Bourn Church of England Primary Academy

Bourn Church of England Primary AcademyAcorn Class - Reception

Date: 21st July 2022

End of Term!

We cannot believe we are the at the end of the academic year! It has gone so quick! It seems like it was only yesterday that you were sending your child in for their first day of school! With the heatwave this week, the children have been playing mostly inside and trying to stay cool! Fortunately it was much cooler and more comfortable on Thursday, just in time for us all to enjoy the picnic lunch and a little dance around in the classroom before saying goodbye. Children have now brought home all of the personal belongings that you have sent in to school since September. If your child has been absent from school, their bag will be passed to their next class. Please ensure that this is collected on the first day back at school. Your children have been incredible this year. They have tackled challenges with determination and have shown enthusiasm for learning; each of their teachers are all very proud of them!

          

                                       

From all the Acorn team, it has been a pleasure to get to know each of your children and yourselves, building a supportive relationship to support your child’s learning. We would like to say thank you for all the on going support and kindness you have shown to us all, it is most appreciated. Have a lovely summer holiday.

NOTICES

 

Please note that over the summer holidays the school will be closed and teachers will not be replying to emails until the new academic year begins. We hope you take the time over the holidays to rest, relax and re-charge.

Email:etagger@bourn.cambs.sch.uk  rmcinerney@bourn.cambs.sch.uk

 

15th July 2022

Bourn Church of England Primary AcademyAcorn Class - Reception

Date: 15th July 2022

What we have been learning this week...

Well, we’ve nearly made it to the end of our Acorn journey and what a journey it has been! This week, we have reflected on our year in Acorn and welcomed some new Acorns into the classroom for a play. Our current Acorns remembered how they felt during their first few days in the class and thought of many ways to help the new children feel welcome. We were very proud of how mature and responsible they were this week.

'Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs' became a focus story for this week. It’s such a fantastic story for developing our calculation skills. We used our own dinosaurs in a bucket to solve many Maths problems and enjoyed representing our work by writing number statements and using the part whole model. The children enjoyed being challenged as the Maths problems got trickier and trickier!

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

As it has been so hot this week, we needed to think of ways of cooling down in the classroom. Mrs Tagger set up a foot cooling station outside and when we felt hot, we could visit the mini spa area to relax, soak our feet and have a natter! Some children also made paper fans which then led to a few origami projects in the creative corner.

We also loved our time aboard the Book Bus! It is such an amazing resource and we are so grateful to have it!

                                             

                                            

How you can help...

As we approach the end of term, we have been talking a lot about the transition into Year 1. We have focused on the positives but have addressed any concerns the children might have. Please could you check in with your child about how they might be feeling about the change? Even if your child seems happy and relaxed about it, it’s worth having a little conversation about it to make sure any questions are answered before the end of term.

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Value Award Winners this week: 

Roman for showing hope and friendship by inviting others to play with him.

Finn for working towards his goals and taking pride in his achievements.

Congratulations to our Working Hard Award Winners this week:

Milo for making a big effort to use a sound mat to support his independent sentence writing about dinosaurs.

Elliot for putting a huge effort into working on his reading at home and school this week.

What we will be learning next week...

Monday and Tuesday are going to be very hot days. Please ensure your child has a sunhat and water bottle in school and that they have had sun cream applied each morning. If they require extra cream for the day, please could you put a name on the container and remind your child to leave it in their bag. On Wednesday, we will be swimming and our whole school picnic lunch will take place on Thursday!

NOTICES

We will have our final swim session next Wednesday 20th July so please remember to bring swimming kits on that day.

Whole school picnic lunch on Thursday 21st July. Please see additional email from Debs.

Thursday 21st July – Term ends at 3.05

Email:etagger@bourn.cambs.sch.uk  rmcinerney@bourn.cambs.sch.uk

 

8th July 2022

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy

Acorn Class - Reception

Date: 8th July 2022

What we have been learning this week...

This must be the busiest week we have ever had in school! We have managed to fit so much into the four days so I’m sure your little ones will need a well-earned rest over the weekend to recharge their batteries.

The weather was so kind to us on our Sports Day. Mrs Tagger likes to call it 'Goldilocks' weather'…not too hot and not too cold. We had so much fun competing in our races and were so proud of ourselves and each other. Before Sports Day, we spoke about what it means to be a 'good sport'. We talked about how it isn’t helpful to brag or to be overly competitive with friends and all that matters is us having fun and supporting one another. We read the story about the hare and the tortoise and decided we should all use the same tactic as the tortoise, especially when competing in the egg and spoon race!

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

Our transition morning was a huge success! The children embraced the change of scene for the morning and loved meeting their new teacher Mr Lennon as well as being very excited about keeping Mrs McInerney as their teacher too. To prepare children for Move Up Morning, we read a story about a caterpillar who is feeling a bit strange about becoming a butterfly and talks about his mixed up feelings with friends. When he turns into a butterfly, he is over the moon with his new butterfly experiences and is no longer worried about change. We talked about the similarities between the story and our own experiences in school and how we are going to really enjoy our new challenges in Year 1!

