Acorn Class Curriculum Provision – Spring Term 2018

Below I have outlined what I plan to cover during the spring term so that you have a clear idea of what your son or daughter will be learning.

In the first half of the term, our curriculum topic will be ‘There’s no such thing as a Gruffalo‘ which will focus on a variety of stories by the author Julia Donaldson. The first story will be Stick Man, followed by Room on the Broom and finishing with The Gruffalo. Through these tales, we will focus on retelling the stories, story language, the characters’ behaviors and adventures, rhyme and the settings used. This topic will also include a trip to the Gruffalo Trail at Thorndon Country Park on Tuesday 30th January, more information to follow, and a ‘Dress as your favourite Julia Donaldson character day’ on Friday 9th February.   

In the second part of the term, we will begin with learning about Chinese New Year including why and how it is celebrated. We will then start our second topic, ‘New Life’. During this topic, children will develop their understanding of the world by learning about animals and their young. This will include Acorn class receiving a delivery of eggs which will be incubated and cared for until they hatch, giving the children first hand experience of new life. This topic will also include the life cycle, plants and how they grow.

We will also learn about both the Christian and Hindu creation stories and we will think about the differences between the two.  At the end of the term, our focus will be the story of Easter and why it is celebrated.

We will continue to follow the Letters and Sounds Phonics Program – introducing each letter sound in turn in a specific order (not alphabetically). The children will continue to bring home their practice book to help reinforce letter formation and recognition of each sound. This will enable you to support their learning. Please keep this book in your child’s book bag so that we can keep it up to date with your child’s learning in class.

Three or four key words will also be introduced each week and flash cards sent home in their Letters and Sounds wallet which, again, should be kept in their book bag so that we can add new words. It would be beneficial to your child if recognition of these could be reinforced at home, regular (daily if possible) practice of these words makes such a difference when learning to read and I cannot stress the importance of this enough.

Children will continue to have individual adult led reading sessions as well as group guided reading sessions. Please may I take this opportunity to remind you of the importance of reading with your child (daily when possible) and to encourage them to read to you regularly (not just once for each book).

Feel free to write any notes regarding your child’s reading in their Reading Record Book including particular words they may have found difficult or any comments they may have made about the story. These books are also a great form of communication so if there is anything that you need to let me know, please feel free to write a message.

In mathematics, we will be focusing on numbers 0 – 20 and beyond while also covering areas such as estimating, comparing, addition and subtraction, measure and 2D and 3D shape.

Children will continue to take part in Forest Learning with Miss Bateman and Mrs Stavrou on a Wednesday morning so please ensure they have full waterproofs, wellington boots, hats, gloves and a pair of thick/warm socks in school. Wearing school trousers, rather than dresses/skirts, would also be a good idea on these days.

Children will take part in physical development sessions, during the first seven weeks these will take place on a Monday afternoon where the children will take part in a yoga session lead by a Yoga Instructor (more details to follow). Once these sessions have finished, physical development sessions will take place on Wednesday afternoons so please ensure that PE kits are in school for these days and earrings are removed.

I hope you are finding your child’s online learning journey, Tapestry, beneficial. It has been very useful for us to see their achievements and the activities they enjoy outside of school so thank you for any contributions to their learning journeys that you have made so far. If you are unsure of what to add to their learning journey then please feel free to come and see me or contact me via the school office. Alternatively, please upload any WOW moments (times when they’ve done something for the first time), photos of a family day out/celebration/tradition or something they’ve achieved which they’re particularly proud of.

I look forward to seeing you at Parents Consultation Evening later on this term and discussing your child’s progress in detail. Until then, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to come and see me.

I hope this information is of help to you.