Acorn Class

Welcome to Acorn Class
Reception & Year 1

Teacher Gemma Cheyne
Teaching Assistant Bridget Dennett

Acorn Termly Booklet – Autumn 2019

Year 1 Spellings

Group 1 chin, shop, shed, thick, they

Group 2 shed, ship, shock, fish, cash

Year 1 Homework (due in Friday 20th September) worksheet matching numerals to number words

News from week beginning 9th September

Tummy time!

This first full week has been a fun one! The Reception children learned their first sounds ‘s’, ‘a’ and ‘t’ via the lovely Sidney the Snake – they are starting to use their robot arms to sound out and blend sounds together. The Year One children started revising the digraphs they learned in Reception last year, namely ‘sh’, ‘ch’ and the two pronunciations of ‘th’ and also the tricky words such as ‘I’ and ‘go’.

The children listened beautifully to (the 50-year old story) The Tiger Who Came to Tea and some were brave enough to do some ‘hot seating’ – please ask your child what this is. They did brilliantly! The Reception children explored the maths resources, focussing on counting backwards and forwards, number recognition, writing numbers and touch-counting. The Year One children started their first formal ‘Maths No Problem!’ sessions and loved them. These were counting backwards and forwards, learning to read and write number words and the concept of zero.

We went on a senses walk where the children were in teams, finding as many things they could hear/see/smell/touch (not taste!) on the school field then reporting back to their class friends. They also heard the Christian creation story via the book ‘Wonderful Earth!’ and its amazing illustrations and vocabulary. They had some paired reading time, lying on their tummies – as well as being fun, this helps their core, gross motor skills and fine motor skills.

The children also loved drawing a picture of themselves and writing their names (Year Ones wrote about themselves) for the Writing Wall. Reception parents, please look out for this on Tuesday at the Reception Parents’ Information Evening. We look forward to seeing you there.

Have a super weekend!

Acorn Team

News from week beginning 2nd September

What a wonderful first few days!

The children have settled in remarkably well and have all made lots of friends. They played some name-learning games, played on the iPads in pairs, decided on some class rules for our Class Charter display, played some phonics games on the interactive TV, took their pencils for a colourful walk, played some counting games, sang some songs, listened to some lovely stories and the Reception children had their first school circle time talking about their favourite part of the summer holiday.

Enjoy your weekend together and we look forward to seeing you all on Monday!

Acorn Team


Acorn Class Information

Homework and Home Learning

Things you could do at home to help your child’s phonic knowledge and number skills

Reception children have sheets sent home on Fridays to enhance their learning of sounds at home. They can colour, paint or collage the pictures and practise writing the letters. It is important that the children can recognise words that contain these letters. A good activity is using magazines, catalogues and cereal boxes, and finding the individual sounds.

Ask your child to regularly write their name and a caption when they have done a picture at home. Encourage children to make menus, shopping lists, instructions and recounts.

Play ‘I spy’ focussing on words that begin with the phonemes (sounds) they are learning or play ‘Treasure Hunt’ – children can earn a point for each object they bring to you or show you beginning with a specific letter! Have fun.

Count from 1- 20. Try not to miss out some of the tricky ‘teen’ numbers! Look for numbers in the environment and add or subtract using the environment around you.

Watch an episode of ‘Alphablocks’ on the cbeebies channel or on the website.

The following website – is a good introduction to the phonemes your child is learning. The videos you may want to watch first can be located under ‘Prologue’. “The Phonemes of the English Alphabet Code” and “The Phonemes of the Alphabet”.

Reading Rewards

We are very keen for children to become regular readers and to encourage them to read at home we use a reward scheme. Every time your child reads at home with you please write it in their Home Link Book. If your child reads at home 3 (or more) times each week for a term, they will receive a special prize such as a Thornford pencil, rubber, gel pen etc.

Ideas for talking about books with your child

As your child gets older you tend to ‘hear’ them read less and less because they become more fluent. However, it is important that the children continue to develop their comprehension and reasoning skills, through talking about the books they are reading. These discussions will count towards your child’s reading reward too, so please note them in their Home Link Book too.

Here are some ideas to help:


1) After they have read a book, ask them to find their favourite part

  • Ask them what happened before this?
  • Why did they like it?
  • What do they think will happen next?
  • How do they think the issue/problem will be resolved?

2) Ask the children about their favourite character in the book. Then ask them if they have read any other books with similar characters? Or ask them if they know characters from other books that are completely different.


  • Is the information presented clearly?
  • Do they think the layout is interesting? Would they lay it out differently?
  • What information did they find out from the text?


Reception Parent Information

We use the Letters and Sounds programme for phonics which involves learning actions alongside the sounds. This helps the children remember their sounds more effectively. For more information, please visit


Phonics video and website

Please click here for information on how to say the sounds



Year 1 Parent Information

Phonics Information for Parents of Year One Children

Please find below some information taken from the Government guidance on the Year 1 phonics screening check.

What is the Year 1 phonics screening check?

The phonics screening check is a quick and easy assessment of your child’s phonics knowledge. It helps your school confirm whether your child has made the expected progress. The check takes place during the Summer term.

How does the check work?

  • Your child will sit with a teacher he or she knows and will be asked to read 40 words aloud.
  • Your child may have read some of the words before, while others will be completely new.
  • The check normally takes just a few minutes to complete and there is no time limit. If your child is struggling, the teacher will stop the check. The check is carefully designed not to be stressful for your child.

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