 

We have had a wonderful day at the Book Bus Launch today! After weeks of anticipation, the children were so excited to see the inside of the bus and the ice cream van was such an exciting surprise!

  

How you can help...

As we approach the end of term, we have been talking a lot about the transition into Year 1. We have focused on the positives but have addressed any concerns the children might have. Please could you check in with your child about how they might be feeling about the change? Even if your child seems happy and relaxed about it, it’s worth having a little conversation  to make sure any questions are answered before the end of term. Thank you!

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Value Award Winners this week: 

Genevieve for always going out of her way to make sure others are cared for. You’re always quick to spot a friend in need and are there to help them in a flash!

Harry for being a good sport during sports day. You understood the importance of taking part over winning.

Congratulations to our Working Hard Award Winners this week:

Eva -Astrid for using your phonics knowledge to write simple words when designing your medal.

Caelan for making a big effort and  embracing some new challenges on Sports Day. You thoroughly enjoyed taking part and you showed huge support to your friends.

What we will be learning next week...

Next week, we will be reading lots of dinosaur stories including ‘Dinosaurs and all that rubbish’. We will learn dinosaur facts and talk about how to care for our planet. In Maths, we will explore and investigate relationships between numbers and shapes.

NOTICES

We have had many children in school without water bottles over the last few weeks. This is quite concerning as the weather heats up. Please ensure they have a water bottle in school each day and that it is washed and re-filled regularly before school.

If your child borrowed a colour t-shirt from school on sports day please could you wash and return the t-shirt as soon as possible? Many thanks. 

Email:etagger@bourn.cambs.sch.uk  rmcinerney@bourn.cambs.sch.uk

 

1st July 2022

Bourn Church of England Primary AcademyAcorn Class - Reception

Date: 1st July 2022

What we have been learning this week...

Yet another fun packed week in Acorn class! This week we have been learning about things that travel above and below water. The children have shared their experiences of water travel and have thoroughly enjoyed designing and making their own boats out of recycled containers. We had a great discussion about what properties different kinds of boats have with one very obvious shared property; they all float! It was important to choose containers that would be waterproof and light enough to sit above water. Plastic containers did the trick! Check out our photographs of some of the boats we made. We had so much fun testing the boats in the water tray and many of us decided to see how much weight our boats could hold by putting in animal figures.

    

 

Our Maths focus was capacity. We were amazed at how quickly children picked up the new vocabulary related to this subject: capacity, full, empty, nearly full, half full, half empty, nearly empty. The children enjoyed taking part in a Maths experiment where we explored the capacity of different sized containers by counting how many cups of water can fit in each one. When we carry out experiments, we remind children to predict before testing. The children demonstrated an improvement in their use of realistic and more mature predictions based on what they could see happening. They’re becoming more year 1 ready each day!

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

Our writing focus this week was based on the story ‘Mr Gumpy’s Outing’. The children were asked to think of additional story character that might like a ride on Mr Gumpy’s boat. They used their phonic knowledge to write a sentence for their character asking Mr Gumpy if they can ride on the boat; ‘Please may I ride on your boat?’ and another sentence with Mr Gumpy’s reply; ‘Of course, as long as you don’t……….’ Just look at the photos to see some examples!

               

How you can help...

Help your child get excited about the move from Reception to Year 1. Talk about this change in a positive way, and keep talking about it over the summer holidays. We have already been visiting Willow class so ask your child what they liked about their new classroom. We have also been discussing ‘Move Up’ morning (next Thursday) here at school so discuss it at home too. The children are very excited about meeting Mr Lennon for the first time!

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Value Award Winners this week:

Harley for showing friendship by helping to tidy the Dino game and sharing the Duplo with others.

Olivia R for gaining the courage to use her phonics skills to read and write more independently.

Congratulations to our Working Hard Award Winners this week:

Jake for working hard on his colour mixing skills. You have become very good at making different colours using just red, yellow and blue paint!

Milo for working hard on his Big Write challenge. You made a super effort to spell the words you needed!

What we will be learning next week...

Next week, we will look forward to our sports day on Wednesday. Throughout the week our activities will be focused on different sports. The children will talk about their favourite sports and we will research sports around the world in different climates, sport development over the years and famous athletes. We will read the story ‘Grrrrrr’ by Rob Biddulph and make our own medals for our sporting achievements at Sports Day.

The children are excited to spend next Thursday morning in their new classroom and are super excited to be part of our Bourn Book launch day on Friday……and of course we have our summer fete! The children will need a monster rest this weekend to prepare for a very busy week ahead!

