Acorn Class Curriculum Provision – Autumn Term 2017

Acorn Class Curriculum Provision – Autumn Term 2017

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

Next week we will start our first topic, All About Us, which will focus on ourselves including our interests, our family, our homes, the community we live in, the Christian value of Friendship, our bodies and keeping healthy. As we move through the term there will be opportunities to adapt planning to accommodate the interests of the children so we would love to hear about any hobbies, interests or areas of expertise that your child may have!  

The week before half term we will be taking part in a whole school topic all about the world and travel. We will go on our first trip to Stansted Airport’s Education Centre, the Aerozone, and will learn about contrasting countries around the world. As part of this topic, I would like to include the children’s heritage so, if your child has family members from abroad, please let me know and we will include it in our topic.

As we near the end of the term our topic will change to Ho Ho Ho! During this topic the children will learn all about Christmas including Advent, why Christians celebrate Christmas and how it is celebrated around the world.

Next week we will also begin the Letters and Sounds Phonics Programme – introducing each letter sound in turn in a specific order (not alphabetically). The children will have a practice book to help reinforce letter formation and recognition of each sound which they will bring home. 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.

Some key words will also be introduced each week and a flash card for each word will be 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.

Each child will soon be issued with a reading book and a reading record to accompany it. We will change books and have an individual adult led reading session with each child at least twice a week as well as group guided reading sessions. Please read with your child and 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 for us so if there is anything that you need to let us know, please feel free to write us a message.

In mathematics we will be focusing on numbers 0 – 10 and beyond while also covering areas such as estimating, comparing, early addition and subtraction, finding one more/less, sorting and matching. As we start a new area of mathematics, a note will be put into your child’s reading record book informing you of what we plan to cover.

During the term we will focus on the Christian value of Friendship which we will explore through bible stories, songs, class discussions and games.

Children will take part in Forest Learning with Mrs Stavrou and Miss Bateman on a Tuesday morning so please ensure they have full waterproofs, wellington boots and a pair of thick/warm socks in school. Wearing school trousers, rather than shorts or dresses/skirts, would also be a good idea on these days, particularly during the colder months.

Children will take part in physical development sessions on Wednesday afternoons so please ensure that PE kits are in school for this day. If your child has their ears pierced, please ensure that earrings are removed for PE days or that your child can remove them on their own.

Each week on a Friday, one child will bring home our Acorn Class Hedgehog Family and Journal which should be returned to school the following Monday. The journal will be used to help us build a complete profile of your child and their out of school activities which they can share with the class.

A healthy fruit snack is provided for your child each day but if you wish to put an extra piece of fruit in their book bag for morning snack time please do. Your child will also need a named water bottle for the classroom. This will be sent home at the end of each week for you to wash and refill.

I look forward to meeting with you at Parents Consultation Evening later on this term and discussing your child’s progress in detail.

I hope this information is of help to you.