Acorn Class Curriculum Letter
I hope you all had an enjoyable Easter break. Please see below the areas of the curriculum that we will be covering this term.
During the first half of the term, our curriculum topic will be ‘New Life’. As part of this topic, children will develop their understanding of the world by learning about animals and their young and the life cycles of some animals. This will include Acorn class receiving two special deliveries. The first was at the start of the term when our caterpillars arrived followed later in the half term by a delivery of eggs which will be incubated and cared for until they hatch, giving the children first- hand experience of new life.
In the second part of the term, we will begin our next topic, ‘Oh I Do Like to be Beside the Seaside’. We will focus on pirates to begin with and will read a variety of pirate stories. We will then learn about pirate ships and some famous pirates.
We will then learn about the creatures that live under the sea including their names, their habitats, what they eat and their location in the world. During this part of the topic, children will develop their geographical understanding by learning about these creatures and the different seas/oceans of the world.
We will finish the term thinking about summer holidays and including how to keep safe in the sun and by the sea/around water.
We will continue to follow the Letters and Sounds Phonics Program – with a focus on blending for reading and segmenting for spelling. As well as consolidating some previously learnt sounds, new digraphs (two letters together which represent a single sound) and trigraphs (three letters together which represent a single sound) will also be taught during the term.
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, as well as going through their key words, and to encourage them to read to you regularly, daily if possible, (not just once for each book).
Feel free to add any notes regarding your child’s reading to their Tapestry Learning Journal, including particular words they may have found difficult or any comments they may have made about the story.
In mathematics, we will focus on numbers 0 – 20 and beyond, while also covering areas such as estimating, addition, subtraction, collecting data and simple word problems.
Children will continue to take part in Forest Learning sessions with Ms Aguiar and Ms Stavrou on a Thursday afternoon so please ensure they have full waterproofs and wellington boots in school. Wearing school trousers, rather than dresses/skirts, would also be a good idea on these days.
Children will continue to take part in physical development sessions on Tuesday afternoons.
We will also learn about special times celebrated by Christians in Church, including christenings and weddings and how these differ from other religions and cultures.
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 contact me via the school office. Alternatively, please upload any WOW moments (times when they have done something for the first time), photos of a family day out/celebration/tradition or something they have achieved which they are particularly proud of. This half term I will also start to add homework activities for you to do with your child at home. These activities will support their learning in school and will cover a range of Early Years developmental areas.
I look forward to seeing you at the Parent’s Consultation Evening and discussing your child’s progress. Until then, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.
I hope this information is of help to you.