NOTICES

 Swimming kits every Wednesday please!

6th July: Sports Day - children to wear their own team colour t-shirt from home.

7th July: Move up morning – Children will enjoy a morning in their new Year One class.

8th July: Bourn Bus Book Launch and summer fete.

 

Email:etagger@bourn.cambs.sch.uk  rmcinerney@bourn.cambs.sch.uk

 

24th June 2022

Bourn Church of England Primary AcademyAcorn Class - Reception

Date: 24th June 2022

What we have been learning this week...

We have enjoyed learning about things that go up in the air this week. We shared our experiences of traveling by plane or any other flying vehicle! And we read some non-fiction books as well as researched some facts about how to fly a plane online.

We learnt about how hot air balloons work and what better way to learn about this than with a hands on experiment. We placed a deflated balloon over the top of an empty plastic bottle and put the bottle in a bowl of cold water. We couldn’t see anything happening to the balloon so we then put the bottle in a bowl of hot water. This time we watched as the balloon filled with air. The children were excited to learn that when the bottle is placed in the hot water, the air inside the bottle is heated and starts moving faster causing the air molecules to spread apart. This also causes a higher air pressure which blows the balloon up! We watched some exciting information videos about how hot air balloons work to support our learning.

 

Our phonics activity this week has been to use our sounds knowledge to write words for items we could spy on the sheet of paper. There were many items to choose from and we had fun writing a long list of things!

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

The Maths focus this week was to explore spatial reasoning. Our activity was to use verbal instructions to explain how to create a model/arrangement using loose parts and Duplo. The children thoroughly enjoyed this activity, especially when they were asked to sit in pairs and each take turns to give instructions to their partner on how to create a loose part scene or Duplo model. They challenged themselves to turn away from one another which made this game even trickier!

We decided our small world house needed an interior re-vamp. Megan has been our project manager and has organised children to design wallpaper for each room. This was lots of fun and the house is looking amazing so far!

    

We have also had fun learning our left from our right…this will be a work in progress!

How you can help...

Look out for different types of transport when you are out and about. How many cars/buses/bikes etc can you spot on your way to school? Upload a photo of your child using any form of transport to their Evidence Me Learning Journey to show the class. Several children told me they have travelled in a cable car – how exciting!

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Value Award Winners this week:

Eva-Astrid for having the hope and determination to try your best during reading tasks.

Sylvie for always having the courage to give things a go. You challenged yourself by writing numbers to 100.

Congratulations to our Working Hard Award Winners this week:

Sienna for working hard to focus when reading at school.  You are great at spotting digraphs and trigraphs.

Aaron for working hard to spot digraph sounds in words. You are now becoming more fluent!

What we will be learning next week...

We will be exploring ways to travel on and under water from kayaks and paddle boards to cruise ship liners and submarines! Once again, if anyone has anything exciting to share please do let us know. We will enjoy learning about the artist Georges Seurat and pointillism.

NOTICES

 Swimming kits every Wednesday please!

Move up morning: Thursday 7th July. We will enjoy a morning in Willow class with our Year one teachers Mrs McInerney and Mr Lennon.

Bourn Bus launch and summer fete: Friday 8th July.

 

Email:etagger@bourn.cambs.sch.uk  rmcinerney@bourn.cambs.sch.uk

 

17th June 2022

Bourn Church of England Primary AcademyAcorn Class - Reception

Date: 17th June 2022

What we have been learning this week...

We have enjoyed learning about trains this week. We started the week sharing ‘The Train Ride’ story and discussed repeating words and story structure. The children were quick to spot the repeating phrase, ‘What shall I see?’ and were able to join in with the story. Our follow on activity was to draw our own train and write two simple sentences starting with ‘My train will go to…’ and ‘I will see……’. The children thought of so many places their trains could visit, some real destinations and some fantasy ones. Our writing is displayed on our writing progress wall for everyone to see.

   

 

 

 

 

Our Maths focus has been doubling. We have enjoyed playing games where we need to find double the number and have talked about patterns we see when a number is doubled; we noticed that we ended up with an even number each time and that we had to skip a number on the numberline. When we had discovered this pattern, some children were able to make predictions about the next number in the sequence.

Our phonics focus has been to continue recognising digraph sounds in words to support our reading fluency. We have also re-capped a few common exception words to support our writing task this week; I, to, my, go, the.

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

Our Piet Mondrian buses look awesome on our gallery display! Our attention has turned to another famous artist this week – Andy Warhol. We learnt about the Pop art movement and studied some of his work. We then felt ready to create our own artwork inspired by Warhol. We brought some black and white profile pictures of ourselves back to life with a pop of colour!

         

 

We have loved playing with the train set and worked hard on sharing the pieces as well as taking good care of them. We talked about the many different types of trains (steam, diesel, electric, freight, high-speed, monorail….) and the children were encouraged to make use of new vocabulary in their play.

