Acorns

  • Mrs Kerry Rice

    I am the Reception Teacher and Early Years Lead at Chacewater School. I work in the Acorns Class with Mrs Kate Whitehead who is a Higher Level Teaching Assistant. For Autumn and Summer term this year we will be joined by student teacher Mrs Sarah Keast.

Acorns Class is for our Reception children.

Mrs Rice is the Class teacher supported by Mrs Whitehead and, in the mornings, Mr Hodgson 

We have a fantastic class with a wonderful classroom including an exciting indoor space and a large outdoor area which we can freely access throughout the day.

We base our learning on the children's interests and fascinations.  We provide a broad and balanced curriculum that enables all children to develop to their full potential. Each child is valued as an individual and teaching and learning is based on the understanding that children develop at different rates.

Tapestry
At Chacewater School we use an online programme called Tapestry to collect information about your child's learning throughout the year. You may add to this journal yourself and we will upload photographs, and sometimes video, of your child in school. This Learning Journal helps us to create a broad understanding of your child's needs and progress. 
During the first few weeks of school we will set up your child's account and you can then access it through any devise using a unique PIN code. Only you will be able to see the information about your child and only the class teacher will be able to see the observations that you upload. 
We will regularly look at the Tapestry Journal with your child and hope that you will be able to contribute to it so we can have the fullest possible picture of your child's first year in school. 
At the end of the year we will provide you with a pdf of this Journal for you to keep. 
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Getting to Know You
When children first join Acorns class we invite them to bring a box full of things they'd like to talk about. Children included favourite books and toys, photographs of families and special events, keepsakes and objects important to them and their family. We loved sharing our boxes with each other and learning more about our new friends. 
We love reading with our families
In Acorns Class we love to invite family and carers into the classroom in the morning to share a book with us. Sometimes it might just be one child with one mummy or daddy, but other times there could be a great group of eager children listening to an exciting story. We don't mind the little ones and babies staying too. 
Our Learning Environment
We enjoy a wonderful range of resources in our indoor and outdoor classroom. There are always lots of activities and things to choose from and children are encouraged to be respectful of our environment and resources. 
We learn all about the Golden Rules during the first few weeks of school - that way we can be safe and when we're safe we're happy, and when we're happy we can learn. 
Spring Term
The 3 Little Pigs
We have a favourite story called 'Knock at the Door' which is a version of the classic story of 3 little pigs. Our Acorns loved this story so we decided to learn more about the original version. We have gathered lots of different versions of the book and children have made some wonderful props to help us retell the story. Of course we have the houses made of straw, wood and bricks as well as some super piggy puppets and masks. Our playdough became pink and we gathered lots of sticks on our outdoor adventure to help the 2nd pig build his house. The sticks have been used for painting the roof tiles for our brick house as well as providing lots of fun in our sand pit. 
We have loved using our stern wolf voice and creeping around. Mrs Rice loves to say 'little pigs little pigs' when she's calling us! We have been using the story language we've learnt in our own role-play and some of us have even been writing our versions of the story. 
One of our home learning challenges has been to look at our own homes and talk to our families about what they might be made from. We have already explored the different materials the pigs used and looked closely at why they might not be so good for building a house with. We have even looked closely at our own school building and discovered we have our own pig on the front of it. 
We're looking forward to welcoming a dentist into school to help us look after our teeth - just like the wolf has to look after his sharp teeth. 
Internet Safety Day - February
The whole school joined in with this national initiative and in Acorns Class we concentrated on understanding that our actions affect other people. 
We enjoyed a story about 3 little monsters who drew pictures about their favourite things in school and posted them onto the school website for a competition. In the story we learnt that it was hurtful to say unkind things about people's work - even if you only meant it as a joke. 
We decided to draw pictures of our favourite things in school as well. Mrs Rice showed us the Acorns' class web page and we were excited at the thought of our drawings going online.