Welcome to the Little Acorns Page
'Great Oaks from Little Acorns Grow'
PPA is covered by Miss Eaton who will teach the children PE and Computing
Before your child starts school please take a look at https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/collections/starting-primary-school/1 and share some of the activities together.
Click on the pictures below to take you to the different parts of our page.
What We Are Learning
Please see the Curriculum Overview to see what we are covering during the year. The weekly newsletter will keep you informed about what the children have been learning.
There is a document online that has been created for parents that shows how your child will develop in different areas. Please follow the link to download a copy.
This year we will be learning to be independent, to listen and talk to each other and to show that we have excellent manners. We like to say nice words like ‘Please’, ‘Thank you’ and ‘Sorry’ because this makes others happy as well as making ourselves feel good. We will follow our class rules to make sure that we are happy, kind, polite and caring to all our friends and families and that our classroom is a fun and safe place to be.
Our school has high expectations for all children. We will need to work hard and keep practising but we are excited to take on the challenge.
During this term the children settle into new routines and make friends. We learn about ourselves in our theme ‘Marvellous Me! We look carefully at the similarities and differences between ourselves and each other. We explore using our senses and learn about keeping ourselves healthy. We enjoy a visit to Runamok where we are very active!
During the second half of this term we have visits from owls and hedgehogs. In our theme ‘Let’s Celebrate’ the children learn about different celebrations including birthday parties, Bonfire Night, Remembrance Day and Christmas. We learnt about the Nativity story and enjoy taking part in our Christmas play.
We begin this term with the theme ‘Here and There’ where we think about where we live and then learn about other parts of the world including China.
We learn the story ‘Rosie’s Walk’, using a story map and actions to help us.
We practise being like Tryosuraus and try to be like him as we learn and as we take part in ‘Tots on Tyres’.
In our theme ‘From This to That’ we explore changes by making popcorn, pancakes, toast and porridge as well as melting chocolate.
We have lots of fun during ‘World Book Day’. We are scientists on Science Day and take part in well planned activities on Maths Day. We learn the story ‘The Magic Porridge Pot’ using a story map and actions. We continue to develop our reading, writing and maths skills as we work and learn together.
At Woodnook Primary School, the Key Person has special responsibilities for a small number of children, giving them the reassurance to feel safe and cared for. This is important because when children feel happy and secure they are confident to explore and to try out new things.
The children in Little Acorns love to learn outside. It can be lots of fun exploring the different kinds of weather. The children need to come to school dressed appropriately. Please send a pair of named wellies to keep in school in case of rainy days!
Milk and Snacks
All children are entitled to free school milk until their fifth birthday. After this, if you would like your child to receive milk at snack time, you will need to either fill in a Free School Meals form or see Mrs. Rushton in the office to pay for it.
We encourage our children to make healthy choices. The children will choose a variety of snacks e.g. tomatoes, apples, tangerines, bananas, carrots. The children can also access water from the water fountain.
The doors open for the children in Little Acorns at 8.45am. The school day ends at 3.30pm. Please wait in the Outside Zone until a member of staff opens the Holly Zone door. Your child will not leave the classroom until we see you. Please be patient with us as we try to match you up, especially at the beginning of term. Remember to let us know if anyone else is collecting your child and supply us with a password if necessary.
PE will be taught on Thursday afternoons. PE kits should be kept in school and we will send them home termly for washing.
If your child needs prescribed medicine during the school day please go to the office.
Inhalers must be kept in school and labelled with your child's name. A form must be completed in order for staff to administer medicine or inhalers.
Book bags need to be in school every day. They can be bought at the school office. Please make sure your child’s home reader goes to and from school every day in the book bag.
All children have a book bag that they bring to school each day.
We send home weekly newsletters every Friday. It will explain what we have been learning about during the week and suggest activities you could try at home. Look out for dates of our class assemblies! Parents are welcome to watch the assembly then join us in Little Acorns to see what we are learning. You will have the opportunity to share your child’s Learning Journey at this time. We also hold half-termly events where the parents and carers of our children can come and join us for a special event.
We have three dinosaur friends in Little Acorns. Their names are Tryosaurus, Explorasaurus and Thinkosaurus and they show us how to be good learners. They link to the Characteristics of Effective Learning which help us to focus on and understand how our children learn. We hope that they will encourage our children to become effective and motivated learners and give them language to be able to explain the skills that they are using whilst learning.
Thinkosaurus has his own ideas, finds ways to solve problems, make predictions, sees if he was right and thinks carefully about what he has learnt.
Tryosaurus tries his best and does not give up. He concentrates hard on activities and keeps on trying even when something is really difficult.
Explorosaurus likes to find out about things and uses all her senses to do so. She is good at pretending with things and people and asks questions to find things out. She has a can-do attitude to her learning.
Here are some links to fun websites to help your children with their learning.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/schoolradio/subjects/earlylearning/nurserysongs (there are lots of rhymes on here including ones that will help to develop your child’s mathematical skills e.g. Ten Green Bottles http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/schoolradio/subjects/earlylearning/nurserysongs/P-T/ten_green_bottles )
Oxford Owl www.oxfordowl.co.uk
Phonics Play www.phonicsplay.co.uk
Number Time http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/numbertime/
ICT Games www.ictgames.co.uk