How you can help...

Solve some doubling problems at home: For example you could collect 4 sticks outside. If you found 4 more, how many would you have altogether? Do this activity in different ways, such as finding toys in your toy basket, if you doubled that, how many would you have? Repeat with halving. If we share the strawberries so we have half each, how many will we both get? You can also find a further doubling challenge on Google Classroom.

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Value Award Winners this week:

Sarah for thinking carefully about numbers and growing your brain. You now have an excellent understanding of doubling!

Bella for applying her phonic knowledge to reading and writing tasks. You are becoming more and more independent!

Congratulations to our Working Hard Award Winners this week:

Gus for working hard to draw his own train and write 2 sentences about it.

Kylah for working hard to draw her own train and write 2 sentences about it.

What we will be learning next week...

We take to the skies next week and explore ways to travel up, up and away! We will be reading 'Blown Away' by Rob Biddulph as well as lots of other texts that involve flight. In Maths, we will revisit spatial reasoning and play barrier games to develop the children’s understanding of shape and space as well as giving and following clear instructions.

NOTICES

 Swimming kits every Wednesday please!

Move up morning: Thursday 7th July. We will enjoy a morning in Willow class with our Year one teachers Mrs MacInerney and Mr Lennon.

Bourn Bus launch and summer fete: Friday 8th July.

Email:etagger@bourn.cambs.sch.uk  rmcinerney@bourn.cambs.sch.uk

 

10 June 2022

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy

Acorn Class - Reception

Date: 10th June 2022

What we have been learning this week...

We have started the new half term with a transport topic and have been focusing on buses. We have had fun talking about our experiences of being on different types of buses and looking at images of buses from many years ago. After singing ‘The Wheels on the Bus’ song, we decided to write our own verses to the song and have compiled them in a class song book. Milo wrote ‘The snake on the bus goes sssssss all day long’!

 We practised our addition and subtraction skills whilst playing a bus stop game. Children took it in turns to roll a dice and add/subtract that many passengers on and off the bus. We were very impressed when we had four children on the bus and someone rolled a six on the dice. They said ‘there will be ten on the bus because four and six make ten!’. Another child guessed there would be eight left on the bus after taking two away from ten ‘because eight and two make ten’.

We have been working on reading words with digraph and trigraph sounds. Sometimes children read the individual sounds when they see digraphs (sh, th, ch etc) and trigraphs (igh, ear, air etc) so they struggle to read the word. By helping them spot theses important letter clusters as one sound, their reading skills will improve and their reading will become much more fluent.

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

Some of the children made junk model buses using recycled boxes, wooden axels and wheels. We looked closely at images of buses to decide what shape we wanted our bus to be and added features like doors, windows, mirrors and lights as well as numbers and place names. We had fun deciding where our buses would travel to and if they had any unusual features.  We will continue with this activity into next week if some children have not yet made one. If you have any spare small empty cardboard boxes at home please bring them in for us to turn them into buses!

        

On a Monday afternoon over the next few weeks we have a balance bike session in the playground. We had our first session on Monday and really enjoyed riding in and out of cones and managing other tricky obstacles. We look forward to our session next week.

How you can help...

We have put some home learning ideas on google classroom to support reading digraph and trigraph sounds in words. If your child chooses to write at home, please support their letter formation skills. The sparklemark sheet (captions to help us remember letter formation for each letter) is on Google Classroom.

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Value Award Winners this week:

Alfred for conquering his fear of putting his face in the water during swimming.

Luna for adapting well to wearing her glasses – you really understand how important they are and how to look after them.

Congratulations to our Working Hard Award Winners this week:

Olivia C for making a big effort when reading with the teacher- together we read the whole book!

Theo for staying focused and trying hard not to rush his Piet Mondrian artwork.

What we will be learning next half week...

Next week we will explore trains. I’m sure some of the children have experience of traveling on a train or have seen a train. If you have anything at home that they can bring in, for example: train book, toy, train ticket, photos of them on a train please do send them in and we will look after them whilst in school. Our Maths learning will focus on doubling and halving.

NOTICES

 Swimming kits every Wednesday please!

Email:etagger@bourn.cambs.sch.uk  rmcinerney@bourn.cambs.sch.uk

 

27th May 2022

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy

Acorn Class - Reception

Date: 27th May 2022

What we have been learning this week...

 What a week! We certainly know how to see out a half term in style. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Milton Country Park at the beginning of the week. Thank you to all our parent helpers and to all of the children for making the day so lovely. The staff at Milton set up some wonderful activities in their forest school setting which the children enjoyed exploring. We baked bread on an open fire, built dens, painted sticks, made clay animals, hunted for minibeasts and went on a nature walk around the park. Needless to say, we had a few sleeping acorns on the bus on the way home!

