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YR/1 Acorn Class

Welcome to Acorn Class!


Acorn Class is our first class.


We are a mixed Reception and Year 1 class. This class is taught by Ms Gray (Monday and Tuesday) and Mrs Summers (Wednesday-Friday). Our teaching assistants are Mrs Johnson (Full time) and Mrs Summerscales (Thursday-Friday) who help support the children with their learning.


Like all Early Years settings, play is integral to the children’s learning and so we have a Continuous Provision approach to our learning, of which the Year 1 children are very fortunate to be able to have access to.


Year 1 have a more formal style in terms of their learning, but their Continuous provision comprises of challenges that reinforces the week’s objectives they have in the Foundation subjects. They have weekly Topic, Art, RE, PSHE and Science lessons, which the Reception children can access too but on a younger level.


Acorn class is a very busy and fun place to be. The children love playing together and it is wonderful to see the older children supporting the younger children in their learning and emotional development. Similarly, the younger children look up to the Year 1s and are continually challenged in their learning by working and playing alongside them.

Phonics and Reading


We teach phonics in the Early Years through ‘Little Wandle’ using a synthetic phonics approach. We add phonemes learned on to a key ring which is taken home daily to practice.

We use 'PhonicsPlay' online as a useful resource of games and activities to develop skills.

We use Big Cat Phases 2, 3 and 4 levelled texts for reading practice and to take home. One text will go home each week, with the expectation that it is read and re-read until absolutely fluent and comprehension is developed.

In addition, we have a wide selection of books in our reading area for children to enjoy in class and to take home to share with family on a daily basis. It is not expected that the children will read these to the adult, but that the adult will read to the child, encouraging them to join in repetitive phrasing, or predicting words in a sentence.


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