Acorn class is for our younger pupils who are developing their early learning skills – ‘Learning to Learn.’
We follow the Early Years model, which has three prime areas of learning:
Communication and Language: There is a strong focus on giving children opportunities to experience a language rich environment, develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves as well as speaking and listening in a range of contexts.
Physical development: Which provides opportunities for young children to be active and interactive, develop their co-ordination, control, and movement, understand the importance of physical activity, and make healthy choices about food.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development is embedded within our entire curriculum, helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves and others, form positive relationships, respect others, develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings as well as understand and regulate appropriate behaviour and have confidence in their own abilities.
These three prime areas are strengthened by four specific areas of learning: Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding of the World, and Expressive Arts and Design.
Dear Acorn Class Parents,
We have started our new unit of work titled ‘colours and patterns’ which focuses on Expressive art and design, creative DT, Science and SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural). This unit of work is part of the new ‘Linked Curriculum’.
Expected overall outcomes
Expressive arts, design and DT focus
- Making and matching patterns
- Looking at patterns in nature
- Hearing and making musical patterns
- Identifying colours
- Making and changing colours
- Applying colour
- Exploring our senses
- Exploring and changing light
- Exploring and changing sound
- Mixing colours
- Using imagination and creativity in learning
- Experiencing fascination, awe and wonder
- Participating and responding to cultural activities
We will be working across all areas at the levels of Engagers and Discoverers.
We will be aiming to make expected progress towards the overall outcomes in all areas throughout the school day through interactive music, intensive interaction, Attention Autism and discreet weekly topic sessions. Continuous provision will provide opportunities for pupils to generalise their skills and learn new skills through play and exploration.
We will also be focusing on Relationships and Health which will be embedded in daily activities as well as explicitly taught with relationship building techniques and social interaction games. We will also be looking at relationships of family and friends, respectful relationships in class, across the school and beginning to incorporate the ‘Zones of Regulation’ in our daily routines.
Acorn Class Team