       

 

    

 We said goodbye to the ducklings this week. They had grown such a lot in two weeks and as well as spotting feathers developing, we noticed some new duck behaviours especially when they were in water. One in particular enjoyed diving under the water!

 We have enjoyed learning about the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations. A few of the children were able to share their knowledge of the Royal Family from what they have learnt from home and from listening to the news. We looked at images of the Queen’s coronation and talked about what it means to be a monarch. We imagined what it might be like to live in Buckingham Palace and had fun discussing  what we’d have in each room if we were living there! We thoroughly enjoyed the Jubilee celebration on Friday. Thank you for your support with costumes, crowns, cakes and stories.

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

We had a wonderful first swim session on Wednesday. Unfortunately, we had a few absent children on the day but there are plenty more swim sessions for them to enjoy after half term.

                                     

Thank you for coming to our book sharing session this week. The children were so excited to share their work and classroom with you and felt proud of their achievements.

How you can help...

We were very impressed with how well children managed themselves when changing for swimming. Please continue to guide your children through the dressing experience so they are able to dress and undress independently. Socks are always so tricky to put on after swimming as feet might be a bit wet so a few sock putting on sessions would be helpful!

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Value Award Winners this week:

Rudy for the incredible courage he showed during Class Acorn’s first swimming lesson.

Emily for the friendship she showed by supporting and encouraging others on the class trip to Milton.

Congratulations to our Working Hard Award Winners this week:

Anton for working hard on his Jubilee crown. You persevered to make your crown look the best it could be!

Lilly for working hard on your parent helper thank you letter. You understand the importance of saying ‘thank you’!

What we will be learning next half term...

Our new topic will be transport. As well as learning about different modes of transport, we will read some exciting stories with transport as a main theme and discuss how vehicles looked in the past and have changed over time. Our focus will gradually shift towards transition towards the end of the next half term. The children will spend time in Willow class and we will discuss the process with them to ensure the transition is as smooth as possible.

NOTICES

We hope you have a wonderful half term. We will look forward to seeing you on Monday 6th June.

Please remember send your child in with their swimming kit every Wednesday next half term.

Email:etagger@bourn.cambs.sch.uk  rmcinerney@bourn.cambs.sch.u

 

20th May 2022

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy

Acorn Class - Reception

Date: 20th May 2022

What we have been learning this week...

 We have been reading Handa’s Hen by Eileen Browne and Catch that Chicken by Atinuke. Our focus is still on Africa and what makes this continent so interesting. We learnt that 2000 languages are spoken in Africa….that’s mind blowing! The children also loved learning about the baobab tree also know as the tree of life…wow!

As we are getting ready for our first swimming session in school next week, we didn’t want our ducklings to be feeling left out so we gave them some swimming lessons! We learnt why ducks are such good swimmers and what features they have to help them.

Our PSHE focus this week is falling out and bullying. As we become more mature, we are understanding what impact our actions and words have on each other. We discussed how sometimes we might say things to others that we regret and how it’s important to apologise and share feelings. Friendship and Forgiveness are two of our school values that are a main focus each day. We are very proud of the Acorn children when they forgive their friends.

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

We have enjoyed exploring shape as well as solving number problems using subtraction skills. We put 10 rubber ducks in the water tray and sang the song ’10 Little ducks went swimming one day’ whilst taking a number away from 10 each time. We used our knowledge of number bonds to 10 to solve the problems. We were able to say how many were still in the water tray without counting as we knew our bonds so well!

    

          

 

We made shape ducklings and used our phonics knowledge to label duckling body parts. The children are using many digraph and trigraph sounds to write words: ‘beek’ (beak) ‘feet’ ‘tumee’ (tummy), ‘fethers’ (feathers), ‘wings’.

Our phonics focus has been to use the same sound er and ur in words, recap oi and continue our phase 4 focus.

 

 

How you can help...

Please practise solving problems using knowledge of number bonds to 10. During day to day activities, ask your children some questions relating to the bonds.

For example;

If I have 10 pieces of fruit in the fruit bowl and I eat 3, how many will be left in the bowl?

I have 4 socks on the washing line. How many more will I need to make 10?

10 cars are stopped at the traffic lights. The lights turn green and 2 cars can go. How many cars are still waiting at the lights?

Each time you solve a problem, have a go at representing the work by writing a number statement and using a part whole model.

Please put sun cream on your child before they come to school and make sure they have a sunhat at school.

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Value Award Winners this week:

Georgie for her creativity when designing such an awesome fly trap for our classroom. Watch out pesky flies!

Alexander for showing the hope and determination needed to continue his reading journey. You have read sentences in your book independently this week!

Congratulations to our Working Hard Award Winners this week:

Rudy for working hard on writing tasks. You are really trying to form the numbers 1-5 correctly.

Megan for working independently when writing a sentence for our duckling diary. You used your sounds so well and others could read your words!

