Acorns

Welcome to Acorns, our Early Years Foundation Stage Class!
Welcome back to school! It is so great to be back together playing and learning and finding out all the new things you have been doing at home. We also have some lovely new friends who have joined us and are settling in very well. I will leave all the home learning activities on this page in case for some reason you are home and want stories to listen to and activities to complete. This will be updated and added to throughout the term. 
We will continue to use Class Dojo as it has worked so well, so please feel free to  send me any photos of your work or play either through Class DoJo or to my email:  nfoulds@nancealverne.org.uk. It has been great seeing photos of you growing plants, building towers, gardening, practising physical skills and playing lots of games.
We are back at school together everyday but please still keep in touch and keep safe, especially if you need to be working at home for different reasons in the future.
Be kind to yourself and to those around you. We have all learnt how much we need to look after each other.
Take care, Tash
 
Remote Learning
There are some great PSED (Personal, Social & Health Education) resources on our remote learning page with some videos that will help you learn about your family, your friendships and your emotions. Please click on the link below this box.
If you are working from home, you might like to use our daily class timetable to help plan your learning activities e.g. watching Alphablocks when it is usually our Phonics sessions or watching Numberblocks when it is time for Maths and using all different items arounds your house to count such as toys or fruit. You might try painting on Fridays or do lots of physical activities on Mondays like we do in P.E.
At the moment in school we have not been making playdough or cooking together so this might be a great time to cook together. This uses lots of skills such as communication, taking turns and helping to count, weigh and measure. You can also be a great scientist exploring (and tasting!) the results.
Thursdays is our Big Write morning where we do lots of drawing ,writing and mark making. We not only use pens and pencils, but also lots of messy writing such as in cornflour and water, shaving foams, in paint or sand or rice.This could be really fun too at home. Make sure that you help with the tidying up too! You can find our tidy up music at the bottom of this page.
This half term we are learning about Ancient Greek  and are making golden headdresses and Olympic flames to host our own Olympic Games. There are some Greek resources below.
After half term, Our topic will be "A long time ago....there were dinosaurs! This should be lots of fun learning!
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:

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.
 
Our curriculum:
 
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.
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