Bourn Church of England Primary Academy

 


Bourn Church of England Primary Academy

 Acorn Class

Reception

Date: 17 September 2021

 

What we have been learning this week...

We have had such a fun week! The children have enjoyed making new friends in a larger group and have embraced new routines and activities. We have talked a lot about next week and hopefully the children feel excited to be staying for lunch and for their first PE session with Mr Gawthrope.

We read the book ‘Ruby’s Worry’ by Tom Percival. The children spoke about the things that they worry about and as a result we made a huge feelings catcher in the classroom so that all of the ‘yucky’ feelings we have in the day can be thrown to the feelings catcher which then throws ‘yummy’ ones back to us. With the help of an adult, the children wrote their yummy feelings down and we attached them to the feelings catcher. It looks awesome!

What we will be learning next week...

We look forward to reading ‘The colour monster’ by Anna Llenas. We will talk about the different colours that represent feelings and will design our own monsters for display. We will begin our Storytime phonics journey by learning a new sound each day Mon-Thurs with a recap on Friday. The children will bring home a sound sheet each day with their new sound. Please help your child practise letter formation and say things that begin with that sound whilst accentuating the first sound of the word.

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

Each child has a ‘mini me’ block person in the classroom. We attached a photograph of each child to a block of wood which they can then use in small world play and for putting next to junk modelling/construction projects they have made for display. We also use them to sing songs like ‘5 Little Acorns Sitting on the Wall’ and will use them to guide children to certain focused activities over the next few weeks.

We had fun painting self-portraits of ourselves for the ‘this is me’ display. The children looked in a mirror to observe eye, skin, hair colour and studied shapes of noses, eyes, mouth etc. The results are fantastic!  

Winners of the Week

Acorn awards will start next week.

How you can help

Thank you once again for supporting our transition process this week. As we approach a very busy week please speak to your child about their new routine in a positive way. You could talk about yummy lunches and fun playtimes and remind them that it’s only slightly longer than what they have experienced this week.

As we approach autumn it is important for every child to have a pair of wellies in school. These need to be inexpensive and ideally old/second hand ones as they will be stored outdoors all year round.

Notices

We hope you enjoyed the ‘Welcome to the Year Ahead’ presentation this week. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email us.

You will have been sent an invite for ‘Evidence Me' via email. If you have not received an invite please let one of us know and we will re-send it.

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

 

10 September 2021

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy

 Acorn Class

Reception

Date: 10 September 2021

 

What we have been learning this week...

We have had a wonderful week in Acorn Class this week, welcoming the children and spending time exploring the classroom environment. A highlight has been seeing friends and siblings in their classrooms as we toured the school. Many older siblings were surprised to see us and it was lovely seeing their reactions. As you can imagine, we had happy and excited children!

We read the book ‘Only one you’ by Linda Kranz. ‘ There’s only one you in this great big world. Make it a better place…’ This book is full of simple wisdom shared between parent and child and holds a strong message about celebrating our own uniqueness. 

What we will be learning next week...

As well as adapting to a larger group and getting used to visiting school each day, we will be reading ‘Ruby’s Worry’ by Tom Percival. We will make a large class feelings catcher which will turn any ‘yucky’ feelings we have into ‘yummy’ ones. The children will be encouraged to throw their yucky feelings into the feelings catcher which will throw out yummy feelings in return. We are looking forward to writing the children’s yummy feelings to attach to the feelings catcher. It will hang near the carpet area in the class for the whole year.

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

We enjoyed making our own fish pebbles which we will use through the year on our Acorn journey. The children enjoyed making faces using the loose parts. They look amazing!

 


It has been a really hot week so we have enjoyed a lot of water play. The children had fun pouring water in the outdoor kitchen area and fishing for sea creatures in the water tray. We talked about what we know about certain sea creatures and our experience of being in/on water. It was lovely listening to the children chat to one another, witnessing the beginnings of early friendships.

Winners of the Week

We will begin awarding certificates to Acorn from the week beginning the 20th September.

Notices

We will be sharing our Welcome to the year ahead presentation on Thursday 16th September. Further information will follow.


 

How you can help

Thank you for supporting our transition process this week. We will see each child every day next week which might be tiring for some children so an early bedtime is advisable!

Thank you to those that have provided spare clothes and wellies. It’s always helpful to have a spare set of clothes in case children have wet/dirty clothing after playing in water tray, green grass area, paints etc. Wellies are also necessary for when we visit the nature reserve and the green grass area. Even in dry weather we like to use water in the mud kitchens and so it can get quite muddy underfoot.

Please can you provide your child with a named water bottle each day. The children will bring their water bottle home at the end of each day.

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Acorn Class Timetable 2021-22