What we will be learning next week...

We look forward to visiting Milton Country Park to practise our bush craft skills. After our visit we will write favourite memories in our trip diary and write thank you cards to the staff at the park.

NOTICES

You will now have received information about our class trip to Milton Country Park. Please let us know if you haven't received the email or if you have any questions.

Email:etagger@bourn.cambs.sch.uk  rmcinerney@bourn.cambs.sch.u

 

 

 

13th May 2022

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy

Acorn Class - Reception

Date: 13th May 2022

What we have been learning this week...

We have gone quackers this week! The arrival of our four beautiful ducklings has kept us so busy that there has been very little room for anything non-duck related this week!

On Monday, we made Happy Birthday cards for the ducklings. Tuesday was weighing day and we had fun weighing the ducklings in our bucket weighing scales. Our job was to estimate how many unifix cubes would balance them and then had fun counting the cubes carefully and quietly into the opposite bucket to equal the weight. This opportunity supported our use of weighing key vocabulary; heavier, lighter, equal, balance.

On Wednesday we enjoyed making Duplo structures for the ducklings and named the castle, 'Quack Castle!'

On Thursday we measured the chicks' height and were amazed at how much the chicks have grown since Monday. Throughout the week, we have been writing diary entries for our hatching journal. The children wrote sentences using their phonic knowledge and tried hard to include finger spaces and full stops.

We'd like to give Steph and her family another massive shout out as she has been visiting each morning and afternoon to check on the ducklings' progress and to advise us on how best to care for them. Last weekend, Sylvie's Daddy built an observing box which is where the ducklings move on to after drying in the incubator. In the box is a heating pad where the ducklings can keep warm and the front of the box has an observing window where we can keep a close eye on them and they can join in our carpet activities! 

      

       

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

We have enjoyed reading Aansi story books this week. We are excited to learn that the stories originate from Ghana in Africa. Anansi is a very smart but mischievous spider. The stories are funny and teach us about the consequences of making bad choices. The children worked hard to write character description words for their own design of Anansi. To help us learn more about Africa, the Go Jetters delivered us a presentation which shared some fun facts about the Sahara desert, Massai Mara, safari animals, Kilimanjaro, Victoria falls plus so much more! We designed our own African tribe necklaces and thoroughly enjoyed learning about Adinkra patterns and their meanings. Our job was to draw our own Adinkra symbol which was then used to screen print onto fabric. They look fab!

Our phonics focus has been to practise using air, ear, igh as well as spotting the nk blend.

How you can help...

 Please continue to read with your child at home. As well as supporting the children's blending and reading common exception words, please talk about the story and ask questions to support their comprehension skills.

When you read with your child, please comment and sign the log book so the reading books can be changed on a Monday. Thank you.

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Value Award Winners this week:

Gus for treating our new ducklings with care and respect.

Aaron for being a lot more confident when speaking in front of the whole class and for contributing to group discussions.

Congratulations to our Working Hard Award Winners this week:

Kylah for working hard to present her writing neatly using finger spaces and sitting letters on the line.

Sarah for making a big effort to apply her mathematical knowledge to accurately weigh the ducklings.

What we will be learning next week...

Next week we are continuing with our African theme by reading 'Handa's Surprise' by Eileen Browne. We will enjoy learning more about African wild animals and will re-visit 2D shapes.

NOTICES

You will now have received information about our class trip to Milton Country Park. Please let us know if you haven't received the email or if you have any questions.

Email:etagger@bourn.cambs.sch.uk  rmcinerney@bourn.cambs.sch.u

 

6th May 2022

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy

Acorn Class - Reception

Date: 6th May 2022

What we have been learning this week...

We are excited to announce that the chick and duckling eggs have gone into lockdown. This has a different meaning to the lockdown we have experienced! It means the eggs are not being turned any more and they won€™t be handled until they hatch€¦..which might be as early as Monday/Tuesday next week!

This week, we have read €˜The Lion Inside€™ by Rachel Bright. After reading the story we talked about the story setting, looking for clues about the landscape and animals. We looked at pictures of the African Savannah and found it on Google Earth. We had fun making a story map and writing thought bubbles for the main characters at various points of the story.

       

Our number focus this week has been to explore subtraction as a complement to addition. We use the part-whole method to represent the composition of a number. We had fun telling subtraction stories using wild animal figures and caterpillars on a leaf and represented our work by writing number statements on whiteboards.

             

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

 Our phonics focus has been to write phase 4 words to match the pictures and recapping €˜er€™ as well as the ear and air trigraphs.

Thank you to Steph for coming in to talk us through the next step in our incubation process we're so excited!

How you can help...

There are some subtraction activities in Google Classroom for you to use at home. If you'd prefer a more practical activity, you could tell your own subtraction stories whilst out and about. For example subtraction in nature: there are 6 pine cones on the ground. If I take 2 away, how many are left? Ask your child what you could use around the house to use in a subtraction story; fruit, toys, biscuits and so on.

