We have had a great time getting to know each other in Acorn class this term. Our learning has been centred around the theme ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You’ and we have enjoyed exploring a whole range of elements including our families, our homes and birthdays. We have shared circle time sessions to talk about ourselves and celebrate similarities and differences in the way we look. We explored measuring and using mathematical language to compare our heights and also the size of our hands and feet. We celebrated birthdays by baking cakes and extended the children’s independent role play by decorating the home corner and throwing a birthday party for Liam the puppet.
We also were interested in the changes we noticed in our environment so have spent time learning about ‘Autumn’ and using a wide range of the natural items we collected to support our learning. We enjoyed the ‘Leaf Man’ story and created our own illustrations and talked about where he might go on his next adventure. We have also enjoyed exploring how to mix colours that match the beautiful red, orange, brown and yellow leaves we found. The children spent time talking about the shapes and patterns in art work by Andy Goldsworthy and creates some sculptures of their own using sticks, acorns, pinecones and other natural treasures.
Part of our ongoing learning in Acorn class is centred around building the skills the children will need to become writers. We have weekly ‘Art of Writing’ and ‘Dough Disco’ sessions to strengthen our muscles and develop our co-ordination and pen control. The children love these sessions and have also shown some serious dancing skills at the same time!