuck shop once a week to learn about using money.
We learn a lot through play and through topics, e.g. Under the Sea, Jungle Animals, Food, Pets, Growing, Transport. In Class we work hard at our Phonics, writing and Maths through planned free flow activities. Every Thursday we have a Big Write where we write in as many different ways as we can. This might be with pens, paintbrushes or using our fingers in sand or shaving foam.This means that we can practise our skills in lots of fun and different ways.
Our new friends:
We welcome new friends to our class from the age of 3 and find that our pupils settle well. Prior to starting school we visit your child in their pre school setting and offer them tours and transition visits to our class. We also provide photo books to familiarise your child with their new school and offer a home visit so that we can come and find out more about your child's interests and needs. We believe that our pupils learn well in our class through play, sharing, being part of a team and having lots of fun!
Play is so important for all of our Early Years children, especially those who may find it more difficult such as children who are on the Autistic Spectrum. Play not only helps to develop language skills but also helps to develop a sense of understanding of the world. It also helps us to take turns and also to share not just the toys but also share eye contact, time and interactions with others. Messy play is also important for those children who are very reluctant to touch different textures or try new foods. It helps children to desensitise, but often needs to start with dry textures such as sand, cornflakes, rice and flour. The following are links to some articles which emphasise the importance of play for children with Autism, as well as the different stages and also some help and guidance. We hope you find them useful.