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Value Award Winners this week:

Genevieve for an excellent Show and Tell presentation. Great knowledge of megalodon!

Henry for awesome independent writing skills when writing his thought bubble for lion inside story.

Congratulations to our Working Hard Award Winners this week: 

Olivia R for writing a full sentence about her weekend news.

Caelan for making a super effort to represent number bonds to 10 using the part whole method.

What we will be learning next week...

 Next week, we will be reading ËœAnansi the Spider' and learning some more about Africa.  We are going to explore Adinkra patterns and have a go at some screen printing.

We hope to welcome some healthy chicks and ducklings into class Acorn¦. We will enjoy making birthday cards and will wait patiently for our first chance to hold them!

NOTICES

You will now have received information about our class trip to Milton Country Park. Please let us know if you haven€™t received the email or if you have any questions.

Email: etagger@bourn.cambs.sch.uk rmcinerney@bourn.cambs.sch.u

 

29th April 2022

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy

Acorn Class - Reception

Date: 29th April 2022

What we have been learning this week...

Fee Fi Fo Fum, this week we have had loads of fun!

We have continued to read Jack and the Beanstalk, learning to retell the story using a story map. We enjoyed planting bean seeds this week in the hope they will grow as tall as the beanstalk in the story with our imaginary setting at the top! The bean plant pots are in our outside area greenhouse so the children can observe them over the next few days.

The children are being very patient whilst waiting for our eggs to hatch. We are still a few days away and we have been researching what is happening inside the shell. Steph came to candle the eggs and we are pleased to say all but one are successfully growing so far. We have started a 'chick diary' and the children have used their phonics knowledge to write a simple sentence about what is happening to the eggs so far.

    

  

We had an exciting letter from the Phonic Fairy this week informing us we still had one sound left to learn in phase 3! This sound is 'er' as in dinner, thinner, perfect. Mrs Tagger needed to call the Phonic Fairy to ask if she'd made a mistake as we have already learnt the 'ur' sound and was a bit confused. The Phonic Fairy explained there are many sounds that sound the same but are made up of different letters. As the children transition into Year 1 they will be used to using alternate ways of writing the same sound. For example, ai can also be ay and a_e. ee is also ea and e_e. They will be pros at using the correct spelling for the word in no time at all!

Our number focus this week has been to recap number bonds to 10 and continuing with learning about numbers beyond 10. We played a class game of snakes and ladders where the children learnt more about the hundred square and how it helps us spot patterns in number sequences.

Our small group activity was to make number cards to take home. We practised forming tricky numbers and made sure they are all facing the right way. Please use the number cards at home to order, count and play games with them. We have been teaching the children how to play a missing number game (one person shuts their eyes while the other takes 2 or more numbers away. Which numbers are missing?) Please ask them how to play . Enjoy!

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

Thank you for your support with Show and Tell this week. It has been wonderful to repeat this process and we have noticed the children's confidence to speak in front of an audience has improved hugely!

Thank you also for your wonderful family photos. We have loved looking at them and hearing the children talk about their family so fondly.

How you can help...

Have fun using the number cards that your child has brought home. There are many things you can do with the cards:

Ask your child to order the cards from 0-10/20 on the floor or up the stairs.

Hide the cards and ask your child to find them in order then make a numberline.

Make another set at home and play a game of pairs or snap.

Play 'guess the number' -  hold a card in front of you away from the other player. Describe the number; it is one more/less., it has a straight top, it is an even/odd number, it is smaller/greater...

Have a go at writing the numbers and spot any that are facing the wrong way. Practise the numbers you find tricky.

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Value Award Winners this week:

Emily for showing real engagement and excellent listening when we enjoy audiobooks during carpet time. You can do it!

Theo for using his Phase 3 phonics skills when doing guided reading on the Ipads. You read the whole book!

Congratulations to our Working Hard Award Winners this week: 

Eva-Astrid for having another try when writing her number cards 10-20. You are spotting mistakes and growing your brain!

Luna for having another try when writing her number cards 10-20. You are spotting mistakes and growing your brain!

What we will be learning next week...

Next week we will be reading 'The Lion Inside' by Rachel Bright. We will continue to monitor the eggs and write sentences for our chick diary. Steph will pop in once again to check on their progress and we will keep you informed.

NOTICES

You will now have received information about our class trip to Milton Country Park. Please let us know if you haven€â€Å¾Â¢t received the email or if you have any questions.

Email: etagger@bourn.cambs.sch.uk   rmcinerney@bourn.cambs.sch.u

 

22nd April 2022

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy 

Acorn Class - Reception

Date: 22nd April 2022

What we have been learning this week...

We have enjoyed welcoming back all our lovely Acorns this week. It€â€Å¾Â¢s impossible to comprehend that we have only a term left with them€¦.where has the time gone?! One thing we have noticed this week is the increased level of maturity in all of the children€¦.must be a result of all the chocolate eggs they have eaten! We hope you all had a wonderful Easter break and that you managed to enjoy the glorious sunny weather.

We started the week by writing our Easter news. We were impressed with how well the children have retained their phonic knowledge and were pleased to see them applying it to write a simple sentence. We noticed a few children spelling common exception words (the, to, a, go etc) correctly and using them with confidence to structure a sentence. We even spotted a few full stops!

  

  

This week, we have read €˜Jack and the Beanstalk€â€Å¾Â¢ and had fun discussing what we€â€Å¾Â¢d like to find at the top of our own imaginary beanstalks. The children had some wonderful ideas, from princess castles and animal kingdoms to Avengers land and my favourite of all was Georgie€â€Å¾Â¢s: €˜At the top of my beanstalk would be my family€â€Å¾Â¢.

Our number focus this week has been to recap number bonds to 10 then exploring numbers beyond 10 and the composition of teen numbers. We had fun playing around with Numicon pieces and matching them to a number. The children were quick to spot the 1 at the beginning of each teen number and learnt that it represents the number 10 and that until the number 20, the 1 stays the same.

We have come to the end of learning our phase 3 phonics. Our mission now is to become confident at using phase 2 and 3 sounds to support our reading and writing and to become experts at phase 4. Although children don€â€Å¾Â¢t learn any new sounds within phase 4, they learn to blend and segment longer words using the sounds they€â€Å¾Â¢ve learnt.

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

We€â€Å¾Â¢d like to say a huge thank you to Steph for bringing in an incubator full of fertilised eggs. The incubator is a very popular feature in the classroom and the children have shown respect and care whilst observing the eggs. We will monitor them for the next 2-3 weeks after which we hope to be welcomed by some ducklings and chicks! When we have more of an idea about how many eggs will hatch successfully we will ask if anyone is interested in adopting a duckling or chick once they are ready to move to another home. In the meantime, we look forward to learning more about what is happening inside the shell and about the candling process which Steph will show through pictures from home. The experience of hatching eggs in a classroom is such a joyous one that I hope the children will treasure. Thanks Steph and Sylvie!

                              

Our Green Team reps were responsible for planting their potato babies. Each class have been €˜chitting€â€Å¾Â¢ potato babies in their classroom over the last few weeks. We were excited to plant them this week and can€â€Å¾Â¢t wait to see how they grow!                                           

How you can help...

Letter formation is always something to practise at home. On Google Classroom is a document called €˜Sparklemarks€â€Å¾Â¢ that will support you and your child with how to form letters. Each letter has a caption that the children have learnt well. We are encouraging them to say the captions whilst writing the letter to ensure it is formed correctly. This skill will enable them to transition smoothly to write cursively (joined up) in KS1.

We have noticed that many children are confusing numbers ending -teen with -ty, for example when seeing €˜17€â€Å¾Â¢ many children say €˜seventy€â€Å¾Â¢ rather that €˜seventeen€â€Å¾Â¢. We have talked about the differences in these numbers and how we say them and will revisit them in school next week. You may want to use the €˜teen number and quantity matching cards€â€Å¾Â¢ resource on Google Classroom to practise counting, recognising and saying these numbers correctly at home.

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Value Award Winners this week:

Sylvie for demonstrating her understanding of the natural world and caring for animals. We know you will be a big help when the eggs hatch!

Harry for helping to look after our learning areas by keeping them tidy and using resources sensibly.

Congratulations to our Working Hard Award Winners this week:

Harley for understanding that sometimes he needs to pause his games to work with an adult and making a big effort with his reading.

Megan for showing a commitment to growing her brain during carpet times. You are always ready to learn more!

What we will be learning next week...

Next week, we will welcome the start of another €˜Show and Tell€â€Å¾Â¢ session. Each week, a small group of children will bring in an item from home to share with the class. Please wait for an email from us before sending your child to school with something to show. We will continue our work on €˜Jack and the Beanstalk€â€Å¾Â¢ by planting beans and discussing growth.

NOTICES

It has been wonderful to speak with you during parent consultations. Thank you for your input and for your support with timings€¦.it really is a challenge to keep to the 10 minute slots! If you haven€â€Å¾Â¢t managed to speak to either Mrs McInerney or Mrs Tagger, please do speak with us and we can find a time to meet.

We have an exciting Acorn trip arranged for May. The children will visit Milton country park for some fun Bushcraft  and forest school activities. You will have details very soon!

If you haven€â€Å¾Â¢t already done so, please send in a family photo for your child to share with the class.

Email: etagger@bourn.cambs.sch.uk   rmcinerney@bourn.cambs.sch.u